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  1. abraxas

    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So, I run a web site promoting the little mountain town where the bubble-blowing contest in this thread

    >> http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=86455

    I haven't updated the site in 5 years or so and thought I would this year. Here's day one of the 2 day party/festival they're throwing.

    I'm not much of a 'people' person, and I definately prefer rocks and trees over humans, so it took a bit (if ever) to get the feel for the difference in settings on the cameras.

    I'll start with my favorite blurry shot.
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    This shot is wierd as all the rest of the shots I tried a sigma 10-20 on. The lense seems to distort people on the fringes into the bizarre shapes I see them as. I enjoyed what I heard.
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    Everybody loves a clown! However, using the wide angle I didn't realize how close I was to the little girl, she backed up and my foul and disgusting cigarette popped one of the balloons. -- Everybody loves a clown, but, a clown doesn't love everybody. He was really ****ed at me.
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    Pizza and beer, and people eating pizza and drinking beer.
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    Is a magic show still magic if everyone can see how you're doing the trick?
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    The kids really enjoyed the show.

    A little music, playing the stuff I like (and I switched lenses).
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    The rest of the ensemble
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    This guy rode up on a 5 foot tall unicycle, borrowed the pogo from his friend and launched himself.
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    He might still be going. (wide angle shot).

    Break time.
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    I took a break too and hung out with the guy with the gun.
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    We're not much for civil war reenactments in California. What was really cool is that the little canon actually shoots pool balls!

    I'd taken maybe 30 shots or so with a couple different lenses and wandered around trying to get a few shots of people eating or something.
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    I had just suffered through the worst public kareoke performance I had ever heard and a sheriff's deputy came up and said, "I heard you were taking pictures of kids."

    I said, "Yes, I am."

    "Why?"

    "'Cause I want to", I replied, and continued, "Is there a problem with that"?

    I'm thinking this is where things might have started to sour.

    The sheriff said, "There just might be."

    I explained why I was taking shots of young old and all else. I gave him my card and told him I was within my rights.

    He asked, "To do what?"

    "To take pictures in public places."

    "I need your birthdate."

    "Why?"

    "I'm going run a check on you."

    I walked off aways. He followed. --

    I stopped, gave him my ID, he wrote it down and proceeded to just about yell into his radio my name and birthdate for everyone in the area to hear.

    Although I realize law enforcement (fascism) is a necessary component of government, I still despise authority. I split. Hope the guy is ok regardless- he was shaking badly. My mood was shot.

    I'm just getting worse as I'm getting older.

    Strange, I might go back tomorrow. I'd like to get some photos of the bed races they have and gunfight reenactments.

    :)
     
  2. JimmyJaceyMom

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    Looks like a fun, interesting place to go. I liek the one with all the kids sitting on the ground.
    And you know as far as your story goes. The sop was a goof - but what ticks me off is that he said that he heard you were taking pictures of some kids - which means that someone was talking about it like you were some kind of weirdo. That would have been the thing that would irritate me. I understand the need to be safe when it comes to your children but it such a shame that they have to feel so paranoid!
     
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    me and abraxas . . . dude, judging by what you told that cop me and you would be the absolute worst duo ever . . . i'm the exact same way.

    good thing you didn't say the pics were for your website :) haha.

    i've been hastled by several people in the last month to not take photos. i like to stick the camera in their face and shoot away at 5fps for a while. haha. yep me and you might would end up in handcuffs.
     
  4. abraxas

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    Yesterday was an entirely different experience from the day before. It seems the small town politicos have, 'a pebble in their shoe.' I photographed the parade they had and could certainly tell the Chamber of Commerce members from the rest- they never have liked the fact I promote the little town on my own (see below).

    Sounds like it'd be a shoot to remember though. I don't know how you keep at it and do the quality you do. I couldn't do this without my 'grassroots' folks.

    I did tell the Sheriff that the photos were for the site. I'm not ashamed, the Chamber and local small timers are the one's with the problem. Word/gossip travels fast up there and I'm certain they had an idea I'd be back. The 'big deals' in the parade made it a point, not, to smile at the camera. One lady even made faces. So here's what I did;

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    Right now the photo is on the top page of the site under the caption, "I Love a Parade." There's a little note indicating it'll will be a bit before I have the photos online. I'm thinking by 5pm today everyone in town will have had a peek.

    It's not really a bad photo, grainy and oversharpened for sure. I'm not sure the skin tone is right either. -I'm not going to submit to critique right now. I'll have to ferret it out myself.

    I think I got a few good ones though, and I had fun with my 14yr old grandson (who I took along to assist).
     
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    it would be a shoot to remember for sure . . . what really gets me beat down is when you try to play by the rules and they still want to hastle you.
     
  6. abraxas

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    I think that's why I prefer landscapes, being off and out in the middle of nowhere.

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    Yikes,.. dinner time. Need food.
     
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    oh, and that pogo shot is awesome.
     
  8. abraxas

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    cool. thanks.
     

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