Well, another year another successful telethon. The students raised over $30,000 for needy families in the area (all proceeds go to the Beacon Santa fund). We’ve been doing this for 15 years now and it is always a privilege to watch these young adults do something so spectacular for the community.
The telethon is billed as a “40 hour, non-stop” event – but for the students and a number of clinically insane volunteers such as myself we know that the 40 hours is just the on-air time: it takes literally weeks of preparation and probably another 20 hours for the event itself. We’re all pretty beat by the end of it.
For a number of years I led the adult teams in support of the auction but that has now passed on to very capable hands and my time is free to photograph the event. It’s hard to express how much fun I have doing this and it always offers an opportunity to fine-tune a production workflow because we try to post the photos on the web site as the telethon progresses.
It seems like I use a different tool each year, and this year was no exception. Last year I used Aperture to process the photos and generate the web galleries. This year I used Lightroom and it performed wonderfully. I used a variant of the flash gallery I use on dmg-photography.com and I received great feedback from lots of folks all throughout the telethon. Including some behind the scenes shots from earlier in the week close to 1000 selects were published and turned into 11GB of traffic over the weekend. Fun stuff.
I also used the telethon as an opportunity to try my hand at time-lapse photography. Using an intervalometer and the older Canon 10D I created a few time-lapse movies of one of the studios. Unless you have fairly predictable conditions time-lapse movies are a big gamble and these turned out fair – a couple of nice spots but only the “grand finale” one worked out the way I had envisioned.
If you want to see the photos or the time-lapse movies, head on over to the WAVM web site and take a peek: http://wavm.org/telethon07/gallery.html. While you are there check out the great opening video that was put together by J.P. Mosca (a senior at WAVM).