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Pat Swovelin 1951-2012 R. I. P.

Shooting one of his signature VR panoramas

Another brother has left us. I’ve been in a funk because my friend and long-time colleague (12+ years) died suddenly about a week ago, we don’t really know. And that’s the rub…he died alone and probably in pain. This SUCKS! Even though at times he could be a handful he always had my back. I appreciated that. He was also the best assistant I ever worked with, a lot of laughs and professionalism on the job. Over the years I’ve worked with plenty of hired guns but Pat was my number one by far. Always one step ahead and looking out for how I could turn in the best possible assignment, he was second to none. If he wasn’t checking my gear for dirt or checking my lighting to ensure it was firing, he was looking out for lens flare or any number things that can screw up a professional photo shoot. He was the best. His professionalism put me at ease so I could perform at the highest level…necessary for success in this business.

Lee and I had Pat as a guest in 2011. You can listen to his interview here.

We met while standing in a crowd waiting to get into one of the first NAPP Phoptoshopworld conferences in LA. I had my back turned and all I heard above the din was this loud laugh. I turned around in disgust to see whose body that voice was coming from and there he was, wearing the same Hawaiian shirt as I was! Couldn’t be all bad I thought. We became friends during the conference and worked together on numerous projects over the years. Most recently I was able to hook him up with my time-lapse client and they were starting to fill his dance card. Pat’s work was so specialized (VR panoramas) that it will be a long time before his shoes can be filled. If ever…..

Good-bye my friend.

 

Michael

VR Panoramas 08/19/11

Todays show is a bit different. Links to the VR Panoramas are here. They will take you to the resource so you can follow along with the discussion Lee and I have with Pat Swovelin.

1) 140 Ocean Park 525, Waterfall Fountain

2) 2115 3rd Street 203, Stairs

3) Arrowhead Stadium, Overview From The Top Of The Orange Level

4) B-17 Liberty Belle In The Ball Turret

5) B-17 Liberty Belle In The Bombardier’s Seat

6) Bryce Canyon, Sunrise Point, Horse Trail, 2

7) Clayton Center, Main Theatre, Ground Floor, Middle Of The Seats

8) Dark House, Evil Clown With Axe

9) KC Chiefs Vs Arizona Cardinals Chiefs Come Onto The Field

10)  KC Chiefs Vs Denver Broncos, Coin Toss, The Coin Is In The Air – Little Planet

11) M-Club Swimming Pool

12) MiMA Lobby

13) Philippe’s 100th Anniversary, The Perfect Gentlemen

14) Riverside National Cemetery, Medal Of Honor Memorial, Back Medals Wall

15) Toni Scotts 1-Woman Show Bloodlines