June 17, 2005

That Duff Is Tough Enough

Hilary Duff
Today Show-Toyota Concert Series
Rockefeller Center Studios
7am press call

Every week it's something new at the Today Show.

In this weeks drama...The gates that separate the fans from the stage seem to be creeping forward every week (which is in our lane to shoot) and more shooters are packing the photo pen.

Riddle me this Batman....why are photogs standing 3 deep, on ladders IN FRONT OF the already packed 3 level riser and being uncooperative with your fellow man? One photog was leaning over the barricade so far he could have played the drums on stage! This action in turn lead to obstructed views throughout the pen. If we work together and DON'T PANIC at the sight of tension, we can work things out.

6 comments:

ZePhotog said...

We had the annoying lawyer, we had the nazi security guard, we had the check-in deadline, we had the security uprising last year, we had the rain... and somehow we overcame all that and managed to work through the most improbable set of unexpected occurences ever, I'm still expecting to have a grasshopper attack or a tidal wave at some point...

Now, on Today's drama watch : are we gonna get a picture of Hilary Duff ?

Well let's start by blaming the set up a little bit, because in some way today's problem was indeed caused by the set up in the pen...

If you are going to put risers in the pen, then stack it up with risers so that everybody can hop on, HAS to be on it actually... or don't put any risers and let us deal with the height issue by doing what we do on a daily basis : bring ladders and stools !!!

This being said, we're facing a situation where we have way too much open space in front of the risers, as in enough space to put 3 rows of photogs in front of the riser...

In a perfect world, with perfect people and PROFESSIONAL photographers, everybody in the front would have backed up against the riser so the people ON the riser could get a picture...

Alas, we're not in a perfect world, we're not perfect people and sometimes I really wonder how many PROFESSIONAL photographers are among us...

It seems to me, that most photographers in NY suffer from a poorly documented condition called "FORWARDITIS LEANINGITUM". It manifest itself by making photographers move forward and get as close as they can to the subject they're shooting...

For some unexplained reason, they lose all understanding of the mind-blowing concept of the "ZOOM LENS" !!!!
They don't seem to realize that you actually CAN get a full length shot with a 600mm (it's been done before !!), it simply depends how far you are from your subject... It's all a matter of using the most appropriate lens for the job, just like you wouldn't eat soup with a fork, don't shoot the Today show with a 17-35...

The only time you'll see these "FORWARDITIS LEANINGITUM"-struck photographers pull back from a celebrity is when they'll finally realize that they're below the focus range of their equipment...

Thank God no photo cie has put a 5-15/2.8 lens with 2 inches focus limit, otherwise we'd all be in jail for assault !!!!

Now, I do understand that if you are the first one in the pen, you want the best possible spot, it is only fair...

BUT, when picking One's spot, One should always consider One's surroundings and eventual obstructions that may happen during the shoot, especially when One's been shooting the same job every single week for the past 5 years or so...

Hence, One should know by now that the first spot up against the barricade right in the middle, in that particular set up, may not be the best spot.
Nevertheless, if One decides to take this spot anyway, One should deal with misjudgement soberly as well as be aware that any elevation on One's part might trigger a domino effect that may result in One's fellows not getting a single frame...

One's very "group conscious" when it comes to great ideas and "stand up for your rights" situations, and we are grateful for that, yet, One seems to forget all notion of the above mentioned "group concept" when One's ability to get the picture One wants is obstructed...

One should have expected obstruction and picked another spot if One was worried he may not get his pictures from his chosen spot...

However, One's well loved among his peers, One probably won't do it again once One realizes he screwed a whole bunch of his fellow photographers, now will he ?

Nikon Deb said...

Ze said
"One should have expected obstruction and picked another spot if One was worried he may not get his pictures from his chosen spot...
However, One's well loved among his peers, One probably won't do it again once One realizes he screwed a whole bunch of his fellow photographers, now will he ?"

Well well...when one is so loved that the others don't say anything, and one does what he wants, regardless of whether people get the photo or not, is not what I call POLITE. There are times when it may be impossible for someone to move so everyone else can get their shot but many times that is not the case.When the stage is to the right of one photographer, and this photorapher is in the way of the photographer on their right (here is the photo-2 photographers next to one another, the stage is to the right of them both and the photographer is STILL in the way of the photographer on their right) I would say that this person is LEANING WAAAAY too much to block them). I overhear over and over again "get here early and you won't have this problem, I have no time for tardiness or slackers." WELL...THIS photographer here is 5'2", hence having to waste TOO much time WAITING for events to happen to ensure she gets a good, clear (hopefully) unobstructive view, and yet, being in a pen in the far corner and still someone from INSIDE the pen is in their way and could care less...it, in a word (and sorry for this unladylike word) SUCKS! Not only were those in the back blocked, but the others in the front were blocked as well.
On another topic which is sort of similar. We are in close quarters day in and day out yet there are people who have to light up and smoke cigarettes. RUDE, SELFISH acts day in and day out. It's bad enough that we have to be body to body with one another, but we have to also breath in the smoke. Some of this group has asthma. Some here are too hesitant to speak up about this for fear of backlash which is understandable. Since we can no longer post here without a name, I understand these people's fears for posting this so I am posting it for them, as well as for me. Smoking in small quarters around people who do not smoke, people who have asthma, etc is RUDE & SELFISH. There are several smokers among us who walk away, or go to a corner to have their fix-these are the real MEN who CARE about those around them. It's too bad the others don't follow their friends and do the same thing.
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Nikon Deb said...
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G said...

we heard you deb we heard you! :D

nyphotog said...

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nyphotog said...

next time we shoot a crowded today show can we just move the riser BEFORe we get on it and that will help solve the problem. if we ask security to move it then they will probably say no just to be in control and mean