Shot that out at a diner in Frackville, PA. I get goose bumps every time I go in there. Place is spotless, perfectly maintained, people are real and the food is simple and cheap! It was 6:30 AM I was havin breakfast on my way to a photo-shooting day. Left my Canon in the car....used my Oylmpus E-p5 w/VF4 & Olympus 12mm f/2... Killer street shooter, puts the "M" to shame IMHO...can I post that here! LOL! I call it my "poor-man's Leica"! I would love for Canon to make a killer mirrorless.distant.star said:
hahaha you have to be quick! we dont have a ton of staff (me, the machinist, the boss, the accountant) so if he wants 2 things welded at once i need more arms or he has to suit up.AcutancePhotography said:
Is that crane really reaching over a block of houses to put a pole in the next street? thats crazy! why didn't they just drive the crane down the other road?? Cool pictures, we dont see guys using spurs to do hydro work around here very often, its all cherry pickers. I will try and get a picture of the offroad bucket truck next time I see it, its based on a skidder I think, crashes through the bush to maintain the high tension lines.arjay said:We had no power all day yesterday while these guys worked.
I shot these from our porch (front porch and back porch) not much they could say... struck up a conversation with the linesman in the yellow shirt, traded e-mail and I sent him a couple pics.AcutancePhotography said:
the "next street over" is actually railroad track, they did not have accessLogan said:
business cards sound like a good idea. saves some time and makes you look more legit, and its alot easier than scibbling down their email on a piece of paper which then gets lost in your camera bag (my technique lol). I work on some proprietary stuff that I would not let people take pictures of, and do some sketchy stuff that i also don't want pictures of. obviously if its out in public and passerby can see, then theres not much reason to get worked up about it. have had to chase off several photographers trying to take pictures of a customers equipment while it was in our possesion, due to some kind of bank trouble.distant.star said:.AcutancePhotography said:
A presumption of "bad experience"? That speaks volumes. My easy answer is that if you're afraid of people or don't get along easily, don't take pictures of people. Get a good macro and live among the flowers.
With all the snappers around, this world is growing more photo resistant by the day. I'm going to do a separate post about that with a photo from last weekend. Anyway, working people, at least in this country in my experience are so badly treated and regarded, they generally fear what pictures will probably mean. They presume it can't be good. Is it someone who's going to call their company and complain? Has the boss sent someone out to document what they're doing, or not doing? Is it union related -- for or against? Is it OSHA or some other meddling government agency threatening their job? Is it a reporter putting their picture in the paper or on the Internet? Did a lawyer send them out related to some court case? They've got enough to worry about already and mostly just want to do their work and go home and have a beer. So, naturally, they're going to be curious. It's only going to be trouble if you as a photographer make trouble.
I always start shooting unannounced. Eventually someone in the work group will approach me, and I'm glad to talk. I want to alleviate any fear and put them at ease. That's why I always carry my "Who the hell are you?" card -- what people in the commercial world call a "business card." Like arjay, I offer to send them pictures, and my photo site is listed on the card so they can go look at the pictures if they like. That keeps things calm, and they can work and I can take pictures. In some instances you get to meet really interesting people.
There was a guy working on high-voltage power lines nearby. His home was several states from here, and he was working 12-hour days, six days a week. He was living here in an RV, and he owned a plane he used to take himself home on his day off. A railroad runs past my home, and I always go out to take pictures of the train going by. My main interest is the boxcar graffiti. After a year or so, the guys running the train stopped one day, got out of the train and asked why I was always taking pictures. They were really nice guys, just curious. When I told them it was for the graffiti, they said, "Oh, we'll have to find you some better boxes."
Here's a bus driver. He asked me to take his picture as I was getting on the bus. One of my first with the Sigma 35 Art [f/2.8, 1/125 @ ISO 100 on 5D3] in April 2012.
I have never had a problem photographing people.... you ask first If they say yes, go for it!, if they say no, just say thanks and move on....AcutancePhotography said:
I always like to ask first. I know that I don't like it when people take my picture with out letting me know, so I assume other people may not like it too.Don Haines said:I have never had a problem photographing people.... you ask first If they say yes, go for it!, if they say no, just say thanks and move on....AcutancePhotography said: