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Crowd Surfing - 3

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 19 August 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture.

This chap crowd surfed in his wheelchair!
He was a big lad, his chair added weight, he was delivered safely

To remind you of the meaning of the "Horns" hand gesture, (Index and pinky extended) - it means "Respect", so, He is giving security respect, the crowd are giving him respect. The clenched fist is "Respect with Power", a less common sign, as it can be mis-interpreted

Again, sorry, I'm being repetitive. Metal festivals might look scary , but the people are the friendliest on the planet and will always help anyone in difficulty. As a result of that, many, many disabled people come along knowing that they are loved and will be helped whenever that's needed, but the main topic of conversation isn't their disability, it's about who they have seen, who they want to see, and if they want a beer!

OLYMPUS E-P5 1/4000 second F/11.0 ISO 5000 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Philip from London, United Kingdom

top man.

19 Aug 2013 7:07am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A 'moving' shot Chris................ in all senses. :-)

19 Aug 2013 7:11am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

and there was me thinking it was a mobile phone gesture

19 Aug 2013 9:16am

Devi from Chennai, India

Great !!!!! I salute :))

19 Aug 2013 11:01am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Chris – YO! This IS a big fellow, but I cannot agree with you more in your description of the kindness and respect shown by most In the metal crowd (and, I would have to also say ,at least in MY experience, that hard rock and soft punk people, with whom I have come in contact, are also very kind… ESPECIALLY to those who may be disadvantaged in some way)….. I really like this image – a great show of colour and tone!
Oly is well-regarded for their jpeg colour and deservedly-so. Of the love-hate relationship I have with my Olympus E-510, I have to say that the jpeg color totally kicks ass right out of the camera! NO processing is needed unless, for some reason, one so desires…With respect to the E-P5, I am really impressed with the 5-Axis IS that you were describing – I have been reading about that. I am not presently considering purchase of the E-P5, however, I HAVE been reassessing my Position on an “upgrade” to my E-510 vs a total swithc to another system) sheer agony from a monetary standpoint for me). .I am VERY heavily-invested in Zuiko (Olympus) glass, which I think is really quite excellent. I agonize over the prospect ($$$) of changing systems to Cannon or Nikon because of that. I have NEVER been impressed with the Olympus E-5, but HAVE been impressed with the news about the upcoming OM-D-E-M1 which is reported to be coming soon and also is reported to have resolved the problem that the OM-D-E-M5 had in regards to poor AF on moving subjects (an important factor for me since I shoot a lot of baseball and football youth league games).
Here below is a link that just popped up from the UK, I think, this morning, about the OM-D-E-M1 .Thanks so much for your kind words and great descriptions…I really appreciate it, Chris…Sorry for this really LONG comment :-)

19 Aug 2013 12:15pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Hope he is delivered safe and sound:)

19 Aug 2013 12:31pm

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden


19 Aug 2013 12:44pm

BiLL from Belfast, United Kingdom

A lovely photo, Chris.

19 Aug 2013 12:47pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great photo and superb colors !

19 Aug 2013 1:39pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent work

19 Aug 2013 2:35pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I think this is one of the better shots illustrating this interesting activity. This fellow is large, but the crowd is handling him very well.

19 Aug 2013 2:53pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

outstanding capture!

19 Aug 2013 3:18pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Pas léger celui-là!

19 Aug 2013 3:49pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Further thoughts whilst out and about on my constitutional, along the lines of what a great way for my coffin to arrive at the funeral :)

19 Aug 2013 4:22pm

@grouser: Now that would be soooo, cooool!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Thanks for sharing Chris and this is what I love about our Aminus takes you to places you would not ordinarily go and sights rarely seen. This really shines a light on the warmth of the metal-heads and that disability is NO BAR TO HAVING FUN. Credit to Showsec for getting on board too. You may want to offer this to Showsec as it's a great promotion of the event and security industry.

Nice one.

19 Aug 2013 4:25pm

@Ted: Ted, I'm really glad you "Got" what I was trying to get over.I've now re-rewitten my response 3 times- as each response was turning into a sermon about how life ought to be, and how it is at metal festivals, and how it isn't outside. But net, net, you've got every point I was trying to get over in this shot spot on. I did offer this to ShowSec, they haven't got back to me.

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Great fun, very nice to see him making the most of it too!

19 Aug 2013 5:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the message of this shot.

19 Aug 2013 5:12pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you. I'm glad you "Got it"

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

What an amazing sight, I love the feeling this conveys , fantastic capture and a great moment

19 Aug 2013 9:02pm

@Doug: Thank you, I'm happy you "Got it"

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

great gesture

19 Aug 2013 10:58pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great moment that you've captured here!!

19 Aug 2013 11:04pm

@Steven: Thanks

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I am glad that they let him surf. That was a lot to handle with the wheelchair. Fantastic image!

19 Aug 2013 11:57pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Love this, rock loves all!

20 Aug 2013 6:10pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

The sight sure is amazing and good of you to catch that! I also was of the opinion that a rock concert is the last place one would find any friendly chaps but your image definitely says otherwise! Great!

21 Aug 2013 1:01am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Amazed that he managed to stay attached to the chair!!

22 Aug 2013 12:18pm

1/4000 second
ISO 5000
300 mm (35mm equiv.)