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Bolton Yellow Vest Fracking Protester

By philtaylorphoto  
19 January 2019. Bolton, Lancashire, UK. The Bolton Yellow Vest Protest saw a crowds f people in high-visibility jackets gather at 12.30pm on Saturday, January 19, in Victoria Square in front of the Town Hall in association with other rallies organised by The People's Assembly...Leila Hassan and Sasha Roper are part of Stand Up To Racism Bolton, the group which is organising the rally. They take inspiration from the 'yellow vest' protests in France which have seen hundreds of thousands of people march against austerity policies in Paris...

Think I've got top stereotype here.
1. Dreadlocks
2. Nose Piercing
3. Baby
4. Papoose
5. Woolly Hat

Tags: Photo journalism Lancashire Bolton Protest Austerity Yellow Vest

Voters: MadVillPics, bobpaige1, dudler and 5 more

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1717 England
19 Jan 2019 7:38PM
But no tattoos or witty slogans...

By the way, it's a lovely, life-affirming picture.

philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
19 Jan 2019 8:19PM
Sadly, this one didn't make the cut, as I just wanted to get stuff away on the phone ASAP. The ones the paper put up were dark and gloomy, a bit like the pouring down, freezing weather up here.

The reader comments are predictable.

philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
20 Jan 2019 7:33AM
I wasn't really sure how this job was going to work out. Bolton has had a history of violent counter protests by far right groups.

I decided to pack light with one camera body, a wide angle zoom, and an 85mm in a pocket, and mid range zoom on the camera. I'd taken all the lens hoods off in case of any skirmish. Well, I overdid it- about 20 people in anoraks.

Despite the low turnout, the local paper did a good job of reporting their opinions, and predictably their opposition have had their say in the comments. I suppose this highlights why we need a professional local media rather than the outpouring of bile that is Facebook.

On a photographic note, In a separate thread somebody has remarked that I should have used the lens wide open, as it's a 'prime', and that because I used the lens stopped down the background looks like it was blurred in PhotoShop, and that my photography would improve if I stopped using zooms. Quite how you can tell from the size of photos on EPZ is beyond me?
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1717 England
20 Jan 2019 3:37PM
Well, you can get some idea fom a small image... And I'm assuming that you have neither the time nor the inclination to add blur in editing! Quite apart from the issues this would cause, editorially.

If it's this shot they were talking about, I'd say that's the amount of blur I'd expect from an 85mm at f/5, at that sort of distance. And that for a news assignment, you'd avoid - if you could - using full aperture and the slight focus error that can happen in a volatile situation. Or just moving at speed...
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
20 Jan 2019 5:10PM
Thanks Dudler. My thought process was keep the ASA reasonably low, but not so low as to risk camera shake or narrow depth of field. Of course due to a breakdown I was stuck with an ultra wide zoom and the 85. It made sense to use a 1/250 to stop shake on the 85, F5 so that slight movement wouldn't knock her out of focus.

Under circumstances like even a gentle demo, you don't have the opportunity to control things too much. She was bopping away to the Samba band, and I didn't want to pose it up. Of course I would have loved to do a head on shot, toddler peering over her shoulder, lit by a small softbox to the left, wide lens low down, town hall looming dramatically in the background, whilst the yellow Lancashire against fracking flag flutters blurred by the 1/15 speed with the camera on a tripod.

In reality, there was no time to mess about adding Gaussian blur. Everything for the first run of the story went from camera to phone, to newsdesk bypassing the picture desk. Some were quite underexposed, but the story was out before the job ended. Once o got home, changed into dry clothes, and had a coffee I had time to sort out something better. The usual Lightroom cleaning of highlights, shadows and exposure with the occasional vignette.

Sometimes we spend too much time pixel peeping and worrying about kit. I learned that during the summer with two stories. One picture published in the Telegraph online had me thinking about anyone spotting the corner falloff on my Canon 10 to 22- it was in their pictures of the week. Then there was another one half page in the Guardian Arts section. After wiring the pictures I had been fretting about someone being slightly out of focus. The truth is, the real world is a very different place from amateur club photography.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1717 England
21 Jan 2019 8:52AM
Absolutely right, Phil - and your though process is entirely logical as you describe it.

Taking stuff to the limits of aperture, shutter speed and so on is for when you need it, not for playing around, in your work. And as you say, at a camera club, it's different: all the time in the world, and no living hanging on getting a good enough shot for publication, fast.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
22 Jan 2019 12:42PM
Good point.

Woke up to find I'd got another double page spread this morning-20 years of train overcrowding.

Obviously my local sub editors must be inept. There were film shots taken from 1,350 dpi scans, 3 Megapixel Canon d30 stuff taken with zoom lenses, and even an uncorrected fisheye shot. What were they thinking using such technically poor shots to tell a story.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1717 England
23 Jan 2019 5:37PM

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