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20060330 | 01:14 pm

I photographed these kids quite a bit as the group of protesters first assembled in Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. I was able to get a few good shots before they noticed me shooting. I’m not sure if they didn’t want me photographing them or if they were just very interested but when someone knows you’re taking their photo it completely kills the shot. I was pretty happy with this photo, especially the way the sun lights him from behind. You can view a larger version on deviantART or Flickr.

Captain America

Photo by Danny Hammontree

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Eve

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from: soul_pages
date: 20060330 06:15 pm (UTC)
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beautiful shot :)
reminded me of cap'n Canada, when we used to tie the canadan flag around guys in our dance crew

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Ash

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from: epicwelshman
date: 20060330 06:25 pm (UTC)
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I often feel really self-concious whenever I shoot people who I don't really know. I feel embarrassed if they catch me. Maybe I need to do it more and force myself past that point :)

Great shot though, love the sun shining through the flag!

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Eve

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from: soul_pages
date: 20060330 06:31 pm (UTC)
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i am exactly the same. the advice i received from seasoned photographers was - if you're realy nervous, always come up and ask, be like " i can give you my email or take their so you can send them the photos" or offer a business card and say that you'll send them a free print...i mean who wouldnt love to get their picture taken professionally and have a copy!? people are usually fine with it, now i tend to only ask if i'm taking photos of someone's kid(s) just to be on the side and give em a peace of mind.

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Eve

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from: soul_pages
date: 20060330 06:32 pm (UTC)
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i meant to say safe side*... sorry for crowding your comments Danny ;) i lov yoru work

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Ash

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from: epicwelshman
date: 20060330 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the advice. Last summer I was in Boston, and I took a picture of some kids playing in a fountain at Harvard. Whilst nobody said anything, I felt very pedophile-ish and creepy :)

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060330 06:40 pm (UTC)
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i sometimes feel pedophile-ish and creepy too... that come from societys weirdnesses and you have to identify that it is society and not you... when i am at a protest i actually look for the children holding signs first, those are the ones that get the most impact!

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060330 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I feel that too when i first start shooting at an event, I even feel it at weddings i have shot and im hired to shoot those ;) you just have to force yourself to be aggressive and uncaring whet people think. the payoff comes when you get the photos on your computer and you even think how much more aggressive you could have been ;) besides you will likely never see those people again and they surely will never remember you ;)

one more thing that always happens to me is people that i have shot find the photos i have taken of them and they write me telling me how much they love them... the proof is in the pudding ;)

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Playgirl's Mechanical World

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from: playgirl
date: 20060412 03:46 am (UTC)
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Absolutely wonderful!

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060412 06:45 pm (UTC)
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thank you :)

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