I am coordinating today’s post with my other blogs and will talk about helicopters there also. (see the sidebar Blogroll for locations.)
Unfortunately, we did not fly the marathon route this past Sunday. The Bell 47 helicopter was down for annual maintenance. This is a combination of two previous shoots that Charlie and I did a few years ago. The iconic image in my imagination has been described to me as taken by a Sports Illustrated photographer. They were positioned over the center span looking straight over the bridge. The shot is when the first runners come over the rise and the rest of the bridge in front of them is still empty. I didn’t quite get that shot. Maybe someday…
Columbia vs Yale, Wein Field, NYC, October 29, 2011. Better dubbed as the Yale Snow Bowl. The weatherman frequently is wrong, but not on this day. It’s should’ve been a warm pleasant autumn day in NYC. The rain started in the morning and by game time there were white out conditions. I was wet and cold in places I didn’t know I could be wet. And, I had my ski gear on. Sitting with an umbrella, not moving, trying to stay warm, I did manage to keep my central body core, nice and toasty. My hands were wet and frozen from handling the camera. Snow and wetness did not affect my Nikon. The front lens filter was wet and required some attention. The conditions were atrocious. Which, of course, is why a couple of grown men who should know better…. As Alex says, “This story will grow in legend, stature, and embellishment.”
Dragon Boat races occur in Flushing Meadows each summer. The boats are provided by the organizers. Teams sign-up, train, and compete on a course set up at the site of the 1967 World’s Fair.
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