By Gary Cameron
While every photographer for Reuters is expected to cover, and have a knowledge on an array of events, whether they be political, sports, entertainment, or features, there are certain subjects that always hold a personal interest. For me, if it has wheels, wings, and a sense of history, I want to be there.
The arrival of the space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Dulles International Airport in Virginia (where it will be transferred into the Smithsonian Air and Space collection) yesterday took some minor planning locally, mainly with trying to figure out where our best photo positions would be around Washington, D.C. as Discovery did a last fly-over before landing at Dulles.
Elevation would be key, but also, trying to line up the various Washington landmarks with the aircraft in flight. Discovery was riding piggy-back on a NASA 747 jet, which creates quite a large object moving through the skies. Also, flight altitude was listed at 1,500 feet, which is quite low.
Reuters Senior Photographers Kevin Lamarque (on the roof of RFK Stadium in the east) and Larry Downing (at the Iwo Jima Memorial to the west) would handle the Mall aspect which comprises the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.
Editor in Charge Jim Bourg and Senior Photographer/Editor Stel Varias would take a look at side positions, attempting to bring in the White House or other recognizable sites.