Neil Young Concert Demonstration - "Because you were first...", a photo by Wanderfull1 on Flickr.
Because he was the first to arrive at the round dance demonstration, this fellow (who is a regular sight at protests -- usually voicing contrary opinions) was interviewed by a local television station. As far as I could tell from listening to him, he had no knowledge of what the round dance demonstration was really about. I heard him shouting about First Nation reservation corruption, and Neil Young needing oil for his vehicle (this guy actually had a bottle of motor oil on hand). His posturing was reduced somewhat when a fellow from the area affected by the oil sands told water contamination stories.
Maybe that's why the pro-oil sands demonstrators seemed to get so much attention -- even after the activists arrived. Or maybe it's because it's good business to give pro-oil sands coverage over First Nation concerns. All I know, as a photographer piggy-backing on the videographers camera light, they seemed to linger the most on pro-oil sands people. The apparent one-sided (or minimalistic) coverage is why I feel compelled to photograph activist activities in Calgary.
Although my Pentax K-5 was able to catch much of the action, the extreme ISO automatically chosen by the camera also gave extreme noise. Some of it I cleaned up with Photoshop, but I'm thinking photos properly lit (especially these night time demonstrations) would turn out way better. (The Camera Store has a LitePanel Micropro that looks interesting.)
Here's what I took using just the light that was available.
- Neil Young Honour the Treaties Tour - Google News search
- Honor the Treaties - organization web site
- Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and the Tar Sands
- Make Tar Sands Oil "Ethical" - David Suzuki
- Neil Young Concert Demonstration - Flickr photo set