When the call came out on my scanner of a tipped crane on the Sen. George Sellar Bridge yesterday morning I was in a scramble mode. I was supposed to talk to a Wenatchee High School class about my job but no one was in the office to cover the accident. A reporter called the school for me to cancel as I headed toward the bridge.
I knew my hardest part in getting an image would be access to the scene since it is a construction zone. I headed to the west end of the bridge, parked, was told to leave an area by the construction workers, then photographed the distant scene from the Salvation Army lodge.
Pretty much unusable but at least I could tell where I wanted to be. So I headed to Fred Meyer and the far end of their parking lot. Here's a shot through the fencing.
I like the moment with the beam still attached to the crane but not the angle. So I walked down, below the loop trail and had a cleaner image at a better angle. The worker was still in a good spot of the frame.
That took care of that angle and the worker climbed up to the roadway, away from the lower part of the picture, so I was ready to try something else. I still had about 30 minutes of shooting time before I would be pushing the deadline so I decided to try for an image I had seen while driving across the bridge and the accident scene.
I set my camera on ISO 800, opened the lens all of the way to let in as much light as possible, getting the shutter speed as high as possible, and drove by with the camera pointed out of my car.
Here's my first attempt.
I turned the car around, took a quick check of the image I got, and decided to try it from the other direction - a closer look.
I was really happy with this image - people framing the scene and the worker on the crane. I took a few more passes but nothing was better than this. I don't think I could have gotten a better photograph even if I had been allowed to hang around the site.