Oh no! somebody's hand is in my frame


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Yesterday I went Chinatown to shoot timelapse, I reach the location about 6.15pm, surprisingly the best spot already chopped by another young photographer, so I set up beside him. Waiting for the magic hour.

I run a quick timelapse sequence first, I plan my main shot will start from 7.00pm to 7.40pm.

soon after some more photographers shown up, even have videographers, I guess they are shooting for commercial footages.

there is a small space between the first photographer who came earliest and my spot, too small for set up a tripod but still can shoot from here with handheld, a lady try to shoot the scene with iphone, I gentle remind her try not to stick her hand too far out as it will show up in my frame.

about 7.20pm another young photographers came up to the roof top, but all the usable spots are already taken, he carry a not so small shoulder bag but didn't bring a tripod, so he try to shoot from the small pocket between the first photographer and me.
as he still slinging his camera bag while shooting handheld, I have to keep an eye on his bag, my hand is standing by in case his bag knock on my tripod, if this happen than all my efforts for the night will be ruined.
but when I notice he stick his hand too far out, it already too late. his hands and camera are show up in my frame. So I told him to pull his hands back.



Lesson learnt, next time can not be so nice guy, must tell people don't get so close to my tripod, must tell them where the boundary is safe to shoot.

Fortunately my photoshop skills still passable, can remove the hands and camera from the shots, this timelapse sequence is saved.
 

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Turbonetics

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can u show the after PS photo?hehe
 

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Call me a sadist... but don't you just feel like giving that fella's hands a big slap and watch his DSLR go tumbling down?:devil:
 

catchlights

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can u show the after PS photo?hehe
My guess is that uncle catchlights use an earlier frame and Layer and erase.. Nothing to do with magicking out pixels from scratch. That's what I would do anyways. :)
Yes, edutilos- is correct, I took from previous and after frames and do a layer mask on the affected frames.

since the interval is 8 sec, it is not noticeable after retouch, else it will be a obvious jump on the pedestrian and vehicle tracffic
 

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Call me a sadist... but don't you just feel like giving that fella's hands a big slap and watch his DSLR go tumbling down?:devil:
No, the dropped DSLR could kill somebody right below, there is a pedestrain crossing beneath, the human traffic is very high at any give time.

 

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Speaking of dropping cameras, I was once at the top floor of a block of flats, and this group of young photographers were shooting there. There was this young lady who had with her a small tripod and what looks to be mirrorless camera.

2 of her tripod legs were OUTSIDE the ledge, held in place only by the rubber knob of the tripod leg extension and the 3rd leg was on the ledge itself.

What scares me is that at some point, the tripod was not even secured by her or her friend's hands and just left there, self supported.

I hope I am not being paranoid but this looks to be extremely foolish, inconsiderate and dangerous.
 

catchlights

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can u show the after PS photo?hehe
Speaking of dropping cameras, I was once at the top floor of a block of flats, and this group of young photographers were shooting there. There was this young lady who had with her a small tripod and what looks to be mirrorless camera.

2 of her tripod legs were OUTSIDE the ledge, held in place only by the rubber knob of the tripod leg extension and the 3rd leg was on the ledge itself.

What scares me is that at some point, the tripod was not even secured by her or her friend's hands and just left there, self supported.

I hope I am not being paranoid but this looks to be extremely foolish, inconsiderate and dangerous.
Yes, indeed.

the worst thing could happen is the camera killed somebody, camera is replaceable, but you can't replace a life for somebody.
 

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Sigh... Common problem with many other kind of activities... All depends on how good is the "surrounding awareness" sense of that person... Some people just simply bo chap...
 

Blur Shadow

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Oh my! That must have been quite unfortunate. Problem is, it is the festive season in Chinatown, and well, we aren't getting any lesser in human population.

At least the image was saved. Just curious - were you not able to skip that image for the time lapse?
 

catchlights

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Oh my! That must have been quite unfortunate. Problem is, it is the festive season in Chinatown, and well, we aren't getting any lesser in human population.

At least the image was saved. Just curious - were you not able to skip that image for the time lapse?
skip a frame or two might not really noticeable, depends on the movement.
but for this, total 9 frames with hands showing, that image is the worst one, partial head is showing also.
still PS-able. :)
 

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Darn Liveview users :bsmilie: With optical viewfinder it would not happen.
 

Blur Shadow

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skip a frame or two might not really noticeable, depends on the movement.
but for this, total 9 frames with hands showing, that image is the worst one, partial head is showing also.
still PS-able. :)
9 frames?! What a bummer...

Glad that you managed to salvage it!
 

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Wow unlucky! Maybe he thought that you weren't taking any pictures at the moment so he stuck his hands out. Not too sure though. At least he could have asked if he's obstructing.

Anyway, I went there to take a look and just now and there were really a lot or photographers. Probably due to the CNY decos and festive season.
 

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Hand in the frame is better than hand in your pocket. Hand in your pocket might belong to Sion............:bigeyes: :bsmilie:
 

catchlights

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Darn Liveview users :bsmilie: With optical viewfinder it would not happen.
just check my exif of those shots, I shot at f4, 1/8 sec at ISO 200, his hands very steady hor? can shoot night scene don't need to use tripod.....

9 frames?! What a bummer...

Glad that you managed to salvage it!
still not to bad lar, hope I don't encounter photobomb when I shooting timelapse... lol

Wow unlucky! Maybe he thought that you weren't taking any pictures at the moment so he stuck his hands out. Not too sure though. At least he could have asked if he's obstructing.

Anyway, I went there to take a look and just now and there were really a lot or photographers. Probably due to the CNY decos and festive season.
I don't own the place, so anyone want to shoot can go ahead.
but is my mistake didn't tell him be careful about my tripod and not to stick his hand too far out the ledge.
Want to get good spot have go early early to chop seat liao.

Hand in the frame is better than hand in your pocket. Hand in your pocket might belong to Sion............:bigeyes: :bsmilie:
lol.
 

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The selfishness of photographers. Always putting themselves before others. Always care about their own shots than the safety of other people or animals. Always comparing equipment.

Whats else have we not seen? Bring ladder into shopping centre fashion shows, fight with each other with monopods at F1, remove nest from trees to photograph birds, make security guard life miserable, photobomb other people wedding photos, harass the homeless old folks at chinatown, take voyeur pictures at orchard road, trespassing into private properties, always criticizing other people's photos, always cannot take criticism when they they themselves asked for it, which they are really only asking for praises, form groups and gangs and do the above mentioned in groups.

Gone where the days where the photogaphers are discreet reclusive artists practicing their craft. Today many photographers and camera owners are attention seeking-dancing monkeys all shouting LOOK AT ME!

The ugliness of photographers.
 

voice123

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there are good and bad ppl ard 1. i rem shooting near mbs with my 17-40L uwa on my 5d2 few yrs back. I took a good spot for the firework, and soon later more and more ppl came..
the guy very close to me ask me whether he will come into my frame or not. i think this is a good practice
 

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