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Detroit Photography - Superbowl Weekend

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bad Brains, Feb 10, 2006.


  1. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    Turned out a disaster for me, the weather was horrible. I'm just not expirenced enough yet to shoot good night photogrpahy. To make matters worse I didn't have the proper film and I was fighting wet and foggy lenses the whole time. To make things even more worse I was pretty boozed up.

    All and all I had fun. I had to salvage what I could from my negatives. Professional photograhers would barf if they saw these, but i'm happy with what I got. The grainy film adds a certain quality to it.

    My big dumb friend Camacho was my "subject" for the night, so don't mind him.

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    Cop escorting a limo, the infamous abandoned Cadilliac Hotel in background. (Perhaps escorting Eminem, or some other fake rapper who pretends to be from Detroit).
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    Camacho on the street!
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    Camacho buying a poncho to protect him from the elements.
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    Camacho wearing the Poncho.
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    Me photographing the Camacho in the mirror.
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    Camacho photographing Me drinking booze (great focus job Camacho.....)
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    Camacho eating.
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    Abandoned building looms. Water spot ruins it.
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    Kind of creepy.
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    Under exposed. Kind of reminds me of the movie "The Crow".
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    Some of the buildings have life....
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    Waiting in line for the shuttle bus home.
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    Overall very interesting. Probably the only time in my life I will ever see downtown Detroit with actual people walking the streets. The city did an excellent job and tearing down some historic buildings for this event ( Mo-Town headquarters building demolished by NFL), and they did a great job at hiding much of the abominations downtown. Look forward to the next one.
     
  2. One man's "historic building" is another man's "abandoned abomination". In past posts, you've complained about the condition of downtown Detroit. Someone comes in to clean it up and you're not happy with the buildings they chose to demolish (probably for free). The only solution I see is you chairing a committee and funding the project yourself. Good luck with that.

    Mike
     
  3. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I like the underexposed ones. You should do a whole series of the sides of peoples' faces while they're eating.

    brad cook
     
  4. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Nice pictures- I see people going for the wet lense/fighting the elements thing all the time, it looks cool. It really adds a dark note to the whole thing, which may not be what you were going for, but it made the pictures really interesting. I like the underexposed and the abandoned abomination/historic landmark shots particularly.
     
  5. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    The first two are really cool! By the way the Pizza place in #2 (Pizzapopolis) is STILL the best pizza in the world.
     
  6. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    the out of focus black and white ones are really cool.

    i also like the first two.
     
  7. This one is my favorite. I liked a lot of the others too...nice work.
     
  8. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    I must agree. That's where the Camacho eating picture was taken. I love that pizza (and so does Camacho).
     
  9. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I think everyone needs a Camacho around.


    And to have various pictures taken of him on location.


    I need to find a Camacho.



    Cool pics by the way.


    I like the underexposed grey pics.
     
  10. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    The one of you taking a drink is great. Maybe Camacho has a career in photography? :D

    I liked the photos. You did a good job dude.

    -Mike
     
  11. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Ask any building contractor and they'll tell you: "demo and re-building is easier and less expensive than renovation". We who live in close proximity of Detroit have many complaints, 'issues' and heartfelt 'wishes' about the city. The 'issues' will get solved by whoever gets the will power to do them. The angst/anxiety/complaints I think come from seeing another old building get torn down, and it's kinda like watching P. Townsend smashin' all those 'classic' guitars. Once it's gone, it's gone. I will argue, that some new construction can be as ornate on the exterior as the old stuff. It's the details those older structures had inside that isn't replicated at any price these days.

    I have an article about how a guy bought one of the Fisher Mansions (of GM's 'Fisher Body' fame), stripped the artifacts and fixtures out for cash, burned it, had it plowed under and skipped off to another town. He made more money off the fixtures than what he paid for the house. There have been numerous articles like that published here over the past few years...it hurts to read them.

    Some of the exasperation over the 'old structures' is the sentimental value. Detroit will evolve into whatever direction its people take it in, we suburbanites are merely spectators. If you want to own, renovate, and live in a historic home or building in Detroit, have at it. It's a bit of work getting through city hall and the permit process, but, you can't find that kind of real estate at Detroit prices in the 'burbs.

    Nice pictures...once again BB!
     
  12. I've got no argument with anything you've posted. I moved to my current location in part because the city (New Orleans) is so old and the character that age brings with it. My current job allows me to aid in the renovation of a few homes over a hundred years old. The attention to detail and the craftsmanship is amazing.

    My point was that, depending on what post BB is complaining in, either downtown Detroit is an eyesore that needs to be razed or downtown Detroit is filled with historic buildings and demolition is a crime perpetrated by the NFL. I'll bow out now as the Detroit faithful are more enamored with the photos than my point (and rightly so, perhaps). For what it's worth, I was born in Ann Arbor and have a soft spot for the area.

    Mike
     
  13. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    I'm all for cleaning up the city, but I don't understand the need to tear down our history. I think the main problem is the administration of the city. A perfect example is the mayor gets caught embezzeling funds so his family can drive Escalades, and he gets rewarded with re-election.

    They didn't even bother to clean out the Mo-Town building. My friend has pictures of what is believed to be many contracts and other paperwork signed by many famous musicians floating out as the wrecking ball crashes in. There are dozens upon dozens of other vacant buildings in the same area with less significance. Any other city would have restored such a building.

    Also rumors of old Tiger Stadium comming down are in the air. I used to think "they wouldn't dare", but looks like the ballyard is on it's last days.
     
  14. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I really dig the first three. That's the kind of stuff I look for when I paint.

    In fact....

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    Painted last year in Beantown :D
     
  15. Cool stuff, Bryan.
     
  16. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    I have only one regret from the Super Bowl festivities. That I didn't go to the celebrity Go cart races at the State Fairgrounds. I saw news coverage and Jessica Alba was there along with Kelly Monaco, Jamie Pressley and a few other fine hotties and the stands were empty! I know that that most those hot young hollywood things have fantasies about meeting a slightly overweight 48 year old mediocre bass player from Detroit! One can always dream.:D
     
  17. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Don't forget right-winged Republican. That REALLY draws young celebrity hotties ;)
     
  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Don't forget the part about being a good fisherman!

    -Mike
     
  19. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    Awsome painting if I may say so. For a second I thought it was a photo you took.
     
  20. I heard it was a 40 minute wait to go on the people mover. I didn't go down there, but I'm sure it was hectic.