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Veteran's Stadium Implosion
Gary Brittain, Photographer
Roanoke | VA | USA | Posted: 11:18 PM on 03.17.04
->> I will be leaving Salem/Roanoke, VA Saturday evening after the Div 3 Final Four and will be driving to Philly to shoot the implosion of Veteran's Stadium Sunday morning.

I will be arriving arund 2 or 3 in the morning.

Can someone there give me some directions on where I should/ should not go to get some great images.

Thanks for the help.

Gary
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Brad Penner, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | USA | Posted: 12:23 AM on 03.18.04
->> Apparently the area will be nearly completely closed off... With the exception of VIPs and media (who are on a list, which I'm assuming you're not on.) The police and news outlets are telling people to stay home and watch it on TV. I'm just speculating here, but I'd think after hearing that, that anywhere on I-95 with a view of the stadium would be closed off. I plan on making the trip (from central Jersey) too. I do not know the area, so I'm just hoping to get lucky and find a spot with a view. If I had the time I'd go one day this week to scout but I don't. If I end up with nothing, I end up with nothing, it's not like it's an assignment or anything; I just want to see it in person.

A side note: My brother was going to Carnegie Mellon University when they brought down Three Rivers in Pittsburgh. He forgot to invite me. Then he fixed his b/w film before developing it. Nice, huh?

Anyway, good luck on Sunday, maybe we'll cross paths. I'll be the one with the SportsShooter cap. (The oldschool-tan one, not the neuvo-black one.)

-b.
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Kelley Nelson, Photographer
Plainsboro | NJ | USA | Posted: 2:48 AM on 03.18.04
->> I'm interested too. If anyone wants company/someone to take a turn watching the gear let me know ;)
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Brian Light, Photographer
Pennsville | NJ | USA | Posted: 8:55 AM on 03.18.04
->> Unless you have credentials for it you are kind of out of luck getting a good spot:

Here is story on it with a map of how and where the lines are being drawn:
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/8179369.htm

Some more info:

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/entertainment/8195146.htm
(scroll down to "Having a Blast" which talks about good $10.00 viewing locations.
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Darrell Scattergood, Photographer
Mountlake Terrace | WA | usa | Posted: 9:01 AM on 03.18.04
->> having shot the kingdome implosion here in seattle, I'd recommend a high play well away from the implosion site with a big lens. The police and demolition company want to keep everyone as far away as possible to limit damage, and there is an enormous amount of dust that flies up, and gets into everything. Get there early, everyone around will want to see the implosion and all the good spots get taken early.
http://digitaledgemedia.net/rubbermonkey/DIGITAL/KINGDOME/index.htm
these were shot from about 1/2 mile away with a kodak point and shoot.
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David Rabian, Photographer
Wilmington | DE | USA | Posted: 9:02 AM on 03.18.04
->> Gary, I have the same understanding Brad does, they're not letting people anywhere even remotely close to the site.

I was just up there last weekend and there really isn't an 'angle' that's going to open up a shot for you unless you're one of the chosen few who will have access to Spectrum/LFF parking areas across the street. You're really not going to be able to make a good (much less 'killer') image from ANY other location in the area.

I have a feeling your drive is going to end in a lot of frustration. $1.70+ per gallon for 60 seconds on little or NO view...? My (unsolicted) advice, unless you have media access, is to save your money.

D
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Drew Hallowell, Photographer
Bryn Mawr | PA | USA | Posted: 2:01 PM on 03.18.04
->> I know that within the boundaries of the blast we have to have all our cameras on remote by 5am. We will be there at 3am. Then everyone has to be indoors unil the blast.

But, I can't imagine there are not spots towards downtown where people can get up high and view the implosion. A city firefighter told me that if you can get to above 3 stories along Broad Street, a few block south of Market, you should be able to view the stadium.

Just eyeballing the map:
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/8179369.htm I can see there are places outside the boundaries where there are buildings to view from.
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Eliot Schechter, Photographer
Fort Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 3:54 PM on 03.18.04
->> Flash | Veterans Stadium

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/8210174.htm
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Robert Longhitano, Photographer
North Wales | PA | USA | Posted: 4:23 PM on 03.18.04
->> Drew,

Just curious, how are you guys triggering your remotes?

rob
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Drew Hallowell, Photographer
Bryn Mawr | PA | USA | Posted: 4:29 PM on 03.18.04
->> We are going to trigger with zip line hardwired to some and PW Multi Max's on the others.
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Robert Longhitano, Photographer
North Wales | PA | USA | Posted: 4:39 PM on 03.18.04
->> Thanks! Good luck, I can't wait to see the images.
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Gil Batzri, Photographer
Oakland | CA | USA | Posted: 4:43 AM on 03.19.04
->> I loved that stadium :(

Does anyone know if the implosion will be televised in some manner? preferably something I can get on my dish?

Thanks!
gil
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Brian Light, Photographer
Pennsville | NJ | USA | Posted: 7:43 AM on 03.19.04
->> I know what you mean Gill... I grew up with that stadium. Most every network here in the Philly area will have live coverage on it. It will also make it out to every news broadcast that day.

It also seems that Drew should have some wonderful pictures of it. Drew are you shooting from Lincoln Financial Field?
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Drew Hallowell, Photographer
Bryn Mawr | PA | USA | Posted: 10:08 AM on 03.19.04
->> We will have remote cameras at Lincoln and Nova Care.
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Brian Light, Photographer
Pennsville | NJ | USA | Posted: 11:15 AM on 03.20.04
->> I'm shooting from the 40th floor of One Liberty Place (or whatever one is known as the "girl" building") ;), it's one of the tallest building in the city and from what I was told a very good view of the Vet.
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Brad Penner, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | USA | Posted: 6:28 PM on 03.20.04
->> Hmmm, I just mapquested the hotel listed in Brian's article, and it appears as though the view from there is directly east, and at 7am, that's directly into the sun. (If there is sun, but anyway.) Anyone know of anywhere north, south, or east of the stadium that would make a good perch? Also, for some reason I have a feeling that the $10 hotel thing will not only be a mob scene, but probably also looking through a glass window.... into the sun + glass window = not worth going. I realize that anywhere with even the slightest view will be a mob scene, but does anyone know of something a little more open than a hotel room?

Thanks,

-b.
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Craig Melvin, Photographer
Olean | NY | US | Posted: 1:23 AM on 03.21.04
->> YAAAAHOOOOO,
Another generic bowl of bad light and bad turf destroyed! Won't be missed.
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Darrell Scattergood, Photographer
Mountlake Terrace | WA | usa | Posted: 10:53 AM on 03.21.04
->> instead you'll end up with a multi billion dollar monstrosity that has vip boxes right on the endzone restricting where you can shoot from, that leaks whenever it rains, and doesnt' contain enough parking, and causes the ticket prices to double.
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Brad Penner, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | USA | Posted: 3:13 PM on 03.21.04
->> End Results (keep adding to this list of you have any):
Todd Bauders:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=534
Me:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=634
Jose Moreno:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=2756
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Larry Vaughn, Photographer
Gainesville | FL | usa | Posted: 4:04 PM on 03.21.04
->> I read somewhere that it is cheaper to knock things down with a wrecking ball and a crane than it is to blow them up.

Not as cool, however.
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Brad Penner, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | USA | Posted: 4:38 PM on 03.21.04
->> I'd think that it's probably safer to line the building with explosives and get everyone the heck outta there, rather than have the building crashing down around crane and wrecking ball operators... But you're right, I'm sure the reason they use explosives is because they're just that much cooler. :) Implosions also make better photographs, and better memories... It was a hell of a lot of fun this morning.

-b.
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Brian Light, Photographer
Pennsville | NJ | USA | Posted: 4:48 PM on 03.21.04
->> I put up a few shots that I got from about 4 miles away or so.
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 11:12 PM on 03.21.04
->> Anyone else notice/wonder about Drew's and Brad's very similar member icons? (maybe it's been noted before?)
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James Escher, Photographer
Hempstead | NY | USA | Posted: 12:09 AM on 03.22.04
->> Brad,

#9 in your gallery...wow! That's one for the ages.

James
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Gary Brittain, Photographer
Roanoke | VA | USA | Posted: 5:12 AM on 03.22.04
->> Here are mine from across the Skuykill expressway (hey, I am from VA and took my best guess). Shot from the north from an old football stadium on Bigler.

check out my gallery at: www.sportsshooter.com/canonshooter/implosion/
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Gary Brittain, Photographer
Roanoke | VA | USA | Posted: 5:21 AM on 03.22.04
->> On a personal note:

After 800 miles and 11 hours behind the wheel. Plus, not having credentials and having to shoot outside the restricted area. Seeing the implosion was definately worth it. Also, special thanks to the WPVI-6 crew for the professional courtesy extended to me. They helped to secure me a spot right next to them for an awesome view.
Thanks Jason, Scott and Danny.
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