Pro-American Protester - canon 20d w/50mm Pro-American Protester - canon 20d w/200mm Pro-American Protester - canon 20d w/50mm

These three guys were part of a small pro-American contingent at the anti-war protests last weekend. They were very vocal, chanting, "we love suicide bombers." I assume they were parodying the main protest. In the end they left before the rally really started, but it was an interesting diversion that had the news media scambling.

The guy in the bottom image is the same one I posted a b&w portrait of a couple of days ago.

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  • Robert

    The color works well to bring out Old Glory. Shot two is the deal, with the reflection in his shades.

    Glad you had a chance to catch both sides.

    2006-03-24

  • Ryan Rahn

    Love the colors. The depth of field in the top one is amazing! Did you use photoshop for that or just a really large aperture? Not to mention the sunglasses, and the "vocal" display...great shot!

    2006-03-24

  • Miles

    Thanks, I thought it was time for some bright colours.

    Ryan, the DoF is real, I only play with that on shots where it's obvious, where I'm making an interpretation of what I saw. With these kind of images I don't mess around beyond levels, colour adjustments and b&w conversion, since they're supposed to be representations of what I saw rather than interpretations.

    I shot the first and last with a 50mm f1.4, first shot was 1/6400 f1.8 and the third 1/2500 f1.8. The middle shot was taken with a 200mm f2.8 and exposed at 1/1600 f2.8.

    Both these lenses are an absolutely joy to use :)

    2006-03-24

  • don from chicago

    Being an American, the last photo really is a scary site.

    God help us.

    2006-03-25

  • Ashish Sidapara

    Lovely series of potraits and great colors.

    2006-03-25

  • bruno

    nice reflections on glassses. :)

    2006-03-25

  • Peter

    hm...powerful pictures!

    2006-03-25

  • john

    The Beach, or Beaches, is not a suburb of Toronto. It is an integral and lively part of the city itself. :-)

    2006-03-25

  • Trilo

    Very nice shot.
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    2006-03-25

  • 3 Horizons

    Great portraits you have captured here with some real feeling behind them.

    Marcelo

    2006-03-25

  • flygirl

    Interesting series, love the facial expression on the third guy...

    2006-03-25

  • Micki

    I was wondering if anyone out there had taken any shots of the folks supporting America at the marches last weekend. Yours is the only I've seen.

    2006-03-25

  • Francois Vennes

    So people in America are still allowed to demonstrate on behalf of their Government? Truly, it is really a democracy!

    2006-03-25

  • Marta Pereira

    Loved the expressions and the presece of the flag. It really represents the American essence, in my point of view! :)
    Your gallery is just great. Please keep up with the awesome work and give a look to the portuguese photographers' shots.

    www.olhares.com

    Congratulations!!!

    2006-03-25

  • Photo Graper

    I'm glad that your images don't necessarily try to dictate that these guys are somehow radicals or lunatics just because you might believe differently than they do. The last image seems to kind of walk that line, and because of its probable timing, it scares people like don from chicago. Don's open-mindedness is probably overwhelming.

    2006-03-26

  • M4gic

    patriotism combined with an antiwar demonstration... nice series

    2006-03-26

  • Jordan

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this protest took place in Toronto (Canada), not the USA, right?

    In any case, very nice shallow DOF effects here. Very impressive.

    2006-03-26

  • Miles

    Yeah, this was Toronto. I'm not sure these guys were American. I'm not even sure how serious they were.

    2006-03-26

  • Beth

    I dig these

    2006-03-26

  • lj

    First time posting, long time looker. I just put my site up this weekend and hope to continue to gain the inspiration I have gotten from your work.
    Thanks for sharing.
    LJ

    2006-03-26

  • Lee

    Great expressions again.

    2006-03-27

  • kyle

    VERY impressive , I'm bookmarking you on photoblogs , good job =)

    2006-03-27

  • Roger

    Great series of shots. Very nice. Great colors and expressions.

    2006-03-27

  • Meredith

    You've captured such great emotion in these. And the color is fabulous. So honored to be your shot of the day.

    2006-03-27

  • jbuhler

    Very nice portraits.

    I do have a little issue with calling them "pro American"--even if the protest was in Toronto, that name implies that the anti-war protests are anti-American. There are a lot of people who love America and are against the war.

    2006-03-27

  • Miles

    Thanks everyone :)

    JBuhler, I know what you mean, I love America and spent many years there, I certainly don't blame the country for the actions of the administration. The difficulty was in how to describe them because I didn't know if they were American or not (I suspect not), but they were being very vocal about how great America is, how it kicks everyone else's ass etc, along with derogatory statements about anti-war protesters. Pro-American and pro-war seemed to be the only way of describing them.

    2006-03-27

  • Phil

    Thats one thing I dont understand myself - why you cant seem to love america and be against the war/american government at the same time. Anyway - these are good shots and I like how you got the top two mid-shouting. The guy in the third picture looks pretty cold.

    2006-03-28

  • Miles

    Considering America, and its constitution, was built on the notion of civil dissent it's amazing how hard the White House tries to put down anyone who speaks out against it. It's always been that way I suppose, bully the opposition with accusations of sedition.

    2006-03-28

  • Seth

    Great shot, lots of emotion conveyed in that photo.

    2006-04-04