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bgcfoto
Posts: 5,442
Largo, Florida, US


All joking aside, I am thinking round table photo talk this week.  In the evening, general location, for a couple hours tops. (Panera or something) To start I think I'll print 5-8 images of various content to discuss.  No laptops, no Ipads, No of brand tablets that are better or worse than the ipad.  Face to face discussion.  Positive photo related discussion.

Please PM me if you are interested or know anyone else that may and be pass this on.
Nov 25 12 07:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Koryo Photography
Posts: 862
Tampa, Florida, US


bgcfoto wrote:
All joking aside, I am thinking round table photo talk this week.  In the evening, general location, for a couple hours tops. (Panera or something) To start I think I'll print 5-8 images of various content to discuss.  No laptops, no Ipads, No of brand tablets that are better or worse than the ipad.  Face to face discussion.  Positive photo related discussion.

Please PM me if you are interested or know anyone else that may and be pass this on.

Yep...in.

Nov 25 12 08:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


The Great Dominican Adventure - Redux

Chapter 3 - Policia!

The 2 men with machine guns walked from under the shadow of the bridge and stood in the middle of the road waving traffic off to one side to stop. The only problem was...I was the only car on the road.

I was halfway back from Romana heading to the airport when they appeared. They were dressed in a military uniform and were both armed wi
th machine guns. I pulled over towards the side of the road and stopped. I rolled down my window but kept my foot on the brake and left the car in gear.

I was being stopped by, What would be considered "Dirty Cops" in American Standards, in Dominican Standards they are just "Cops".

One approaches my window, he is in a military uniform that looks more national military than local police. He is clean but not crisp, he clearly has been standing in the 85 degree heat for a long time and seems tired.

I begin in English without a hint of Spanish...
Hello! I am an American ABOGADO (Lawyer) from Florida on my way to the Airport.

Papers...he says

I reach in the glove box and get the car rental papers and hand them to him.

License...he says

I pull my money pouch out from under my shirt and extract my drivers license and hand it to him. He hands back my rental documents without looking at them.

As I am fishing out my license he says in Spanish something to the effect of, you are being stopped as part of a safety inspection.

As I give him my license I say, Yes, I am an ABOGADO going to the Airport. At the same time I put my hands together in the shape of an Airplane taking off and go...zoom

Now here is where a couple of things happen. Good for me, bad for him.

Good for me, He was dirty by American Standards for a cop, but by Dominican standards he was almost squeeky clean. He was not desperate, and he was not greedy.

Bad for him was he happened to have picked me instead of that couple from Iowa that had never been shaken down by a cop in a foreign country before. Unfortunately for him, this was not my first rodeo and not the first time I have been shaken down by the cops for money.

He reads my license and looks at me. Abogado eh? (In Spanish) I'm studying to be an Abogado, only 3 more years and I'll be an Abogado too.

I say, God Bless you, yes, lots of study to be an Abogado, good luck

He points to the side of the road further over and says in Spanish, go ahead and pull over and get out of the car.

I say, NO...I'm going to the airport (Airplane hands..zooming noise) I have to go (point to my wrist like there is a watch there and go .. tick tock)

He again points to the side of the road and says something that I'm not sure what is is but includes the words, 300 pesos ($7.50)

I see he is pointing in the general direction of my GPS so I say, NO thank you, I have a GPS I don't need to buy one from you, I am an ABOGADO from AMERICA, I need to get to the AIRPORT to leave (Airplane hands, zoom, zoom noise)

He pauses, looks at his buddy, looks at me, hands me my license back, sticks his hand in the window for me to shake. I take his hand and shake it and he says, safe travels, I shake his hand, say thank you, let my foot off the brake and drive off.

I told this story to a friend of mine and he said...weren't you worried that you were going to be kidnapped? And I said, no it just did not feel like a kidnapping. There were no other people or cars, they were not trapping me in, it just felt like a shakedown.

Welcome to the Dominican Republic, enjoy your stay.
Nov 26 12 07:04 am  Link  Quote 
Model
orias
Posts: 5,034
Tampa, Florida, US


OwenImages wrote:

But they should not be surprised either.  wink  The Gators are now ranked 7th I think.

yeah they're jealous.  they used to live here and love the gators but they're one of those types that only supports where they live lol

Nov 26 12 07:10 am  Link  Quote 
Model
orias
Posts: 5,034
Tampa, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
The Great Dominican Adventure - Redux

Chapter 3 - Policia!

The 2 men with machine guns walked from under the shadow of the bridge and stood in the middle of the road waving traffic off to one side to stop. The only problem was...I was the only car on the road.

I was halfway back from Romana heading to the airport when they appeared. They were dressed in a military uniform and were both armed wi
th machine guns. I pulled over towards the side of the road and stopped. I rolled down my window but kept my foot on the brake and left the car in gear.

I was being stopped by, What would be considered "Dirty Cops" in American Standards, in Dominican Standards they are just "Cops".

One approaches my window, he is in a military uniform that looks more national military than local police. He is clean but not crisp, he clearly has been standing in the 85 degree heat for a long time and seems tired.

I begin in English without a hint of Spanish...
Hello! I am an American ABOGADO (Lawyer) from Florida on my way to the Airport.

Papers...he says

I reach in the glove box and get the car rental papers and hand them to him.

License...he says

I pull my money pouch out from under my shirt and extract my drivers license and hand it to him. He hands back my rental documents without looking at them.

As I am fishing out my license he says in Spanish something to the effect of, you are being stopped as part of a safety inspection.

As I give him my license I say, Yes, I am an ABOGADO going to the Airport. At the same time I put my hands together in the shape of an Airplane taking off and go...zoom

Now here is where a couple of things happen. Good for me, bad for him.

Good for me, He was dirty by American Standards for a cop, but by Dominican standards he was almost squeeky clean. He was not desperate, and he was not greedy.

Bad for him was he happened to have picked me instead of that couple from Iowa that had never been shaken down by a cop in a foreign country before. Unfortunately for him, this was not my first rodeo and not the first time I have been shaken down by the cops for money.

He reads my license and looks at me. Abogado eh? (In Spanish) I'm studying to be an Abogado, only 3 more years and I'll be an Abogado too.

I say, God Bless you, yes, lots of study to be an Abogado, good luck

He points to the side of the road further over and says in Spanish, go ahead and pull over and get out of the car.

I say, NO...I'm going to the airport (Airplane hands..zooming noise) I have to go (point to my wrist like there is a watch there and go .. tick tock)

He again points to the side of the road and says something that I'm not sure what is is but includes the words, 300 pesos ($7.50)

I see he is pointing in the general direction of my GPS so I say, NO thank you, I have a GPS I don't need to buy one from you, I am an ABOGADO from AMERICA, I need to get to the AIRPORT to leave (Airplane hands, zoom, zoom noise)

He pauses, looks at his buddy, looks at me, hands me my license back, sticks his hand in the window for me to shake. I take his hand and shake it and he says, safe travels, I shake his hand, say thank you, let my foot off the brake and drive off.

I told this story to a friend of mine and he said...weren't you worried that you were going to be kidnapped? And I said, no it just did not feel like a kidnapping. There were no other people or cars, they were not trapping me in, it just felt like a shakedown.

Welcome to the Dominican Republic, enjoy your stay.

holy crap dude.  yeah i've been through some shit in my travels too.  i like your calm and cool approach.  normally i go with the "flip the fuck out on them" approach which gives them way more than they bargained for when approaching a little female so they normally run or drive off in shock and panic..... i've gotten pretty good at this approach. 

glad everything worked out for ya though smile

Nov 26 12 07:14 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
bgcfoto
Posts: 5,442
Largo, Florida, US


Brainiac me forgot Carl was having a shoot n hang this week.  So I'll push the round table off for a week or so.

Please carry on with the typical MM Bs.
Nov 26 12 07:24 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


bgcfoto wrote:
Brainiac me forgot Carl was having a shoot n hang this week.  So I'll push the round table off for a week or so.

Please carry on with the typical MM Bs.

What about Thursday the 6th at the Panera on Ulmerton again?

Nov 26 12 08:40 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
The Great Dominican Adventure - Redux

Chapter 3 - Policia!

The 2 men with machine guns walked from under the shadow of the bridge and stood in the middle of the road waving traffic off to one side to stop. The only problem was...I was the only car on the road.

I was halfway back from Romana heading to the airport when they appeared. They were dressed in a military uniform and were both armed wi
th machine guns. I pulled over towards the side of the road and stopped. I rolled down my window but kept my foot on the brake and left the car in gear.

I was being stopped by, What would be considered "Dirty Cops" in American Standards, in Dominican Standards they are just "Cops".

One approaches my window, he is in a military uniform that looks more national military than local police. He is clean but not crisp, he clearly has been standing in the 85 degree heat for a long time and seems tired.

I begin in English without a hint of Spanish...
Hello! I am an American ABOGADO (Lawyer) from Florida on my way to the Airport.

Papers...he says

I reach in the glove box and get the car rental papers and hand them to him.

License...he says

I pull my money pouch out from under my shirt and extract my drivers license and hand it to him. He hands back my rental documents without looking at them.

As I am fishing out my license he says in Spanish something to the effect of, you are being stopped as part of a safety inspection.

As I give him my license I say, Yes, I am an ABOGADO going to the Airport. At the same time I put my hands together in the shape of an Airplane taking off and go...zoom

Now here is where a couple of things happen. Good for me, bad for him.

Good for me, He was dirty by American Standards for a cop, but by Dominican standards he was almost squeeky clean. He was not desperate, and he was not greedy.

Bad for him was he happened to have picked me instead of that couple from Iowa that had never been shaken down by a cop in a foreign country before. Unfortunately for him, this was not my first rodeo and not the first time I have been shaken down by the cops for money.

He reads my license and looks at me. Abogado eh? (In Spanish) I'm studying to be an Abogado, only 3 more years and I'll be an Abogado too.

I say, God Bless you, yes, lots of study to be an Abogado, good luck

He points to the side of the road further over and says in Spanish, go ahead and pull over and get out of the car.

I say, NO...I'm going to the airport (Airplane hands..zooming noise) I have to go (point to my wrist like there is a watch there and go .. tick tock)

He again points to the side of the road and says something that I'm not sure what is is but includes the words, 300 pesos ($7.50)

I see he is pointing in the general direction of my GPS so I say, NO thank you, I have a GPS I don't need to buy one from you, I am an ABOGADO from AMERICA, I need to get to the AIRPORT to leave (Airplane hands, zoom, zoom noise)

He pauses, looks at his buddy, looks at me, hands me my license back, sticks his hand in the window for me to shake. I take his hand and shake it and he says, safe travels, I shake his hand, say thank you, let my foot off the brake and drive off.

I told this story to a friend of mine and he said...weren't you worried that you were going to be kidnapped? And I said, no it just did not feel like a kidnapping. There were no other people or cars, they were not trapping me in, it just felt like a shakedown.

Welcome to the Dominican Republic, enjoy your stay.

Suddenly I feel like watchin' the "Rhum Diaries" agin  .  .  .  wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl … YUx36yLLug

Did ya enjoy the "complimentary" miniatures that came with yer car rental  .  .  .  havin' had several interesting tete-a-tetes in various locales, it sounds as though you handled this one perfectly  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 26 12 12:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


sospix wrote:
Suddenly I feel like watchin' the "Rhum Diaries" agin  .  .  .  wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl … YUx36yLLug

Did ya enjoy the "complimentary" miniatures that came with yer car rental  .  .  .  havin' had several interesting tete-a-tetes in various locales, it sounds as though you handled this one perfectly  .  .  .  wink

SOS

You know the only thing about that trailer I disagree with is when they are sitting on his lap driving at the end the cop tries to pull them over

I think that's perfectly acceptable, perfectly normal to see down there

And yeah, needless to say I thought of you with your gun stories when the guys walked out in the road

Nov 26 12 01:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Koryo Photography
Posts: 862
Tampa, Florida, US


Ugh, this thing gets soooo heavy to lug around sometimes.






I really need a new light/accessories bag sad
Nov 26 12 04:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
OwenImages
Posts: 3,810
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Wow Carl!  Great adventure story!  Kind of along the lines of what Doug had said.  Fun, in a strange and twisted way.
Nov 26 12 06:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chris Rifkin
Posts: 24,524
Tampa, Florida, US


OwenImages wrote:
Wow Carl!  Great adventure story!  Kind of along the lines of what Doug had said.  Fun, in a strange and twisted way.

Ehh...I will repeat I have absolutely no reason to want to go to the DR for any reason unless I'm being paid very well

Nov 26 12 06:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
OwenImages
Posts: 3,810
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Chris Rifkin wrote:

Ehh...I will repeat I have absolutely no reason to want to go to the DR for any reason unless I'm being paid very well

I can understand that...but if you can make it through, it is the stories that make it worth it...assuming you can make it through.  smile

Nov 26 12 07:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


http://www.stylusmagazine.com/images/articles/070507-kahn.jpg

Koryo Photography wrote:
Ugh, this thing gets soooo heavy to lug around sometimes.

So what your wife was saying about you is twoo! It's twoo, it's twoo!

Nov 27 12 03:16 am  Link  Quote 
Model
orias
Posts: 5,034
Tampa, Florida, US


many girls lined up to shoot at my place for this week and weekend and my darn studio is still full of boxes and remains unpainted.... ughh sad  sooo behind

well off to a shoot.  no rest for the wicked
Nov 27 12 09:44 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


orias wrote:
many girls lined up to shoot at my place for this week and weekend and my darn studio is still full of boxes and remains unpainted.... ughh sad  sooo behind

well off to a shoot.  no rest for the wicked

Good for you!

Be sure to post up what you get!

Nov 27 12 09:51 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


orias wrote:
many girls lined up to shoot at my place for this week and weekend and my darn studio is still full of boxes and remains unpainted.... ughh sad  sooo behind

well off to a shoot.  no rest for the wicked

Get some o' them "subs" workin' wouldya  .  .  .  wink  Ain't ya got a bunch of 'em collared, and chained up downstairs  .  .  .  it's okay Miss O, you make "wicked" look very, very good  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 27 12 01:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:

You know the only thing about that trailer I disagree with is when they are sitting on his lap driving at the end the cop tries to pull them over

I think that's perfectly acceptable, perfectly normal to see down there

And yeah, needless to say I thought of you with your gun stories when the guys walked out in the road

Yeah, lucky ya weren't on the "Haiti" side of Hispaniola  .  .  .  the "authorities" there (read, Tonton Macoutes) aren't so easily dissuaded  .  .  .  we usually end up lookin' like a scene outta the Expendables, jest without all the shootin'  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 27 12 01:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chris Photography
Posts: 1,045
Tampa, Florida, US


sospix wrote:

Yeah, lucky ya weren't on the "Haiti" side of Hispaniola  .  .  .  the "authorities" there (read, Tonton Macoutes) aren't so easily dissuaded  .  .  .  we usually end up lookin' like a scene outta the Expendables, jest without all the shootin'  .  .  .  wink

SOS

That's the truth,  had a couple of "soldiers" unload a clip at my rental car when they overthrew Aristide.

Nov 27 12 01:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


Chris Photography wrote:

That's the truth,  had a couple of "soldiers" unload a clip at my rental car when they overthrew Aristide.

Yeah, "those guys" jest hate rental carz  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 27 12 01:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Chris Photography wrote:
That's the truth,  had a couple of "soldiers" unload a clip at my rental car when they overthrew Aristide.

I would have written a stern letter to somebody over that

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck

Nov 27 12 02:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
orias
Posts: 5,034
Tampa, Florida, US


i really gotta get to ikea asap, i'm having withdrawals.... i work too much sad  grr

Carl Roberts wrote:
Good for you!

Be sure to post up what you get!

Deal smile

sospix wrote:
Get some o' them "subs" workin' wouldya  .  .  .  wink  Ain't ya got a bunch of 'em collared, and chained up downstairs  .  .  .  it's okay Miss O, you make "wicked" look very, very good  .  .  .  wink

SOS

i don't collar them,  too much effort, i beat them and then send them home..... much better for my sanity smile  Can't have a bunch of psycho girls lingering around longer than they need to be lol

Nov 27 12 02:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


orias wrote:
i really gotta get to ikea asap, i'm having withdrawals.... i work too much sad  grr

Carl Roberts wrote:
Good for you!

Be sure to post up what you get!

Deal smile


i don't collar them,  too much effort, i beat them and then send them home..... much better for my sanity smile  Can't have a bunch of psycho girls lingering around longer than they need to be lol

Ain't THAT the truth  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 27 12 03:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


To quote Indiana Jones...

I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this...
Nov 28 12 04:08 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
To quote Indiana Jones...

I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this...

Yer not in a pit full o' snakes agin, iz ya CR  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 28 12 08:01 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


sospix wrote:
Yer not in a pit full o' snakes agin, iz ya CR  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Not yet, but I think I'm about to get a very expensive biscuit

Nov 28 12 09:03 am  Link  Quote 
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Koryo Photography
Posts: 862
Tampa, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
To quote Indiana Jones...

I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this...

Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten us into, Ollie...

Nov 28 12 09:58 am  Link  Quote 
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Chris Rifkin
Posts: 24,524
Tampa, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:

Not yet, but I think I'm about to get a very expensive biscuit

If this is about what I think this is about
sad

Daymm.........

Nov 28 12 11:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chris Photography
Posts: 1,045
Tampa, Florida, US


New model to me after our shoot;  "thanks for not murdering me."  Me; "no problem, maybe next time."
Nov 28 12 04:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
OwenImages
Posts: 3,810
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Chris Photography wrote:
New model to me after our shoot;  "thanks for not murdering me."  Me; "no problem, maybe next time."

borat  You should start an off topic or photographers topic on what strange things models have said to you after a shoot etc.  Oh My!

Nov 28 12 05:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Chris Photography wrote:
New model to me after our shoot;  "thanks for not murdering me."  Me; "no problem, maybe next time."

Hilarious

Nov 29 12 04:27 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


Chris Photography wrote:
New model to me after our shoot;  "thanks for not murdering me."  Me; "no problem, maybe next time."

Has she seen da edits yet  .  .  .  I've been accused of butcherin' more than a few images  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 29 12 07:37 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Koryo Photography
Posts: 862
Tampa, Florida, US


Chris Photography wrote:
New model to me after our shoot;  "thanks for not murdering me."  Me; "no problem, maybe next time."

Haha...you'ld make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.

"Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

smile

Nov 29 12 09:45 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


So if you are planning on coming over to my place tomorrow drop me a line

Slight change of plans, but we have adapted and overcome
Nov 29 12 10:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
So if you are planning on coming over to my place tomorrow drop me a line

Slight change of plans, but we have adapted and overcome

Does this mean Jake hasta wear pants  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 29 12 12:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


And Shepherds we shall be

For thee, my Lord, for thee.

Power hath descended forth from Thy hand

Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.

So we shall flow a river forth to Thee

And teeming with souls shall it ever be.

In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.
Nov 30 12 04:39 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
i c e c o l d
Posts: 8,610
Fort Myers, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
And Shepherds we shall be

For thee, my Lord, for thee.

Power hath descended forth from Thy hand

Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.

So we shall flow a river forth to Thee

And teeming with souls shall it ever be.

In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.

Damn, Carl is quoting scriptures...

The whole world ending on the 21st might be true after all!! yikes

either that or he watched The Boondock Saints last night... lol

Nov 30 12 05:05 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
bgcfoto
Posts: 5,442
Largo, Florida, US


i c e c o l d wrote:

Damn, Carl is quoting scriptures...

The whole world ending on the 21st might be true after all!! yikes

either that or he watched The Boondock Saints last night... lol

Carl = The Reddington Pier Saint.

Nov 30 12 06:12 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,270
Orlando, Florida, US


bgcfoto wrote:

Carl = The Reddington Pier Saint.

Eatin' at the Lobster Pot too much will make ya speak in tongues  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 30 12 07:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,952
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


OK everybody, we are off for tonight

Biscuits and illness, we'll make it another night
Nov 30 12 11:51 am  Link  Quote 
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