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An Interesting Day

December 4, 2011

Sunday was a pretty interesting day.  I rallied the troops to come out on a sub 50 degree morning to do some promotional shots.

I had it all planned out – 2 photographers, 2 videographers, and a chase boat.  And a full boat of LARD paddlers in uniform.  Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned as the boat Mike reserved for us had some technical difficulties.  We then had to improvise.  We ended up shooting off the dock where we do our time trials and the 2nd Street bridge.

We’ve all seen the run of the mill dragon boat photos.  My goal was to make a few interesting shots.  Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

 

You can find some other shots by clicking here.

The Splashing Flyers (another local Long Beach team) had a remote control helicopter videographer come out to take video footage of their crew.  The helicopter pilot agreed to get some footage of LARD since we were in full uniform and our boat had the dragon head, tail, drum and seat attached.

This is the custom-built remote control helicopter before it took off.

Things were going very well until the pilot clipped one of the decorative Christmas trees that line the water way during the holiday season.  The helicopter then plummeted into the water.  A few people, including Leon attempted to dive down to retrieve the boat but the water was a tad too cold and a bit too deep.  Luckily, the helicopter crashed in an area where triathletes swim and there was a guy in a wet suit with goggles.  He was able to swim down to the bottom, find the helicopter and pull it up.

Here’s the pilot and one of the guys in his crew getting the helicopter out of the water.

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