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Old June 26th, 2006, 12:06 PM   #16
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Actually, it's pronounced "Puhrdee". :)
Then what about Purdy, WA?

Doug, what road were you shooting from? I'm assuming Sumner Hwy?

Is this for stock footage?
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Old June 26th, 2006, 01:28 PM   #17
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You should hire snipers to standby and shoot anyone within the viewing range of your lense...

Oh! And on the bullets you can engrave personal messages that read things such as "Please don't enter the shot".

Perfect!

*Grabs phone and looks up local snipers*
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Old June 26th, 2006, 01:50 PM   #18
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Then what about Purdy, WA? Doug, what road were you shooting from? I'm assuming Sumner Hwy? Is this for stock footage?
I'll be heading through Purdy on the way for the 2th of July picnic at my mother's place in Belfair. No, not Sumner. This was off Road 22 NE, a couple of miles west of Marlin, WA, looking east over Crab Creek (one of the many Crab Creeks in this state) in Canniwai Valley from an altitude about 200' above it. You can see for several miles, there, all the way to Wilson Creek. I was hoping to tape a BNSF freight winding through the valley, but the last one went through just before I got there. Spent two or three aimless hours watching the sun go west (and increasingly "wrong", since I'd be panning into it) and enjoying fickle winds, and clouds of gnats. It was so quiet, though, that the gnats made a great buzzing. There is a pond at the foot of the ridge, with ducks, geese, and swarms of swallows. Stock footage.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 02:03 PM   #19
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You should hire snipers to standby and shoot anyone within the viewing range of your lense...

Oh! And on the bullets you can engrave personal messages that read things such as "Please don't enter the shot".

Perfect!

*Grabs phone and looks up local snipers*
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Old June 26th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #20
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Hey Doug,

You explain the scenery like a documentary. I can picture the location in my mind.

Have you worked on any nature docs as well?

Also, what are some of the stock companies you work with? I know some of the people here are interested in some reliable stock companies.
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Old July 2nd, 2006, 01:54 PM   #21
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I make my living shooting pro sports, stills, for the Associated Press - mostly the Tigers, Pistons, Lions etc - I can't count the times I'm asked " What stations do you shoot for?" So, it goes both ways.

I can never figure how they think the gear I'm using, with a 500mm f/4 lens attached, looks like a video camera.

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Old July 2nd, 2006, 02:14 PM   #22
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When shooting at Disney World last month, I can't tell you how many people walked directly in front of me, holding an XL2 with two wireless recievers attached! Not exactly invisable! Also, had one lady walk up behind me and started asking me questions while I was shooting! Good thing I did not need the audio!

Like the Bill Engvel song, "Here's Your Sign!"

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Old July 8th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #23
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I've been thinking of carrying an air horn with me, so when someone is about to step in my shot I blast it at them... I think it would get their attention.

I like the super-soaker idea... although you'd probably get arrested these days.

I've had this same problem shooting with my old Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 camera. EVERYONE stops to ask me questions about it, which doesn't necessarily bother me as I feel it's certainly a classical icon of photography of a different age that should be talked about.... it's just that ......I'm shooting.... can't they see that?
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Old July 8th, 2006, 11:36 PM   #24
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Try filming at a service station.I had a couple of scenes to shoot at a gas pump so I picked the quietest location whiich had two of its pumps situated a large distance from the pay kiosk.I did some daily checks and found it very rare people would stop and use these pumps,they always used the ones close to the kiosk.Well on the day I started shooting,you guest it, everyone came to use the two pumps that are normaly unused.One guy even parked a bus right near the camera and walked off leaving the engine running.
It must be the sight of a camera that attracts people.Maybe they see it as an oppertunaty to get on film, a chance to get thier two minutes of fame in life.Who knows,whatever it is, it makes the average Joe Blow behave like a complete moron.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 11:18 AM   #25
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Last time i was on the field and took a scene near trash cans for my movie. There inerrupted us some codger. He had lots of questions like:
Why we doing this, is it related towns upkeep(because of trashcans - lol), while we shoot around trashcans maybe we'll just take those idle bottles with us. After that he realized that in the scene was famous actress, which lived years ago on the same block with him. Ohhh! It took about 15min to get back onto track.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 11:40 AM   #26
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Its always fun to take a pro camera to Disney World! I just took my Panasonic AG-DVC 30 there and I got tons of people looking at me like I was crazy and I can't tell you how many times I got asked if I was working for Disney. Do I have a name tag on? NO! But its worth it when every one has their video camera out and your's is clearly the professional looking one, it makes other people feel shameful that this kid has a much nicer camera then them!

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Old July 9th, 2006, 12:39 PM   #27
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I know what you mean James. I took my HD100 on vacation to the Disney parks, and discovered two things... 1, people are just in awe over a big camera, and 2, that camera with AB batteries is heavy after a few hours! Overall, it was worthwhile, carting that unGodly bag with cam and gear around for a few days. The belly dancer in the Morroccan restarant really played up to my cam, and ignored everybody elses little palm cams :)
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Old July 9th, 2006, 04:56 PM   #28
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We were doing a scene at a park with 2 XL1s's and dialog between two picnicers on my feature. It was very busy and my microphone on my primary camera did a fantabulous job of cutting out all of the off-axis noise. It was a windy and busy day at the park, so I was amazed at how well it did. As I was watching through the footage on the second camera, I heard a conversation in the background captured through the wind with the on camera mic wondering if we were shooting a porn. Some people's kids. We also had a boater park right in our shot to stare at the camera...I yelled "cut" and "take 5, we have a boat parked in frame" and stared at the guy in the boat. It took him 5-10 minutes to realize nothing more was happening...he was about 20' away in the river...he definately heard me, just didn't understand...but as it's a public park , I had no right to ask him to move. :(
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Old July 12th, 2006, 12:06 PM   #29
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I know what you mean James. I took my HD100 on vacation to the Disney parks, and discovered two things... 1, people are just in awe over a big camera, and 2, that camera with AB batteries is heavy after a few hours! Overall, it was worthwhile, carting that unGodly bag with cam and gear around for a few days. The belly dancer in the Morroccan restarant really played up to my cam, and ignored everybody elses little palm cams :)
That must be heavy! I carry my camera in a lunch box (its also waterproof!) so its alot less obvious then a big camera bag! But that makes it worth while! It must also make some of the cast memebers think they might be in the next Disney commerical, I got some of the best preformances cause of my camera!

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Old July 12th, 2006, 12:25 PM   #30
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I did mention the belly dancer, didn't I? ;)
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