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Police vs Union Workers

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by tyrphoto, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    I love it when I'm out and about and the action comes to me instead of having to look for it. There were a group of hundreds of union workers who were doing a protest march. The police were aware of it and they blocked off streets with masses of policemen forming barricades to stop the march. Pretty exhilarating action, watching it unfold. I spent half of the time watching and the other half photographing it.

    Of course, I had my E-M5 Mk.II and Fuji X100T at hand shooting the whole thing with an O25/1.8 on the Olympus and the Fuji with the 28mm conversion lens. It's because of moments like this that I never step outside without carrying my cameras.

    Anyways, here's a few pictures from today's "event". I might end up converting a few more of these and others into B&W images later but for now, these will do.

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F5.6, 1/120, ISO 1600

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F1.8, 1/80, ISO 250

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F1.8, 1/400, ISO 800

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F2.8, 1/160, ISO 800

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F5.6, 1/125, ISO 500

    Due to the sheer number of protesters who started running out into the streets, traffic came to a stop for nearly an hour as the police tried to control their movements away from the streets.

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F4, 1/125, ISO 400

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F4, 1/125, ISO 320

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F2.8, 1/500, ISO 800

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F2.8, 1/640, ISO 800

    I just love how nonchalant some people are carrying on like nothing is happening around them. The guy leaning against the pole with his cell phone out and the girl texting as she is walking.

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F2.8, 1/500, ISO 800

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F4, 1/210, ISO 200

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F2.8, 1/400, ISO 800
     
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  2. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    Evan
    Looks like an exciting day. Nice work. You've captured some great moments...
     
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  3. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Thanks for so many photos.
    I love their plastic armour, quite Sci-Fi.
     
  4. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    A few more...

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F5.6, 1/120, ISO 1600

    Policeman with the mace canister backpack being called in to spray the crowd.

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F4, 1/125, ISO 250

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 25MM, F2.8, 1/640, ISO 800
     
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  5. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 26, 2013
    Miami, Florida
    Mike Crosa
    Very interesting. All those policeman and not a gun in site.
     
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  6. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    Like in quite a few other countries, guns are illegal in Korea, even for policemen. They do however, sometimes carry pellet guns, mace and police batons in rare instances when needed.

    Also, in the first image of the thread, you can see multiple video cameras on extending monopods/selfie sticks that is video recording the events in progress so that there is no question of proper behavior and actions on the part of the police.

     
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  7. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Some great captures in your photo documentary. Thanks for posting.
     
  8. Youngjun

    Youngjun Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 24, 2015
    USA
    Youngjun
    wow those policemen with shields lined up...
    they look so young. hopefully no one got injured in the event.

    Thank you for sharing the photos.
     
  9. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    Many of the younger policemen are made up of guys who are doing their required military service. Here's another picture of the shield lineup, this one taken with the Fuji. Also notice all the video cameras on the extending monopods.

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    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F5.6, 1/75, ISO 1600

     
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  10. EricRose

    EricRose Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 2, 2014
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    Eric Rose
    Wow lots of cops and photographers but couldn't spot any protesters. Great shots.
     
  11. Youngjun

    Youngjun Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 24, 2015
    USA
    Youngjun
    Yes I've noticed few of them in the other photos as well...
    This is a very very ironic scene to me.
    One side is very cautious with all the armors and shields, while there are people behind leisurely taking photos/videos with selfie sticks.
     
  12. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2014
    Miami
    David
    The US can learn from a lot from this but alas we won't. The officers look so young. I hope all went ok. On the subject of photography, great photos! Definitely a unique perspective and wonderful compositions. Really nice work!
     
  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Seoul is a crazy place - crazy in a nice way! Loved my couple of weeks there back in the 1990s!