Ethics test

kimba 24 August 2005 8

Here is a new take on an old joke!

Ethics Test

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.

You are in the A.C.T. Australia, Canberra to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a bushfire which is also causing severe damage to the city. You are a photojournalist working for the Canberra Times, 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 buildings burning all around you.
Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury.
Suddenly you see a man floundering in the bush.

He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down by the

You move closer . . . somehow the man looks familiar.

You suddenly realise who it is.
It’s Jon Stanhope (Chief Minister of the ACT).

At the same time you notice that the raging bushfire is about to run him down.

You have two options :
you can save the life of Jon Stanhope
you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the
death of the Chief Minister.

So here’s the question, and please give an honest answer :

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

What's Your Opinion?

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8 Responses to Ethics test
Splat Guy Splat Guy 1:02 am 27 Aug 05

Nah, he wouldn’t be in a bunker. He’d be formulating a community discussion procedure to report on how to deal with the bushfires in a way that encompasses parties traditionally excluded from disaster mitigation. (“Hetrosexuals aren’t the only ones who fight bushfires, you know…”)

bulldog bulldog 4:01 pm 24 Aug 05

your probably right ginger; I’m sure he’d be fishing for helicopters and gong hunting…

gingermick gingermick 2:49 pm 24 Aug 05

Ridikulus! The Beloved Comrade would be nowhere near the action. He would be safely ensconced at the Curtin bunker, preparing reassuring press releases.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 2:37 pm 24 Aug 05

Colour…then convert it to B&W in photoshop later…best of both worlds!!

che che 2:34 pm 24 Aug 05

The black and white would provide you with better shape and contour contrast as colour will usually blend those into a photo so they don’t stand out.

For colour film with the brighter light of the fire behind him you’d have to be careful that the colour doesn’t get shined out by the fire, therefore you either want to use a flash (fill in flash) to ensure there is enough light on his front to show those details (ie face) or you could focus in closer so that he was the majority of the picture which should ensure that the focus and colouring comes out right (but you may then lose some of the background details)

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:11 pm 24 Aug 05

Nah, you’ve gotta go colour – to show the pain, anguish, suffering and terror in all it’s true colours.

Kerces Kerces 2:10 pm 24 Aug 05

colour, you wouldn’t get a black and white photo printed these days.
and you almost certainly wouldn’t be using film anyway.

bulldog bulldog 1:53 pm 24 Aug 05

Call me old fashioned but I’d have to say black and white. for sure.

nice one kimba…

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