always thought my first real blog posting would be a self-promoting breakdown
of an awesome photo shoot. A witty
description of how everything went perfectly, including a breakdown of the
gear, the lighting and perfect teamwork. Well, while this was an awesome
photo shoot, it’s fair to say it didn’t go perfectly or close to how I planned
I was thrilled to have the opportunity
to photograph the new Air Traffic Control Tower at McArthur Airport, a 130 foot
high building built to replace the previous tower, which was built in
1962. I scheduled the shoot late in
the afternoon and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect with blue skies and a few clouds. What could go wrong?
made arrangements with the coordinator at the tower to meet at the gate. As I arrived, I called her on my cell
and she notified me that she would be right down. So to get a head start, I took a stroll around to figure out
which angle I would shoot at and which lens I would use. As I made my way back to my car, it
appeared there was commotion on the other side of the airport. Two airport police cars were streaming
across the airport property, lights and sirens, clearly after someone. As I got closer to my car I noticed
that the police had turned down the road I was on. I quickly scanned the area trying to identify what they were
after, as there must have been someone or something out of the ordinary. It was at that moment that I said to
myself “Are they coming for me?” and when the officer pulled across the road in
front of me. I had my answer.
after a background check, a small conversation about protocol, a car
inspection, and confirmation that I wasn’t on the “No Fly” list, everything was
back to normal. The officers were very
professional and in the end we chuckled and discussed how to handle it better
next time. Who knew a car randomly parked on the side of the road at the
airport with a man wandering around was suspicious?
So, as for the shoot, everything went really well after that. I took several photos from a few angles on the Canon 5D Mark II, using a 16-35mm, a TS-E 17mm and a 70-200mm lens. I worked with my buddy Rob at Unique Graphics on the post work, avoided being arrested and in the end walked away with a few cool photos.
As for take away here? Make sure you have the proper permission and approvals before arriving to your location. You’ll avoid unnecessary headaches and stress, allowing you to put a little more attention towards your photos.
You can scroll through the two final images below.