Taking pics of storefronts....

Discussion in 'Photography' started by kombi45, May 19, 2005.

  1. kombi45

    kombi45 Guest

    ....apparently makes some business owners VERY nervous! As I left the
    DMV yesterday, though in Alabama it is called the Dept of Public
    Safety, I snapped a photo of a couple of state troopers and a busy tire
    shop with a bunch of Mexican guys working out front. Don't know why -
    maybe the fact that I have never met any Mexicans named Dale, I don't
    know. Anyway, I pulled out into heavy traffic, and this rubber-gloved
    greaser guy behind me gets out of his truck and comes up to my window
    demanding to know why I was taking pics of his storefront. I said
    "You're not Mexican! Are you Dale?" He huffed and sputtered a little
    and was generally pretty pissed. No damage was done, but it was a
    little scary being approached like that in very heavy traffic.

    THEN tonight, my wife ordered dinner for us and I wen to pick it up on
    my way home. I got there early and decided to take some pics of the
    sign on the side of the restaurant. The owner nervously flagged me
    down and asked what I was doing. He suspiciously asked if I was the
    "real estate accessor" to which I said "No, I'm Dale...my wife called
    in an order!" Weird stuff.

    So, with that in mind, here are some BW's I took yesterday while stuck
    in traffic and while downtown - I am really stoked on the library pic
    with the polarizer and the bug pics on the semi - they look hella
    better at 8x10, but Yahoo! being Yahoo!.... Comments/critiques
    appreciated!

    http://tinyurl.com/8gd2y

    Regards,

    Ben
     
    kombi45, May 19, 2005
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    Richard H. Guest

    An interesting reaction from the locals...

    I like the Tutweiler picture (#14). Really neat contrast in the
    architecture; angle makes it tower; good exposure. Watch the horizon line.

    Interesting effect on the library #2 vs. #3 with the polarizer. :)

    B&W might be a good reason to try various colored (not gradient) filters
    to enhance certain colors (e.g., sky in the library photo blended into
    the building, the browns in the stonework, etc.). The hard part will be
    seeing wierd color in the viewfinder and gauging whether itll look good
    in B&W. (e.g., they used to use bizarre colored makeup in B&W films to
    get the right effect.) FYI, the polarizer might need to be the outmost
    filter to work properly (something to test for).

    As for the bugs, well... :)
    If you pull the lens out as wide as it'll go, you might get an
    interesting effect that close. Also, a great opportunity to play with
    depth of field. (If you haven't tried it yet, there's a DOF preview
    button on the N80 between the grip and the lens.)

    Cheers,
    Richard
     
    Richard H., May 19, 2005
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    Phil M Guest

    Well not being American I don't get quite a lot of your terms so I may
    be missing something - but illegal workers, 'casing the joint' for a
    break in, general 9/11 nerves, back-alimony, 'stealing the souls of
    the troopers' (joking, of course, police leave them behind in their
    lockers), standard-of-living/trade levels for income tax? Are all
    businessmen honest?

    Hmmm ... I've got my self a bit worried, now ;)
     
    Phil M, May 19, 2005
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    kombi45 Guest

    When I asked if they minded if I took their picture, the one on the
    left said the exact same thing: "No, it'll steal my soul." I asked if
    he was Cherokee, and he turned out to be 25% - only trooper in the
    force with Indian blood.

    Ben
     
    kombi45, May 19, 2005
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  5. I see things all the time that I would love to take pics of..but I am ALWAYS
    worried about reactions like that when there are people involved. Should I
    just take the pic, and not worry?? Just never know how to handle
    situations like that. I'm worried I will find this great shot, and I'll
    take a picture of some stranger, and he will be the guy who just got out of
    prison and is just looking for someone to beat up!!!! lol


    Jennifer Motta
    www.jennifermotta.com
     
    Jennifer Motta, May 19, 2005
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    kombi45 Guest

    My philosophy, legalities notwhithstanding, is if it is out in the
    public and I have my camera, it is fair game. Of course, discrestion
    is the better part of valor. To wit, if you see a big biker arguing
    with another big biker about some drugs, it is probably best to _not_
    to take that particular picture! And there are other situations
    requiring certain sensitivities, but by and large, I say go for it!
    Well, being a woman has it's advantages in that scenario. People sure
    are weird about cameras in public, aren't they?

    Ben
     
    kombi45, May 19, 2005
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    Robert Koch Guest

    If they only knew.
     
    Robert Koch, Aug 1, 2005
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