Posts Tagged “Olympics”
Photoshelter’s Grover Sanschagrin’s blog 15 Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras Used By Pro Photographers:
Do professional photographers really
use point-and-shoot cameras? Surprisingly, yes.
Using Facebook and Twitter, I just completed
a little of my own unscientific research. I wanted to find out
which digital point-and-shoot is the camera-of-choice among professional
photographers. Just over 50 professional photographers responded, and
most of them are included…
The blog includes my contribution, on my favourite point and shoot, the Pansonic Lumix FZ28. And for more indepth information here is the original blog post on shooting the FZ28 during the Olympic Torch demonstration in Toronto.
You have to contrast the peaceful and professional way the Toronto Police Service contained that anti-Olympic demonstration in December 2009, with attacks by various police services during the G20 in June 2010 in Toronto on peaceful demonstrators, on the supposed free speech safe zone at Queen’s Park and the blocking of hundreds of people during a thunderstorm at Queen St. and Spadina Ave.
Here is a photo gallery from the News Photographers Association of Canada of the G20 events, including images by accredited photographers just doing their jobs (and not interfering) who were attacked by the police.
I wasn’t assigned to cover the Olympic torch relay on the evening of Thursday Dec. 17, 2009, but ran right into it as I was heading from work to work out at the downtown YMCA.
I got to College subway station and saw the crowd waiting for the torch.
was preparing to make my way through the crowd to the Y, I heard yelling. Then I saw that a group of demonstrators had rushed onto Yonge
Street south of College yelling slogans like “No Olympics on stolen native land” and waving signs.
I didn’t have my main photo gear but had the trusty small camera I always carry in a fanny pack, the Panasonic FZ28.
With the FZ28, as I have in the past, I pushed the Panasonic Lumix to its limit to shoot the demonstration using available light. ISO 1600, EV +1.5, shutter priority at 1/40 and 1/50 of a second.
The crowd then congregated at Yonge and
Demonstrators opposing the Olympic torch relay gather at Yonge and
College streets in Toronto on Thursday night. (Robin Rowland/CBC)
As the demonstrators moved up Yonge Street, I called the CBC news desk to tell them what was going on.
Brett Gundlock of The National Post grabbed shot of a demonstrator as I passed by talking on my cell phone to the CBC Live Desk.
Toronto police at first tried and failed to stop the demonstration at Yonge and Grovesnor Streets when the protesters ran into the first two police cruisers escorting the torch parade. (Robin Rowland/CBC)
Further up Yonge Street, a cordon of police officers with bicycles stopped the protest a block south of Wellesley Street.
The torch relay reached the blockade and waited for about half an hour. Then the organizers and police decided to reroute the relay across Wellesley and then down University Avenue to its destination of Toronto City Hall.
A few hundred demonstrators shouting “No Olympics on stolen native land” stopped the Olympic torch relay on Toronto’s Yonge Street Thursday night, forcing the relay to be rerouted. Here the lights of the lead police escort vehicle shine through a demonstrator’s banner. (Robin Rowland/CBC)
After about 20 minutes, the protest leaders called on their followers to disperse, but it was about another half hour after that they did leave and traffic resumed on Yonge Street.
More photos of the protest from Brett Gundlock on his blog