Space, the Final Frontier

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Lockheed Nose Cone Assembly

I love everything to do with outer space, so when I was chosen to make a series of photographs for Lockheed’s annual report I was ecstatic!

The buildings that I worked in were ginormous — and talk about clean, you could eat off the floors!

This is one of my favorite shots from the series. It was in the nose-cone assembly area. First, with Lockheed’s help, I repositioned the nose cones in order to produce a dynamic perspective; to show the scale I introduced two engineers.

Lighting was a real challenge. I used studio strobes. There were eight heads strategically placed to light what I wanted to be seen. It took me and my assistant about three hours to set up and test the shot before bringing in the engineers (companies don’t like it much if you tie up their personnel for extended periods of time). I was pretty excited when they chose this image for the cover.

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