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Told off for taking photos at Blue Hill [moved from Manhattan board]

I had dinner at Blue Hill last week. First time, so was very much looking forward to it. I was astounded though when I was told not to take any more flash photos. Up to that point I was really enjoying myself but I have to say that kind of ruined the evening a little bit for me. I felt very patronised, like being back in school and scolded by the teacher! In retrospect I understand that flash can be distracting in a dark room and I definitely wouldn't want to annoy any of my fellow diners or detract from their dining experience. But then again surely a couple of celebratory photos isn't such a big deal and people don't mind? I'm not really sure what to think - am I being overly sensitive and shouldn't have let this get to me, or is Blue Hill right and I should stop taking flash photos in restaurants?

The food itself was good, although nothing so exciting that I feel the need to return anytime soon - I've enjoyed the food numerous other NY much more. But it was good and worth trying at least once.

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  1. Honestly, I'd almost rather have a return to smoking than to have to keep putting up with flash photography around me at almost every dinner. It's a shame that the countless number of people doing this wind up hurting those who are celebrating an event and just want a couple of shots, but its gotten way out of hand in my opinion.

    Specifically in your case, I would have talked to the waiter or manager in advance and explained that you only wanted a couple of celebratory shots & asked how to go about getting them. It also doesnt hurt to quietly warn a couple of the closest tables about upcoming flashes. Of course, the solution is for the restaurant to not put you in this situation at all and to have signage at the door.

    1. " am I being overly sensitive and shouldn't have let this get to me, or is Blue Hill right and I should stop taking flash photos in restaurants?"

      Blue Hill is right. You are part of a shared experience when dining and others don't want to see your flash or, as it often times includes, the nonsense that goes on with picture-taking: "Now, Sandy, you come over here. Paul stay right there. Ready? Get the waiter, 'Will you take a picture of us? Make sure you get us all in.' Ready? 1-2-3."

      Blue Hill is not one of those types of restaurants. Take your photos outside upon arrival or departure.

      1. People taking flash photos at restaurants is very annoying... Maybe you should get a better low light camera?

        1. <But then again surely a couple of celebratory photos isn't such a big deal and people don't mind?>

          Imagine if everyone in the restaurant came to that conclusion, and each diner decided to take just "a couple of celebratory photos." Turn off your flash.

          1. I dined recently at a restaurant the same caliber as Blue Hill. There was a table that took about 3-4 flash photos. I have to say, it was v. annoying. Even the waiters kept looking to see what was going on.