With Just a Touch of a Button…

February 18, 2010 | By Bruce Bennett | Sport

Photo by Derek Leung

Heights are definitely not my thing. But in order to place our remote cameras so I can capture all of the action, I must go to the  fifth floor by elevator, followed by about 50 steps, and  stand 150’ above center ice at Canada Hockey Place.

Photo by Derek Leung

Photo by Derek Leung

It feels unnatural to have this much metal and equipment suspended this high up. My colleagues smile as I hold on to every railing as I make my way from camera to camera along the catwalk. With sweaty palms, I clamp, secure, and wire up two remote cameras and I discard as much gaffing tape as I use actually to hold the wires.

Photo by Derek Leung

Photo by Derek Leung

When I am back safely on the ground and in my vantage points, either at center ice, about half way up the arena, or from the corner of the rink, I visualize what the image will look like from either of the remote cameras.

Photo by Derek Leung

The cameras are tripped by my remote control when I see anything that looks ‘remotely’ interesting and are immediately sent to my dedicated editor back at the Main Press Center through my tethered Ethernet. I try to take it easy on the editors. But on opening game night, between the two remote cameras in the rafters, one in the hockey net, and my hand held cameras, I topped off at 2,500 images for the night. Here are just a few from several of the games so far.

After giving it a bit more thought, hitting the buttons on the radio transmitters to trip the cameras, along with the handheld shutter buttons, is a lot like playing the piano. My parents would be proud, as no matter how hard they pushed me as a kid, I just wasn’t any good at piano…

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