Photographer's Note

I visited the San Francisco International Airport this morning to pick up a relative coming for a visit. Those who've been around for awhile perhaps recall my last visit to the airport when I posted a photo called Terror Alert! That day I had a run-in with a San Francisco police officer that was not very pleasant. He apparently didn't like the fact I was standing by a chainlink fence with a camera in my hand.

Today the airplane was late and I have over an hour with nothing to do. I'd brought my camera on the off-chance I'd have the opportunity to take a few photos, so I was not all that displeased to have this extra time. This was one of the photos I took inside the terminal.

This police officer came down an escalator as I stood with camera in hand. As he walked toward me I jokingly said I was sorry I'd missed that shot. He was interested in many camera, eventually telling me that he had a Canon 20D in the case behind the seat of his bicycle. I told him about TE and he was interested enough to write the info down on his pad, together with my name. I hope he shows up!

I told him a bit about the incident last year and he assured me that I'm free to take photos of anything except the computer screen being used by security personnel. Seems fair to me! After our brief chat he headed for the up escalator and I immediately followed. He posed for this shot by turning so I could see his face in profile.

It still strikes me as strange that policemen are riding mountain bikes through the airport terminal, riding up and down the escalators, but who am I to question police tactics? But here you have it, a policeman with his mountain bicycle, Canon camera in his bag, riding up the escalator. Enjoy...

I've posted a workshop showing the officer at the top of the escalator, this one in color.

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