NY Times Article - No Pics of the food Please - I agree
Hate to say it, I agree.
I love seeing pics of a nice dish, but find it a real distraction when folks with whom I am dining take pics of every morsel as it arrives. For me, it's about the food, not the pics of the food.
I'm also the guy who is VERY moderate when taking pics on vaca... I'd rather see Tuscany with my eyeballs rather than through the lens of my camera. Call me crazy.
i can think of only a few times I've taken a photo of my food. usually when our favorite sushi chef sends over some particularly lovely amuse... I'm with you tho Striper, I don't take a lot of pictures on vacation either.
Most of the article address that people snapping photos with a flash, standing on chairs or setting up a rig, which all can be very annoy and distracting to the other clients and customers.
However, if someone is sitting normally, taking photos with no flash and their camera or cellphone is silent, the owners have no leg to stand on.
I'm over taking fancy camera shots, although Mrs. O will still art-direct her iPhone shots by moving table items out of the way, and sometimes standing up - though NEVER on her chair! But I agree with you about cameras and travel; my first trip abroad, to Italy in 1980, was observed compulsively and almost constantly through a viewfinder, to the great detriment of my own experience. My budget, too, since I was feeding tourist-shop Ektachrome into the camera at two or three rolls a day!
Discreet photography with a small camera does not bother me much, and with a phone not at all. DISCREET, I said; this does not include everybody at the table getting up and posing, or any major or noisy moving of furniture.
I am generally against any kinds of electronics/communication paraphenalia at the dinner table. I have been at nice restaurants where parents set their kids up with some kind of I-pad just to keep them entertained, and I've asked the manager to ask the parents to turn down the volume of the cartoons being played.
Though I feel it's a losing battle, I do think it's an area where diners and consumers must take a stand.