Well, I haven't posted for a while, just been so busy. I had wanted to get down to the RNC to do some people watching and get some shots of the protests and all that seeing as I live just over a mile from all the action, but my schedule has just been so hectic that I almost didn't make it at all but finally told the wife that I've gotta get down there, so I went on the last night around 9:30 right as McCain's speech was wrapping up. I know politics aren't allowed so I will try to keep this as apolitical as possible, although some of the shots may have some political references just as descriptions and photojournalistic purposes. I know these shots aren't spectacular, being as I don't really have the proper gear for this type of shooting, but I still thought people would be interested in getting somewhat of an idea as to the goings on down in my little corner of the world. Not looking for a critique, but feel free to comment. Right when I got downtown I figured I would park my car in the first spot I found which happened to be about 8 blocks away from where the RNC was taking place. Right away I saw cops everywhere, posted on almost every block on my way there. It was actually quite tame, I was surprised to see. I thought there would be more protesters but there were just a few intermingled with the crowd. I guess I missed most of the festivities earlier that day and week. 1. This first shot is the Landmark Center, an old building in downtown St. Paul, right by Rice Park where MSNBC was set up, near the Excel Energy Center where the convention was. I think there was a big Republican bash there after the convention. This was about as close as you could get to the actual convention as they had erected metal fences all around the perimeter, about a block away. 2. random cops, looking like they've had a long night: 3. Random crowd shot at park: 4. Police presence across from park: 5.police in riot gear marching to park for show of force 6. One of the minor little tiffs I encountered: 7. Another show of force: 8. 9. random demonstrator: 10. Protesters: 11. Can you find Chris Matthews? 12: Repubs coming out of convention: 13: Random convention goers: 14: Protestor heckling the Repubs as they walked out of the convention center, calling them necrophiliacs. 15: This guy wasn't too keen on the necrophiliacs comments: 16: I thought they might go at it, the guy in the red white and blue shirt was making threatining comments but the heckler wasn't backing down: 17: Randoms 18: How could I pass this guy up?