16 Month Shoot Capturing New Drama for Dallas’ Landmark Renovation
(Gregg Ellman is the “Photographer” mentioned in this article.)
By Miles Weston
Photographer Hangs Out Over the Edge 561 Feet above the Ground to
Give Visitors Panoramic View of Dallas
In between his scheduled shoots of the Reunion renovation, Gregg juggled his photo contract activities for corporate photography, college sports and pro bowling as well as the NASCAR and the Indy circuit.
“Auto racing coverage may seem to be glamorous,” he commented, “but that sexy part wears off quickly when you focus on visually telling the story of the race. Working all aspects of the racetrack, gives you the challenge of telling the full story of racing … preparation, attention to detail, teamwork and testing the limits of the drivers/machines.”
By being an extension of the racing professional team rather than a wide-eyed spectator, he is able to gain access to the drivers, garages, pit row and almost all of the behind-the-scene activities.
Skyline Capture – Securely tethered to the Reunion Tower and under the watchful eyes of fireman/photo assistant Robert Burn, Gregg Ellman hangs out over the edge 561 feet above the ground to capture a 360 degree view of Dallas for visitors. His brother Glen (who is also a photographer) helped to develop a special steel bracket for the shoot but kept his feet firmly on the ground while Gregg captured the Dallas panorama for Tower visitors.
At the time, 360-degree cameras didn’t exist so he was armed with his favorite Canon cameras which he had come to rely on during his 30-year career.
Dallas Skyline – Smoothly stitching the best of his top-of-the-tower shoot, Gregg produced a bird’s eye view of Dallas Reunion Tower that visitors can enjoy in the interactive system that is located in the visitor’s lounge.
With the photos stitched `into a smooth 360-degree view of Dallas, the photo is a favorite of Dallas Reunion Tower visitors and people from around the world.
Gregg continues to work on many projects including contracts for NCAA College sports contracts. This includes game coverage from tennis, basketball, baseball, softball and golf. Images are sent to the sports department for website slides shows, which have to be posted before the games end. After the games are over and the images are edited, they load everything to online galleries and then store the images on OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 RAID systems.
“Without OWC’s products and service, I couldn’t even imagine how I could ensure my photos were safe in the field, archived in my office digital library and readily available when clients request them,” he concluded. “Actually, I’m not certain how I could run my photographic business without fast, reliable storage.”