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  • Commented on 'Best Wedding Photographer'

    Quote:This guy is good.

    The video is unbelievable.

    Beat me to it Smile link
    • 6 Oct 2009 9:52AM
  • Commented on 'G10 v G11 Black and white plus reportage, Leica X1'

    I had the G10 setup with manual focus preset, monitor and everything turned off. It's the actual speed of capturing the data that slows it down. Dropping the image quality speeds it up.

    My comment about using the G10 with a tripod is not meant to be a use for documentary or press? It's just the way I use my G10, cityscapes in london is what it's great for, a compact tripod and the G10, can be setup while still looking like a tourist, stops any police or 'security' interest. As we all know a amatuer is a tourist and a professional is a terrorist Wink The G10 on a tripod produces excellent images.
    • 28 Sep 2009 8:24PM
  • Commented on 'G10 v G11 Black and white plus reportage, Leica X1'

    I ran some tests for a review using the G10 for discreet press work, I also own a G10. The shutter lag is way too much to be useable for this type of work. It's a shame this old issue is no making a comback, there is a great need for a compact-sized camera to bridge the gap for a discreet option that is affordable and efficient.

    I now only use the G10 for tripod low iso work. Which it is great for...
    • 28 Sep 2009 11:50AM
  • Commented on 'Camera Bag Suggestions (Canon 50D)'

    I have many bags, the worst two under my eyes Smile

    I use a lowepro vertex 300 for when I need to take lots of gear and big tripod etc. For press stuff I use either a lowepro slingshot 300 or a crumpler pyjama pride. Then theres the think tanks speed belt with various modules thingy's.

    For me the bag I use depends on how I need to access and how much gear I need. Such as, do I need to access my gear on the move and fast? Will I be able to take off my bag and switch gear? Am I concerned about having pockets on show? Will I be switching flashes and lenses often? Do I have too many bags? Are my bags to blame for all the poor shots?

    For me no bag is the be and end all solution, but it's cheaper than buying new lenses! Smile
    • 24 Apr 2009 3:29PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    Denny, your the first protest critical point to make sense. Yes there were many groups with campaigns beyond the reach of the G20, I was stood next to that interview with the polar bear. He was there to get his message heard, he succeeded, mainly due to lack of stories that day. There were nearly as many press, at the actual G20 summit protest, as there were protesters, in fact until past midday there were far more. The main body of the protest was made up of three groups of campaingers for issues in Ethiopia, another cause beyone the G20.

    You are right in one sense, too many messages dilute the burning or topical issue. But there wasn't really one issue, the economic one was I suppose, but in light of lots of campaigns being given air, most turned up.

    Now in answer to the other comments about protests not working. 'The two Tamil protesters who are on a hunger strike outside the Houses of Parliament have accepted a few sips of water in return for a promise from MPs that their case will be heard.' But protest don't work apparently. Smile
    • 11 Apr 2009 9:44AM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    What were you expecting, the IMF to pay off world debt, 3 square meals for everyone, bankers to donate all bonuses and take a pay cut and the G20 to go all green overnight?

    How do yo think it works, do you vote? If so why, nothing ever changes, so why bother.

    Does the bend in light annoy you, from inside that bubble?
    • 10 Apr 2009 7:28PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    I heartily recommend those commenting to turn up to the next big protest, you may be left wondering where all the violence is...

    You catch a few snippets on tv and see a headline, suddenly the entire event appears to be an orgy of violence.

    'Scuffles' broke out when police stopped the protest from leaving/moving. Those scuffles only erupted when one or the other party pushed forward. When no one pushed, everyone stood around and chatted or sang.

    Very few, a fraction of a fraction, of protesters wanted any trouble of any kind. Many of the covered faces did nothing at all, it was all affect. But there were far too many Police in riot gear and ready for trouble, and expecting it.

    The fact is, the kind of aggression that most people are angry about is the kind metered out to Ian Tomlinson, where roaming officers would jump an individual who was either unaware or not moving quick enough for Police, and these were assaults.

    Some very silly comments referring to getting what you deserve, who deserves to be assaulted, Police, Protester or Bystander?

    Why didn't the press get the same treatment, there were more of us there in the front line than protesters, we were part of the numbers, some would say we were inciting the protesters by holding up cameras. The reason was simple, the Police wouldn't get away with it, but a swampy character shouting at the police, oh he really deserves it.

    Protesting is about demanding the results of democracy, it's about the people's voice, reminding those in power who gave that power, it's the open mic version of a petition and sometimes a very powerful one. Anyone that cannot understand that or considers protest to be a waste of time or unnecessary hindrance to daily life, China is that way ->
    • 10 Apr 2009 2:49PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    It's a crying shame when we all know what really happens and can quickly un-spin the web of misdirection, we all know how minorities make the headlines and the majorities requests go un-headed and yet it still goes on.

    Presidents are elected, protests are smeared and the poor and ignored. It's not our democracy, it belongs to someone else.
    • 8 Apr 2009 3:03PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    The reason why the two handed shove was not treated as assault, is due to it being common place in this situation.

    Riot Police and regular Police with riot training behave very differently when clad in the gear. In a line with other officers they obey strict commands and seem very calm. However when these officers are on walkabout or in loose groups moving people on, they forget themselves and use heavy hands often to people who can't see them coming.

    There is footage available (trying to find a link) of two columns of riot police moving into position at the climate camp at bishopsgate. They pass an individual who is not taking part, just observing with his back to the police, as they pass him, one officer performs a two handed shove and knocks him flying.

    If you're refusing to move under a section 5 public order request, that's one thing, but unaware of police presence or moving as requested, receiving physical actions of any kind, must be considered violent assault.

    The police are bound to state 'single incident' or 'one unfortunate event', the real fact is that 95% of police at this event will now be branded with the 5% of over aggressive and uncontrolled officers.
    • 8 Apr 2009 2:32PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    Check the footage from the climate camp dispersal and this same aggressive nature was apparant there. It seems that a police officer in riot gear without a riot has to find trouble... or make it.

    There is more footage of the alleged throwing of bottles at police giving CPR. An empty plastic bottle is thrown but no where near the officers giving first aid and it is quickly shouted down by the protesters around.

    The actual officers in the front line of the heated scenes outside RBS showed the upmost restraint and professionalism, so why can't officers moving about do the same.
    • 7 Apr 2009 10:48PM
  • Commented on 'Counter terrorism'

    Can anyone translate japanese.... for a project I have.... ahem ?
    • 7 Apr 2009 1:27PM
  • Commented on 'Counter terrorism'

    Put 'Technical Advisory Board' into google and you get the home office page followed by that porn site, results 1 and 2.

    For a Porn site to spot that the domain was up for sale and linked from the home office site is pretty sharp! Shame our government isn't so observant! Smile
    • 7 Apr 2009 1:25PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    Images 12 and 13 here are about 10-15m apart, once your away from the thin blue line, you'll feel you're somewhere else completely.
    • 6 Apr 2009 2:22PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    The hype that is pandered about comes from both sides. The fact was that there wasn't much chance of inciting the crowd to violence and 99% of them were there for a peaceful protest. The thrown objects just received 'oohs' and 'aahs', the only consensus action was when either party pushed forward and the other would push back.

    As for the general make up of the protest and their class. Never heard such pathetic waffle. The crowd was full of every sort of person, young and old, rich and poor, people from the south and north and further afield. I am not even sure of the point of such a suggestion, is the current climate, economic and otherwise, affecting only the rich? Is that your point, or is that only the rich have the spare time? Surely the ones with spare time currently, are those without a job, 2 million of them at the moment!

    Armchair critics should only critique armchairs!
    • 6 Apr 2009 10:41AM
  • Commented on 'Netbooks for Processing RAWS'

    The weight and size of them means you can take a netbook with you almost anywhere, although some of the newer netbooks are 12" which is about the same size of a small laptop, although they are still lighter.

    I wouldn't say the NC10 is sluggish and it uses the same components as most, pretty much. The only real factor for editing is the touch pad, but a small tablet or mouse answers that one. It is a fine line between a high end netbook and small laptop, when you balance weight, battery life and cost, in my opinion, it's all much of a muchness.
    • 5 Apr 2009 5:39PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    Quite amazing how much drivle is written and then regurgetated on and on...

    Yes, there were some people trying to 'stir it up', but there always is at major protests, these were a very small element. Generally the Police and Protesters were equally aggressive towards each other, but this was a very placid affair as big demos go. The Police took quick and decisive action when RBS windows went in. Generally the Police were smart and fair. The vast majority of protesters wanted a peacful protest and managed themselves well. Bottles were not thrown at Police giving CPR, this incident was very badly reported. The squats were not infiltrated, all you had to do was knock on the door and state you weren't a member of the Police.

    The bad points were the level of aggression shown by the clearing of the climate camp and the RBS windows. Both parts reflected badly on each group but, when put into the bigger picture, were minor fracas in a large protest. The biggest risk to life came from when the horses pushed forward too quickly and the main group of protesters struggle to stay on their feet, with hundreds crammed into Threadneedle Street, if the group collapsed, serious crush injuries would have resulted or worse.

    The fact was that most frontline episodes aroud Bank, were never going to develop into anything, because as soon as tensions rose, both sides were drowned in bodies holding cameras! More than 50% of the frontline of protesters were photographers or people holding cameras!

    The lead up to the G20 protest were awash with hype and spin, from all sides, people expected a new great fire of London, mixed with 28 days later. When in fact, apart from the one tragic incident and a few cuts and bruises, the commonest sufference was blisters!

    Next time, pop along, waive a flag, blow a whistle and see for yourself, you'll then know the difference between a protest and a riot.
    • 5 Apr 2009 5:32PM
  • Commented on 'Netbooks for Processing RAWS'

    I have been using a samsung NC10 for out and about press stuff and so long as you don't expect desktop speeds, it's fine. Using lightroom 2.3, don't really have much of an issue with all the panels, although the screen isn't full size it's usable. I tend you just use the jpegs for upload, but the first time I used it I had set my camera up wrong in the heat of the moment and only had cr2 files. I loaded up 300+ and edited down to 36 then exported to jpeg and uploaded in the street! The Nc10 battery is stupendous, I have the wifi on all the time and have usb stick etc attached often, I still get 5+ hours out of it. Smile

    oh PS, only change to it I made was to up the RAM to 2GB.
    • 4 Apr 2009 10:11PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    You may also consider the face mask and protective eye wear, tear gas ruins your focussing Tongue

    Personally I prefer a good set of rubber sealed goggles or a set of ski goggles, plus a 3m 4279 vapour mask. As anarchists drop like flies and mounted police re-enact the charge of the light brigade, you will be cocooned in a money shot getting bubble Smile

    For the cashing in part, try one of the citizen journalist sites like demotix or phone Barrie.
    • 30 Mar 2009 6:37PM
  • Commented on 'G20 protests and Working in London – great or foolish photo opportunity?'

    Although there is a good chance that the events will flare up at times, it's generally easy to avoid the hotspots and it doesn't erupt that quickly, that you can't make a good exit.

    I have covered the may day/ reclaim the streets protests since 98, have been pressed up against riot shields and ducked batons and bricks on more than the odd occasion. But that is because I put myself there.

    If you want to get into the action, take a wide angle and make it clear from what you wear, what you are doing. The protesters and police are very unlikely to take it out on you, they are far to busy with each other. Any injuries are usually down to unfortunate accidents. Not that many Police or Anarchists will actually get hurt.

    If you want to stay safe but get some good shots, take a longer lens and snipe from the bushes, or a safe distance, hop on a bin and look around, you will see were the hotspots are and any good positions to get shots.

    If you do decide to go to the 1st and 2nd events and want to get in there, up close and personal, keep your wits about you and be quick on your feet, it's like 12 year olds rugby, a brawling mass around a 'ball' just don't get caught up in the legs and arms. It may sound silly but a helmet is a good idea, when you're pressed up against the camera you can't see waiving flag sticks or if it gets worse bottles of water and bricks.

    Don't get alarmed if you do get manhandled by an officer, he will just be pulling out of the way of a horse or something.

    It can be fun! Smile
    • 30 Mar 2009 2:29PM
  • Commented on 'Polaroid Exhibtion - Open submission'

    If anyone shoots or has shot on polaroid, Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust aka Link4Life are compiling an exhibition and are requesting submissions. It is an exhibition aimed at marking the demise of the format. More info here.

    Snap, peel and wave! Smile
    • 8 Jan 2009 2:11PM
  • Commented on 'London police overstepping the mark?'

    Yes, hand it over and then say 'no don't that butt... oh you just deleted my picture of Kate Moss put the empties out in the buff, that's going to be expensive!' Tongue
    • 18 Dec 2008 9:00PM
  • Commented on 'London police overstepping the mark?'

    As the additions to the current legislation recommends that officers do not view images nor operate the camera as it should be sent for forensic analysis, if seriously suspected.

    Blunt actions by over eager the police could create a loop hole where truly malicious individuals can avoid prosecution by claiming that the police officer edited the image in-camera to make it seem more suspicious.
    • 18 Dec 2008 3:09PM
  • Commented on 'Am I Wrong'

    I tend to not book any time aside until a deposit is received. So until a deposit is made there is no agreement.

    If the requirement isn't discussed after receiving a quote, then it may be for all sorts of reasons, mostly when the booking is not required and the other party feels a little awkward. Often happens where there is a previous relationship. A simple question asking if the booking is still required will clear the air and allow you to re-plan.

    Above all it's not your fault that the other party decides not to go ahead. However getting the verbal agreement confirmed, should be your priority to allow you to manage your time effectively.
    • 10 Dec 2008 10:33AM
  • Commented on 'Pete in hospital but on the road to recovery.'

    Blimey, get well soon Pete, thoughts to you and your family, both relatives and extended, here.
    • 8 Dec 2008 10:50PM
  • Commented on 'What is the coolest album cover you have ever seen?'

    Quote:Quote:over or any of Supertramp's album coversFor its time their début album cover was brave showing naked tattooed breast.

    I thought that was the second album, the first was a flower, I think. But it got re-released later. Although as a young nipper given the job of changing records for me brothers, the stamped album made me smile Smile
    • 8 Dec 2008 5:18PM
  • Commented on 'What is the coolest album cover you have ever seen?'

    I always liked Pink Floyd's 'Animals' cover or any of Supertramp's album covers, especially Crisis and Breakfast in America.
    • 8 Dec 2008 4:30PM
  • Commented on 'How much are you influenced...'

    Interesting replies, I like trying to trace where ideas come from, sometimes tracing back to find the stimulus is easy and sometimes I have no idead where they come from, but I do accept the vast majority will be from external visual stimulus.

    An extension to the original questions;

    If you viewed an image ,and various critique (including your own) from several sources, developed the original concept further and gave the image far more possible potential, would you go ahead and try to develop that concept further if the original image wasn't one of yours?
    • 6 Dec 2008 1:34AM
  • Commented on 'html codes'

    Inline css will overide the external css file, so you can apply alignment tags in a style tag to make page specific changes.

    Quick look, I am guessing it's your links page. Add 'style="{float:right;}"' to the img tag.

    e.g. img style="{float:right;}" src="" border="0" alt="EPZ SMALL"

    Had to edit out the < > as it won't show in the forums.

    It will move to the right hand side of the available space it is sat in. If this is not far enough, you will need to adjust the '.linkdescription' class in the CSS file. Or overide that.

    Hope that isn't all dutch Smile
    • 6 Dec 2008 1:26AM
  • Commented on 'How much are you influenced...'

    Quote:Honestly? Not at all. Not consciously anyway.

    I would have thought it would be hard not to be influenced, subliminally impossible, but consciously difficult. Unless you shoot purely reactively and never contemplate and image prior to holding the camera?

    I don't necessarily mean another photographers work, but also images both still and moving, that we are presented through our daily lives.
    • 5 Dec 2008 2:50PM
  • Commented on 'How much are you influenced...'

    ... by other photographers or photographs.

    After flicking through a portfolio, I found an image that reminded me of another I had seen. Looking at them both they are very similar, I am not suggesting any plagiarism by anyone, I just wondering how much images we see, influence the types and specifics of the photographs we take.

    I recently watched a sequence on tv where in it I spotted a single frame in a quick pan, that could be worked up to make an interesting shot. The shot fits in to a style of shot I have been contemplating for some time.

    Did the frame stand out because I have been thinking of a similar shot, or is my thinking based on a series of influenced imagery that I have mentally collated?

    I guess some influences are more subliminal and some are obvious and packaged.

    How much is your photography influenced by other imagery or do you try to not be influenced?
    • 5 Dec 2008 2:19PM