Archive for February, 2015

Event Save ala VR

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Cameras, Events, Lenses, Photo equipment, Photography



Part of photographing an event is capturing the speaker at the podium. In the film days this would require some patience and a roll of grainy high-speed film using a fast telephoto lens. Now with the evolution of lenses and cameras it is still a challenge, but it is more manageable.  In these examples from the recent MOSEIA annual conference, I was able to sit in the middle of the auditorium (not pestering the speakers too much) and with my Nikkor 70-300 VR zoom get nice animated snaps of the esteemed speakers. VR is an interesting technology — the lens whirs at some crazy high rpm with little gyros that stabilize the lens movement (or maybe there are little squirrels that race around a circular cage inside the lens barrel). I can take advantage of the 300 mm focal length, I don’t have to have a heavy, expensive f2.8 lens and I can keep my distance.  This, combined with a moderately high ISO in my Nikon D610, gets me the shot.  You can see though that you are limited to stabilizing the lens, not freezing the subject — I am shooting at 1/60 second at f5.6 — too slow for stop-action.

Paul’s Rebuttal

Posted: February 14, 2015 in Photography, Safety


Paul took umbrudge, felt defamed and thought I have appealed to the lowest photo-common-denominator “creepster-ism” in the last post. He responds with his picture from recent “Occupy” protests which he photographed in NYC and this quote from Walt Whitman: “Where the populace rise at once against the never-ending audacity of elected persons … there the great city stands.”

Nothing Here — Move Along

Posted: February 13, 2015 in Photography, Safety

Miami 59
Thought experiment this last week — the collision of free speech and privacy. Am contemplating a confrontational public pic to illustrate the conundrum. In my old days as photojournalist I was man-handled by police for photographing their activities, I had my cameras confiscated by an angry farmer who thought I was photographing his land (it was all about the clouds and an impending storm), and I have shoved my camera in people’s faces at the moment of their grief and trauma for a spot on the frontpage (I exaggerate a tiny bit there – the shoving, not the photographing). In  this brave new world (which I would argue is no different) there are cameras on phones, hooked to dashboards, on cop vests, on utility poles, installed in eye glasses. Is there any privacy? Is there any expectation of privacy? Is there an over-reaction to we photographers who yearn to photograph,  and are sometimes unable to articluate why we want to make that picture and that fact that that it requires us to enter the personal space that some consider private? In the USA (as of this writing) the legality is pretty clear. I can take your picture if you are in a public space and there is not a damn thing you can do (assuming I don’t put you in a extreme false light or expose your privates -Mardi Gras excepted). In addition there is no prior restraint — you have no right/recourse to prevent me from publishing your likeness, or as Paul demonstrated in Miami Beach, your backside.