It’s a small community: Nick Ut on Hollywood Blvd

Always have your camera with you. Seriously.

Yes, my smartphone is fine, shares fast, and is in my pocket.

On the street these days, I’m carrying a Sony NEX6 with a 16mm lens. After a lunch meeting at the Chinese Theater with an old buddy, who is getting ready to shoot?

Pulitzer prize winning photographer Nick Ut! One of the nicest, incredibly talented, people you could meet.

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You know his iconic image of the Mai Lai Massacre in Vietnam, and you have to know that he is still an amazing working photographer.

Want to see how hard this guy works? Take a look at theses cameras. :

Check out the prism and shutter areas-

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Now, he was there getting some coverage of a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, along with a bunch of press.

Our discussion centered on the NEX6 and the built in viewfinder. As hard as it is for all of us to truly consider giving up our DSLR’s for the mirrorless wonders, the concept of having less weight on our shoulders, even with a Black Rapid, appeals to the worker.

Well, time came to reveal the star and once I knew who it was, I couldn’t leave: Bernardo Bertolucci!

I did overhear 2 people talking “The day you actually get to see a Star on Hollywood Blvd ceremony and it’s nobody”

NOBODY???
I started to cite his IMDB to the uniformed.

Because it wasn’t Bieber or someone like that, I able to easily get close enough with the 16 mm.

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There is something special and gratifying to holding a camera to your eye, instead of at arms length.

It’s about framing.

With a premiere setting up across the street, it became a very Hollywood day.

 

 

 

 

 

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