Black Lives Matter



There was a protest in the town next door to me, so I went along. It was wonderful - no riots, no looting, no screaming... the police and the public getting alo...
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There was a protest in the town next door to me, so I went along. It was wonderful - no riots, no looting, no screaming... the police and the public getting along great, black voices being amplified and white people listening... and a whole lotta love.
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Geistwolf PRO+
 
Geistwolf October 28, 2020
Agreed! Perfect Shot!
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
Great capture of a great statement.

Behind The Lens

Location
In the town next to mine, there was a peaceful protest for BLM. We went along to shoot it and show our support for the cause, and it was also a good opportunity to try out my new camera set up that we got over the course of lockdown. I’m pleased I did because I got some cracking images of people supporting black lives matter movement. The protest went really well and there were no riots or anything like that, just a lot of love.
Time
The protest was pretty early so I estimate this picture being taken around midday? Times have never been my strong point so I cannot tell you without looking at the exif data.
Lighting
We got lucky because we were shooting in natural lighting, and the sky was overcast which meant the lighting was even. High sunlight casts really harsh shadows if there is no cloud cover, but luckily for us there was quite a lot.
Equipment
This was taken on a Nikon D7000 with a Sigma zoom lens. It’s not an f-stop consistent zoom lens unfortunately, it’s the 70-300mm f/4 to 5.6. It’s a fairly cheap lens but usually gives excellent bokeh. No tripod or flash or anything like that was used.
Inspiration
I wanted to capture the reality behind a public event. I also didn’t know if there will be riots or any heavy police presence or anything like that and wanted to make sure that if anything negative went down that there is photographic evidence of it to prove the innocence of those who may be blamed for something they didn’t do. Luckily the police presence and the security presence we did have were all friendly and welcoming.
Editing
For this I mostly just pulled the shadows up a little and dropped the highlights, and I played with the tone curve to give it a slightly flat look but I didn’t want to do too much because I liked the idea of it being as true to the reality is it could be.
In my camera bag
I don’t actually carry a bag, not a camera bag anyway. I have a harness now with two camera bodies on it. One is my Nikon D600 and the other is my Nikon D7000. My D600 has a nifty-fifty on it, and my D7000 has my sigma zoom lens mentioned above. This means I can get a sort of range until I have the money to afford decent lenses. In my standard shoulder bag, I’ll carry a couple spare memory cards and approximately four extra batteries. And maybe I’ll carry a prism if I’m feeling extra spicy.
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