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  • Sadly you are beyond help and understanding I'm afraid......like all lefties you flatly refuse to see what is right in front of you.......your way is the only way, you refuse to see any other and your cohorts can do no wrong and tell the absolute truth at all times ? ? ?....oh! And you don't like being challenged, and bite the bait like a hungry fish.

    Socialist oligarchs? What about the donor's to Labour/ what about the equivalent amounts of dosh donated by unions?
    Oh yes! Two of our local out and out socialists whom I often have discussions with, have second homes, more than one car and live on over generous local authority pensions...... grade 1 listed thatched cottages, in a conservation area......canal boat living........holiday lets.......

    Me? An ex snotty nose council house brat, with manual and farm labourers ( Ag Labs) going back to 1754 and beyond......one of my direct relatives married into the family of Joseph Arch, founder of the agricultural union......my uncle and grandfather were founder members of the local.....Working Men;s Club......very sadly, the TRUE socialist ideals of their day has been corrupted by marxist rabble rousers,,who just want to stir things up.

    I want you to remember our exchanges on here......then, when you finally have your Marxist utopia, you can return to tell me all about how much you have gained in the process and to tell me how much richer and happier people are........sad thing is, I probably won't be here.

  • You have a very sad, twisted logic Sir.

    I have interacted with so many people with opinions exactly like yourself....... you all seem to have the answers but never do anything ....or suggest anything to make the world a better place.

    There are right wing oligarchs.....there are left wing oligarchs.....there are downright stupid oligarchs, and there are downright evil oligarchs.......NONE of them give a damn as long as they make profits......even those amongst the marxists.

    Just the other day, a Nigerian oil oligarch married in Blenheim Palace at a cost of 5 million pounds...... just a couple of days before the lefty BBC was making an appeal on behalf of poor Africans......it was ever thus.

    What I was referring to in my previous posts, is that certain sections of our citizenship are using current events to whip up political discontent but with no thought and bereft of any solution to the problems they appear to highlight.

  • There is developing, a really nasty, potentially distructive violent marxist undercurrent which could incite rioting and unrest, especially in the already stressed/traumatised capital.
    A cynical exploiting of three horrible happenings for one sided-nasty political ends which will be no good for anyone of any political colour.

    I am old enough to have lived through WWII when, both government and the people pulled together to win through.....it is this same spirit that we need today, recent happenings require careful thinking, a time for reflection and justice, then to be steady and above party politics.

    NO! I'm not a blue, or a red supporter, just someone old enough to have seen it all before, this time it looks potentially even nastier than ever before.

    I live in hope that common sense and wisdom will prevail.


  • Soccer, P.E. and anything at all to do with sports or physical activity.....not fingering maths....I don't do numbers.....everything else I really enjoyed.

  • The answer, my friend.....is blowin' in the wind..... 🌬


    Why not?

    It beats milky water.....and.....that flippin....lone tree on Saddlworth Moor, or that landing stage vanishing into lake.

    It isn't what you photograph....it is....HOW....you photograph it....


  • Just like Saltireblue above, my camera goes with me whenever I leave the house, I'm rarely without it......normally with one lens of choice attached .....if I do join a good pal for a Street Shoot, I pop a few others in a small camera bag for variety.

    I collect vintage lenses for my M 4/3 kit so a large drawer is essential.

  • I must admit that I hadn't realised that.....thank you!

    Ah, but they do state clearly...E-MOUNT right on the front....so acquiring the right lenses is made easy.

  • The SONY ALPHA range of camera's use the A mount lenses, you can acquire these for a reasonable price on eBay now if you search carefully.
    I have just sent all my SONY gear to Ffordes Photographic in Inverness-Shire, so it might be worth searching their site next week after all my A mount lenses are put up for sale.

    The A mount is the old Minolta one as far as I recall, there should be a few AF versions still around.

    Also, if you don't mind going fully manual, you can use Vintage Film Camera Lenses with the M42 Thread mount by using eBay purchased adapters...

  • If it's a micro four thirds camera......explore the amazing world of cheap, Vintage film lenses.....they are easily available on eBay and other auction sites.....you obviously need to check seller feedback, descriptions and photographs before buying.

    M42 and M39 thread adapters open you up to using a whole range a beautiful glass, from the 1950 s through to the 1980 s......

    You will need to learn how to shoot in full manual, learn Hyperfocal distance and zone focusing, but all are relatively easy to pick up.....if I can do it aged 79 yrs anyone can.

    Proof?.........just look through my recent portfolio pics, most are shot through vintage glass now.

    You can also of course.....pay loadsamoney for current auto-focus Digital Lenses.

    Above all, enjoy your photography and have fun.

  • Go to BBC iPlayer, search for.......On Camera......a BBC tv archive documentary.

  • Hi, Len,

    I instigated this thread in the hopes that it would develop into a lively exchange, which can only be a good thing, if members are to learn or at least have an opportunity to discuss various methods of photography.

    It was obvious to viewers that the ballroom dancers were quite happy to be photographed and filmed for the documentary at the time.....look at a portfolio/gallery of images taken by Martin and you will see that he too can be up-front with his camera.
    I have already stated that I like the work of both Martin and Dougie but wouldn't dare use their very edgy approach to Street Photography.

  • I did notice he used his flash on the driver of more than one car.....we all know the after effects of flash on our own vision .....I think that it was a bit dodgy.....later in the video, Dougie really annoyed an Arab? Woman, to the point of anger, I would say that was harassment.

    Please don't get me wrong.....I'm an avid supporter of Street aphotogrsphy, I practice it myself....that is what I observed and thought.

  • Yes indeed!

    Very interesting feedback and discussion....

    Whilst I don't have the ......in your face ......use of flash......shoot, then run approach.....I do photograph people, unobserved, with my GX7 in silent mode.

    Then again, I wouldn't stoop to using a long, zoom, or a mirror lens to take sneaky peeping-tom like frames....one of my favourite lense is my tiny LUMIX 1.7-20 auto-focus.......I also enjoy going fully manual, with a vintage 35mm set to Zone Focus, this can involve getting pretty close at times.

    I don't, like some, ensure a response from a chosen subject.....if they do catch me out, that can be a bonus.......I've already stated that I like the work of both Martin and Dougie.....but their method just isn't for me.

    I was told by my shooting pal, that I might get thumped if I asked this chap for a street portrait, he was drinking outside a city pub with a like, group.....I took up the challenge......he was gruff, wanted to know why, and where his portrait might be seen etc......after I told him of my ongoing ...Street Portrait Project....he agreed.

    I always offer my card, with full contact details, a link to my portfolio on here, and the information their photograph may be online, exhibited or published....they also receive digital copies if they email me.

    During my five or more years of shooting Street, I have had a few refusals, just one very angry aggressive response, and have been escorted out of a Shopping Arcade by security.....so I'm no pussy-cat.

    Here you go... Hobbo


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    Quote:or invade private space.

    How do you define private space?
    What about the Henri Cartier-Bresson shot "On the Banks of the Marne or many of Weegee's published photos? Weggee often used flash including at murder scenes.
    As a general rule in the UK public space is not private.
    The two photographers being discussed shoot in colour but otherwise there is no fundamental difference in subject matter.

    I have no wish to get embroiled in an argy-bargy about detail.....but, when compared to the Vivienne Maeir type Street Photography, and that of most others.....Martin , Dougie and another all, initiate a surprised, angry, hurt, annoyed response from their subject/s ...THIS.....is why they are edgy, up front, contemporary.....

    This obviously is good for business, both for them and from their sponsors, agents and exhibitors.....but that doesn't make it totally right for the people who they've annoyed...

    Please don't get me wrong on this.....look st my portfolio, you will see that I too am a keen Street Photographer......but, I wouldn't think of shoving my camera into an open sports car, or into the face of someone enjoying a burger, etc......

    .....you asked what, private space was........ I define it as, when someone gets uncomfortably close, intrudes where they aren't asked or wanted, then expect subjects not to object.

    It might be a good idea for a photographer or two, to test, to see just how tolerant Martin and Dougie are to their own treatment......so, if you are attending a talk or presentation given by one ir the other, catch them as they arrive or leave .....might be fun.

    The daft folks if Blackpool and the like are fair game.....they go out of their way to be noticed....they don't care what private space is, or care about the feelings of others.....

    I like the the work of both Martin and Dougie.....but that doesn't make it right.....

    Good discussion this......thanks!


  • That is all good stuff....Thank You.

    One thing that would upset me, is....... if camera club members, or any other amateur photographer, is minded to imitate this pair of......professional....IN YOUR FACE .....Photographers, we gentler Street Photographers may find we aren't welcome any more?
    I'm not afraid to shoot closely, or to request a street portrait, but, I would never shove a flash up noses, or invade private space.

    Another valid? Point.....is that, if they, and probably others, continue, it won't be long, before people deliberately dress or behave just to be noticed.....or.... popular photography locations like London's Brick Lane.....put a ban on nuisance photographers.

    Still open for healthy debate and discussion....


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    A few years ago, I was invited to enter a few of my street pics in an exhibition......all was totally spoilt when I was asked for ....Model Release , for each and every recognisable subject......totally daft,

    You can sell almost any picture taken in a public place, but for "reportage only" if you do not have a model release.
    For advertising etc you need a model release.
    If an exhibition is charging an entry fee it might be argued this is more than reportage and model releases are required.
    I came up against this issue in the broader sense when holding an exhibition of historical photos; some of which copyright ownership was unclear. I had to get the Arts Council to pay for printing the catalogues so we could distribute them free to avoid a possible copyright issue.
    Back to your "exhibition" the organiser can impose any acceptance criteria they choose, even if unrealistic.
    A parallel is "we cannot do X or Y because we are not insured if we do". As an FCII and Chartered Insurer I am well aware that if a policyholder takes reasonable care the claim is handled and that around 99% of "excuses" are figments in the mind of someone who has no clue about what is or is not insured.

    Then I have a further question for you.....how is it that both MArtin Parr and and Dougie, can shoot complete strangers Willy-Nile, Many against the wishes of the subject....most times the photographer turns on his heel and walks away.
    BOTH men, are good at what they do....both put their work in exhibitions, photo-books, and on public TV and in the media......without a squeak if protest from the subjects, the exhibition organizers, the media, and the public..........
    My claim is....if ai, or,you....tried it....we would be kept out as a ploy.......

    Come on folks.....Discuss!

  • Having had a night to sleep on it.....

    I realise, that, although I really don't like his ....in-your-face-pushy approach.....he is recording very clearly the levels to which much of our so called society has sunk.

    The, more than, super rich swanning around in the most exoensive of cars, clothes, with bags, watches and jewellery to match.

    In direct comparison to the..

    Abysmal Streets of Blackpool observing the foul goings on of so called hen parties or stag nights......what used to be fairly innocuous boozy matey occasions, have turned into something totally depraved. No wonder the youngsters of today are so mixed up......

    Or........Am I just showing my age and should just......Shut Up?

    Come on! Get this debate going.....it's a meaty one.

  • The program was..


    Featuring photographer Dougie Wallace...

    A MUST watch

  • Please catch up with this program if you didn't watch it first time around....

    Didn't catch his name, but the photographer is Glaswegian.....very upfront, and using a double flash unit poked into people's faces, including the super-rich of Knightsbridge, or the hen parties of Blackpool

    One thing puzzles me......

    A few years ago, I was invited to enter a few of my street pics in an exhibition......all was totally spoilt when I was asked for ....Model Release , for each and every recognisable subject......totally daft, but the organizer insisted......it ended up with me exhibiting two shots where faces were hidden or covered.

    The guy in the program tonight is getting very well know, he is a pal of Photographer Martin Parr, who also takes and likes edgy photo books.

    A debate on this please!

    How is it.....if I did this, I would probably be thumped or arrested, or, sued ....yet others seem to get away with it.......

    I consider myself to be quite an edgy Street Photographer.....to cover myself, I always give my card, to all of my Street Portrait subjects......the card states clearly that their photograph, may be used on a forum, in a publication, or in a photo book, of my own making.....they also get offered free, emailed Jpegs.....No one has requested that I don't publish or put online yet.

    I do receive the very rare whinger, I sometimes, walk on....but would delete pics if really asked, or threatened....at 79 years of age.....I think Im pretty safe.

    Discuss please.....pile in......Please!

  • Two comments to follow the last two....

    The producer of those figurines, made an OBVIOUS copy in resin? of an original photograph.....that was deliberate plagiarism.

    Question? Is painting after the style of Picasso worse than that of Constable's Haywain?......THAT....could instigate another long, never ending debate.....very much like those we photographers have about aspects of our hobby or profession.

    This has been a very useful and informative thread.....with the majority coming down on the side of...

    It is better to request permission to produce an art work based upon someone else's photograph as long as permission is asked, then requested......with the artist enduring that the photographer sees a copy in due course if that is what they wanted.

    Also, as for centuries, an Artist, can be influenced by another's creative work, as long as they produce a derivative which isn't a photo-realistic copy.

    Thank you all......especially to Graham, the photographer of that beautiful owl.....he has graciously given me permission to adapt his shot into a watercolour painting that won't be a direct copy.

  • Personally I don't usually speak at all if painting .....I am usually totally absorbed in the task in hand....but.....if I were an art tutor.....then yes!

    A quiet reassuring voice would be of great benefit all round.

  • Bloody iPad spellcheck......it has a mind of its own sometimes....

    It should have read...



  • Here is one of my paintings inspired by an EPZ member, with permission...

    Plus one inspired by one if my own photographs.

  • Ha! Ha!

    Just read my .....Typo......Crime-de-la-creme.........it DOES, sum up much of my work 😜

    It should of course read.....crime-de-la-creme...

  • I am a long-time member of Ephotozine, I am also a very keen artist.....I am often inspired to paint by the subjects photographed by others .....and.....often photograph things or scenes painted in the past by other artists.

    As a personal strict rule, I always try to obtain permission to use an existing photograph as inspitaration for a new Watercolour or drawing......not to copy it photographically, or super-realistically, but to interpret what is in the photograph in my own artistic way.

    Recently, I have obtained permission, to use bird photographs taken by EPZ members as inspiration, it is the polite thing to do, even though the finished painting isn't a realistic copy, but a painted interpretation.

    Very obviously, I would be breaking every rule, if I photographed another photographers work, the same goes for digitally altering the same.

    I put this up for open discussion as an aid to other members who paint and are inspired by photographs they themselves would find impossible to take.

    It would be wonderful if photographers gave a hint of what they will allow, when they post.

    Personally I would be more than pleased if one of my own photographs inspired an artist, whether they obtained permission or not.....as long as it wasn't a super-realistic copy.....which is extremely difficult to do anyway.


    Hobbo.....very keen Photographer/Artist

  • Hi 71Alex....

    All `I ever do for inspiration/motivation and shooting ideas, is to trawl through the huge number of existing work posted on Ephotozine by its members.
    There you will see, everything, from the crime-de-la-creme to the worst of the cliches and everything in between.........
    Then trawl YouTube for the hundreds of photo-related videos and professional tutorials.......

    Take a camera, wherever you go, or as often as you can........have a coffee, with like minded photographer friends......be an active member of an online forum, or a local photographic club.

  • I want to thank everyone who has replied to this post, just to let you all know that it took a photographer pal, who already uses Blurb to get me to where I wanted to be .

  • AGREED!......An invaluable free source of excellent tuition from many of the very best tutors.....all free too.