Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Get closer to the bricks, Honey, and pout a little….

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Blog Guy, I have a photography question for you.

Well you know, we do have a very cool photography blog.

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Yeah, but I really trust your hard-hitting, reliable information. So my question is, let’s say you had a bricked-up spot where an ATM used to be, and you wanted to get a photo of it.

I’m with you so far.

atm taxi crop 240But just a photo of bricks would be boring, so would it be better to shoot it through a car window?

One window? Nah, I’d shoot it through BOTH windows as the car goes past.

Wow! That’s why you’re the Blog Guy!

Even better, you could shoot the bricked-up machine through a car with a passenger, so you’d have the two windows, a face AND the bricks!

FANTASTIC! And that would be ONE HELL OF A GREAT SHOT, RIGHT?

Uh, no, apparently not. I guess maybe I’d have some sizzling hot Victoria’s Secret models, busting out of trashy lingerie, posing by the bricks. Yeah, that might do it…

Jeez officer, just THROW your gun at the target!

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Welcome back to another installment of our regular feature, “Stuff Maybe we Should have Explained in the Caption, but Didn’t.” We are told these officers are holding targets during a demonstration to demand “more resources to combat violence…”

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Resources? What kind of resources?

BELGIUM-POLICE/Better training? It looks like not a single one of them seems to be able to hit a target. I say fire ‘em all and hire cops who can hit something!

Two, four, six, eight, who we gonna radiate?

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Hi Blog Guy, it’s me! The aspiring photojournalist you’ve been mentoring. Looks like you’ve got me for another semester!

Cripes. What do you want now?

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Well, I have kind of a devious question. Let’s say I’m shooting a politician, but I want a very, very subtle way to make him look good, so readers will form a subliminal positive opinion.

They’re brainy, and zany, and just a bit insane-y…

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Blog Guy, you used to have a regular feature called “Those Wacky Foreign Secretaries!” Remember? You’d show how really goofy the world’s foreign secretaries really are, despite having such a serious job. Can you please bring that back?

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Sure. Here we have U.S. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton losing her shoe climbing steps, while some French guy does nothing but watch…

Up close and personal? Not so much…

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Memo to Photo Editor: I’ve come up with a great scheme to cut down on costs associated with shooting big events like for example auto shows.

tiny model this 130Most of these venues have at least one or two unguarded rafter windows or skylights, so our photographers could just shoot through them from a distance instead of buying expensive tickets to get through the doors.

The core of a great news photo…

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Dammit Johnson, we’ll make a photojournalist out of you yet! You finally did something right!

I did, Boss?

apple others combo 260Sure. When I sent you out to shoot  the Business Secretary yesterday I didn’t dream you’d manage to get so many shots of him eating an apple.

The last of the red-hot photo goof-fest!

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Blog Guy, last week you kicked off your Best of 2009 lists with the five Goofiest Photos of the Year, remember?

I surely do remember, because immediately after I published it I thought of two more that deserved to be in that list, as well. One shows two world leaders having fun behind the wheel, and the other shows invading space goddesses getting their first look at Earthlings.

Still pounding the pavement…

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Hey Blog Guy, a couple of days ago we were talking about the universal appeal of driveway shots when a big story breaks. You were kind enough to show us Brittany Murphy’s driveway.  I see that radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was hospitalized in Hawaii, so naturally….

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Say no more, stranger. Here’s an actual shot of the emergency entrance of the medical center, and another of a security guard at the emergency entrance. Oh, and a police car leaving the entrance, too.

The aslphalt jungle: driveways in the news!

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Hey Blog Guy, speaking of news photography, when a big story breaks, you know what I’m a real sucker for?

POLANSKI/I have a pretty good idea. After all, we’re all human, aren’t we? I’m guessing you can’t resist a good driveway shot.

But one of those guys IS the pope, right?

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Blog Guy, I was stunned by the attack on Pope Benedict by a woman at the start of his Christmas Eve mass. Can you explain exactly what happened?

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Yes. Through detailed scientific computer analysis of individual video frame grabs, you can see every detail. One of the clergy turned into a hideous, hollow-eyed goat’s head, then there was a flash of red, and then two men in chef’s hats ran in.