Photographers: Photographing BM question

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Postby winebuff » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:32 pm

Dont you love it because we all see things in different ways when it comes to photography. One person can shoot one thing then someone else can come along and do the exact opposite LOVE it!

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Postby CapSmashy » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:15 am

theCryptofishist wrote:If you do, please find a way to make it wheelchair accessible. I know I said I didn't want people to try and boost me into the one that came by the Booby Bar, but secretly I'm tired of having to cut short my experiences in that way.


All I am planning would be a simple frame that attaches to the rear of the trike frame that I can hang a solid, black backdrop from. Just something simple to give me a fixed point for using a tripod and maybe a few battery powered lights.

Not an actual fixed booth on a vehicle.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:17 am

Thank You
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Postby winebuff » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:30 pm

Smashy, that is a great idea. Sorry if I missed this in a previous post, what camp will you be in? Need to give you a hug :)


On the previous note, I am curious how many camps do make thing wheelchair accesible? I think that is a great idea to make it that way whenever possible. Great suggestion

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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:36 pm

I could go on about that, but I'm not ready to do some thread hijacking.
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Postby winebuff » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:20 pm

Crypto,

you are not hijacking. Very worthy.

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Postby marcmerlin » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:09 am

gyre wrote:Smashy, are you on any of the digital forums?

I do find I focus on things very differently when I am shooting.
I try to shoot things that are mostly missed by the masses of pictures.
Theme camps are oddly under covered.
Marc Merlin has been good in this area.


Thanks for the kind words. I'm a bit crazy so I would bike through every single street and in front of every single camp every year, although that became harder as outer rings were added.
On the upside, it's a lot of exercise and I got to meet a lot of cool camps and folks. On the downside, it takes 2.5 days for doing just that and there are of course lots of camps with not that much to shoot. Not that there wouldn't be cool people to chat with, but when it became more than 30,000 folks, that was more than you can do in the alloted time :)
(oh, yeah, in the later years I used my garmin GPS with a street map of BM, and could tell where I had been and not been with digital breadcrumps, something like this: http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2006/Pix/playa.jpg )

As for cameras, I kept it simple: point and shoot digital, best way to get many shots on the move, and I still managed to get some decent night shots.

My best of pictures:
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2002/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2003/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2004/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2005/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2006/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2007/

Not all pictures are perfect, but more than good enough for a $400-ish camera :)

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Postby winebuff » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:47 am

Wow, how did you do that with your garmin? Very cool. I have one and would love to do the same. Thx!

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Postby winebuff » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:48 am

FANTASTIC SHOTS also btw :D

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Postby gyre » Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:02 am

marcmerlin wrote:
Thanks for the kind words. I'm a bit crazy so I would bike through every single street and in front of every single camp every year, although that became harder as outer rings were added.
On the upside, it's a lot of exercise and I got to meet a lot of cool camps and folks. On the downside, it takes 2.5 days for doing just that and there are of course lots of camps with not that much to shoot. Not that there wouldn't be cool people to chat with, but when it became more than 30,000 folks, that was more than you can do in the alloted time :)
(oh, yeah, in the later years I used my garmin GPS with a street map of BM, and could tell where I had been and not been with digital breadcrumps, something like this: http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2006/Pix/playa.jpg )

As for cameras, I kept it simple: point and shoot digital, best way to get many shots on the move, and I still managed to get some decent night shots.

My best of pictures:
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2002/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2003/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2004/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2005/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2006/
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2007/

Not all pictures are perfect, but more than good enough for a $400-ish camera :)

Marc, your photos are always the first I recommend for anyone wanting to know what the city is really like.

The fact that some camps look so "refugee camp", but provide such a fantastic experience is part of the whole thing.
I often find that without a wide angle lens, many camps lose that sense of context that makes them look so good when we are there.

You've been doing really great work.
I hope you meet enough interesting people to keep it up.
You'll find more people are looking at your pictures than you probably realize.
You've done the most thorough job of any photographer I've seen so far.
I have no doubt you're responsible for many new people deciding to go.

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Postby marcmerlin » Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:53 pm

winebuff wrote:Wow, how did you do that with your garmin? Very cool. I have one and would love to do the same. Thx!


Some kind soul published gps tracks before the event that I could load as a track on my GPS.
See:
http://marc.merlins.org/perso/bm/2006/#geek-gps

Marc

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Postby marcmerlin » Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:56 pm

gyre wrote:I hope you meet enough interesting people to keep it up.
You'll find more people are looking at your pictures than you probably realize.
You've done the most thorough job of any photographer I've seen so far.
I have no doubt you're responsible for many new people deciding to go.


Thanks again.

Marc
(I've been taking a break from BM BTW hence the lack of recent pictures, but I might come again in the future depending on things).


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