Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2004
Outside the Kingsley & Gates mortuary the Press and well-wishers gathered to capture a glimpse of the Reagan family and the Reagan casket. Towering above the street lights, the HI-POD captured still photos and crane-like video shots of the historic moment. As the motorcade approached the tutor-styled funeral home, the HI-POD captured powerful stills of the arrival.
"The motorcade is impressive" said HI-POD operator Enrique Morales, "To shoot it at eye-level just doesn't have the same impact". Mr. Morales telescoped the HI-POD to its fullest extension of 15 feet, and mounted the Sony DSC F717 digital 5-megapixel camera, instead of a video camera. "For historical preservation, I think shooting with a still camera was the right way to go", said Mr. Morales.
After the motorcade arrived and Mrs. Reagan and her children Ron Jr. and Patti Davis exited the limo, Mrs. Reagan responded to the cheering crowd, and she and her children examined the makeshift shrine in front of the Kingsley & Gates Funeral Home.
The HI-POD was able to get a perspective shot that no other camera crew was able to achieve. "The altitude of the HI-POD, and its ability to be quickly positioned almost directly above the family, created a majestic photo moment." claimed Mr. Morales. "Even the major network crews that paid big money to rent the balconies across the street , were not able to get this shot".
After the Reagan family entered the mortuary the HI-POD operator switched to a DV video camera to capture the pall-bearers carrying the casket of the former president from the mortuary to the hearse. Once again the HI-POD towered above the crowd of reporters, to capture a cinematic shot that matched the historic nature of the moment.
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