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Vincent Laforet Gallery
Brad Mangin, Photographer
Pleasanton | CA | USA | Posted: 3:05 AM on 03.24.03
->> I wanted to alert everyone about the terrific hidden gallery recently put together by Vincent Laforet of The New York Times. Laforet is covering the war from aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf. This terrific collection of 20 images is all together in one place for your enjoyment:

http://www.sportsshooter.com/laforet/lincoln/index.html

Enjoy the cool pictures and marvel at his use of a remote camera in his lead picture.
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Sean Connelley, Photographer
Oakland | CA | USA | Posted: 5:34 AM on 03.24.03
->> great stuf, really good. J.S. and V.L. are kicking butt. And to all the PJ's risking their lives out their, i love it. Schneider stay safe
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Robert Dall, Photographer
Portage la Prairie | MB | Canada | Posted: 8:23 AM on 03.24.03
->> Wow. . . .

the pool made me laugh!
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David Eulitt, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 8:48 AM on 03.24.03
->> Damn, that's good shooting from Vincent. Great work!
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 9:31 AM on 03.24.03
->> Justin has had a number of nice newspaper covers in the past week, including the cover of the Sunday edition of Newsday. He's also lead off the AOL welcome page a half dozen times. Great work!

Vincent's images are stunning. What is he doing in newspapers? Dude,you need glossy pages to do your photos justice! Newsprint does not fully show the quality of your shots.
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Yuli Wu, Photographer
Ann Arbor | MI | | Posted: 10:01 AM on 03.24.03
->> Hey Vince.. way to kick some ass on U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. By the way.. while you are on U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln wanna help me find a nice looking husband. Here are couple criterias: 1.) 5 ft 10- 6 ft 3. 2.) Must have a great personality. 3.) Good sense of humor and cute. j/k Hey be careful and take care. I'll talk to you after you return to the states. Keep up the GREAT work.
Yuli
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Jan Langsner, Photographer
Lloyd | AB | Canada | Posted: 1:00 PM on 03.24.03
->> There are half a dozen images in there that just blew me away. All of them are great but the leading image from the cockpit is absolutely outstanding. Good job on both Vincent and the pilot on that one.
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Michael McNamara, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 2:28 PM on 03.24.03
->> I realize that Vincent probably isn't checking the message boards, so I'll ask this as a blanket question to anybody.

When you have a remote camera in a fighter jet, how do you shoot the photos? Are you in the second seat of the plane or of a chase plane with a Wizard? Do you set it up and the pilot triggers it (hence the double credit)? And for the photo of the refueling, would the camera be set up for the angle and the pilot shoots it? Curiousity beckons.
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 3:15 PM on 03.24.03
->> I would guess he used a hard-wired camera triggered by the pilot. There are probably no ride-alongs on this cruise! Every single image in this gallery is fantastic, but I'm impressed with two things in particular with the leadoff image:

1) The military agreed to putting a camera in an F-18 on what appears from the caption to have been a combat patrol. A whole buncha red tape, I bet.

2) A pilot who understood framing & nice light!!
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Allen Murabayashi, Student/Intern
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 3:23 PM on 03.24.03
->> More Vinsanity from the NYTimes:

"Then there is the military technology to contend with. An e-mail message from Vincent Laforet, a photographer for The New York Times assigned aboard the Abraham Lincoln, to his editors last week described climbing up on the wind-whipped superstructure of the carrier to get a satellite signal, only to have it drop every time a jet landed or took off, which was approximately every 37 seconds. Mr. Laforet said he was having better luck filing pictures at 3 or 4 a.m. "in total darkness and with the satphone on a ledge over the ocean and me on the metal floor."
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Eric Risberg, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 3:41 PM on 03.24.03
->> That is one outstanding set of images! Some of the best and most different that I have seen so far. I really enjoyed the sailor hitting golf balls and the pool party. Small world, but last Friday evening I listened to a man I just met and struck up conversation with rave about Vince's pictures. He said he often sees the Times and knows it is a Laforet shot before he looks at the byline. This coming from a young professional who is not a photographer. Vince, you have a following. Keep up the great work.
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Byron Hetzler, Photographer
Granby | CO | USA | Posted: 5:06 PM on 03.24.03
->> Not to repeat what everyone else has said, but Vince has shot some fabulous images! I love the pool party! The shot of the pilot with the other plane over his shoulder is beautiful. I would enjoy hearing the details on that one--did the pilot know he had that plane back there when he tripped the shutter?
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Vincent Laforet, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 6:21 PM on 03.24.03
->> OK - so it's 2:30 a.m. and I got a sat connection... hopefully this thing won't turn around an cut me off. First of all - thanks everyone for all the very kind words. I hope other members get to put there stuff up from the ground war - I rarely get on the internet, but when I do I'm amazed at the quality of photography they are producing, and the risks they face... about the remote camera. 1. Two weeks of red tape. All was almost cancelled when boss said no cameras in cockpit. Then a week of the pilot flying only on night missions... then broken camera. Finally he ran in one day and said - give me the camera, I'm going on a sunset flight. We'd shot a few days earlier and gotten a good shot - but nothing exceptional - we both worked on mounting the camera in the cockpit and I suggested on angles, light, and times to shoot - they have some down time on their way to Iraq... Pyro, the pilot is a photo buff - and a great photog. The camera was hard-wired and he pushed the button. Luckily he looked back to see where his wingman was and that's what really made the picture in my opinion. You have to really give him all the credit for the shot - I just had to put the two weeks of work into hounding pilots and working through red tape, not to mention parting w/ a body and 14mm that entire time, to let it happen. I'll try to check in tomorrow - but internet access is nearly impossible. BTW - due to an NYT/CNN partnership - some of these pix are scheduled to be on Newshour w/ Aaron Brown tonight - on the 10 p.m.E.S.T. show. Vince
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Matt Hevezi, Photographer
PSC 557 Box 914 | FPO AP | USA | Posted: 8:25 PM on 03.24.03
->> Wow Vincent, great snapshot on what it took to make that image. Goodthing the pilot was a photographer too! That is one sweet image. Please keep 'em coming.
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Jason Young, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 9:51 PM on 03.24.03
->> Incredible photo package. Also thanks for the specifics on how the lead image was made.

Good luck, stay safe.
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Gordon Grant, Photographer
East Hampton | NY | USA | Posted: 11:56 PM on 03.24.03
->> Vince-

Saw NewsNight on CNN. Great images. Great job. A nice look at the "behind the scenes" of this war.

You need to fill up a few more hidden galleries.

Stay safe.

gg
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Brad Mangin, Photographer
Pleasanton | CA | USA | Posted: 2:08 AM on 03.25.03
->> Vince came back for an encore performance tonite on CNN around 10:52 pm PST. Great stuff with Vince himself doing the narration.
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 3:28 AM on 03.25.03
->> For Vince or Justin or any Sportsshooter members on carriers: Do you have any trouble with digital cameras and the ship's radar? (Ever seen TV images from a carrier where it flickers momentarily?)
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Will Lester, Photographer
Azusa | CA | USA | Posted: 1:20 PM on 03.25.03
->> Last night and this morning CNN showed approximatley 20 images from Vince along with a short interview with him. OUTSTANDING WORK. What an inspiration!! Keep it up and keep the images coming.
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Yoon S. Byun, Student/Intern
Norfolk | VA | | Posted: 2:09 PM on 03.25.03
->> why do i keep missing this??? i was tuned to cnn all night with only momentary breaks!!...i love the fresh perspective of the documentation of the lives of the soldiers on board the ship. vince has truly created art at its best of every day life events....i was also surprised to see so many vibrant colors in a military setting! wonderful work.
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Peter H. Waters, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 2:46 PM on 03.25.03
->> Vincent,
You can really work an aircraft carrier. Fantastic images! When I come home from work my 10-year-old son (who wants to be a Navy fighter pilot) doesn't even say "Hi." He just wants to get on the internet and see "That guy who takes the great fighter plane pictures."
He thought the pool picture was "really tight." Again, GREAT WORK!
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Preston Keres, Photographer
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 3:55 PM on 03.25.03
->> Vince,
I want to piggyback on what everyone else has said. Your images are a very nice collection from the Lincoln. As a Navy photojournalist, I am always looking to see how the civlian world sees a Sailor's world. It adds a new perspective on what can EASILY become old hat for those who shoot it every day, whether we are at war or not.
If you read this, I ask ONE favor (and this applies for all other civlian shooters who have the opportunity), if there is a free minute or two in your schedule join one of the many Navy/military shooters and spread some knowledge while you are on location. Share your vision and inspire those who will still be there long after you are gone. Whether they show it or not, MANY OF THEM WANT TO LEARN and look at civilian photojournalists as an untouchable source of information. I know this because I was one of those young troops who gained from those who were willing to share.

STAY SAFE! and keep up the GREAT work.
Life is good,
Preston

ps. Man I wish I could be there too.
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brian wagner, Student/Intern
bowling green | KY | USA | Posted: 5:38 PM on 03.25.03
->> Vincent,
great work, keep it up. your eye is a constant in this ever puzzling world. god bless and thanks for sharing.
-brian wagner
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Byron Hetzler, Photographer
Granby | CO | USA | Posted: 5:47 PM on 03.25.03
->> FWIW, CNN ran the series of Vince's images with his interview again sometime mid-day. Both times I have seen it, it was about five minutes before the hour.
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Justin Sullivan, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 7:48 PM on 03.25.03
->> Matt - I haven't had a single problem with radar hits. The reporter from USA Today has a little point and shoot digital camera and he has had problems with his. Not sure why that is, I think he has it foil wrapped too. He played a tape recording that he did of planes launching and the whole recording has the sound of the radar spinning.

Thank you to everyone who has sent emails and posted in the message boards. I'm having lots of fun here, maybe I'll join the Navy. Then again, maybe not.

Vince, I'm a big fan, excellent photos. I was over the Lincoln the other day, did you see me wave?
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Tucson | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:46 PM on 03.25.03
->> Justin ...
I have really enjoyed your diary posts. You're the luckiest guy I know. Keep up the good work and stay safe.
Jeff
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Dino Vournas, Photographer
Hayward | CA | USA | Posted: 6:53 PM on 04.07.03
->> Dazzling, great variety, unique looks at photos of events that we've seen before. Great job Vince. By the way, just thinking about your shot of the guys on the top of the NYC building still gives me vertigo! Stay safe.
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