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Post by smilemore » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:38 am

This past year, while on the playa near LOVE we were approached by a photographer with an enormous zoom lens equipped camera. He introduced himself as Matt Scherzinger. Almost immediately two LEO's walked up (they were obviously watching him to see whom he approached) and very casually asked if everything was cool with us and discreetly verified his camera had been registered. Mr. Scherzinger asked if he could photograph the better looking of the two of us (not me) for future use on Burning Man post cards that he gifts to participants. He gave us a handful of cards from previous burns ... they were quite good. He also noted that he does not sell any of his photos nor does he post any on the web. In the spirit of believing in the inherent good of people and that of "fuck it" and add in a touch of gullibility, we gave him the go ahead. He told us that he would be sending us a package with some of the completed post cards included.

So ... here is the question: Has anyone had any experience with this guy or has anyone heard of him?

A Google search shows one link:

http://www.loupiote.com/photos/3940950172.shtml

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:30 am

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Post by lucky420 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:51 am

Oh my god, it's HUGE!
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Post by Elderberry » Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:48 am

YIKES! It's the biggest one I've ever seen! :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Post by smilemore » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:17 am

Delighted by the responses so far ... how in gods name did I not see it ... dare I say ... coming? :roll:
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Post by ygmir » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:17 am

at least it has (dusty) protection.
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Post by tatonka » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:36 am

it may be big , but ya got to know how to handle it .
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Post by TT120 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:06 am

Lens envy.
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Post by Elderberry » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:31 pm

I think you've probably ascertained by now that nobody thinks you did anything foolish in letting him take a few pictures of your friend. First sign is that he asked. Did he ever send you the promised cards?
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Post by Elliot » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:01 pm

Some of the apparent length of that lens is just "hood" -- that is, a shade-device to keep direct sun and other unwanted light off the lens, to prevent glare. And his method of using a very long lens to control the background (and even the perspective of the primary object) is entirely legitimate.

When shooting on location it can be difficult to gather, and safeguard, all contact information. I'm guilty of failing to send photos to a number of race-car and show-car owners over the years. Not that it should be this way, but slip-ups will happen in a hectic shooting environment. I once ruined a whole shirt-pocket-notebook with my own perspiration.

That said.... I often have the thought that nobody should ever have taken photos at The Event at all. But too late for that.

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Post by smilemore » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:13 pm

Elderberry wrote:I think you've probably ascertained by now that nobody thinks you did anything foolish in letting him take a few pictures of your friend. First sign is that he asked. Did he ever send you the promised cards?
No we have not received anything yet ... we did receive his "card" with his email and I have sent two ... well spaced as to not pester ... emails to him with no reply as of yet. He did mention that it takes him several months to process through all of the photos, etc. I was just wondering if he is a known commodity :? on the playa.

Not too hung up on it all ... it's just that I saw some of his photos (in the viewfinder) during the shoot and they were magnificent ... of course I was, and remain, quite taken with the subject.
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Post by smilemore » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:23 pm

Elliot wrote: ...

I often have the thought that nobody should ever have taken photos at The Event at all. But too late for that.
Yes ... there is something to be said for only recording our memories with our own lenses ... in all their environmentally filtered glory isn't there?
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Post by Elderberry » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:24 pm

Elliot wrote:Some of the apparent length of that lens is just "hood" --
Didn't you mean to say that it's uncut?
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Post by Elliot » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:26 pm

Don't we have a thread for the pre-teen boys-room humor? :lol:

Here is an example that better illustrates the concept of a lens hood. This photographer apparently found himself needing shade on a long lens at a horse race, and improvised it out of some random debris -- maybe some magazine pages, looks like.

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Post by smilemore » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:36 pm

I rarely get so many smiles from unanswered questions as I do here. I love this place!
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Post by Elderberry » Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:51 pm

Glad you have a good sense of humor.
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Post by ranger magnum » Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:15 pm

Im always leery of anyone calling themselves a professional.....
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Post by smilemore » Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:19 am

ranger magnum wrote:Im always leery of anyone calling themselves a professional.....

Not that it matters but "professional" was my choice of word ... He never actually identified himself as such.
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Post by GreyCoyote » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:19 pm

smilemore wrote:
ranger magnum wrote:Im always leery of anyone calling themselves a professional.....

Not that it matters but "professional" was my choice of word ... He never actually identified himself as such.
Words are just labels. But I should point out that for someone who Smiles More, your profile pic looks like it needs a big dusty hug.. :mrgreen:
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Post by smilemore » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:28 pm

GreyCoyote wrote:... But I should point out that for someone who Smiles More, your profile pic looks like it needs a big dusty hug.. :mrgreen:
You know as soon as I posted that profile pic mid last year I laughed at the irony of it ... as you described, but at the time I liked the level of anonymity that it captured while still, in my modest opinion, presenting a decent image.

A new year ... a new profile pic ... taken just outside of Reno on our way to the burn.
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Post by lucky420 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:51 pm

And it's a lovely pic!
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Post by gaminwench » Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:40 am

This photographer took photos of us, many years ago (he's an 'official BM photog', whatever that means).
We didn't see them until spring, but they were worth waiting for.
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Post by smilemore » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:50 am

gaminwench wrote:This photographer took photos of us, many years ago (he's an 'official BM photog', whatever that means).
We didn't see them until spring, but they were worth waiting for.
Now I call that a quality thread drift ... lots of smilin' AND an answer! whoo hoo!

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Post by maladroit » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:30 pm

Your fears are confirmed, however...you'll get the photos, but only after they've been thoroughly and obscenely violated, for profit.

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Post by smilemore » Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:21 pm

maladroit wrote:Your fears are confirmed, however...you'll get the photos, but only after they've been thoroughly and obscenely violated, for profit.
what else is new ...
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Post by Simon of the Playa » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:31 am

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Post by Dustdevil » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:40 am

Matt is indeed a real photographer and he does give away hundreds, if not thousands of his post cards. In past years he has camped with the Pyronauts and now he camps with Brain Freeze / Got Stickers Camp within Black Rock Power COOP. He assists my team with maintaining the power grid on our block. His experience in power is with theatrical lighting and power. He has some very nice camera gear and he has been a valuable asset to our Village. He has camped with us for several years now and is generally a good guy. He has a really cool Yurt that is nicely decorated inside. You can usually find him either at the frozen margarita machine or under our shade structure when he is not taking photographs.

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Post by smilemore » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:05 pm

Dustdevil wrote:Matt is indeed a real photographer and he does give away hundreds, if not thousands of his post cards. In past years he has camped with the Pyronauts and now he camps with Brain Freeze / Got Stickers Camp within Black Rock Power COOP. He assists my team with maintaining the power grid on our block. His experience in power is with theatrical lighting and power. He has some very nice camera gear and he has been a valuable asset to our Village. He has camped with us for several years now and is generally a good guy. He has a really cool Yurt that is nicely decorated inside. You can usually find him either at the frozen margarita machine or under our shade structure when he is not taking photographs.

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Thanks for the note Jack. We did have a comfortable feeling about him ... the impetus for the thread is that we are looking forward to seeing what he has captured ... not so much flattering as revealing ... as is the case often with accomplished photographers.

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Post by FlyingMonkey » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:37 am

For some reason I can't see any of the photos in this thread & let me tell you it's much more entertaining that way. It took me a while to realize you were referring to his well endowed camera. :shock:
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Post by some seeing eye » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:10 am

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