Friday, November 23, 2007

Panoramas at

UNC grad Whitney Shefte at has shot five panoramas with audio of BASE jumpers on the New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, W. Va. This is part six of the Post's "Why We Compete" series.
Earlier I noted I would like to see the camera a little closer to the action in some these images. I asked Whitney about the situation during the shoot, and she's filled in the details. Look in the comments on this post for her explanation.

This is an older posting, but it's good work. Alexandra Garcia at has shot five panoramas in McAllen, Texas and Monterrey, Mexico of the Prepa Tec Borregos, the best high school football team in Mexico. The Borregos pratice in Monterrey, then travel to take on McAllen High School in their 14,000 seat stadium, what the kids from Monterrey call "un gran palacio," a great palace. There's also an audio slideshow.
This is part five of the Post's "Why We Compete" series.

1 comment:

Gary O'Brien said...

Here's Whitney Shefte's report on the BASE jumping shoot:

The area where I was shooting the platform panorama was a restricted
space for jumpers, workers and only a few media folks. The spot where I
took the pano was the only one available in a position where I could see
the platform and over the edge in the amount of time I was able to stay
in the area. The people you see leaning over the railing all but camped
out in those spots, so getting any closer to the platform and still
being able to see the mountains and the river was near impossible. Also,
my tripod is pushed as close as it could be to the railing to get that
overhanging view. I'm sure others who shoot panos have experienced the
restrictions that the tripod can impose. And of course, shooting from
atop the platform itself was prohibited since I had no parachute (nor
the bravado.)

When it came to the landing zone, that space was very restricted as
well. Some of the police tape is visible, which indicates the area I had
to stay inside. The staff was pretty adamant about following those rules
for the safety of the jumpers who were landing and for the photographers
so we wouldn't get crushed by falling people. This made making a nice
pano really difficult because I was not nearly as close as I wanted to
be to jumpers arriving on the ground with their colorful parachutes wide
open. I had to spend a lot of times feeling out different spots that
were available to me before I found one that worked.