Steve Simons (left) officiates as Blake Loveless (center) competes with Ryan Hurt (foreground) during the arm wrestling championships at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City on Sept. 21, 2008. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Sometimes when we are sent to assignments around the city, we know we are going to be required to produce a multimedia package that can run on NewsOK.com. We usually have a choice, a slideshow (which features still photographs and recorded audio) or a video. In the last few weeks I’ve been on a slideshow kick. There were two assignments that had no multimedia requests attached, but when I got to the events I couldn’t resist.
The most recent one was last week at the Oklahoma State Fair. I was assigned to photograph the Arm Wrestling competition.I’ve never photographed arm wrestling and I had no idea that people got so excited about it.
The other assignment that I turned into a slideshow was the Pole Climbers. There’s a class at OSU OKC that trains students on how to work on power lines. On this day, the students were going to climb the poles for the first time.
I use my Sony HDV-A1U video camera to capture the audio. It’s kind of bulky compared to my little audio recorder, but I have better control over the audio and I have the option of using a wireless mic. I use Final Cut Pro to edit the audio and just disregard the video that I’ve captured. I export the audio through Soundtrack Pro and then use SoundslidesPlus to combine my still images with the audio and complete the slideshow.
I took some decent pictures at the pole climbing assignment, but the best part came when I was done taking pictures, the instructor, Phil Cobb, let me put on all the equipment and try to climb the pole. I did fairly well, I think, and Phil even laid on the ground to take my picture so it looks like I’m really climbing high. (I only went about 10 feet up or so.)
Staff Photographer John Clanton gave pole climbing a try during an assignment at OSU OKC. Photo by Phil Cobb