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Picking On Complete Strangers In Black & White

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Picking On Complete Strangers – In Black & White

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Multiple Exposures + Picking On Complete Strangers = Awesome

 

Just some colour photos from a Nikon DF walk about
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Picking On Complete Strangers

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Picking on Complete Strangers

So even though the lens is battered and bruised from the drug dealer kicking it seems to be working just fine! It is kind of randomly slow on focusing especially on close up things I think, but it is random so I is hard to tell. For things that are in focus it seems just as sharp or sharper than before the foot incident.

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The Douche Bag vs Nikon DF

I have been doing this whole photo thing for a really long ass time and I thought I may have seen it all, but today I was introduced to somewhat of a new experience. I was walking north up Abbott Street  in Gastown from being stood up for my Multiple Exposure with people project. (side note I am looking for people that would like to ‘model’ for me in a controlled multiple exposure project! If you’re interested get in touch) I had a coffee in one hand and the camera in the other. Set for Multiple exposures I was looking for textures for the first of the two shots. I crossed Cordova street and raised the camera to take a photo of a tree when a guy at the mouth of the alley yelled ‘fuckoff’ and dashed back into the alley. I payed it little mind because G-town is filled with ‘characters’ but as I got closer to the alley this guy
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pops out from the alley and yells at me
“Stop pointing that fucking camera at me” to which I replied
“Uh yeah this has nothing to do with you” He repeated as though I had said absolutely nothing.

“Stop pointing that fucking camera at me” to which I again replied
“I am not pointing anything at you. Relax this (I motioned to the camera) has nothing to do with you.” It was becoming obvious that he was really just picking a fight for fight sake. A few folks that were having a smoke outside the barber shop stood up and took notice as he was getting more and more belligerent and like a bad bar joke he yelled the same thing for a third time.
“STOP POINTING THAT CAMERA AT ME”

Now I would like to point out that they camera has been in my hand and at my side throughout this entire interaction save the moments that I pointed it at the sky half a block away to maybe take a photo of a tree. It had in fact not been pointed at him in any way.

I would also like to point out that I as a general rule don’t take photos of the people involved within the issues that are in my hood. EG: Drug dealers/hobo’s/pan handlers/folks sleeping on the street. Living in the DTES I think that a lot of people here are in the situations that they are, because someone at some point took advantage of them. I don’t want to continue that trend by taking photos of them without permission. These people are people and they are not here purely as a backdrop to my photo antics.

That is not to say that I don’t take photos of hobos/pan handlers/folks sleeping on the street and other people just not in their home. Your hood is your home and where you should feel at home regardless of your situation and some jerk IE: Me sticking his camera in your face is counter intuitive to all of that.

So when he yelled at me a third time I went against all my better judgement and I raised the camera, pointed it directly at his face and shot a couple of photos (hence the Double Exposure) yelling back something to the effect of
“Fine if you want me to point it at you I will” snap snap and I continued walking away thinking that this would be the end of it.

It wasnt.

He ran up and soccer kicked my hand/camera really hard and ran away east up the alley. The group of bearded men who I assumed were from the barber shop and I chased after him. I am not really sure what we would have done if we had caught him but three running steps in on my buggered knee I knew that I wasn’t catching anybody :)

That and also I heard something plastic and expensive sounding skittering along the pavement. I looked down at the camera (that was still in my hand because I use a wrist strap) to see that it was missing the lens. How it came off I am not really sure. His foot must of hit the lens release button and when I ran it must of twisted or something But never the less the lens was skittering across the pavement.

I feared the worst. I assumed that they mount on either the camera or the lens was clearly broken off and that it was going to be exactly like this. but after a quick inspection and during the 911 call I determined that it wasn’t all that catastrophically damaged

Broken-Lens

These photos show some of the cleaned up damage as I have scraped of all the loose plastic burr’s. The Hood took the largest brunt of it all and looks pretty well worn now :) i will still send it in to nikon to make sure that all is well with the focusing motor etc..

All in all I shouldn’t have engaged with the drug dealing alley troll (he is well known to the police and the local business) I should have known better so with little harm done I guess.

My Lesson DON’T FEED THE TROLLS. :)

 

Picking On Complete Strangers.

This evening I had a photo session in Coal Harbour so I left early and walked down picking on people as I went. (side note: I have a tonne of gear in the Brixton and it was totally fine to walk there and back with two bodies and the heavy ass 70-200mm f/2.8G) _DDF3963---September-08,-2014 _DDF4002---September-08,-2014 _DDF4015---September-08,-2014 _DDF4031---September-08,-2014 _DDF4037---September-08,-2014

Walk to Gastown Multiple Exposure In colour

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Gastown Feet In Colour & Black and White

These are feet walking in Gastown. Truth be told these were actually both meant to be part of awesome multiple exposures but I some how didn’t have the setting on. (I think i used live view to take a photo of something up really high and live view must have shut of the Multiple Exposure setting off) They are awesome in there own right never the less.

Nikon DF Gastown Feet In colour

This top photo was taken with the ever awesome AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G DX on the full frame camera. I think I will talk about this in depth soon but this particular DX lens on and FX camera = awesome! Nikon DF Gastown Feet In Black & White

Gastown Multiple Exposures

Tonight we hung out on a boat. Because we are friends with someone with a boat. Because we ARE vancouver. It was awesome. WHY? Because boat!

We have a double wedding weekend starting in the AM so I get to test the awesomeness of the Brixton bag again! :) I am going to name the bag Bowie because
A: Alliteration (Bowie the Brixton Bag)
B: It would seem that David Bowie is the most famous person to come from Brixton.

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