Fun and games with the police tonight

Discussion in 'Photography' started by \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. I had an amusing experience this evening.

    I went into town this evening to indulge in my hobby of photography, and
    found myself being aprehended by the law while I was out.

    I was taking night shots across the rooftops of well known local landmarks
    from the top floor of a multi storey car park.
    While taking one one them, I was absent mindedly pointing my camera over the
    roof of the police station next door, and I was spotted on CCTV.

    As I was leaving the car park, I was stopped by two policemen who had come
    out of the station to question me and find out what I was up to.
    I explained to them that I hadn't even realised I was pointing in the
    direction of the police station. It just wasn't something that had even
    occurred to me.
    They took my details, and while one was radioing them through to the
    station, presumably to find out of I was a wanted fugitive or something, I
    showed my evenings work to the other policeman.

    They were really quite friendly and chatty about the whole thing, and they
    kept stressing to me that I wasn't in trouble and I hadn't committed any
    offence.

    We ended up by having a lengthy chat about photography, equipment and
    techniques, and in the end we went our separate ways quite amicably.

    I was really quite amused with the whole incident, as I haven't had my name
    taken by the police since I was in my early teens.
    It made me feel like such a rebel, LOL.

    If anyones interested, the photos can be viewed here.
    http://flickr.com/photos/swampy_bogtrotter/
     
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Oct 11, 2007
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    Celcius Guest

    Thanks for sharing.
    Out of curiosity, could you please share some info.: camera, lens, ISO, WB.
    Thanks.
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Oct 12, 2007
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  3. Hi Marcel.
    I was just shooting with a Fuji S5600.
    I don't own any massively expensive kit. The S5600 was the closest I could
    afford to a DSLR, and having since played with some fairly expensive DSLR's,
    I actually prefer the S5600 for it's simplicity, and the fact that it offers
    some features that more costly cameras don't.
    The ISO setting was 100, and the camera was on fully manual. Can't remember
    the exposure time, but it was slow enough to need a tripod.

    For film stuff, I use a Praktica BCA.
    Again, not an expensive camera, but very versatile.
     
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Oct 12, 2007
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  4. \(not quite so\) Fat Sam

    Celcius Guest

    Thanks Sam!
    I was interested because, I've taken some night time photos. I find a number
    of yours, truly great, especially, the Greyfriars Tower, the Hardwick
    roundabout and the Kings Lynn Cross. I find sometimes that my photos turn
    too yellowish.. I bought myself a Whibal greycard recently and will have to
    try with it. I bought an Eos 30D a few months ago and can shoot to 3200 ISO
    (mind you with noise). This ought to get better results, although I suspect
    there is more to it then that ;-)
    Take care,
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Oct 12, 2007
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  5. I don't tend to touch the white balance on the camera.
    I leave it set to the auto setting and let the camera work it out for
    itself.
    A lot of my night shots do tend to come out quite yellowy, so maybe I ought
    to start using the WB settings.
     
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Oct 12, 2007
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  6. \(not quite so\) Fat Sam

    Celcius Guest


    Hi again, Sam!
    After my last e-mail, I went back and very carefully looked at all 56
    photos.
    My first reaction was: What a beautiful city! But where? Then I thought
    (ignorant me) Kings Lynn might be a town... I "Googled Earthed" the place
    and found you were in England. Of course, castle, old churches and all...
    What was I thinking? Congratulations. I've never been there, but you got me
    interested. Strange how night photos add a new dimension...
    I discovered the fishing boats, the city, bell towers, Spooky Church... I
    particularly liked the scene in the cemetary in HDR... I slowly realised
    there were not all from the same place...
    I took the liberty to look at other albums. I love the "view-point" (angles,
    etc.) of many of your photos, as the one of 2 dogs pulling on a ring, the
    crumpled bill, the tire flowerbed or the horrific site of the boa eating...
    the bruised leg (who would think of that?), fog scenes.. anyway perhaps not
    all prize winners but nonetheless pleasing photos. I liked them.
    Thanks for a great tour! By the way, I alos use Photoshop CS2.
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Oct 12, 2007
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  7. Hi again Marcel. Many thanks for your kind comments.
    Most of the chrches were photographed in and around Norfolk in England. Some
    in Kings Lynn and others around the small town of Swaffham.
    There are a few shots looking over the river Mersey towards Liverpool, and
    the shots of the big castle are all in Northern Ireland, a wee town called
    Carrickfergus where I grew up.
     
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Oct 12, 2007
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    Pat Guest

    Great cover story !!! So, when does the jail-break begin?
     
    Pat, Oct 12, 2007
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Geez, you know it England, that's the only place that has roundabouts,
    everybody else has rotaries.
    Dave Cohen
     
    Dave Cohen, Oct 13, 2007
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    The One Guest

    You picture of sunset over castle acre is the worst overprocessed photo I
    have seen, a good reason not to HDR.
     
    The One, Oct 16, 2007
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  12. To be honest, that's one that I'm not particularly pleased with. No-matter
    what I did, I just couldn't seem to get it right, but I'd invested a load of
    time trying to do it, so I just uploaded it anyway.

    How are you on this HDR?
    http://flickr.com/photos/swampy_bogtrotter/1350140395/
     
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Oct 17, 2007
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