Thursday, June 16, 2005

Friends in high places

(Right) Justin Allen with the LTS wireless division reaches for a tool while he installs cable on a City of Beaumont communications tower on Thursday, June 16, 2005.

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

(Below) Justin Allen with the LTS wireless division installs cable near the top of a City of Beaumont communications tower.


Bryon Houlgrave said...

You know it's going to get asked, so I'll do the honors.

You obviously got real close in the first image. How did you get that clean of a shot? Looking at the bracing from the bottom, it's pretty high up there. Did you go up in a boom?

Mark M. Hancock said...

I used a sweet 400mm f/2.8 pool lens. :-)
I also backed away as far as I could inside the compound.
Unfortunately, I dinged up my personal wide zoom as well as my issue zoom, so the wide shot is with a off-brand 28mm prime manual lens. One of the lenses should be returned sometime soon.
I told them my middle initial is short for "iM-pact damage." They didn't believe me. ;-}

Bryon Houlgrave said...

That's funny ... but not really. I recently learned how frustrating it is when your lenses turn on you. My 300 mm IS Canon lens suddenly has a big problem focusing on what I want it to. Not only that, but I get error codes frequently when using the IS. It's kind of upsetting when locking in on an action shot and the thing freezes up mere moments before a collision at home plate. I'm manually focusing with it now, which has produced better results, but it's taken a while getting used to manually focusing during sporting events.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Auto-focus is pronounced "ought-to focus." I frequently focus manually because I trust my eyes and zone focus more than AF.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Originally posted June 23, 2005.