11 January 2007

A Pair Of Protest Pics

Late this afternoon, read an e-mail I got from MoveOn.org announcing a protest at the Federal courthouse here in Vegas about the troop level escalation that the Bush Administration will be carrying out in Iraq, at six PM this evening.

So, I went over to my MySpace account and Las Vegas Indy Media, where I posted, respectively, a bulletin and an announcement about it, then cleaned myself up for the most part, threw on some clothes, and headed over there, where I took some seven pics of the demo, after I arrived at the courthouse about about 10 after six.

This is really only the second time I've worked with this camera in the field, and, between some of the settings I had the camera on, plus my own un-familiarity and ineptitude in working it, I'm lucky I got any images at all.

The first one's been edited by heightening the brightness and contrast levels far higher than they were in the original, which was very dark, while the second's the only shot out of the batch that needed no editing of any kind whatsoever.

As for the blurriness in the first pic, that's found in most of the batch, except for the second one published below, because I was both moving around quite a bit while aiming and shooting the pics, and because of the pic quality setting on which I'd the camera.

So, there are a couple of lessons for me right there, eh???

Anyhow, these two, plus three more from the batch(the other two were just too dark to use, even with editing), can be seen at http://lasvegas.staughton.indypgh.org/news/2007/01/6419.php, where I posted them along with some rather minimal commentary about 'em and the demo.

04 January 2007

First Pics Of 2007

Well, it's been a while since have posted anything here.

Been rather neglectful on that, and a number of other scores, alas.

Lost my Kodak EasyShare camera in mid-December, and wasn't able to replace it until the evening of 2nd January, when I got a Polaroid a520 digital camera, with which I took the pics below this post.

They were taken at a Food Not Bombs Las Vegas feeding and rally at Frank Wright Plaza, a park and homeless hang-out in down-town Vegas, yesterday.

The feeding, which started at a little after 1 PM yesterday afternoon, came first, and was followed by a very short march across the street to Las Vegas City Hall, where the City Council was in session, at around 2:40 PM.

Inside the Council chamber, we waited until the public comment portion of the meeting, then several of us spoke about the homeless crisis here in Vegas, which resounded in half-hearing ears on the Council's part.

The first three pics are from the feeding, and the fella with the video camera on the far left of two of the pics was a news cameraman for a local television station who was picking up footage of the feeding for a local news and opinion tv show, which would air to-day.

The latter three pics are from the parts of the march through Frank Wright Plaza, during which some of us, though not Yours Truly, called out to the homeless people there to join us in speaking before the City Council.

Alas, none did.

Anyhow, hope you enjoy the pics, and be seeing more of you in this new year.