I don't think anyone is being a negative-nelly. we just were exposed to a 2000 word article about how a cameraman made a steadi-rig to shoot two guys walking. And, at the end of the day, it seems some people agree that maybe this approach was a little too artificial. So, I think it's important for readers on No Film School to remember the big picture. It's the story that counts and the shooting needs to be subservient to the story. It's easy to lose your focus as a gear-head.
I hate to be a hater, but i actually thought the camera style was all wrong on that piece. it felt really canned and contrived. Not at all like what it's like to walk the streets of New York (I lived in the Big Apple 10 years). There's times when our efforts to create the perfect smooth shot do a disservice to the material. I wouldve preferred a little more shake and a little more bounce in the cameraman's step. This felt all wrong to me based on the story.