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17-35/2.8 and 28-70/2.8: More Bangkok protest shots

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by craig.martell, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. ALL:

    You did ask me for shots of Bangkok with the new lenses, but I have just been obsessed with "covering" the protests that have been going on. But, it has been a pleasure having these two lenses in my bag.

    All of these shots were taken 8/28/08. There will more coming from today. The flickr sets for the protesters is here. And the set for the Police "response" is here.

    17-35/2.8 Shots
    ISO200, 28mm, 1/125s, f/5.6

    ISO200, 17mm, 1/100s, f/5

    ISO200, 17mm, 1/200s, f/7.1

    ISO200, 25mm, 1/25s, f/5.6

    28-70/2.8 Shots

    ISO200, 28mm, 1/400s, f/10

    ISO200, 52mm, 1/160s, f/6.3

    ISO200, 70mm, 1/250s, f/7.1

    ISO200, 70mm, 1/125s, f/5.6

    ISO200, 28mm, 1/160s, f/6.3
  2. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    I particularly like this one:


    It has a certain extra dimensional quality to it, almost as if you were there.
  3. Thanks Weiran, I took this shot kneeling in front of him. I asked if I could take the picture by gesturing with my camera. He nodded and then struck the pose you see.

    These monks and nuns are an interesting group. They have "sided" with the protestors and are actually part of the besieging of the Government Hall. This photo was taken inside the held compound. Because of this "acting in the world", which is very unmonkly, they have all been excommunicated. (Or so one of my Thai colleagues explained to me.)
  4. Man, you have got more guts than I would in that situation. I'm not sure which to be afraid of the most - police or protesters.
  5. Alias


    Aug 23, 2008
    Brighton UK
    number 3 has a lot of potential, I would love to see that cropped slightly differently, not sure how but it is sooooo close
  6. It looks like a very civil gathering even from the police end. I'm impressed. People in the west could learn a thing or two from the Thai people. US protesters and police at the DNC are already engaging in quite the melee. It probably helps you look like a western journalist! :wink:
  7. Actually both sides were remarkably friendly to me. If you look at my Bangkok Protest collection on flickr, you'll see shots of police chilling out and eating donuts. They gave me one and were chatting away with me.


    It's my favorite shot. I am thinking of submitting some of these to news services, but I am not sure how to do it. And, I agree, I am not sure how to crop it. I really like the balance of the 3 in front, even if the background seems unbalanced.

    Jonathan, it had been totally civil, right up until yesterday when the police stormed the Government House -- which was being held by the protestors. There were definitely a few altercations, but only a few. The police went in, removed a cache of firearms, and then left again. It was pretty cool. The demonstrators are still there. And the police went in without firearms. I have been very impressed.
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