On assignment - Shooting a drunk driver victim...

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I did a quick photo shoot yesterday in San Diego flying in from LA for about 3 hours, just to shoot this extrodinary woman. This lady was a professional trained dancer up until a car accident which claimed her right leg. The person who hit her, unfortunately was a drunk driver. After losing her leg, she decided to help other people with disabilities. Through her near death experience, she offers hope for those who don't have any. Working at a non-profit handicapped fitness center, she helps raise funds to keep the establishment opened. Anyways, I'm not really a PJ photographer, but here are my shots. Any feedback or critiques are welcome :)

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Extremely well done Jonathan.

Since you had a bad accident, I am sure this has had quite an impact on you.

Much praise to that great lady as well.

Turn this into the paper Jonathan.

I am truly happy you are coming along so well.

Photojournalism is a great type of photography. Add it to your portfolio :>))
 
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Very nice job Jonathan. You have done a very good job in capturing the spirit of this remarkable person. I think you have a natural talent in capturing images of people. There are truly some amazing and remarkable people in the world and we are fortunate to once in a while to meet some of them. Once again you did a great job and thanks for sharing them with us.
 
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We were talking, and she was hit at the same speed and impact as me. The difference being she was hit right in the center of the vehicle and I was nicked on the side...both of us were thrown 30 feet. In many ways, I could of lost my leg or even my life, so this photoshoot was very touching to me.

In regards to this shoot, I was doing it for an ad campaign, and unfortunately had to work with an art director during the shoot, which was somewhat stifling. I think overall the shoot went well.

Next on assignment: 2005 Comic Con San Diego, next week! :p
 
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Thanks guys, I think I still got a long way to go, before reaching the PJ eye of Peter! :)

PS - Sorry if the colors and contrast are off, I've been editing off an LCD and I can't tell for the life of me if the colors are correct! I need to invest in a nice Sony or Lacie Monitor!
 
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Great series of images, Jonathon. I enjoyed reading the story of this poor lady's fate...and it is so honorable of her to dedicate her time to helping others.
 
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On a side note, while going through the airport, my leg plate and screws kept alerting the metal detectors! I get enough hassle with the security guys going through my camera gear! :p
 
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Jonathan, in addition to what others have already said, I must say that for me that last image is a very powerful one! Well done!

Out of curiousity, how did you manage to wind up with this job? I don't know you other than from your postings here so no offense intended but I thought you chased the stars in Hollywood ;)
 
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Hi Kevin,

I primarily shoot celebrities, but if I come across a paying gig I'm definitely not going to turn it down (One of the perks about being a freelancer)! As photographers, shouldn't we be versatile with everything we shoot? :wink:
 
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Jonathon,

With respect to shooting celebrities, I was shooting all day in downtown Chicago on Wednesday and came across a film being shot. I asked the security person if they were shooting indoors or out and he told me to keep walking because he said that I was paparazzi because I had expensive camera equipment. I told him that I was a firefighter and he didn't believe me saying that firemen can't afford expensive cameras like mine. I snickered at him and walked away. Turns out, Eminem and 50 cent were in the building shooting. Later in the day, I happened to walk down Michigan Avenue and ran into another film being made with Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn...I missed the shot of Jennifer and caught a lousy shot of Vince...but at least they didn't accuse me of being a paparazzi!!! :eek:
 
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I know people who were shooting the Jennifer Aniston movie. If you got decent shots, you could of sold those for several thousand dollars! :wink:
 
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Trust me when I tell you...the shot that I got of Vince Vaughn was junk.
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See what I mean?
 
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Hi Frank,

Here's an example of a paparazzi shot...

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Tara Reid and Paris Hilton at an Athens (Greece) beach.

Not mine, but using it as an example. A proper paparazzi shot is usually shot in portrait mode (for the mags) and you want to have the celebrity doing something interesting. People think being a paparazzo is scummy, but it does require a combination of techniques derived from sports shooting, covert ops, and pure luck! :)
 
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Well Jonathon...anything that I captured while waiting along Michigan Avenue was purely luck...especially considering that I had absolutely no clue who Vince Vaughn was until someone said, "There he is in the red shirt"...I started shooting as though I had a machine gun. The back of his head was the best I could capture. I guess I need to pay better attention to show business soI know who these people are!!!!! :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
 
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Outstanding Jonathan

Very sensitively done, great colours, really think you've done a fantastic piece of work here. Thanks a lot for sharing with everyone.
 
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