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This Photographer Is Changing Maternity Photography With His Underwater Mermaid Moms

Posted by Adam Opris:

My name is Adam Opris and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer by day and underwater photographer by night. I am always trying to push the envelope and create art through people and their stories.

I grew up in South Florida with a love for everything outdoors. I’ve practically lived in the ocean my whole life. With that great love for water, I am bringing mermaids out of my maternity clients. By embracing buoyancy and enabling these pregnant women to be free, I am creating magic to capture pregnancy in all of its glory!

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Judging America: Photographer Challenges Our Prejudice By Alternating Between Judgment And Reality

Joel Parés, a U.S. Marine-turned-photographer, has created a photo series that seeks to question the ugly prejudices that many of us harbor, to one extent or another, against groups of people different from ourselves.

Parés’ images at first present us with characters symbolic of the prejudices suffered by various groups based on their ethnicity, socio-economic status or sexual preference. Then, however, they show us the real people behind these often false characters – the violent gangster turns out to be a Harvard graduate and an exhausted gardener turns out to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Many of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession, and by their sexual interest,” Parés told PetaPixel. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes and make us think twice before judging someone, because we all judge even if we try not to.

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Harvard graduate Jefferson Moon


New York City nurse Sahar Shaleem


Pastor/Missionary Jack Johnson


Fortune 500 CEO Edgar Gonzalez


Stanford Graduate School student Sammie Lee


Iraq Combat Veteran Jacob Williams


Widowed mother of 3 Jane Nguyen


iPhone app inventor Joseph Messer


Family outreach program founder Ben Alvarez


Famous painter Alexander Huffman




21 Of The Best Nature Photo Entries To The 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic’s annual Photo Contest is under way, which means it’s once again time to see some of the best travel photos that both amateur and professional photographers around the world have to offer.

The contest, which will wrap up at the end of the month, takes submissions in three simple categories – People, Places and Nature. The first-place winner in each category will win $2,500, and the grand-prize winner, in addition to first-place in their category, will receive $7,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in National Geographic’s annual photo seminar.

All of the entries (the good and the bad) can currently be viewed on Nat Geo’s website, and they’re still taking submissions, so you can try your luck as well. Take a look!

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Arctic Hi-Five (Svalbard, Nature Category)


Two Polar bear cubs full of adrenaline on iceflow in Svalbard. The mother was just trying to have a quiet stroll but the cubs were not having any of that.This was the male cub and he just was so entertaining to watch.” (Photo credits: Colin Mackenzie)

Hello (Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA, United States, Nature Category)


Capturing this gentle giant’s inquisitive nature was rather easy as he swam right up to us and just stared for several long seconds. I love all the bubbles and his cute little face.” (Photo credits: Misty Gage)

Catch of the Decade (Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA, Nature Category)


Can you guess what happened next?” (Photo credits: Aaron Baggenstos)

Above Big Sur (Big Sur, California, Places Category)


I’d gone to Big Sur to watch the gray whale migration from the cliffs, but it was too foggy to even see the water. I decided to hike up the Baronda Trail to see if I could get above the fog. This view was my reward. Miles of lupine and blue skies. Outstanding!” (Photo credits: Douglas Croft)

Mom’s Love (Jakarta, Nature Category)


The Mother Bird’s feeding time.” (Photo credits: Cherly Jong)

Sunrise Plaosan Temple (Plaosan Temple, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Places Category)


While in Indonesia shooting TV commercial one of our locations was this temple. Sun rose as the people worked in rice paddies.” (Photo credits: Bill Stipp)

Sunward (Nicosia, Cyprus, Nature Category)


When the Mediterrenean Mantis opened its wings, It seemed very impressive at the sunshine…” (Photo credits: Hasan Baglar)

A Tree Dreaming (Strezlecki Desert Australia, Nature Category)


In the Strezlecki desert of Australia a flock of galahs replenish on the only small water avaliable at the base of this lonely tree.Its a rare photo opportunity to get such a clear and symetrical shot of these beautiful birds in flight in the middle of the desert.” (Photo credits: Christian Spencer)

From the Sky (Tenerife (Canary Islands), Nature Category)


“On the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we have quite the selection of affectionate green turtles (chelonia mydas). “I find myself devoting much time to these curious creatures. This turtle was coming fron the surface with the sun behind it, and the sunrays surrounding it gave it a special majesty.” (Photo credits: Montse Grillo)

The Wave (Arizona, USA, Places Category)


I met a man at ‘The Wave’. He was by himself and had a beacon for safety. It’s not easy to go there for sure.” (Photo credits:Takashi Nakagawa)

Bringing Home Breakfast (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, Nature Category)


This osprey had just captured this fish and I was lucky enough to capture this dramatic shot as he took off with his wings in the angel position, clutching a fish in one talon, and making direct eye contact with me. And then I shot a whole sequence of him making a left turn from here, landing in his nest and sharing his catch with his mate sitting in the nest. I have photographed this osprey often in that he has made his nest in the same spot for 4 years. His name is Fleck due to a fleck in his right eye at the 7 o’clock position.” (Photo credits: Sandy Scott)

Kings Valley Clouds (Mansfield, Victoria, Australia, Places Category)


I walked out onto a rock outcrop looking over the Kings Valley near Mansfield, Victoria. As I watched the morning clouds slowly disperse they opened up a beautiful landscape below me allowing the sun’s rays to penetrate through to the natural forest, contrasted with the cultivated straight lines of the vineyard.” (Photo credits: Joel Spooner)

Warming Up (Sambas, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Nature Category)


This photo I capture in the early afternoon, the animal species of lemurs fly.” (Photo credits: Hendy Mp)

Physalia Physalis (Shellharbour, NSW, Australia, Nature Category)


Despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful creature. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting and composition. After strong NE winds hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my home town and trapped overnight, enabling me to get my shots. Post processing is limited to colour temp and small amounts of burning. Also slightly cropped.” (Photo credits: Matthew Smith)

Mezmorized by Grace (Birminghan Zoo, Birmingham Alabama, Nature Category)


“This Pink and brilliant colored Flamingo was caught taking a mid-day break as she nuzzled herself within her feathers amongst the other birds. The beauty is captivating and there’s a sense of piece and tranquility seen in her eyes.” (Photo credits: Tylee Parvin)

The Iguana’s Cave (Island of Bonaire, Kralendijk, Dutch Caribbean, Nature Category)


Unexpected underwater encounter with a Green Iguana. I was attempting to take some overunder sunset shots in a semi-submerged cave in Bonaire, when a Green Iguana swam toward my dome with an inquisitive doing. Just in front of my lens, she came up to the surface to take a quick breathe….” (Photo credits: Lorenzo Mittiga)

Destroyed Homs (Homs, Syria, Places Category)


Birds fly over the destroyed houses in Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria. In the vast stillness of the destroyed city center of Homs, there are large areas where nothing moves. Then, suddenly, wind blows a ripped awning, or birds fly overhead.” (Photo credits:Sergey Ponomarev)

The Lord of The Ocean (Guadalupe Island, Mexico, Nature Category)


“Off the coast of Guadalupe Island, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions. It is an ideal place to observe these majestic animals in their natural state. Far ideas through Hollywood movies, the great white shark remains fearful of man and does not leave easily approached.” (Photo credits: Marc Henauer)

Walking on Water (Queensland, Australia, Nature Category)


I was finishing up a photo shoot when a wild kangaroo appeared out of nowhere and bounded onto the lake, as if walking on water. This, along with the picturesque sunset combined to create an absolute visual treat!” (Photo credits: Dave Kan)

Mexican Long Nosed Bat (Elephant Head in Southern Arizona, Nature Category)


“Mexican Long Nosed Bat feeding on a nectar flower during the night at Elephant Head in Arizona. The photo was taken during the night with inferred triggers that set off the camera when the bats came to the flower to feed.” (Photo credits: Juan DeLeon)

Searching for Love (Brevard, North Carolina, Nature Category)


Blue Ghost Fireflies in Brevard, North Carolina. Blue Ghost fireflies are unique because they stay lit and only hover about a foot off the ground.” (Photo credits: Spencer Black)


Tracking Jay-Z And Beyoncé At Art Basel, One Instagram At A Time

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Celebrities flocked to Miami Beach for this weekend’s annual Art Basel contemporary art fair. 

It was rumored Beyoncé and Jay-Z would be making an appearance, but it proved reality as the power couple  touched down in the sunshine state to hit a few parties and pose with some art pieces.

While Blue Ivy was clearly with a babysitter, Beyoncé instagrammed and tumbled her way through the weekend, posing with art at the convention center or showing off her killer updo.

Be sure not to miss cameos by Beyoncé’s mom, Tina, and former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Kelly Rowland.


Upon touchdown in Miami, Beyoncé Instagrammed this picture of herself with a wristband reading “bElieve 52.” Almost 90K of her nearly 800K followers liked the photo.

Upon touchdown in Miami, Beyoncé Instagrammed this picture of herself with a wristband reading "bElieve 52." Almost 90K of her nearly 800K followers liked the photo.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s first stop was a private dinner celebrating singer Rico Love’s 30th birthday at the SLS Hotel South Beach.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé's first stop was a private dinner celebrating singer Rico Love's 30th birthday at the SLS Hotel South Beach.

Then, Beyoncé Instagrammed this photo of her sister Solange performing at a private party in Miami. It got 50K likes.

Then, Beyoncé Instagrammed this photo of her sister Solange performing at a private party in Miami. It got 50K likes.

The next evening, Jay and Bey attended the show and screening for José Parlá & JR’s book “The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba” at The Standard Hotel.

The next evening, Jay and Bey attended the show and screening for José Parlá & JR's book "The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba" at The Standard Hotel.

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After a night of partying, Jay-Z and Beyoncé attended the art fair at the convention center. Here Beyoncé poses for a self-shot in front of a Theaster Gates wall piece in the White Cube booth.

After a night of partying, Jay-Z and Beyoncé attended the art fair at the convention center. Here Beyoncé poses for a self-shot in front of a Theaster Gates wall piece in the White Cube booth.

Beyoncé posed with this contemporary work, garnering nearly 80K likes.

Beyoncé posed with this contemporary work, garnering nearly 80K likes.

Beyoncé posted this photo of her former Destiny’s Child group mate, Kelly Rowland, playing around in artist Vito Acconci’s clam shell sculpture at the James Cohan gallery booth.

Beyoncé posted this photo of her former Destiny's Child group mate, Kelly Rowland, playing around in artist Vito Acconci’s clam shell sculpture at the James Cohan gallery booth.

Look, Bey can listen too!

Look, Bey can listen too!

Here Beyoncé poses with a colorful work.

Here Beyoncé poses with a colorful work.

And another.

And another.

And yet another, this time matching her floral romper.

And yet another, this time matching her floral romper.


And here she is in front of a Cubist-era Picasso nude.

And here she is in front of a Cubist-era Picasso nude.


Now it’s mom Tina’s turn! She seems thrilled.

Now it's mom Tina's turn! She seems thrilled.

Beyoncé posted this photo of a painting with no caption. Interpret for yourselves.

Beyoncé posted this photo of a painting with no caption. Interpret for yourselves.

She also apparently liked this piece, as did 28K of her followers.

She also apparently liked this piece, as did 28K of her followers.

Just setting the scene from inside the convention center…

Just setting the scene from inside the convention center...

Here’s a collage from the current front page of Beyoncé’s Tumblr, “I AM.”

Here's a collage from the current front page of Beyoncé's Tumblr, "I AM."

LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE: Old Photos Of Macau From Decades Before The Boom

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If you’ve seen the new James Bond movie, you know the opulence found in Macau today is without parallel. 

The tiny region, comprising a peninsula jutting out from the mainland and a nearby island, is seen as a proxy for both China (whose wealthier citizens use it as a playground) and the gaming industry as a whole.

Among the crazier facts about Macau today:

  • Growth has averaged around 19% for a decade
  • In 2006 Macau’s casino revenues  surpassed those of Las Vegas
  • The Sands Macau, opened in 2004, recouped its $265 million construction costs in one year

It wasn’t always so.

In the summer of 1980, Leroy W. Demery, Jr., an expert in Asian transportation, visited the country (then still a Portuguese protectorate) and documented his journey.

He recently posted his copyrighted photo collection to flickr, and with his kind permission we have reproduced the snapshots here.

Click here to see his photos >

Here is his introduction to the collection:

I traveled by overnight ferry from Hong Kong to Macao, spent the day (1980 July 16) in Macao, then returned to Hong Kong by overnight ferry.

“Overnight ferry” for a 60 km distance?

Yes, one boarded the vessel about 10 p.m. The fare included a bunk in an air-conditioned dormitory – “Spartan” but very comfortable. The vessel sailed after midnight and certainly arrived within 3-4 hours. Passengers were awakened at about 6 a.m., as I remember.

Yes, catamarans and jetfoils were much faster, but fares were higher, and the overnight ferry permitted one to save the cost of overnight accommodation.

Macao, in 1980, was quiet. Very quiet. It had a distinct “small town” atmosphere that contrasted sharply with the Central District of nearby Hong Kong. Much has changed since then. Remarkably, the land area has nearly doubled, from about 16 square km to nearly 29 square km. Many of the images in this set are certainly “vanished scenes.”

I regret that do not have a 1980 street map of Macao, and so am not able to locate some of these images.

By the way, we can only imagine what it must be like for notorious gangster “Broken Tooth,” who just got released from prison after a 14-year sentence for plotting to murder the country’s police chief, to see the city now.

Anyway, read on to take the journey to Old Macau.


Just to get you started, here’s what Macau looks like today.

And here’s what it looked like back in the day. This is Leal Senado, legislative seat during Portuguese rule, now home to the Institute of Civic and Municipal Affairs.

This section of the harbor is now reclaimed land, Demery says.

The Arquivo Historico. “The beginning of restoration work may be seen at right,” Demery writes. “Today, the building appears in splendid condition.”

Outer Harbor, facing Taipa island, one of Macao’s twin landmasses

Taipa island from Macao peninsula. “This scene was transformed by construction of the second Macau-Taipa bridge, started in 1990 and completed in 1994,” Demery writes.

Taipa-Coloane causeway, completed in 1969 — five years before the first Macau-Taipa bridge was opened. “This is very much a ‘vanished scene,'” Demery writes. “Land reclamation has created an entirely new town, Cotai, on what was once open water between the two islands.”

Breakwater/small boat moorage. The original Macau-Taipa Bridge (aka Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho) is in the background.

Penha Hill and Our Lady of Pehna Church. “Extensive land reclamation has transformed this scene dramatically,” Demery writes. “The body of water at right was once part of the Bahia da Praia Grande (“Grand Beach Bay”). It has been enclosed and is now Lago Sai Van — Sai Van Lake.

Hotel Lisboa, Casino Lisboa and Macau-Taipa Bridge

View across Bahia da Praia Grande — another “vanished scene,” Demery says.

Near Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro at Largo do Senado/Senado Square. Demery says the buildings remain but have been renovated.

Porto Interior (Inner Harbor)

Entrance to the Macau Palace Casino

This is the Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro at Largo do Senado. The Avenida remains the main shopping street in the historic center of Macau.

Another view of the casino

Narrow lane near Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. “The ‘uinquilharia Kei Mei Hong’ remains in business today, in the Travessa do Matadouro,” Demery writes.

Demery says this is most likely a warehouse along the inner harbor.

Near the southwestern extremity of today’s Rua (Street) do Doctor Lourenco Pereira Parques

Porto Interior (Inner Harbor) and Mainland coast

A Ma Temple, built in 1488

A Ma Temple entrance gate

View across Porto Interior (Inner Harbor) to Yinkeng village. “The waterfront has been rebuilt as a park and a new road: Avenida Panoramica do Lago,” Demery writes

“This shack – certainly not approved by the ‘local authority’ – was located near the tip of the peninsula and the entrance to the Porto Interior (Inner Harbor),” Demery writes.

Palacete de Santa Sancha, the state guest house of the Chief Executive of Macau. Until reunification in 1999, this was actually the official residence of Macau’s governor.

Penha Hill and church. “The buildings at street level remain, but the view of the view of the chapel has been blocked by new high-rise buildings,” Demery writes.

Residential lane

Narrow lane

Universidade Internacional de Macau. “I am not certain where this building is located, or what it is used for…there does not appear to be a Universidade Internacional de Macau,” Demery says.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial House

School children, probably somewhere between Colina da Guia and the Portas do Cerco

School children at Lin Fung Temple

View of the Portas do Cerco (Barrier Gates) — the “frontier” between the mainland and Macau, Demery says.

Lin Fung Temple, also known as the “Temple of the Lotus.” The only temple of Taoist origin in Macao, it was founded in 1592 and is located in the northern part of the country.

Residential lane, northern Macau

An inlet, probably north of Avenida do Almirante Lacerda. “The mountains in the background are on the Mainland. If the location is correct, then this is very much a ‘vanished scene.’ The ‘inlet’ was eliminated as part of a land reclamation project,” Demery writes.

Narrow lane, probably located near the Ruínas de São Paulo

Calcada do Monte and Ruínas de São Paulo

Baía de Hác Sá — Hac Sa Beach

Baía de Hác Sá

Looking across the Bahia da Praia Grande. “This was a sharp contrast to the bright lights of central Hong Kong,” Demery writes.

Near Taipa’s bus terminal

“This location was near the bus terminal in Coloane town,” Demery writes. “It had a very quiet atmosphere, almost like a village. This is almost certainly a ‘vanished scene’.”

View from Colina da Guia. “This is also very much a ‘vanished scene’ because of extensive land reclamation,” Demery says. “Today’s Avenida Leste do Hipodromo is located approximately where the seawall, visible in the distance, stood in 1980.”

The “Casino Lisboa” sign after dark

This Picture Of Barack Obama Barefoot In Burma Is Fantastic

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Official White House photographer Pete Souza posted another crop of photos to the Obama administration’s Flickr account Friday, including this gem from President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Southeast Asia.

According to the caption, Obama is posing for a photo in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma. All visitors to the pagoda must remove their shoes and socks — and Obama seems pretty thrilled about being barefoot.


obama barefoot

White House via Flickr


And here’s a closer shot of the President’s feet, walking alongside his guides and Secret Service agents:


obama barefoot

White House via Flickr


California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops

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A California man was jailed for four days for attempting to record police officers on a public street.

Daniel J. Saulmon was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer but the video shows he was standing well out the way of a traffic stop and was only arrested when he failed to produce identification to an approaching officer.

And there is no law in California that requires citizens to produce identification. And even if there was, it would require the officer to have a reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime.

But prosecutors have already dropped the charge against Saulmon as well as a few other minor citations relating to his bicycle such as not have proper reflectors on the pedals.

And they most likely knew who he was considering he won a $25,000 settlement from the same police department after they unlawfully arrested him on eavesdropping/wiretapping charges in 2005.

This time, it appears the Hawthorne Police Department will be dishing out much more, thanks to officer Gabriel Lira’s abuse of authority.

“They knew exactly who I was,” Saulmon said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Saturday, adding that he has recorded them on a regular basis since the 2005 arrest when he was jailed after attempting to file a complaint inside the police station.

“They always address me as ‘Mr. Saulmon’,” he said.

Hawthorne Police Chief Robert Fager (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Judging by his Youtube channel, which is filled with videos of police officers from Southern California jurisdictions, his latest arrest was an obvious case of retaliation.

The arrest took place on November 8, a Thursday, close to midnight. Because it was a holiday weekend, he would have had to wait until Tuesday to see a judge. He bailed himself out on Monday with a $1,000 he did not want to spend.

It took police a week to return his camera and his bicycle, and only after his attorney sent them a letter informing them that they had no legal basis to maintain possession of his personal property.

Even though he is still facing a citation for not having a headlight on his bicycle, he says he has video evidence from when he picked it up that shows it had two working headlights.

Saulmon is not one to be deterred by their abusive behavior. On the day after his 2005 arrest, he walked back into the Hawthorne Police Department to file a complaint with a hidden recorder that reveals he was nearly stripped searched in the lobby as you can hear in the video below.

The irony of that arrest is that they based their evidence on a secret recording one of the officers had made.

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops

Georgia Cop Arrests Man Video Recording him during Traffic Stop

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Georgia Cop Arrests Man Video Recording him during Traffic Stop

A Georgia police officer was able to maintain his professionalism for only a few minutes before he arrested a citizen who was video recording him during a traffic stop last week.

Andrew Ogiba, 19, was charged with obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, because he chose to narrate into his video camera after signing the citation instead of tearing out of the parking lot within seconds of receiving it.

It is obvious from his video that Mcrae police officer B. Wyatt was trying to teach Ogiba a lesson.

As a result, Ogiba spent two hours in jail before paying a $500 bond to be released. He had to pay an additional $150 because his 1995 Camaro had been impounded.

But now Ogiba is already planning to file a lawsuit.

“I’ve already emailed the ACLU and will be talking to a lawyer tomorrow,” he said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Sunday evening.

Ogiba, who has been in the U.S. Army for two years, is worried the arrest will affect his ROTC scholarship.

The incident took place Wednesday when Ogiba was driving back home to Mcrae from Augusta after spotting two officers parked at the side of the road.

Having received a citation for loud music earlier this year, he instinctively turned the music down, which he had been listening to during the three-hour drive.

But it was too late. The cops pulled him over and he immediately complied, pulling into the empty parking lot of a church.

As Wyatt was writing the citation from his patrol vehicle, Ogiba was narrating into the camera about how the ACLU believes noise citations are unconstitutional and how he plans to fight the citation.

At 3:42, Wyatt steps out of his vehicle and begins walking towards Ogiba’s car.

Ogiba asks the officer is he had used a measuring device to determine the noise decibels from his car.

Officer Wyatt ignores the question, ordering him to sign the citation, informing him that the music could be heard from 200 yards away.

Ogiba signs the citation but continues to ask if a measuring device had been used to determine the distance that the music could be heard.

At this point, both men are remaining civil and professional. Ogiba makes no secret that he is recording and Wyatt takes no issue with the camera.

Wyatt even tells him to “have a nice day” before walking back to his car and Ogiba responds by saying, “OK, you too.”

That’s when it all falls apart.

As Wyatt was walking back to his car, Ogiba speaks into his camera, saying, “he’s going back to his car, he refused to answer any of my questions.”

That caused Wyatt to stop in his tracks and turn around.

“Excuse me, sir,” Wyatt says as he starts walking back.

“I was talking to my camera,” Ogiba responds. “I said you refused to answer any of my questions and you can do that, that’s fine.”

That was when Wyatt orders him out of the parking lot, telling him it is private property.

Ogiba puts on his seat belt and places the key in his ignition, but then starts questioning whether or not the church parking lot was open to the public despite it being private.

He also made the mistake of asking for his name.

At 5:56, Wyatt opens the door to Ogiba’s car and orders him out, telling him he is being arrested for obstruction of a law enforcement officer.