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Posted by skywriter12 on 28 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: news
Hundreds of government workers protest near the presidential palace against new legal reforms proposed by the national assembly in Panama City, Panama, July 28, 2009. The workers claim the reforms will result in thousands of workers being laid off and replaced with those loyal to recently elected President Ricardo Martinelli.
Posted by skywriter12 on 04 May 2009 | Tagged as: news
After losing her bid for President to opposition candidate Ricardo Martinelli, Balbina Herrera prepares to face the media and deliver her concession speech. Backstage, after facing the cameras, a teary eyed Balbina is embraced by her campaign team .
Getting intimate shots like these are really hard to get on a campaign. Luckily in Panama the security around her kind of crumbled on election night, and I got myself in the backroom with her and her closest supporters as the only photographer.
In Panama, people burn dolls of people they love and hate.
Top: On New Years Eve, a guy burns a doll of David Murcia Guzman, or DMG, a 28-year old Colombian scam artist now behind bars, who took locals for millions of dollars in a complex pyramid scheme in 2008.
Bottom. A Palestinian man burns a shoebox with a photo of George Bush, who he blames for supporting Israel in the invasion of Gaza.
Posted by skywriter12 on 06 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: news
Brazil is the biggest producer of soy in the world.
The farmers cut into the forest for soy and cattle.
Cleared jungle for cattle pasture. Demand for red meat continues to skyrocket.
Charred forest ready to convert to farmland.
These are some stills from my photo camera from a story I am working on about the global food and energy crisis, which actually a video piece. I took very few stills, but here they are. With HD, I can do frame grabs, which is the plan in the next few days.
In an nutshell, many are accusing Brazil of burning down the Amazon to convert it into high yield farmland to grow more food, animal feed, and crops for biodiesel and ethanol production. Begs the question about what is the environmental price we are willing to pay in order to have enough food and energy crops for the world. A complex and controversial issue.
The video is in the editing phase right now, and will post soon. Enjoy..
Note: I cropped to 16:9 aspect so I can put it in FCP. Some people like to add motion to the photos and move around it, but not me. I like it cropped how I want…
Posted by skywriter12 on 14 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: news
Construction workers and students took to the streets in violent clashes against the police to protest the killing of a construction worker by the police in Panama City, Panama on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.
So because this was an AP assignment, my best stuff goes to them. These are my “seconds”, but you can get a taste of the chaos from these.
Went to Carnival in Panama this year. Basically, Carnival is four days of parties, parades, drinking, art, folkloric music and traditonal dancing. Think Burning Man meets Daytona Beach.
BUT!…during the day, each town in Panama have ‘culecos’, or big street parties, which makes our spring break look like a church trip. Its basically a giant water fight, with industrial water tankers, dj’s, half naked girls, and hard alcohol. Oh yeah, and its packed with 10,000 drunk people by 8am every day. My Canon 5D, replete with garbage bag and rubberband protector, barely made it out alive.
I only took my camera out in Penenome, as I was shooting something for the AP. As I can’t post those photos, here are some other shots.
Posted by skywriter12 on 08 Sep 2007 | Tagged as: news
2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks to thousands of supporters during a campaign rally on the lawn of Santa Barbara City College on September 8th, 2007.
Forget politics, Obama is the best public speaker I’ve ever seen. Hands down. The guy is magnetic.
Firefighters from Oxnard and Ventura took part in a training exercise in an abandoned building in Ventura. The firefighters had to wear “smoke shields”, gray plastic inserts that block out light and mimic the poor visibility found in smoky buildings, while navigating the building.
These are a few of my fav’s, although I’m probably posting too many. It was pitch black inside, and the guys didn’t use flashlights. I shot most of it blind firing the camera and sometimes the flash towards where I thought they were standing. It would be fun to cover a few of these….
Oxnard College president Dr. Roberto C. Duran addresses students during the commencement ceremony for the 2007 graduating class.
So here’s a photo from today’s shoot I liked. I’ll be putting up my favorites from weeks 1 & 2 soon…
“I started screaming, and then he came through the rest of the way,” said Kim Santucci, who was sitting at her desk when the truck drove through the wall of the Fredericksburg Insurance Group
The dude drove into an auto insurance office. Whoops.
The line stretched half a mile.
The place was a sardine can. I’m sure they broke fire code.
Consumers began lining up 12 hours early for the 5am opening of Circuit City the day after Thanksgiving. The shoppers were after deeply discounted laptops, plasma TV’s and digital cameras. Most people waited hours to get in, and then hours more waiting in line to check out.
These pictures were shot between 4:30am and 5:30am. People are nuts.
Some shots of the Marine Corps Museum and the dedication ceremony of the new Semper Fidelis Park in Quantico, Virginia. Invited Marine Veterans attended the evening event.
Virginia Republican Senator George Allen gave a concession speech in Alexandria on November 9th, 2006. By electing to forgo a recount in the close race, Allen conceded the election to Democrat Jim Webb, giving the Democrats control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in twelve years.
I like these shots because they’re all like right before he actually speaks. You can see the defeat and humility in his face.
Vigil for victims of domestic violence. Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg.