July 12, 2012 Leave a comment
I recently had the opportunity to shoot for Coover Clark once again. My first shoot for their firm was in Grand Junction, Colorado and was of the new National Guard Readiness Center. My latest shoot for the them was of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As in the NGRC shoot I worked closely with Brian Duggan at Coover Clark who oversaw the project and had very specific recommendations for the shoot in regards to angles and composition of the shots to be taken.
A preliminary meeting was held with Brian at the Coover Clark offices in Denver where floor plans and elevations were reviewed for the shoot. Being a military facility, access and security was discussed in-depth in regards to who would be my contact and how I would access the base and structures. Trust me when I say that walking around any type of secured military base or government facility with a camera raises a lot of eye brows and always gives me the feeling that someone is looking over my shoulder (which they are).
I waited for over one hour in this specific spot to get this shot with the bird taking off in the background.
After my homework with Brian was completed all that was left to do was to set a shoot date and arrive at the facility ready to hit he ground running. After making contact with security and my escort it was just a matter of walking the facility with my camera, tripod and floor plans from Brian. We had discussed trying to get soldiers in the some of the shots to give perspective to the images and structures. Patience and timing is the best way to describe including people in architectural images.
The curtain in the background is to isolate the aircraft for cleaning and washing. A car wash for helicopters would be the best way to describe it…..
Pre planning and thorough discussions are the only way to make a shoot of this magnitude come together. On the same note no matter how much pre planning you do for a shoot like this one you always have to go into it knowing that not everything will be perfect or ready as you had planned. I forgot to mention that my escort and liaison was sick the day I arrived for the shoot and no one else at the location new anything about me being there. To make a long story short, after several phone calls to Colonels, Lieutenants and I would not be surprised a General or two, and after a lot of standing around I was finally released to shoot the facility. An open mind and extreme patience is a must for my line of work…….it also help when your offered a cup of coffee while you wait.