The Cloak Of Invisibility

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The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostSun Mar 10, 2019 1:32 am

How many here when filming public events get the feeling that no matter what they do, they are ostensibly invisible to the public when trying to film something?

For many years I used to do news and sports photography and, invariably when trying to cover something of interest at public events, there'd always be someone who would walk past the camera lens and then say sorry after passing, or simply prop up in front of me, completely oblivious to my presence.

Sometimes I attributed that to the fact that I was using an 'unobtrusive' DSLR and lens but recently while filming a local Italian Festa and now using a substantial camera rig on a tripod, I'd have a constant stream of people walking right in front of me or coming to a halt directly in front of me etc. I always try to position myself so that I am obvious and to allow passage around me.

But each time it was as if I was completely invisible. I won't attribute it to ignorance, as it really appeared as if these people were in another world and simply didn't see that I was there trying to film. Mind you, the worst offenders were those with mobile phones trying to get their own video, who were completely engrossed in their phone screen.

I sometimes think I need to put one of those rotating yellow hazard lights on my head or camera, so that at least a few take notice.
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Re: The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostMon Mar 11, 2019 7:18 pm

I use small orange cones and yellow safety tape strung between them to block anyone from walking in front of my camera. Works 90-percent of the time.
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Re: The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostFri Mar 15, 2019 5:15 am

I'm still looking for my flashing, red, LED bicycle light,
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Re: The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostSun Mar 17, 2019 7:28 pm

Unfortunately we're living in a time where people are self obsessed. They're so wrapped up in their own li'll bubble they're not spacially aware.
You also have those that don't give a sh1t if ur there or not, exercising their 'right' to go where they want, stand where they want and do what they want.
and unfortunately no attempt by you will help prevent in that scenario.
Although, I'm quite fortunate here as I'm past 6'3 and of big stature, so most of my request to clear a path actually see's them follow suggestion

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Re: The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostMon Mar 18, 2019 2:29 am

Sadly, I think that's all too true. I think the mobile phone has been the biggest influence in the loss of situational awareness that we've ever known. It's a sign of the times.

Interestingly, as a photographer, I have always been acutely aware of my surroundings when doing news and sports, as you simply couldn't afford to lose your situational awareness and that's just carried on with almost everything in life, driving, walking about, shopping etc.

As an example of the former problem, I was taking one of our hounds to the vet last week and some dog had made a bit of a wet mess on the floor, so that staff had cleaned up and placed a very large 'Wet Floor' sign as a warning. A client came out of one of the rooms with their dog a little while later and immediately was head down in her phone. Because of this she didn't see the wet floor sign and went skidding, just catching herself against a wall before she went A over T.

I was quite ready to testify on behalf of the vet clinic should the client have fallen over and made any threats about an unsafe environment.
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Re: The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostTue Mar 19, 2019 6:44 pm

But not from just that side of the camera...

Reporter. mic in hand, cameraman bringing up the rear
Pursuing their victim to get that badly needed quote.
When BAAAMMMM !!

Reporter Face plants himself straight into a lamp post


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Re: The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostTue Mar 19, 2019 8:42 pm

I had some interview settings in a music club a few years back. And once in a while people were trying to do tricks to get your attention. Like grabbing the butt or getting there arms around me from behind.. While keeping a steady shot to get the interview right.. :lol: :lol:

Happy i'm not running in the field anymore with the cameras.. But engineering the multicam setups.
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Re: The Cloak Of Invisibility

PostWed Mar 20, 2019 2:22 am

Yes Daniel, but look at all the “fun” you are missing... :roll:
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