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Tatanka (150th Upload)

By AlanBW
This is my 150th upload since joining EPZ. While my images are rather modest compared to the very high standards set by so many of the superb photographers on this site, I believe that I have improved since joining EPZ, thanks to the advice, guidance and encouragement that I have received. My sincere thanks to all the EPZ members who have given feedback on my efforts; I really appreciate it.

The above image was taken at the weekend in the centre of Swindon. Outside a now empty shop in the main shopping street, a Native American trio were giving a sparkling performance of their traditional music and selling CD’s of their work. Known as 'Tatanka' – Sitting Bull’s tribal name was ‘Tatanka Iyotake’ – the trio were genuine Sioux. Their costumes and face paints were superb, as was their music and occasional bouts of frenetic dancing. They drew a large, appreciative crowd and their CD’s were selling well. I made my way to a vantage point, switched on the camera and managed to take one shot, ruined by someone walking in front at the crucial moment, before I got a ‘battery low’ warning. No problem as I always carry a spare set – I changed the batteries and switched the camera on again – and these gave a similar warning! I therefore had to abort and hurry to a shop to pick up a set of batteries – the ones that claim to outlast all other brands - before returning to the place where the Sioux musicians were still attracting the passers-by with their splendid performance. (I hasten to add that once I got home I recharged all four sets of my camera batteries!)

Having rejoined the spectators and manoeuvred my way to a suitable vantage point, this time I was more successful and despite some shots being spoiled by people getting in the way, I managed to capture a few worthwhile images. I would have stayed longer, but the sky was becoming darker and more threatening by the minute, so when the first clap of thunder boomed overhead I decided that it time to get under cover. The rain was absolutely hammering down as I headed towards the place where we had parked the car, but as it was at least an hour before the time that Tricia and I had agreed to meet, I was forced to call in to an emporium that serves a superb range of fine ales!!! (I just had a couple of pints and No, I didn’t drive home.)

As I left the watering hole, a scruffy-looking and quite intoxicated ‘comedian’ sitting under the canopy in the open-air area by the entrance spotted my camera, jumped in front of me and slurred, ‘Hey, look guys, it’s the f****** paparazzi! Wanna take my picture, mate?’ Without breaking my stride I smiled and replied, ‘I only take shots of things that are interesting, so that rules you out, doesn’t it?’ His drinking buddies all fell about laughing (at him), but for some strange reason he wasn’t at all amused! There was a volley of X-rated verbal abuse ringing in my ears as I walked towards the car park, but I just laughed and continued on my way.

Tags: General Man Candid England Musician Entertainer Sioux Portraits and people

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
25 Jun 2007 8:18AM
Excellent candid and write up Alan.Pity the degenerate spoiled the day.
All the best.
25 Jun 2007 8:19AM
Excellent Alan,
Barbaraj 14 450 England
25 Jun 2007 8:19AM
Congrats on 150 uploads. Dont get in too deep with folk. We need you to upload interesting people.
RobinF 14 83 1 England
25 Jun 2007 9:13AM
Well captured Alan, sorry you had the experience you had though. Happened to me last week. - regards Robin
imagio 14 12 1 England
25 Jun 2007 9:23AM
Excellent story and image..

Nettles 13 England
25 Jun 2007 9:40AM
Great capture and story. Here's to the next 150. Well done. Nettles
jaspernina 14 1.0k Wales
25 Jun 2007 10:23AM
Congrats on the 150th. great shot with wonderful colour.


Rock 18 10 2 England
25 Jun 2007 10:31AM
150 n/o

I often wondered what happened to Little Richard.

Your observations of every day life are always superb and entertaining and presented in a perfect manner.

Thank You.
25 Jun 2007 10:53AM
This is absolutely wonderful, the variety in your portfolio is varied and refreshing, i look forward to the next 150, congrats
jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
25 Jun 2007 10:54AM
Another great candid Alan with beautiful colours and so well composed. At first glance in the main gallery I though that it was Tina Turner - lol. Well done and congrats on handling the situation with the drunken mouthpiece so well. CLIK,
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 11:03AM
Hi Alan - I was going to say 'a well recorded shot' but it might be more of a flute!

Happy 150th!

SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 11:26AM
Great shot - both colourful and interesting. Thought you had popped over to Arizona for a few days until I read that it was Swindon.
terry_cavner 16 332 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 11:37AM
Great Capture Alan...Yep its a great site for learning, I can see an improvement in my photography when I look back
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 12:02PM
congrats on your 150th upload, a lovely colourful shot to celebrate with. A really interesting write up too, I always enjoy reading your descriptions,
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
25 Jun 2007 12:08PM
Fine and colorful shot. It seems there's one idiot in every crowd...makes me leary of taking candids. Here's a toast to your 150th!
magnus 16 661 5 United Arab Emirates
25 Jun 2007 12:11PM
Great capture (and story)
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 12:14PM
Excellent candid Alan.

AlanBW 15 20 England
25 Jun 2007 12:46PM
Many thanks for all the comments folks, much appreciated as always
Mavis 19 143 2 England
25 Jun 2007 12:54PM
You were brave taking on drunks another time you might not get away in one piece !!

Trials and tribulations of run down batteries . Well done to get such a great photo . xx
TracyK 15 4 Netherlands
25 Jun 2007 1:12PM
Sounds like taking photos is a stressful occupation! But what a colourful character.
NevP 15 853 13 Canada
25 Jun 2007 1:52PM
How surreal could you possibly get? Sioux Indians entertaining shoppers in Swindon? Unless anyone's seen a brontosaurus in Crickhowell this has to take the biscuit.
Nice observation Alan.
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 3:26PM
Superb candid Alan and great story,excellent.

korni 14
25 Jun 2007 4:13PM
Love the clarity and colour of this image.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
25 Jun 2007 4:20PM
Indians and drunkards - dangerous combination Alan.
A very colourful image indeed.
angelamary 15 6 England
25 Jun 2007 4:37PM
What a super story! I just love visiting your up-loads!

A gorgeous shot, very well caught and well composed.

Quantity and quality aren't nessessarily the same thing! Smile
danbrann 16 640 17
25 Jun 2007 5:58PM
Another great story together with a cracking image.
User_Removed 15 51
25 Jun 2007 6:03PM
Fine shot and happy 150th.

sandrish 17 36 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 6:05PM
An interesting story and another wonderful shot!

RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 6:42PM
Frenetic dancing? Are these guys responsible for this weather we're getting?

A superb picture, Alan, great colour and excellent description. Congratulations on your 150th!

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
25 Jun 2007 7:00PM
Congrats in your 150th upload, and I think with each new upload your composition has been even more compelling, nice work! Spot on! Click!!!

DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
25 Jun 2007 7:03PM
A wonderful image Alan & a fasinating story to go with it.
Indians doing a Rain Dance, & you having an encounter a with drunken yob......but definately getting the better of him by the sounds of it.
Well done on your 150th.
25 Jun 2007 7:13PM
What a colourful character. Thanks too for the brilliant story.

Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
25 Jun 2007 7:21PM
Great shot of an interesting person. The colours are great in this. Nice capture. Congrats on 150.
GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 7:23PM
Great shot, real colourful character, congrats on the 150.

GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
25 Jun 2007 7:43PM
Excellent shot and description
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 7:49PM
Superb capture & very colourful, worth all the runaround you had to get batteries. Sorry that there are some stupid idiots that can spoil a great day, but you could rise above it
nice one Alan
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 8:28PM
A worthwhile upload for number 150. Great image as always!
elcid 16 150 England
25 Jun 2007 8:43PM
Nice one Alan, great story, great shot, well worth the runaround for the batteries, stay well mate.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 8:57PM
Congratulations on 150 Alan! Your descriptions are sublime and the photos to go with them..I certainly wouldn't call your images modest..another superb shot.
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 8:58PM
this is fab what an image for yr 150th
so clear and sharp so much detail and colour
well taken
Pegon 15 78 1 England
25 Jun 2007 9:15PM
Congratulations on your 150th Alan, a superb candid with excellent colour.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
25 Jun 2007 9:48PM
An interesting story and a great anniversary shot. It is always nice to see photographers that gets better instead off me that's steady on my way down. Enough ranting a lovely capture you have made here

S_Boulding 14 72 England
25 Jun 2007 9:50PM
Congrats on your 150th, It seems very popular already! gorgeous shot, love the expression and face paint, Colours are great,

Once again congrats on the 150th,
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
25 Jun 2007 10:49PM
By your description I think that this will be a memorable picture for you, lol.
Congratulations on, this, your excellent 150th upload, and I look forward to your next 150.
HUMIE 14 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 11:08PM
Excellent image and narrative Alan...good thinking for the P---head too,well done.
Thanks for the birthday wishes.
Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
25 Jun 2007 11:33PM
Great colourful image, thanks for the commentary.

Best Matt
AlistairJ 15 6 England
26 Jun 2007 12:34AM
Another great candid shot and lovely description.

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
26 Jun 2007 1:43AM
A colourful character, well portrayed, and an interesting story with it.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
26 Jun 2007 3:38AM
Agree with all the above Alan and am pleased to add my congratulations on your 150th. upload. IMHO you have no equal when it comes to candids and write-ups on them.
Rgds., Jim
Lovely work Alan ... great presentation.
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 7:00AM
my 6th or 6th look
i love his face
all the detail in this photo is fab
its such an intresting image
Marian 15 62 England
26 Jun 2007 7:05AM
Pleased to be vote no 60, on your 150th upload!
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 7:33AM
hi Alan, great tale and shot to match
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 7:35AM
What a beautiful and colourful image. It is a pitty that we can't here the tune.
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 9:11AM
What a great shot to commemorate your 150th! Congratulations! Shame that ignorant guy had to have his say, but it seemed he got his reward!!!
x Carol x
26 Jun 2007 9:29AM
Great shot and colours. JNC
26 Jun 2007 10:30AM
Nice colors
g_parry 15 332 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 11:17AM
congrats on reaching the 150 - this is an excellent character shot - well taken

iajacks 15 24 England
26 Jun 2007 12:51PM

well composed ian
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
26 Jun 2007 1:35PM
Great character shot with nice colour and detail,well captured........

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 2:21PM
Happy 150th to you,
Happy 150th to you...

Lovely story, lovely picture, well worth the effort.
Thanks for comments, and here's wishing more power to your batteries!
jakcie 14 8 Ireland
26 Jun 2007 2:55PM
Congrats 150th uploads, I would like to meet that kind of man and took a shot, like it very much.
tepot 16 4.4k United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 3:35PM
very colourful, makes a nice picture.
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 4:49PM
What a great 150th upload excellent capture good colour and clarity
Richard707 14 14 United States
26 Jun 2007 6:47PM
Nice shot. Interesting...I didn't know that any Native Americans toured Europe selling their CD's. Makes sense I guess.
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 7:35PM
happy 150th brilliant shot
26 Jun 2007 8:13PM
Unbelievably brilliant 150th!
Richsr 14 91 223 England
26 Jun 2007 9:32PM
Great 150th Image well captured. Look forward to more of your Images.
Regards Richard
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
26 Jun 2007 11:12PM
I bet these guys are responsible for all the flooding in the UK this week. I'm sure it was a 'Rain Dance' they were doing. And they had you drowning the battery blues in the pub and all! Only joking. A nice picture Alan and happy 150th. John
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
27 Jun 2007 1:37AM
It's a superb candid Alan. Fantastic colours. I admire the way you handled the "comedian". I suppose that's one of the downsides of candid work.

AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Jun 2007 8:58AM
Thanks everyone, much appreciated as always
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2007 10:24AM
excellent - pose colour and composition.
peachT 15 3
27 Jun 2007 11:33AM
it's a great portrait, you and a few other epz'ers seem to effortlessly get good shots in such busy environments, but I've tried it and it's not so easy!

I like the way you handled mighty mouthSmile
helena 17 134 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2007 12:35PM
Brilliant Alan,
Happy 150th, Tara x
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
27 Jun 2007 5:59PM
a wonderful image and once again reinforced with a very interesting narrative which is very informative with regard to the Sioux. Your dilemma with the batteries was unfortunate as was your encounter with the drunk.
RoddBC 15 40 United States
27 Jun 2007 8:14PM
Thank you for your kind comments on my grandmother's picture Alan. Great pic and congrads on your 150th upload!

erron 13
27 Jun 2007 10:35PM
a good shot whith nie colours good job!
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2007 4:54AM
scumbags alan thats all they are,glad to see your alright oh and your camera lol.
lovely shot and congrats on 150 th upload.
chears ian.
trissie 14 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2007 8:29AM
A brilliant candid Alan, a great story and congratulations on your 150th.

Trish x
moglen Plus
14 14 1
28 Jun 2007 11:29AM
superb shot. glen
rikewoo 18 347 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2007 5:38PM
Good character photo Alan. Well seen and taken.

patsy88 14 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2007 6:44PM
Nice shot..
29 Jun 2007 9:05AM
Great shot, nice & colourful, tight crop works well
tuhin 14
30 Jun 2007 3:15AM
Beautiful imaze.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 6:23AM
brilliant shot Alan
Steve-T Plus
14 56 66 England
30 Jun 2007 11:13AM
Well done on the 150th! I guessed Swindon from the thumbnail!
MikeEG 14 10 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 11:34AM
Great shot Alan I like the eye contact, and the great story to go with it,
saw this group in Bath got the disc.
All the best. MikeEG
Dotrob 15 Wales
30 Jun 2007 5:53PM
Great candid shot, congratulations on your 150th upload.
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
30 Jun 2007 8:57PM
The biggest problem I have when visiting ur Pf is trying to decide what picture comment on,it is so varied,the second is I love the way you comment on your shots as above which I might add are always interesting and informative and a giggle,,,,
Anyway this is a very colourful shot Alan well captured,
Now theres a peoplewith history.
Thanks for sharing .
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
1 Jul 2007 4:33PM
Well, here's the century click! - and congrats on the 150th upload.

As ever, loved reading the narration above, and, of course, the image itself.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
1 Jul 2007 5:38PM
A really colourful candid capture Alan, and a fine image to mark your 150th upload
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2007 7:02PM
well done on your 150th

brill shot

well done
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
2 Jul 2007 3:10PM
150 congrats alan
still in top form
wyatturp 15 2 England
3 Jul 2007 8:34AM
Top work old and new

daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2007 8:43PM
As soon as I saw the picture, I thought that looks authentic! Then I read the write up, and found it was. As usual one of your fine shots. Congratulations on perseverence. It works wonderfully well.


Thanks for the click. I'm just learning the lens. D.
evelen 16 5 England
4 Jul 2007 6:42PM
excellent capture well done on the 150th.
sputnki 16 10 Canada
5 Jul 2007 5:28PM
Great catch Alan! Don't let the local sod's get you down, remember a long lens is good for clubbing as well as distant shots!

panda 16 5 1 England
6 Jul 2007 10:19AM
Congratulations on your 150th Alan, no need to be modest, your shots hold up against the best of them.

Regards Phil
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2007 11:16AM
A belated happy 150th Alan. As always a cracking read in the narrative. You have developed your candid taking skills very well over your time with EPZ - long may it continue
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
6 Jul 2007 1:22PM
Great shot and colours Alan well done.

pennyspike 18 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2007 10:34PM
A shot with a story, I like thoseWink
Fabulous hair.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
12 Jul 2007 11:31PM
What a fantastic outfit. Too bad the modern microphone had to be in the shot but I see no way you could have avoided it. -=\Walter
AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Jul 2007 9:05AM
Thanks Walter, thanks all - Alan
WillieH 15 2 Scotland
16 Jul 2007 6:55PM
Another of your very fine candid images Alan, and the story to boot makes them even more interesting, thanks for sharing.

Kind Regards Willie
17 Jul 2007 8:36AM
Congrats on 150; love the story too, you sell yourself short Alan, you are one of the people on this site whose images are ALWAYS interesting. helen x
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
17 Jul 2007 12:56PM
Hi Alan,
congratulations on your 150th upload and your epz do sell yourself short,you have lots of wonderful images,this being only one of them.I love the paint on his face and the original costume and musical images and as well as photographing him you take the time to get to know the persons name and about them so you can tell us in your description all about them and that they are sioux and his name and about there music.That is special.Take care.AnnSmile
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Jul 2007 5:59PM
Thanks Willie, Helen and Ann
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2007 1:25PM
Absolutely cracking shot there Alan - so vibrant. Congratulations on this being your 150th upload. Your photos and stories bring me so much pleasure. Keep it up

AlanBW 15 20 England
23 Jul 2007 1:59PM
Thanks Gaz, thanks all - Alan
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
16 Aug 2007 10:19AM
this is great and an excellent description too, congrats on the 150th
AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Aug 2007 5:34PM
Thanks Nicholas, much appreciated - Alan
30 Sep 2007 10:13AM
Again just a beautiful shot and a pleasure to see, thank you for sharing this with us. It is seeing images like this that inspire me when I am trying to capture similar things
AlanBW 15 20 England
30 Sep 2007 10:53AM
Many thanks Justin - Alan
videotec 12 8 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2008 9:46AM
Brilliant shot Alan--love it
That's some great write-up

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