Showing posts with label morning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label morning. Show all posts

Friday, November 23, 2012

One Week Done

Much of my week was spent simply trying force myself to go to bed early in the evening. Having to get up at 2:30AM all week wasn't easy. My bed time was 6:30PM'ish (I never went to bed on time).
Still, You'll be happy to know, I did manage to get enough sleep so I wasn't nodding off in traffic.
The last couple of stories the first week weren't all that exciting for me. The Hostess bakery strike didn't cause me to rush out and stock up on Twinkies, but I still feel like the workers were in the right for not letting the company management pad their pockets while making claims they needed to cut wages and benefits to be viable (let alone profitable).
Hostess might be one of several companies who it seems would rather sacrifice their business before being realistic about how Obamacare is going to impact their bottom line.
Sorry, Hostess. I'm not buying it. Your workers deserved better and as your executives sail into the sunset with all the money from their mismanaged company, I hope they all someday suffer for their greed.
Hopefully, the company will be replaced in the industry with something that makes better sense and the workers will be able to survive the current complete loss of their jobs.
That's Barry. He he helped me get our reporter on TV that particular morning with a long cable run. He also picked up some Hostess products (Twinkies and Ding Dongs) for the live shot.
Hi, Barry. You did a great job.
Another cool morning assignment was the morning after the new Lakers coach was hired.
It might seem silly to be standing out in front of Staple Center way early in the morning when even the most hard core fan was likely asleep.
Hey, we do live shots. You know?
It was also a beautiful morning. Look at that gorgeous light. Bravo.
The fact is, I love putting people on TV. Plus, it also gives me a great opportunity to snap a few pictures. The variety and random nature of where I'll be on any given day is wonderful for the still photographer in me.
My week of early mornings is almost over. I made it to work on time every day and managed to go to bed every evening nearly on time.
It was a challenge for me, but I'll admit, I will miss the folks on the early morning shift. They have a unique perspective on what we do and I appreciated the opportunity to share their sunrise take on news.
I have a few more pictures to share and a couple more stories to tell about my second week of early AM shifts, but I need to get a little more sleep.
It's 1:00am and I'll need to get up for work soon.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cold Morning Light

It's been weeks since I last actually sat down to write up a proper blog post. Other forms of social media, while not nearly as satisfying, have become my primary method of staying in touch with people who find what I do for a living interesting.
Just an observation.
Maybe one or two weeks out of the year I have the opportunity to work an early AM morning shift.
Yeah, I must be out of my freaking mind.
As crazy as it might sound, I actually enjoy the experience. It just takes a different kind of news photographer to do that shift on a regular basis and I'm not that guy.
Anyway, if you were following the story about the possible assault and/or abduction that occurred overnight in the El Sereno area.
Sorry, if I'm a little sketchy on the details it's only because the victim and suspect seem to have completely disappeared.
The fact that nobody from the area has come forward to report anyone missing makes this case particularly troublesome for law enforcement.
I could tell you that the world is a dangerous place and I shudder to think what could have happened (could be happening) to the victim in this story.
In the cold of the morning as the sun was rising and giving gorgeous color to the landscape, I was ready with my camera and more concerned with making sure nothing went by unnoticed that we would need to put the story on the news.
I kept an eye out for the Public Information Officer while being ready to record video of anything the police were doing that would help us tell the story of what was happening.
I left the scene before anything conclusive was discovered. Clothes that matched the description of what the woman was wearing was found in the hills.
After the morning newscast, I was given another assignment and the search was finally called off late that day.
More questions than answers and the nagging fear that someone needed to be saved, but there were no heroes to come to her rescue.
I finished my shift, went home and went to sleep almost as soon as the sun went down. I'm going to be on the early shift for another week and if you ask me, when do I get used to it all?
The shift? Never.
The sadness in stories like this?  Yeah, same answer.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Streaks of Morning.

I don't think I ever shared this particular shot with anyone.  Just a long exposure on an early morning shift from last month.

It was sometime between live shots and I wanted to catch some of the traffic and that awesome morning light.  It wasn't too cold that morning and I was feeling kind of mellow.  I think I 'd gotten enough sleep, because I don't remember being tired.

I like the shot.  Just thought I'd share.
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Friday, September 17, 2010


A week ago today, I was up at 2:00am to head into work for a 3:00am general assignment shift.  I was pretty happy about the shift, even though it was a huge effort to drag my carcass out of a warm bed at that hour.

After weeks of practice and testing of the new news van, this shift was a welcome relief from being in mad scientist mode and getting back to my real job of covering the news.

The shift, early as it was, did not disappoint.

I wound up covering a train accident in Fontana off the 10 freeway just past the 15 freeway.  My first thoughts when I was told about the wreck were about the Metro Rail crash in Northridge and the one by the Costco in Glendale.

This one didn't involve a commuter line, so there was less potential for loss of life.  Still, it was a huge crash and three people were hurt.

One person lost an arm in the crash.  That was plenty horrific enough for me.  I was just thankful more people weren't hurt.

We set up shop at the Cherry off-ramp.  Did the two hours of morning news for our station and managed to hit every liveshot they intended for us to hit (in HD) without any major hiccups.

That was a big deal for me.  I was more than a bit rusty on my editing and shooting skills.

I'm glad for every opportunity to do my job and sometimes I see amazing things in the course of my day.  I'm truly sorry for the injuries suffered by the people involved in this accident.  It's nothing I can't handle, but I admit I have a pretty bad time carrying the baggage that comes with covering such tragic events.

I'm thankful it wasn't worse.

I'm amazed at the people who have to come out and put things back right.

I don't want something bad to happen, but I'm ready right now to go out and cover it if it does.

That being said, as I sit here and type this, I can't help but wonder where the day will take me.

Happy Friday.
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