A Bad Day Out in the Field

So I got sent out on a story today to cover the new MTA service cuts and changes, as part of the 2nd phase of their budget-related cuts, aproved by the MTA Board back in March. I was out with my friend/camerawoman, Lindsey. We got great b-roll and interviews from a variety of angry (and some understanding) train users.

When we first got to the story, Lindsey and I being weak girls, could not loosen one of the tripod legs to raise and adjust it–totally jammed. So we called over my cameraman friend Vinnie, from News 12. With some struggle, he was able to loosen and adjust it for us. The next hour continued on perfectly… UNTIL….. Vinnie came back to talk to us and asked if we needed any help while his reporter wrote her story. Both Lindsey and I had our backs to the camera (momentarily!) when we heard a CRASH! We turned around, stunned, and dropped our jaws…and then picked the camera up as soon as possible, of course. After more than a full year’s experience in LI News, I’ve NEVER seen a camera fall. When we picked up the camera and tripod, one of the tripod legs was loose…which explains how the crash happened. It must have loosened and then the camera fell to the floor in the direction devoid of the support. We think it was probably the leg we first had trouble with, but we really don’t know for sure to say.  “THEY’RE GONNA KILL US”– the most words I’d heard out of Lindsey’s  mouth the whole morning (or ever, maybe? haha, jk Linds).

So lessons learned? 1. NEVER TURN YOUR  BACK ON A CAMERA! 2. IF SOMETHING ALREADY SEEMED FAULTY (I.E. JAMMED TRIPOD LEG), PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO IT! 3. BETTER TO MAKE TRIPOD LEGS TIGHTER THAN LOOSER! 4. NEVER FEEL TOO COMFORTABLE OUT IN THE FIELD, NO MATTER HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE YOU (THINK YOU MAY) HAVE!

Dana Arschin

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