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p.1 #1 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Just wanted to share a fun photoshoot I recently did of the Hoover Dam Bridge Inspection. It was a pretty unique shoot, including getting into the bucket of an inspection crane and going over the side and under the bridge. Over the course of two days I shot everything with the 5DII, and used the gamut of focal lengths from 12mm to 800mm.

The Sigma 12-24 II can be really useful in tight situations. And inside the bucket of the inspection crane, space was really tight:






The Sigma 24-70 is my typical my workhorse when shooting active site work and this project was no exception:






I used the Canon 70-200 f/4 (both with and without the 2x III Extender) a lot on this shoot too:






I rented a Sigma 800mm for this shoot because initially I was told the only other vantage point I could get off the bridge would be from far down the river below. That ended up not being the case, but I still found a few occasions to use this beast of a lens:






And finally, I managed to get into position to use my 24TS-E II on a few shots. This one here at pretty close to full shift:






If anyone's interested a few more of the shots can be found here: http://www.arthurdomagala.com/blog/2013/01/hoover-dam-bypass-bridge-inspection/




Jan 21, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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p.1 #2 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Awesome!


Jan 21, 2013 at 05:47 PM
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p.1 #3 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Agree with above.


Jan 21, 2013 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #4 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Nice work.


Jan 21, 2013 at 07:02 PM
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p.1 #5 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Very nice shots. Different perspective. Last time that I was at Hoover Dam, the bridge did not exist.

If it was me, there would be a lot of motion blur due to knees shaking shooting from that height.



Jan 21, 2013 at 07:19 PM
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p.1 #6 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Way cool! A unique perspective on this engineering marvel.


Jan 21, 2013 at 07:33 PM
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p.1 #7 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Very nice. It's amusing to me that despite being a rock climber, imagining the heights at play in these pictures is causing me to quake a bit.


Jan 21, 2013 at 07:35 PM
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p.1 #8 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Great shots!

Thanks for the vicarious adventure.

Dave



Jan 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM
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p.1 #9 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Great shots!


Jan 21, 2013 at 07:43 PM
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p.1 #10 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Thanks for explaining the ways you used Canon equipment. Good photos.


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p.1 #11 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Great photos and story, Art. I wanted to see more, but your web site won't open for me.


Jan 21, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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p.1 #12 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Cool. Can we assume you had your gear lashed to your body, or otherwise attached? Not just to prevent loss, but a 5DII falling from that height is going to leave more than a mark.


Jan 21, 2013 at 09:39 PM
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p.1 #13 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Wow, great way to show off the sheer scale of this structure.


Jan 21, 2013 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #14 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


I saw the bridge last year after thanksgiving, it's quite the presence. My whole family was scared to go walk across it. Shot this from the other side.




Jan 21, 2013 at 10:14 PM
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p.1 #15 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Super awesome. Thanks for sharing!


Jan 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Photon wrote:
Great photos and story, Art. I wanted to see more, but your web site won't open for me.

Thanks. I checked the link and it seems to be working so I'm not sure what the problem there would be :/



Jan 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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PatrickSweeney wrote:
Cool. Can we assume you had your gear lashed to your body, or otherwise attached? Not just to prevent loss, but a 5DII falling from that height is going to leave more than a mark.

Well it would've made a decent splash in the river, that's for sure. But yeah the 5DII was strapped around my body. While in the crane I had a lens in one coat pocket, the 2x extender in the other side pocket, and then another lens in a pouch strapped to my belt. Changing lenses was done carefully, crouching down in the crane's bucket so they couldn't fall out. Well, for that matter, every action was done carefully



Jan 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #18 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Great photos!


Jan 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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alexdi wrote:
Very nice. It's amusing to me that despite being a rock climber, imagining the heights at play in these pictures is causing me to quake a bit.

Heh. I heard something similar from one of the inspectors. There's just something a little unsettling about having that much empty space below your feet



Jan 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM
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p.1 #20 · 900 feet above the Colorado River (Images)


Very cool!!

More please!



Jan 22, 2013 at 01:51 AM
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