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05/12/2005 04:15:20 PM · #1
on my way home this afternoon, i saw a ton of police cars and an ambulance outside the middle school that is next to my kid's elementary school. so, i wheeled into the parking lot and threw my 75-300mm telephoto zoom onto my 300d and started shooting from the perimeter, so as not to interfere with the police activity in progress.

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basically, this guy was on his motocycle, out on the interstate, when he blew past a radar site doing 80+ in a 65mph zone. the trooper pulled out and the guy went for warp speed. they got up to speeds in excess of 120 mph. he left the interstate and wound up on the road that goes by the local school complex (it has an elementary school, middle school, and a high school). he got onto the road that goes around the schools, and crashed his bike into a pond. he fled on foot, only to be tackled by a local deputy. and, surprise, surprise, they recovered over four ounces of cocaine at the scene...

he has been charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, etc, etc.

at least one of these pictures will make next week's local weekly, and possibly tomorrow's daily (it's a long shot, but i sent them in, anyway).

so, do i carry my camera everywhere i go? you betcha!

Message edited by author 2006-01-22 23:45:05.
05/12/2005 04:19:07 PM · #2
These are so cool!!
congrats on making the news :-)
05/12/2005 04:23:24 PM · #3
120 mph on a motorcycle...
I'd plead insanity!

nice shots BTW

Message edited by author 2005-05-12 16:23:43.
05/12/2005 04:25:43 PM · #4
Those biker types! <tisk-tisk!
05/12/2005 05:07:17 PM · #5
Originally posted by justine:

Those biker types! <tisk-tisk!


Easy now...some of us are bikers, (and have been for 20 years), and have yet to lead police on 120+ MPH chases!
05/12/2005 05:12:16 PM · #6
Originally posted by justine:

Those biker types! <tisk-tisk!


I think you mean - Those cocaine types! =)
05/12/2005 05:14:15 PM · #7
Originally posted by dpdave:

Originally posted by justine:

Those biker types! <tisk-tisk!


Easy now...some of us are bikers, (and have been for 20 years), and have yet to lead police on 120+ MPH chases!


Certainly I would never do anything like that. lol
Of course I think I helped pay for a new highway in Montana!!!$$
05/12/2005 05:36:21 PM · #8
Originally posted by maxj:

120 mph on a motorcycle...

Pretty normal sight in Southern California - and that's IN the school zones...LOL

Bikes will fly past you, between cars no less, while you are doing 80 (pretty normal speeds on the freeways here).

THAT is insanity!
05/12/2005 05:36:56 PM · #9
Nice shots, and hope you make the daily tomorrow! Too bad you didn't get a shot of the deputy actually taking him down, that would have been great!
05/19/2005 09:14:57 AM · #10
Originally posted by dpdave:

Originally posted by justine:

Those biker types! <tisk-tisk!


Easy now...some of us are bikers, (and have been for 20 years), and have yet to lead police on 120+ MPH chases!


Still working up to it are we? ;)
05/19/2005 09:36:54 AM · #11
nice job!
05/19/2005 09:37:03 AM · #12
Originally posted by clarmore:

Originally posted by justine:

Those biker types! <tisk-tisk!


I think you mean - Those cocaine types! =)


Easy now - some of use are cocaine addicts and have been for ... actually, I've never even seen the stuff.
05/19/2005 10:12:41 AM · #13
I've seen motorcyclists in our area attain those speeds... in car washes.
05/19/2005 10:24:06 AM · #14
Originally posted by skiprow:

........ only to be tackled by a local deputy. and, surprise, surprise, they recovered over four ounces of cocaine at the scene...



wasn't anywhere near Dallas was it?
05/19/2005 12:12:25 PM · #15
Hey skippy I was right down the road from you this is wht it looked like from my end. : )' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/338/thumb/175880.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/338/thumb/175880.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

I couldn't resist you mentioned a 100+ mph bike.
01/23/2006 09:34:20 PM · #16
a lot of people have been asking about pj work lately. i figured now was as good a time as any to update this thread a little.

let me summarize real quick...

1) i saw something happening (a guy getting arrested at a jr high school)

2) i took pictures from a distance

3) i called the daily paper to see if they knew about it

4) i spoke to the assistant editor of the metro section

5) he was thrilled that there was someone who had photos because they couldn't get a staff photog out to the scene

6) he asked me to email them right to him

7) i edited them and emailed them

8) they didn't use any of them because they ran out of space (the metro section also has the obits, and a lot of people died that day, so they chose to cut the photo rather than text from the story.)

9) the editor called me back to apologize, but he suggested i get in touch with the photo director to see about getting on the freelance list

10) i waited a few weeks and finally called the guy up

11) he seemed a little stand-offish, not promising anything, said he was busy, but he could meet me in a week or so

12) i immediately emailed him a thank you follow up with a link to my website

13) he called back 5 minutes later and said, "ok, it's obvious you know which end of the camera to point at what and when to pull the trigger, when can you come in to talk."

14) i went in, showed him my tearsheets from the weekly, as well as some prints of some of my better stuff. (at this point, i had done 3 assignments for a local weekly paper--and all three were motorsports related. at least, though, lucky for me, i had something in newsprint (although this is NOT a requirement--after all, you have to start somewhere...).)

15) he gave me a publishing agreement to sign

16) they call me when they need me

17) i've done almost 40 assignments for them since july (updated 4/21/06)

18) they have a pretty good idea of what to expect when they send me out.

what's the point? you CAN do this, if you want to. it takes time, effort, commitment, and desire. equipment helps, as does skill and experience. however, nothing is more important commitment. if people can sense your commitment & passion, they are willing to bend over backwards to help you get where you want to be--and they are a lot more understanding about you're not being there, yet. don't be afraid to try, and don't create imaginary hurdles for yourself. if you want to do it, JUST GO FOR IT!!!

Message edited by author 2006-08-13 22:53:16.
01/23/2006 10:09:35 PM · #17
Nice story. I just made a thread about freelance work. I read almost every thread linked in your portfolio, but this one wasn't in there. I also added you to my fav photographers list. Thanks for all the help.
01/23/2006 10:57:03 PM · #18
Skip - You've come a long way in just a few months. And you learned the cardinal rule early:

If you find a blond in a red coat, take her picture!
;>)

Seriously, when we look at your images, it's not hard to tell how far you've progressed in your quest. Keep it up!
01/23/2006 11:46:56 PM · #19
Originally posted by justine:


Certainly I would never do anything like that. lol
Of course I think I helped pay for a new highway in Montana!!!$$


Here is the crazy thing. In Montana (pre-no speed limit) if you got a speeding ticket under about 100mph it was a $5 ticket. You could pay the officer in cash on the spot. I remember going on road trips (this was when I was very young) with a stack of $5 bills on the dashboard. They changed the penalties a bit, then went to no speed limit. If you got a ticket when there wasn't a limit the penalties were outrageous. I really didn't like it when the speed limit was "reasonable and prudent" because there were always people driving 100+ on the interstate. I'm glad its been back to a set speed for quite awhile. I'm going back in March for a few weeks because I haven't been back to visit the family in over a year.
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