Two Westlake High School kids, Brett Kaplan and Ryan Davis were shadowing Dr. Gregg P. Hartman, an orthopedic surgeon for a full day. Hartman was informative and personable, definitely helpful to Kaplan and Davis to getting a rare indepth perspective at what they might be one day should they pursue their aspirations.
It's no easy task getting access to anything medical because of the HIPPA laws but between Anglea Gonzales' public relations, team work on the part of the Star, the medical staff's OK, and the willingness of patient Douglas Mansfield, we were able to report the students' experiences during the operation.
Technically it was odd because the flourescent lights in the operating room weren't balanced. One in the corner where Kaplan and Davis hunkered down for the better part of the procedure would shoot out red light waves periodically. I couldn't use my off camera strobe to override it because of the interference of radio waves in the hospital. Most of the frames were balanced OK, but a few that could have been keepers were junk.
I was recording audio for a slide show but got the idea to do an i-Phone video. Probably not my best thought because there wasn't enough time to caption the stills, build a slide show with audio and edit the video before deadline. Ray Meese took on the video editing, very nice of him. I hope to get my Final-Cut skills up to something close to his speed. There's so much to do now with this metamorphosis of print news into a multi-media world!