Ladder 49 – North Port, Florida

As I have mentioned in previous posts, sometimes it’s not the pay that makes this job fun, it’s the experience. I got a call from one of my clients that asked us to photograph one of the commerce parks in the area. But, here was the kicker, it needed to have the commerce park, main road going into town and the interstate interchange, all in the same photo. After pondering this for a few seconds, I was thinking that this was going to require getting up in the air, high up in the air. I asked a few questions, and the conversation went something like this:

Client: We need you to photograph the commerce park with the road heading into town as well as the interstate interchange all in the same photo. Do you have a wide angle lens?

Me: Yes, ugh…do you have a bucket truck?

Client: Let me look into this and I’ll call you back.

Client calls back…

Client: It’s handled. We’ll meet you out there.

Me: Good, you were able to get a bucket truck?

Client: It’s handled, just come on over.

Me: Ugh, ok…

This is the information that I had to go on. I needed a wide angle lens and I was thinking that I was going up in a bucket truck. I meet the client at the location to find no vehicles yet. All she said was that they were on their way. While we waited we chatted about who knows what. In a few minutes, I see a fire truck coming. I told her, “I wonder where the fire is.” Her reply, ” It’s here.” I was a little confused to say the least. When the client is a City, it’s amazing what resources they have at their disposal.

I needed to get up high. This was going to require a ladder, a big ladder, a 100 foot ladder! We got the ladder truck in place and I harnessed up. I got on the end of the ladder and they extended it over the main road. Here is what it looked like from the ground.

Please click on the thumbnail above to see the full size photo. At the bottom you will see the client standing between the two fire men. At the top of the ladder you can see yours truly, getting the photo. Here’s a close up view…

Again, click on the thumbnail to see the full size. It’s kind of freaky when you are on the last rung of a ladder and it’s about a 100 foot drop to the ground. Your mind is telling you that you shouldn’t be up there. However, I couldn’t get past the wonderful view. The firefighter that was with me was explaining that is wife is a avid photographer. While I was shooting, we were talking about photo gear. Quite a place to have a conversation! I’m glad that I don’t have any fears of heights. The ladder was solid, and the firefighters were professional as always.

As I said, if I had the chance to go back to corporate America, I would pass. This is one of those things that you will never be able to do if you are locked down to a desk in a cubicle. I think I would go crazy like the people in the movie Office Space. The moral of the story, if you have to shoot something from high up, get ready to climb a 100 foot ladder!

Until next time…

Keep Your Glass Clean


  1. OH MY GOSH!!!!!! I can’t believe you….your just as nuts as your client!!!!! Thanks for sharing….I’m sending to Michele and Tom…….

  2. OHHHHHHH! Spencer, I can’t believe you did this!!! I would have been terrified! The picture is great. I think you might be crazy, but you sure are talented, lol!


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