Today the White House announced that it has done away with a 40-year-old ban on cameras and photos in public tours. Social media, which was previously banned, has been green-lighted as well, and the White House is encouraging visitors to share photos and social media posts with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.
Michelle Obama announced news of the ban in a lighthearted video posted to her Instagram account in which she tears up one of the old signs that prohibited photos and social media:
Just a quiet moment at the beach. Natural ambient sound, nothing artificial added. Testing what footage from a 7DII looks like upscaled to 4k in Adobe Premiere.
Long history and sheer beauty give this place a special feeling. One can imagine the migrations of the indian tribes up for the summer and down onto the desert floor for winter. They thrived in this area. Now its reservations and casino resorts for how the tribes make do. Modernity came at a cost. You can literally see the way down. That green strip down the middle is also where the mules once brought the mail up.
But please let me share the scene with you. It was interesting enough I offer 3 takes on the shot.
Where was i exactly? Charles is kind enough to auto strip metadata from images to protect our privacy. So Lightroom has this map feature that is pretty accurate with the in camera GPS. This way I can share the data on a map for anyone who might want to visit these interesting places.
This last image was shot with my telephoto lens but i cropped way the heck in for this image. Thats less than 25% of the original image.
Okay folks the saying goes “see something, say something”. It’s not “see something, shoot it”. If you destroy a drone, you get to replace it. Or at least pay for it. Shooting at any aircraft, including drones is a crime that can get you a maximum of 20 years.
There have been multiple stories of drones getting shot out of the sky with shotguns in the past couple of years. Last November, we reported that a New Jersey man was arrested after shooting down a camera drone that was taking pictures over his property.
Now another drone pilot, Eric Joe, has just won a lawsuit against a disgruntled neighbor who blasted Joe’s hexacopter out of the sky with a shotgun.
VICE reports that a judge has ordered that Brett McBay cough up $850 for Joe’s custom-built drone. McBay originally had to pay $2,500 bail after being charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and criminal mischief.
Joe notes that he initially tried to settle the issue outside of court, but it did not work out. The emails below showcases Joe attempting to resolve the matter civilly via email with McBay:
Then ya got these guys…
For our 31st anniversary, Dragon_Lady and I chose to indulge our photography, foodie appetites and enjoy a part of California we had not explored before. As much as we haunt the San Gabriels, we had never gotten south to Cleveland National park east of San Diego and home to the famous Palomar Observatory. We went to a lake near Julian. Lake Cuyamaca. Lots of Indian names up there.
We had such a successful trip we enjoy an embarrassment of images. Several distinct subjects, this is just the first. We also have an Orchid Nursery, a trail in an area inhabited for 10,000 years and the Sunset Cliffs of San Diego to process. Whew! All that in 48 whirlwind hours.
The conditions were less than ideal what with a monsoon track of clouds and a slight threat of rain. That stole away sunrise/sunset opportunities but granted us excellent light for macro and wildlife images even at high noon which is ordinarily pretty ugly.
The following bird images were shot on a Canon 7DII, with a 400mm 5.6 lens, the flowers with a Canon 60mm 2.8 macro.
My response to the statement follows:
Firstly, of course Taylor Swift, and any other artist, has the right to protect the use of their name and likeness. That is not in dispute, but protect them from what?
We’re concert photographers, not paparazzi. I have no interest in publishing an unflattering photo of an artist. For one thing, it would do far more harm to my career than it would theirs.
Artists like Taylor Swift grant press photographers access to photograph their shows in exchange for the expectation of helping to provide as much positive coverage in the media as possible — coverage that they are expecting their paid publicists to achieve. That is a mutually beneficial “something for something” exchange. She gets coverage, photographers get to earn a living.
P.S. People think concert photography is easy, unskilled, and living off the fame or talent of the performer. A few years ago, a newspaper called me and asked if I’d taken shots of Leonard Cohen the night before. They needed a picture for their review. I said yes. They said they couldn’t pay but could offer me a credit (that old chestnut). So I said no, they could have a picture if they licensed it, but not for free. So they ran this photo that the reviewer took instead:
Compare that to what they could have had for a modest license fee:
Of course it was upheld. More good cause for celebration today. Clearly this is a court well able to confuse or enable the right or the left. Bush V Gore, Citizens V United, Second Amendment, The ACA, and now Marriage Equality. Any and all claims the court is utterly beholden to one side or the other are now largely discredited.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.
The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.
The justices found that under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that were legally performed in other states. Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.
The lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges is Ohio resident Jim Obergefell, who wanted to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband’s death certificate. In 2013, Obergefell married his partner of two decades, John Arthur, who suffered from ALS. Arthur passed away in October of that year, three months after the couple filed their lawsuit.
Shot by innovators daring enough to use a new Sony camera (the A7) and it’s spectacular low light sensor. I love the look of this film!
Shot deep in the mountains at 51,200 ISO, Refuge is the first narrative ever filmed entirely in moonlight. On an off-world biosphere, biological researchers suspect their newly developed ecosystems may be adapting in unexpected ways.
Directed by Sam Shapson
Written by Derek Stuckert
Director of Photography Barry Elmore
Hope Lauren Booksh
Pop star power play.
Yesterday, photographer Jason Sheldon published an open letter to Taylor Swift, accusing the singer of being a hypocrite by accusing Apple of treating artists unfairly while herself handing out heavy-handed contracts for concert photographers to sign.
It turns out Sheldon’s contract was a bit outdated: the latest version goes a step further by stating that photographers who violate the contract can have their gear destroyed on the spot.
On Sunday, UK-based freelance photographer Joel Goodman tweeted a copy of the new contract, which is being handed out to photographers for Swift’s latest 1989 World Tour. Here it is with some sections highlighted by Goodman (click to enlarge):