After hearing about a tornado touchdown just 25km WNW of Sundre, I headed NW of Calgary just barely ahead of rush hour traffic. I didn’t have to go very far at all before I found the supercell that had spawned it.
A quick break in the day for R to have dinner with her family and teach a piano lesson, and we reconnected in downtown Calgary for some more wandering around, exploring angles and reflections.
I discovered some unintentional statue porn!
This past Sunday I hightailed it out to K-Country with a favourite lens I rent now and then from The Camera Store, the 300mm F2.8 IS USM. The initial idea was to spend a bit of time shooting, then visit my friend R at the Kananaskis Emergency Station where she was on shift. She bought my Canon 40D from me a little while ago, and we were planning on visiting and having a bit of an educational session on her first serious leap into the world of DSLR. Unfortunately a call came in and she was out the door. Duty calls!
So it was once more onto the road for me, and I have rarely seen so much wildlife in a single day! I had a great time, and got some great shots I’m really happy with!
We had one of our warmest days yet here in Calgary, and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity by grabbing my 50D and my spiffy new Thinktank doublewide to keep two more lenses in along with some spare CF cards and battery.
It doesn’t hold a lot, and honestly that’s a good thing as it forces me to pare down and only bring what I’ll actually need
This shot is just as I was about to step out onto the bridge where I took a few more photos. I was doing train checks pretty frequently as the track curves out of view on both sides. Fortunately I was already clear of the bridge when one did decide to come along!
Processed in Bibble Pro 5 using the Andrea film simulation plugin set to camera stock BN Kodak Tri-X Pan and BN Forte Fortezo for print stock after choosing to go B&W. I love B&W photography, but don’t have a lot of experience *yet* shooting it. Fairly pleased with this result. I’m a fairly prolific amateur, generally shooting urban/urban decay and a lot of night photography. These days I probably spend 20+ hours a week out with my camera just exploring and finding shots that speak to me. Some pictures that I post to flickr only speak to me for a little while… others seem to have better staying power.
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It’s an unfortunate reality in any urban center that there are homeless. People end up homeless for a wide variety of reasons… loss of employment, underemployment, mental illness, family breakdown. And the amount of thought the average citizen gives ‘the homeless’ is negligible. Aside from the occasional donation to a food drive or some over administrated charity, little is done. They live on the edges of society, frequently a subject of scorn and derision, or misplaced and misspent pity.
And Bob forbid they be a minority, especially native.
I recently blogged about surveillance in Calgary and my concerns, finishing with
I want to know I can take a walk with my wife, and stop and kiss her in a doorway or under a tree, without some bureaucrat leering over our shoulder.
It appears I’m already far too late. I was taking some shots of the Langevin Bridge, and had spotted a native couple on the bridge.
They were holding hands, and making frequent stops to whisper to one another and kiss against the railing. I moved to a different spot to shoot something else and leave them some privacy, when a male voice came loud and clear over a loudspeaker…
“You are under live video surveillance! Take your activity off the bridge!”
Uhm, what? No kissing on the bridge? Or just no kissing for homeless natives…
To add to the conundrum, they are in a poor position to challenge the intrusion. Even assuming they had the inclination to flip off the anonymous State voyeur, it would have resulted in a Calgary Police officer being dispatched to the bridge. Being homeless, they don’t have the resources to fight being hustled off the bridge or spuriously arrested on something unrelated.
This is just the surface though. It’s a rare moment when a homeless person can spare a moment from day to day survival and getting by to carry on something so basic as a relationship. That they are homeless denies them the privacy and dignity to carry on their romance anywhere but in public, whether in plain view or hiding in some out of the way spot.
That the State, acting on our behalf, chooses to deny them even these simple acts of humanity is barbarous. It’s bad enough they are chased out of businesses for wanting to use their washrooms, forced to duck behind bushes and dumpsters in broad daylight and freezing blizzards. To deny them even a chance at a quiet walk on a bridge is inhuman.
This particular couple moved off the bridge to sit on one of the abutments at the rivers edge to enjoy each others company.
On Monday morning at 5am, a fire broke out in a building in Chinatown on Centre St resulting in the closure of the road and bridge in both directions. Due to the extent of the fire, the building was left in a very unstable state and had to be torn down.
These are shots I took last night as the demolition went on, with the city hoping to have the bridge and street at least partially re-opened for Tuesday morning rush hour.
In what in legal *and* technical terms is a blindingly fast turnaround, Answerbag.com followed up with me on Twitter
@tremaine We are now linking our Flickr attributions. Thanks to you and @mikeschinkel for bringing this issue to our attention.
Originally published January 24 2010:
If you want to see if Answerbag.com has been swiping your images against your copyright on Flickr, try this google search
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Below is (lightly redacted) document just sent to Answerbag.com and Flickr
January 24, 2010
Notice of Claims of Copyright Infringement
Sent via: EMAIL
DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringement
There are multiple violations of copyright, the above are a representative sample
I, Tremaine, certify under penalty of perjury, that I am an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner of certain intellectual property rights.
I have a good faith belief that the items or materials listed are not authorized by law for use by the above named domain name owner or their agents and therefore infringes the copyright owner’s rights. I hereby demand that you act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material or items claimed to be infringing.
My contact information is as follows:
Allegedly Infringing items or materials:
Infringing material that I demand be disabled or removed in consideration of the above:
Location of ORIGINAL WORKS:
These images are also in use on my blog at http://blog.ddiction.com/
Flickr/Yahoo! specifies that if you post a Flickr photo on an external website, the photo must link back to its photo page. The five (5) examples of infringement do not link back to the photo page, and in fact link to answerbag.com.
This document is cryptographically signed.
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“Paranoia for hire”