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Remote Camera at the Capitol

by Jim Beckel and Chris Landsberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm •  Published: February 4, 2009

Gov. Brad Henry is joined by state lawmakers in applauding for First Lady Kim Henry after he introduced her at her seat in the gallery at the beginning of  his State of the State message to the 52nd Legislature at the Oklahoma State Capitol,  Feb. 2, 2009. Senators joined state representatives in the  House Chamber to hear the Governor’s speech.  By Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Staff photographers Jim Beckel and Chris Landsberger teamed up to get pictures as the Oklahoma Legislature opened a new session at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Monday. Jim had the idea to set up a remote camera behind Gov. Brad Henry to get a picture (shown above) that we haven’t seen before. Photographers are only allowed on the floor for the first five minutes of the session, then they are asked to retreat to the balcony. Without a remote camera, this picture would not be possible.

Jim talked with officials at the capitol about the idea of a remote camera on Friday and got permission to go ahead with the set up. On Monday morning Chris and Jim arrived at the capitol early and began getting the camera set up. They used a Canon 5D Mark II, a 16-35mm lens and shot at 4000 ISO, 100th of a second at f4. Beckel used a Pocket Wizard radio remote control to fire the camera when the Governor turned to his right. Originally, the idea was that Brad Henry would turn all the way around and wave to people behind him, showing more of his face, but, Jim was ready with the shutter button when he turned to his right.

You can see the remote camera near the Lt. Governor in the picture below.

This is a cropped picture, showing the remote camera behind Gov. Brad Henry.

To see all the photos that Chris and Jim took during the State of the State address, click here.

-John Clanton

by Jim Beckel
Jim Beckel been a member of The Oklahoman's photo staff for 25 years. During that time, he and his cameras have covered virtually every type of news and feature story imaginable, traveling to all regions of Oklahoma to document events and provide...
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by Chris Landsberger
Assistant Photography Editor
Chris Landsberger is a native of Oklahoma and, as a photographer, has been able to travel coast to coast and everywhere in between to cover news for the last 13 years. He has been a part history that included coverage of Oklahoma City bomber...
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