Official UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo and event photostream

UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo
UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo

Those of you in the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo must have been quite disappointed this time around! Instead of having to climb precarious ladders or hang out of third-story windows to get the shot I had a nice stable balcony to stand on! Truth be told, while taping the boundaries, my cohort Brian and I were trying to figure out how to get me up into the tree for sheer comedy value. No luck. Maybe next time.

Ubuntu Developer Summit Raring Ringtail (UDS-R) at Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, EU – 29th Oct – 1st Nov 2012 [cc by-sa 2012 Sean Sosik-Hamor]. High-resolution originals can be downloaded in the SmugMug galleries:

About the shot…

Since my shiny new EOS M was still preordered and didn’t arrive in time the setup was the same as Budapest, Orlando, and Oakland; shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the  EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Unfortunately the poor lighting meant I was shooting relatively high ISOs so there’s quite a bit of noise on the originals. Flash photography in the rest of the gallery was lit by a Speedlite 580EX II with a few shots here and there taken with the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo
Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo (Photo by Jeff Lane)

 

Official UDS-Q group photo and personal photo set

Another UDS, another chance for me to risk life and limb by climbing dangerously high objects to get a good vantage point to take the group photo! Setup was the same as Orlando; shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the usual EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Unfortunately the poor lighting meant I was shooting insanely high ISOs so there’s quite a bit of noise on the originals.

UDS-Q photos cc by-sa 2012 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

Photo by Bilal Akhtar showing the secret behind the UDS-Q Group Photo!

 

Another behind the scenes shot showing what went into the UDS-Q Group Photo. cc by-sa Howard Dyckoff.

Official UDS-P group photo and personal photo set

It’s déjà vu all over again! It looks just like last year, only a bit more organized! Since getting everyone balanced in a group photo the size of this is akin to herding cats I decided to lay down boundaries with gaffer tape like at UDS-O in Budapest. It worked out extremely well; it’s much easier to say “stay inside the pink tape” than to bark orders over the crowd to get individual people to move and fill in the gaps. And remember, if you can’t see my lens, I can’t see you!

UDS-P photos cc by-sa 2011 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

Shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the usual EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Apologies for taking a while to get these posted; it’s been a hectic four weeks of travel, event support, and sprinting.

The making of the group photo
Following what appears to be a new UDS tradition Randall managed to capture me herding everyone into the photo box made out of pink tape! (cc by-sa 2.0 rrnwexec)

Manipulating election results

Town and School Warrants Voting – Pelham, NH (03/08/2011)

A few months ago I brought my camera with me to grab a few photos when I headed over to the local high school to cast my ballot during the Pelham, NH 2011 Town and School Warrants Voting. I didn’t get anything spectacular; just a few run of the mill snapshots of people in a high school gymnasium. But as I was going through my Lightroom workflow preparing to upload to my album I came to a realization. The filled-in ballots were clearly visible in one of the photos and you could clearly see who or what some of the people voted for.

This left me with somewhat of a conundrum. Do I publish the photo as-is and possibly reveal who or what these people voted for or do I violate universal journalistic ethics and manipulate the photo to camouflage their votes? Since I wasn’t sending these photos off for news publication and they wouldn’t be under scrutiny I opted to do the edit and protect the subjects’ privacy. If you inspect a high-resolution version of the photo you can clearly see the votes visible on the voided ballot the election official is holding; the votes would have been as clearly visible on the other voters’ ballots as well.

Searching Google Images and Google News turns up thousands of photos taken at polling stations. The money shot of the ballot getting dropped into the box or reader is a popular one. And many of those photos clearly show the voter’s face and votes on their ballot.

But this brings up an interesting question about when journalistic integrity clashes with expected privacy. Individual voting booths and voting stations hold an expectation of privacy because they’re enclosed with curtains or barriers. But what about when you step away and are walking through an open space to turn in your ballot? Does that same expectation of privacy hold true? No one thought twice about me snapping a few photos. But modern DSLRs have the capability to capture fine details from afar even with wide angle lenses.

When taking the time to carefully frame and compose photographs I always have a set of rules and guidelines running subconsciously through my mind. Lighting and exposure. Framing and composition. Am I in danger? Am I in someone’s way? Am I blocking another photographer’s shot? Am I invading the subject’s privacy? Is the subject’s dignity preserved? Do I have to recompose the shot to hide embarrassing features or transform a possibly embarrassing feature into a flattering or striking highlight? That all goes through my mind in a split second almost every time I hit the shutter release.

But this was different. I was just randomly pointing the camera in interesting directions and grabbing snapshots without thinking. It wasn’t until I got home and looked over the photos that I thought about it. In the decades I’ve been behind the viewfinder this innocuous looking snapshot is the first photo I’ve ever taken that truly made me really think twice about where to draw the line between journalistic ethics and privacy.

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Official UDS-O group photo and personal photo set

After 8544 miles traveled, 16 days on the road, 40 GB of RAW photos, and two days of post-travel coma, I’ve posted the official group photos and my personal photo set from Ubuntu Developer Summit Oneiric Ocelot (UDS-O) which took place at the opulent Corinthia Hotel Budapest (formerly Grand Hotel Royal), Budapest, Hungary, EU (9th – 13th May 2011). UDS was insanely hectic as usual trying to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes. Luckily there were enough lulls to give me a chance to meet a bunch of new faces and catch up on some of my favorite projects.

UDS-O photos cc by-sa 2011 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

In addition to the above SmugMug gallery I’ve added the group photos to Facebook for tagging! And if you’ve ever wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes and what gets packed for UDS, check out the UDS-O Logistics gallery.

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Official UDS-N group photo and personal photo set

UDS-N Group Photo

I’ve posted the official group photo and my personal photo set from Ubuntu Developer Summit Natty Narwhal (UDS-N) which took place at The Caribe Royal, Orlando, Florida, USA – 25th – 29th October 2010. Overall it was quite a productive trip and, in addition to working event support, running video cameras, photographing the event, and attending sessions, I got to hang out with the usual gang of Open Source superstars and meet plenty of new faces!

UDS-N photos cc by-sa 2010 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button after clicking through to the below galleries):

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