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Sink Or Swim?

Here's one knocking around the e-mailosphere...

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Honesty Question: This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous. Please scroll down slowly and give due consideration to each line.

You are in Florida, Miami to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless; you're trying to shoot career-making photos There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. Nature is unleashing its entire destructive furor.

Suddenly you see a woman in the water. She is fighting for her life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer. Somehow the woman looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is. It's Hillary Clinton! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take her under forever. You have two options: You can save the life of Hillary Clinton or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most powerful and brilliant women.

THE QUESTION: Here's the question, and please give an honest answer...

Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?


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Comments (38)

No question about it. Savin... (Below threshold)

No question about it. Saving Hillary would
be a priority, and I don not like nor trust

CLICK!... (Below threshold)


Kevin, that is funny, funny... (Below threshold)

Kevin, that is funny, funny and funny. You got me. ww

*calling Monica for a secon... (Below threshold)

*calling Monica for a second opinion*

Looks like Maggie didn't re... (Below threshold)

Looks like Maggie didn't read after the jump :)

Man, ya got me too. As I w... (Below threshold)

Man, ya got me too. As I was reading I thought I knew where it was heading and I instinctually thought "of course I would try and save her".

I would use an iso 100 spee... (Below threshold)
stan25 Author Profile Page:

I would use an iso 100 speed b&w film and push process it to iso 400 and use a red filter to enhance the drama. To hell with saving her.

I use digital only now. Fi... (Below threshold)

I use digital only now. Filters and color are 'post-production' options. ;)

Why not infrared? That wou... (Below threshold)
Jack Reacher:

Why not infrared? That would be Pulitzer material for sure.

Due to the inclement weathe... (Below threshold)

Due to the inclement weather, I would be using my Nikonos V camera for that. It would take too long to change film, so I would have to go with the Ecktachrome 100 already loaded. However, in shooting film (f8 and be there), I could print it as a B&W shot later, if I wanted too.

Take the picture with whate... (Below threshold)

Take the picture with whatever was in the camera first. Then, if there was time, switch to black and white.

Since Hildebeat has so much... (Below threshold)

Since Hildebeat has so much trouble 'going down', Id throw her a cinder block or 2 to hang on to.

Gotta be FULL COLOR!... (Below threshold)
La Mano:

Gotta be FULL COLOR!

Apparently not to brilliant... (Below threshold)

Apparently not to brilliant or powerful is She?

Black and white colors make flooding dirty waters and mud much more traumatic so.. B&W

The only question: what shu... (Below threshold)

The only question: what shutter speed?

Question--Is she wearing th... (Below threshold)

Question--Is she wearing the "asbestos" pantsuit?

If anyone of You would choo... (Below threshold)

If anyone of You would choose to try and rescue Her remember to consult with Her advisors/Bill and the ACLU first.

Remember what happened to Lazio for merely trying to hand Her a piece of paper..be careful in laying hands on the "princess".

Sorry but this is a trick q... (Below threshold)

Sorry but this is a trick question.

There's an old test, if the water accepted the woman and she sank and drowned, she was innocent. If a woman floated on water and didn't drown, the water was rejecting her and she was a witch.

Therefore, Hillary can't drown. Q.E.D.

Looks like Maggie ... (Below threshold)
Looks like Maggie didn't read after the jump :)

5. Posted by mcg | November 26, 2007 10:46 AM

You're right, I didn't even see it until after
the fact. :)

Easy... I shoot Digital/RAW... (Below threshold)

Easy... I shoot Digital/RAW I can decide later which looks better... Allows me to get a couple extra shots...

Well, my digital sucks up b... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Well, my digital sucks up battery power pretty quickly... Are there some interesting palm trees I could photograph?

B&W ftw.My Nikon F... (Below threshold)

B&W ftw.

My Nikon F is always loaded with Tri-X 400 for those moments when a digital camera just can't perform the job. I'd shoot F8 1/250 with my 80mm to capture that last dramatic look of defeat. In fact, I'd take as many shots as I could before she disappeared just to cover the event.

More is better just in case she was flipping me off because I'd sure as hell be waving goodbye between shoots, probably like this .!..

The only question:... (Below threshold)
stan25 Author Profile Page:
The only question: what shutter speed?

I would use a shutter speed of 125 and f16 to take the shot

You'd use an m16 to take th... (Below threshold)

You'd use an m16 to take the shot??

The problem is, once she go... (Below threshold)

The problem is, once she goes under you really miss the rest of the story.

So I would use an underwater camera, because the real Pulitzer prize winning picture is capturing the last air bubble escaping.

This is an impossible situa... (Below threshold)

This is an impossible situation and purely hypothetical. Of course you would not have to make a decision, because with that much water, she would have melted long before then.

LOL.Black and whit... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:


Black and white. It's more dramatic! I might even quickly switch the digital camera over to get a shot in sepia tone, if there was time before she went under!

(I love the humorless turd who went through here and voted negatively on all the posts. It's a joke. Lighten up, Francis.)

Even before the jump, it wa... (Below threshold)

Even before the jump, it was a trick question . . . "You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper" . . .

Naturally, such a person isn't going to try to save anyone, because you can't save someone and take a prize-winning photo at the same time.

Use a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II... (Below threshold)

Use a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III with EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM telephoto lens, shooting RAW images only; camera set to ISO 100. From there, Adobe Photoshop (for post production items such as color and enhancement) is your friend.

And smell the sweetness of that Pulitzer :)

Excuse me but aren't you (w... (Below threshold)

Excuse me but aren't you (wing)nuts the same goofballs who howl, holler, whine, scream, pout. froth at the mouth, drivel, dribble, gnash your teeth and pretty much poop your pants over what you call Bush Derangement Syndrome.

And this is the stuff you 2nd graders come up with? Thank God almighty you folks run nothing because you stand for nothing.

JFO- lighten up. I remember... (Below threshold)

JFO- lighten up. I remember this same joke from a few years ago with Dubya as the non-swimmer. You are suffering from a classic case of projection, it is YOU who froth with BDS.

Eric"So I would us... (Below threshold)


"So I would use an underwater camera, because the real prize winning pulitzer picture is capturing the last air bubble escaping."

Shade's of Chappaquiddick

Similar situation. Bill an... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Similar situation. Bill and Hillary take a boat ride. The boat capsizes. Who gets saved?

The United States of America.

Shrillary is now officially... (Below threshold)

Shrillary is now officially a joke. Recent polls indicate that any of the top 5 republicans will beat her. Did someone fall on their head and wake up with a dazzling light telling them this woman has been a criminal all of her adult life. NY, NY, where the he** are your brains? Too dense to see Shrillary coming and too dense to see 9-11 coming.

Bilal Hussein would have sa... (Below threshold)

Bilal Hussein would have saved Hillary and photo shopped the pic. See, you can have your cake and eat it too if you are a terrorist sympathizer working for the AP. And he could have done it all from Iraq.

33. Posted by Zelsdorf Rags... (Below threshold)

33. Posted by Zelsdorf Ragshaft III | November 26, 2007 5:34 PM

Oh, man! LMAO! Priceless!

No, no, people.The... (Below threshold)

No, no, people.

The real question is not what film or F-Stop you use.

The real question is this:

"Do you take the pictures, or throw her your camera, hoping that she will think it's a life ring and go down quicker?"

Pulitzer, or certainty? The choice is yours!



JFO, get off your hi... (Below threshold)

JFO, get off your high horse: the point of the "joke" was to bash the media's latest spin on just being there to document things, regardless of who gets hurt. We would have been tongue in cheek about the same kinds of responses (pretending to be professional photogs a la Bilal Hussein) who just "get the story".

In WWII, and Korea, American press photographers would have stopped to help save American GI's lives on the battlefield if they had the chance. From Vietnam on, they first pretended to be apolitical; and then in Iraq this time around, they openly sided with terrorists.

/CNN, call your office






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