Documenting a memorial ride

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by KillRamsey, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    I got asked by the local Cyclists Union to photog a ride they organized Sunday to commemorate World Day of Remembrance, which is a day to remember those killed in traffic violence. We met up at Copley Square in Boston, then rode about a mile to the State House, where an officiant held a ceremony, and family members of victims spoke.

    Here's some of what I got... feedback very much wanted. And I know it's a somber event, and yet people look so happy sometimes, but it's HARD to ride a bike and not smile.

    23042222966_1a6b68d238_c.jpg KBRX3174 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    23068253755_dde9a4a883_c.jpg KBRX3312 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    23068249005_c0e4051c85_c.jpg KBRX3382 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22649853548_d322de3aaa_c.jpg KBRX3400 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22649885667_80ba13ec62_c.jpg KBRX3433 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Even as I took this one, I thought "this is basically just for Ray"
    22447025153_df2b097928_c.jpg KBRX3491 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22445458784_67f50ec207_c.jpg KBRX3621 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    23068231705_13783c0a96_b.jpg KBRX3652 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22447015833_6983d0f805_b.jpg KBRX3684 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Turns out if you point the Rokinon 12mm lens right at the setting sun, you can get this fantastic ring of flare...
    22649835538_1f34bdd481_b.jpg KBRX3716 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22649831248_e21041bb91_b.jpg KBRX3741 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    3621 is heartbreaking. (I'd crop it a bit tighter to remove the biker at top left. I also think it would be powerful in b/w)
  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    The ride was light, but the ceremony was indeed heavy.
  4. Nicely done, neat event to have for someone.
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I think that's EXACTLY what the series conveys. If that's what you wanted, you nailed it. If you wanted to go for heavy, just use less of the ride (and the least happy of the ride shots) and more of the ceremony. But, in my experience, these things are usually a combination of grieving and celebrating an activity that all involved love. I hope to live a very long time, but I've told my wife that if I should ever die on a bike ride, from getting hit, a heart attack, whatever, please just know it happened when I was doing what I loved doing. Hope it doesn't happen, but the possibility doesn't make me love cycling any less...

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  6. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    A beautiful balanced overview of the event! Very well done.
  7. bluzcity

    bluzcity Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    Technical stuff in check, perspective, movement, interesting angles. Emotional impact coveys sadness, disappointment, and other elements of grief. I think the set tells a story. Nice..
  8. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Thanks, y'all.