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Aug 24, 2008 05:46 |  #5671

I went for a long walk/drive yesterday and happened to be in a field near a battlefield monument. This old guy cycled up to me and began to put his bike in his car. He saw the 70-200 on my camera, the camera bag over my shoulder and very astutely asked "Have you been taking photographs?"

I wanted to say "No, I've just been doing a spot of rowing" but sheepishly said "Yes, it's a nice day for it isn't it?"

I hate bring British sometimes :)


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Aug 24, 2008 06:10 |  #5672

This will only work for people that know the area but a few years back I was taking some pictures of the Angel of the North. I was using a 1D MkII and this was mounted on a Benbo MkII tripod (for anyone who does not know that particular tripod it is HUGE, about 9" (3 meters) fully extended). A lad of about 14 came up to me and asked what I was doing "Taking photographs." I replied. "What of?" he shot back ???

My only explanation is that if you live that close to it, you stop seeing it !

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Aug 24, 2008 17:06 |  #5673

JoYork wrote in post #6166902 (external link)
He saw the 70-200 on my camera, the camera bag over my shoulder and very astutely asked "Have you been taking photographs?"

I wanted to say "No, I've just been doing a spot of rowing"

I had something like this happen recently. In a shop with my 40D plus hooded 70-300mm lens, the guy behind the counter said (rather observantly, I thought), "Have you been taking photographs?" So I replied, "No, I just steal people's souls."

He laughed, pointed at his co-worker and said, "You can steal his soul, if you like." So I asked him, "What makes you think he's got one?" There was, of course, no answer.


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Aug 24, 2008 21:32 |  #5674

I was out at an electrical pole fire this weekend, of course checking with the authorities on where they had the safe zone and whatnot.

As I am taking pictures I hear this kid in the background talking about how nice his camera is and how "those photog guys think they need a big lens".

I ignored him and kept getting some good high FPS shots of the transformer and lines sparking.

As I turn around I see him about 2 foot behind me lining up on my shots with a Nikon P&S, L3 I think it was.

Feeling like it was a good time to bring the young man into the real world of real cameras I showed him some of my shots, When I quickly scrolled through the shots of the sparks as if it were a movie his jaw promptly hit the ground.

I gave him some Info on cameras and pointed him here to POTN.

Nice kid, as I was walking away the guys standing with him ask how I got so close to the wires (70 - 200).
The kid replies, "you dummy that lens gets him so close he could probably feel the heat of the fire".
Not really a WTF but a nice jab.

While there I overheard the owners of the building closest to the pole speaking to the cops, so I snapped a couple of shots of them, They of course mugged for the camera and I couldn't help but ask why they were smiling so much, the husband replied "that's our building, we are going on vacation, and we have full insurance on it!"

As I walked away the officer that was close enough to over hear him came walking back and asked to speak to him.


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Aug 24, 2008 23:57 as a reply to  @ flyingwolf's post |  #5675

uh-oh! doh!




  
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Aug 25, 2008 08:49 |  #5676

Got a new one. I was shooting with the 70-200 and a lady came up to me and said that I must be taking really big pictures with that really big camera. I said no, I was taking small pictures.


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Aug 25, 2008 09:32 |  #5677

flyingwolf wrote in post #6171113 (external link)
I was out at an electrical pole fire this weekend, of course checking with the authorities on where they had the safe zone and whatnot.
...

While there I overheard the owners of the building closest to the pole speaking to the cops, so I snapped a couple of shots of them, They of course mugged for the camera and I couldn't help but ask why they were smiling so much, the husband replied "that's our building, we are going on vacation, and we have full insurance on it!"

As I walked away the officer that was close enough to over hear him came walking back and asked to speak to him.

I think that arson by transformer fire would not be anyones first choice....

It would be rather shocking

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Aug 25, 2008 12:39 as a reply to  @ WMS's post |  #5678

"Hey mister photographer, take a picture of us!"
Annoying little kids shouting at me continuously while I was setting up for a truckrun (yes, that one on my site). I tried ignoring, but in the end chose just to say a short 'no', which left them not addressing me anymore with their noise (mind you, they remained annoyingly loud, fighting amongst eachother and stuff, until another person in the audience just sent them away), at least for the time being.

After the run, one of the kids tried again. I told him 'no, you're not worth it', and walked off.

At least I was left unhindered during my shoot. Not that I'd be able to hear anyone shout at me while those trucks were passing by *cough*, but still... :)


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Aug 25, 2008 17:24 |  #5679

neil_r wrote in post #6166961 (external link)
This will only work for people that know the area but a few years back I was taking some pictures of the Angel of the North. I was using a 1D MkII and this was mounted on a Benbo MkII tripod (for anyone who does not know that particular tripod it is HUGE, about 9" (3 meters) fully extended). A lad of about 14 came up to me and asked what I was doing "Taking photographs." I replied. "What of?" he shot back ???

My only explanation is that if you live that close to it, you stop seeing it !

Is that 9" = 3 meters? That would be 9' or actually 9.84'. :)


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Aug 25, 2008 17:28 |  #5680

I26 wrote in post #6176477 (external link)
Is that 9" = 3 meters? That would be 9' or actually 9.84'. :)

Picky. Picky.


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Aug 25, 2008 17:55 |  #5681

For some reason I always get asked if I am from the newspaper or from sports illustrated. I think from now on I will just say yes. But then again, that would be immoral.


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Aug 25, 2008 19:14 |  #5682

Just got one at a soccer game...

Me - shooting with my 20D with 70-200...

Man (who I know) walking by with wife - "Honey, His camera is better than mine."
Wife - "Yeah."
Man - "And his Lens is MUCH better than mine"
Wife - "Yeah."
Man - "I want one like his"
Wife - "OK... So do you want to hear the list of things I want?"
Man (to me) - "Maybe I could just borrow yours."


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Aug 25, 2008 19:25 |  #5683

SoccerRef wrote in post #6177129 (external link)
Just got one at a soccer game...

Me - shooting with my 20D with 70-200...

Man (who I know) walking by with wife - "Honey, His camera is better than mine."
Wife - "Yeah."
Man - "And his Lens is MUCH better than mine"
Wife - "Yeah."
Man - "I want one like his"
Wife - "OK... So do you want to hear the list of things I want?"
Man (to me) - "Maybe I could just borrow yours."

:lol::lol::lol:

One of the better tales in this thread...


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Aug 25, 2008 19:57 |  #5684

SoccerRef wrote in post #6177129 (external link)
Just got one at a soccer game...

Me - shooting with my 20D with 70-200...

Man (who I know) walking by with wife - "Honey, His camera is better than mine."
Wife - "Yeah."
Man - "And his Lens is MUCH better than mine"
Wife - "Yeah."
Man - "I want one like his"
Wife - "OK... So do you want to hear the list of things I want?"
Man (to me) - "Maybe I could just borrow yours."

Classic!


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Aug 25, 2008 20:22 |  #5685

belmondo wrote in post #6176493 (external link)
Picky. Picky.

Just messin' around. I seen it said 9 inches and had to point it out. Its from years and years of blue print reading.


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