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The running of the bulls: Not a great time for a selfie

When taking a selfie, you want to make sure your head is in the frame — and not somewhere else. And you might also want to consider whether a herd of charging bulls happens to be running behind you when you turn your back.

Last week, we saw fans taking risky selfies at the Tour de France.


Indeed it seems, for some, the very act of attending an event is driven by the need to take a selfie to promote on social media. For the more youthful among us it is just a way of life, something they have always done.
But whatever the motive, most selfies require you to turn your back on the subject and in this case that can cause an issue. It is best to stay safely to one side out of the way, and if you can practise the selfie before the riders arrive, that way, you’ll get the shot without risking yours or anyone else’s safety. Let’s face it, a shot of you grinning with a few riders in the background is not worth getting hurt for.

On Friday, another example: A man slowed down only inches in front of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. A photographer caught him on camera:

A breakaway bull weighing more than 1000 lbs. gored three people in the last bull run of the 2014 San Fermin Festival. Pamplona police are still searching for a runner that may have endangered others to take a selfie. (Video: Reuters)

The running of the bulls is dangerous enough without selfies. The Guardian reported that 15 people have been killed at the festival since record-keeping began in the early 20th century.

The selfie-taker is being sought by the Pamplona Police — and, because of new regulations, faces up to a $4100 fine.

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