Well, not a real Oil Rig takeover. News Photographer, Tony Buttitta had a great assignment today 10 miles west in the Pacific Ocean. He was with Reporter Hal Eisner on a Sheriff patrol boat as they maneuvered with the Sheriff swat team on a Oil Rig take over training mission. This is as realistic as it can get for this type of training. For Tony, what a great experience to be able to be on scene, up close and personal. One of the great benefits of being a camera person on a News assignment is you get to experience all the action and excitement of events most people would never be a part of, and not have any of the responsibility for being there. That can also be harrowing at times.
One event comes to mind. The capture of Christopher Dornan up in Big Bear Mountain. The cameraman and reporter were caught up in the middle of a shoot-out that eventually resulted in the death of the infamous killer. I'm being honest when I tell you I don't know what I would do in that same situation. Do you duck and cover so not to get hit by bullets? Or do you take your life into your own hands and put the camera up to shoot what is happening. These are decisions you make with adrenaline more so than with thinking of the dangers. Experience is key here.
It was an early start for Tony. 3:30am. A 10-mile boat ride out to the oil rig and we had Hal Eisner live on our morning News show with the oil rig take over scenario unfolding in front of our camera. Cellular streaming technology allowed for us to take you on scene live. In the recent past, without multiple manpower and equipment, live coverage in such remote locations was not possible. Now, with a backpack device and one person, we are able to be live pretty much anywhere you can make a phone call. I'll be blogging in more detail about some of the ,up and coming, technology we use to go live in breaking News. Don't be surprised to learn you all are doing it right now!!! Does Face time sound familiar.
Until next time,