Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Station to Station


If unpacking gadgets in the shadow of catastrophe is your idea of a fun afternoon, have I got a gig for you. So too does Sean Browning - one of man L.A. based lenslingers caught stalking the plume of the Station Fire. Now I've never covered an inferno of those dimensions, but I have made plenty of Tee-Vee on the side of the road and I can tell you it's not without its potholes. Knuckle-scraping cable spools, passing traffic, a Greek chorus of wisecracking firefighters ... throw in a couple of troublesome Double-AA's and you understand why I've been spotted spinning like the Tasmanian Devil around any number of these modern day chuckwagons. But enough about me - check out the gear! I've staged whole telethons with less equipment! Ya know, it's enough to make this East Coast schlub wanna wing it to Hollywood and get my very own logo'd stagecoach. Hell, I could stand chasing wildfires and mudslides, freeway chases and dead celeb--

On second thought, I'll stick with Hurricanes and Swine Flu...

5 comments:

arky said...

All that nice equipment, and yet they leave the reporter standing five feet away from the live truck with the back door open? I can't imagine how loud the generator noise was on that live shot. Maybe that's part of their plan to make it seem like they're right in the middle of the fire engines.

Anonymous said...

I could do this setup. I prefer this setup and more but Alas I have been told my liveshots MUST be active everytime, show-and-tell, demonstrative creations of movement with shakes...the more the better. So no scrims, cant's afford HMI's, don't have a monitor now that were digital, and sticks are a NO NO unless I want a call from the boss 1 nanosecond after my reports sigs out. I feel alone in the research I'm told we have that says everyone else in the Local TV news world is doing it wrong and were RIGHT. But keep at it fellor photogs b/c I admire your work!

Sean Browning said...

"All that nice equipment, and yet they leave the reporter standing five feet away from the live truck with the back door open? I can't imagine how loud the generator noise was on that live shot."

Leaving the back doors of the live truck open have absolutely no effect on the level of noise from the generator, which is housed in a compartment opposite where the reporter is standing. I can assure you that generator noise is of little consequence in the middle of one of the largest fire camps ever assembled in Los Angeles. In addition- I ALWAYS have the reporter less than 5 feet from my truck when doing a one man band shot because my cell phone drops frequently and I have to duck into the truck and re-dial IFB all the time- not to mention safety concerns!

jwest said...

I had lights that worked one time, it was nice

Lenslinger said...

You tell 'em, Sean!