not sure where to post this - so if anyone has a better location - please let me know.
I have a chance to go photograph a set detonation coming up soon. And I would like some ideas on how to get some shots.
In my area we've been experiencing some really wet weather for some time now, and we've also had some late season storms with lots of snow and some pretty cold temps. The end result of which is that the local river has a major ice dam that formed.
The river was at flood stage when it froze this fall, and the ice dam has caused about a 5 foot additional rise behind it, backing water all the way to the hydro diversion that serves my town with power and fresh water. if it backs up further, it may freeze up, in addition to flooding out a large development along the river banks.
Efforts to cut chunks out and let the river do the rest of the work has failed, so the decision has been made to detonate some explosives set at the blockage. Due to my job, I will be inside the "safe zone" working with law enforcement and the engineer assisting the explosives expert - which will place me in prime position to get some prey sweet shots. Since I will be closer than even the news crew can get - I might even be able to sell a shot or two the local newspaper or news channel...
my gear's in my sig, and I will have an 85 1.8 added to the list before the time comes to blast. I know it's not ideal for the situation, that would be something with an ungodly high fps for it. Depending on the timeframe I might have the cash to rent a body, but that's a whole nother case of worms learning how to use that in a rush too...
for my initial setup ideas I've been thinking "Mythbusters" type stuff. setting up the camera behind a blind and shooting off a mirror, just in case some blast accelerated lethal icy snowball asteroid decides to head straight for the camera (like it wouldn't!)