You should read HCB's book on just this matter. Maybe you have, in which case, fast foward to the last para.
Granted he was doing his work in another time when the world was less cynical, but his technique to avoid confrontation is well known and just as applicable today.
He would prefocus on a spot and shoot at f8 giving himself plenty of DOF, then when a subect came into his zone, he would shoot so quickly everything had to be preset, and then immediately walk off in the opposite direction to that indicated by the subject. Most of the time they would not even know their picture was taken, and thats what you are after.
If he wanted to shoot a subject that was in the crowd walking along he would walk faster than the rest and then quickly turn and shoot and keep on walking.
As for how to deal with people who strongly object, just be nice and give them your card with thanks. Its hard for nasty people to be so to someone who is really nice.
I will check the book, thank you very much! And thank you also for the post!
I hope I never encounter you on the street.
Yes, we are allowed to take photos freely on the street, but I would draw the line above your threatened behaviour.
If you tried that level of uncivil rudeness down here, you would find yourself in casualty with the medical team trying to figure out how to extract your 24-70 from your throat.
We are allowed to shoot publically, but we do not have the right to do so. If you don't understand the difference then back to school for you.
You live in a country where you have a Bill of Rights. We don't need one.
Civil order is based on concensus and has things like manners and respect governing the public behaviour of people. We also have very low street crime due to outright bans on guns and knives, so people feel safe. There are no no-go areas so long as you show respect.
The most dangerous areas are those dominated by Muslims, but I learned early on that if you stop and buy a snack or a coffee from a local shop, you will be allowed to do your work. You also might get tips on where a good subect or scene might be found.
As with your city, we don't have an issue down here in Australia with public photography per se, but with common sense prevailing, it all seems to be a non-issue. We are used to hordes of tourists flat out taking photos, an extra one is not noticed.
However, there are some ethno-religious minorities here which object strongly to having their photo taken. Its up to us to know which ones and why, so we don't cause trouble. Its not hard to do that.
Good luck and I understand where you re coming from.
Kevin, you are much more part of the problem than any solution.
Attitude like yours gets others killed or injured.
=) ¡De nada!