CIS Finals 8 – A Business Trip

I planned on posting something last week, however the Charlatan kindly sent me away for the weekend to cover the Canadian Interuniversity Sport basketball finals, where the Carleton Ravens won their 8th national title.

Carleton Ravens' Willy Manigat take on the Alberta Golden Bears in the 2012 CIS Finals

The championship was in Halifax, only 2h away from Ottawa if you’re lucky enough to be flying there. The newspaper sent two photographers and two writers to cover the event, so the workload wasn’t so bad.

We would wake up, and either go straight to the Metro Centre, where the games were happening, or go take a walk on the beautiful coastal city before the day’s games.

Raven's Phillip Scrubb was chosen the CIS player of the year for his performance.

The Ravens walking in for their first game on the tournament.

It was great experience, I met some great photographers, like Andrew Von (who has worked for the Canadian Press in the maritime’s for over 25 years, and is an all around awesome guy!), had time to just walk around the city taking photos, etc.

It was a good break, and well worth it. The photographs were great, and some of them will definitely make it to my portfolio (like Willy’s one on the top.).

Here are some more shots, including the one with the trophy. By the way, never get in front of photographers when they’re trying to get celebration shots, really, you’ll regret it.

Ravens vs. Bears

Ravens' coach Dave Smart after the team's first victory.

The Ravens celebrating their 8th national title.

The Crime of Taking Photos

Photographers have a tough life in the US… By US law (which is fairly similar to the law in Ontario), if you are in public property you’re allowed to take photos of anything and anyone, unless there’s a reasonable expectation of privacy, like inside someone’s house, or in a public bathroom.

However in the post 9/11 world, it seems that everyone is guilty until proven the contrary, and photographers are an easy target, since we register what is happening around us. Posters like this one obviously don’t help:

Other than that, it seems that the local enforcement agencies are completely oblivious to the fact that unless you’re doing something wrong, you are NOT a criminal. And that happens everywhere in the world, Brasil, Italy, Canada, US… And that’s just to comment on places I’ve lived in.

And here’s the motivation behind this post, a video made by  Pennsylvania based photographer Jason Macchioni, being harassed by cops for taking photos of traffic… Traffic. Not important government buildings, traffic.

The most striking thing of the video to me is the police officer asking if the guy was a lawyer just because he knew he didn’t had to show his ID. Also, despite being unfamiliar with the privacy laws in Pennsylvania, I highly doubt you’re not allowed to record anything in a public place.

The only time I had problems with the police was while taking photos of an arrest, when the police officer stopped and asked why was I taking photos. I answered that they were for the school newspaper, he nodded and went on his way.

That’s all folks, just sharing the police hate love.

Pedro out!

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Balloons and Portraits

Hello everybody! I know it’s been over a month, and I’m sorry. School finally started to press on, and only now I had a less packed week to relax and post.

But let’s get to the point, the reason why you keep coming here, I hope, the photographs.

The most fun I had this month was whilst shooting a Carleton Student that flies hot air balloons, the guy is funny and easygoing, and to shoot this assignment was a blast. In fact, I got cover of the paper with the shot below.

Shawn Glover inside his hot air balloon.

The balloon in the skies

Other than that I’ve been putting the umbrella to good use, taking several portraits, both for the Charlatan, and for myself. One of those was the portrait of Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson!

Benjamin is a doctorate student at Carleton

Ottawa's Mayor Jim Watson in his office.

Melanie Moller, modelling for a portrait

My brother, Luis, in his safari outfit.

And that’s it. I also took several sports photos on the past month, but those will have a stand alone post.

Sacred Art – On Assignment

Hey folks, how’ve you all been?

I’ve been pretty busy with finals, essays, etc. and of course, lot’s of assignments to get better and better at photography.

Saturday I got an assignment I was pretty excited about, to shoot a Christian Tattooist in Orleans. Reverend Dave has his own place called Sacred Art, and I thought it would be a nice place to shoot.

I was going with the writer Oliver Sachgau to shoot stills and video, we had an interview schedule with the guy at 5pm.

Like the good journalists we are, we met at 4:45 at Place d’Orleans, and were at Dave’s studio at 4:55, ready to do our interview, take the shots and head home to enjoy our Saturday evening. Of course it could not be that easy and as we went inside, the guy came out, greeted us and said:

“Yeah, about the interview, I was going to call you because I’m running late…”

We said that there was no problem, we could wait, for which he replied:

“You might want to come back later, I will only be done in one hour, at 6. And after that I need to go home to let my dog out, so I’ll only be available at 6:30.

Oh snap. I live downtown and Oliver in Nepean, no way we could come back later… So we did a tour of the place by ourselves, took some photos of him doing his job, and went to the shopping centre decided to come back at 6, just to get a comment from the guy being tattooed, before doing the actual interview.

Here’s the shots I took then:

We came back at 5:55, perfectly on time, to find out that Dave was still late. He only finished the tattoo at 6:30. We grab a quick comment from Luke about the place and Dave left to let his dog out, saying he would be back by 7:05.

Me and Oliver were tired and did not want to walk to the mall, so we decided to go around the neighborhood, where I found this beautiful church to photograph, it was worth the time:

Church in Orleans, near the Tattoo Parlor

Same church with a dead tree in front of it

After walking for half an hour we went back to the place, and as you can predict, at 7:05 he was not there, only arriving at 7:15.

Finally after two hours and fifteen minutes of (almost) wasted time, we finally could sit the man on the studio to do the interview, and take some portraits. I admit, I was tired, grumpy and did not put all the possible effort into it, I just wanted to go home. We were done around 7:50, because Reverend Dave insisted on redoing several takes that he did not like…

As a final balance, it wasn’t bad, I got the shots of the church that I really like, and some of the minister/tattooist. He has a good spirit, but thinks way too much about himself, and he thinks he’s very funny, which he is most definitely not. I just hope to do not have to wait 2h15m ever again for a photo, luckily Oliver was there and at least we could chat.

To wrap it up, here are the two staged shots of him:

Rev. Dave and his piercings.

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Photography

My name is Pedro Vasconcellos, and I’m a first year journalism student at Carleton University, in Ottawa Canada. I’m actually Brazilian and came to Canada in order to finish university.

Only recently I have discovered the pleasures of Photography, and I am decided to go as deep as I can get on the subject, hopefully to work with it in 4/5 years.

In this blog I’ll post anything related to photography, tutorials, discussions, comments… Also it will serve as the base of my portfolio for now, the public display of my work.

If you got here by accident or not, take some time to see my photos, see what I do. And feel free to comment and drop me an email, anytime.

And since this is a photography blog, one of my first images that I deemed good enough for my portfolio:

Oh Canadian Autumn...

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