Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

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TheBrumReaper Contributing Member • Posts: 572
Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

Cadbury, the great British chocolate manufacturer, is about to be sold to Kraft Foods. People around here are worried about what happens with local jobs, but also Cadbury's identity and company ethics. Cadbury workes staged a protest today at the Bournville Village Green.

I went to take some pictures, taking along the FA31, Sigma 10-20, and Jupiter-9.

All processed in LR3 using Keitha's 'greenest eyes' preset which picks out the red of the flags nicely. More and larger sizes on my photo stream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebrumreaper/

thorsten

brettmeikle
brettmeikle Veteran Member • Posts: 3,873
with you all the way

one minute they embark on a fair trade cocoa policy, the next the chief exec sells out for an estimated £12m personal windfall....any remnants of faith in capitalism goes out the window for me, but they were remnants.
oh, and the documentary photos are nicely shot and themed - good work.
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LKeithR Veteran Member • Posts: 4,090
Re: Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

I like the photos and the way you've captured the subject matter but the processing doesn't work for me. This style can certainly work for more "artsy" style photography but turning a serious photojournalistic event into art isn't, in my view, at least, the right way to go here. I would have preferred a more classic B&W look...
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brettmeikle
brettmeikle Veteran Member • Posts: 3,873
purple haze

there is method to brumreaper's style; cadbury is known for its use of purple packaging so the technique has a resonance for those of us who grew up eating the stuff. it does in fact work very well.
BTW, any Aussies here know if it's causing a stouche in tassie?
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Emmanuel Diver Contributing Member • Posts: 548
Re: Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

Love the PP in these. Really makes the images and adds a grittyness.
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OP TheBrumReaper Contributing Member • Posts: 572
Re: Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

Thank you all for the comments,

I'll pick up on the B&W suggestion, because it does interest me a lot - I keep changing my mind about what processing works best. I tend to go for B&W when I feel colour doesn't add - or distracts. In this case, the red of the flags, and the Cadbury purple, do add something I think. On the other hand, plain colour versions of the images are pretty boring.

I did try B&W though, this time using Bibble 5 and the Andrea plugin which gives very nice film like B&W. Here are some of the results, more again in the flickr stream. Works for some I feel, but not for most?

silvershoes Regular Member • Posts: 282
Re: Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

Interesting photos, although I don't agree with your processing choice. It's distracting and detracts from the subject. I spent more time wondering what was wrong with your camera than anything.

Hope Cadbury can avoid Kraft.

OP TheBrumReaper Contributing Member • Posts: 572
Re: Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

I just posted a B&W version of the images (in my post two up) - do you think they work better?

brettmeikle
brettmeikle Veteran Member • Posts: 3,873
Re: Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

trying to remain objective when subjectivity if the overwhelming urge is the bane of photographic criticism. trusty your first instincts - those images are the most cogent regarding the subject matter. the B&W's are ordinary i think, and i'm trying to remain objective with that assessment.
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magomago Regular Member • Posts: 214
Re: Protest photos - keep Cadbury independent - K7 - Jupiter 9, Sigma 10-20

Actually I like the color ones more than the B&W, those looked too plain for me.

Helmut_S Contributing Member • Posts: 829
Re: with you all the way

well, on one hand, only capitalists make good candy/chocolate, the stuff from behind the iron curtain always sucked...

on the other hand, Kraft and a few others will soon own all food manufacturing, and there will be no escape from their mediocre blandness. Velveeta, anyone?
see, it's really hard to win either way

brettmeikle wrote:

one minute they embark on a fair trade cocoa policy, the next the chief exec sells out for an estimated £12m personal windfall....any remnants of faith in capitalism goes out the window for me, but they were remnants.
oh, and the documentary photos are nicely shot and themed - good work.
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Brett Meikle
http://my.opera.com/brettmeikle/albums/

OP TheBrumReaper Contributing Member • Posts: 572
A PS on the B&W vs. Colour debate...

For what it's worth,

Birmingham Mail have selected this image to print in their weekly selection of user-contributed images. I offered the choice of the colour and the B&W version, and they went with the colour version...

thorsten

Camancha Contributing Member • Posts: 740
Re: A PS on the B&W vs. Colour debate...

I love the color version. In 2010 you should be able to use the colors you want.

Limiting your photography to natural colors and b/w seems overly conservative to me. Creative PP is not only for artistic genres, it also has a place in documentary and nature photography.

Kind regards
.lars

Duplo Veteran Member • Posts: 6,660
I like...

Now I am no reporter or photo journalist, thus what is acceptable from a news/press point of view I cannot comment on, but i very much like the processing originally used.

Th original processing creates a mood that I do not get from the B&W images and has a greater impact, from a photographic point of view I prefer that, even from images like these.

Good work you have done here IMHO.
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