Hey guys! So we all know that there is no better way to celebrate the coming of a new year than seeing something old be completely blown apart, so as promised, here is a shot by shot sequence of TCU’s stadium being imploded! Also, before I get too far into this blog, many congratulations to TCU on their incredible Rose Bowl victory! With a perfect season, it is only fitting that they receive a new state-of-the-art stadium to keep the good times rolling. To get these shots, my assistant Daniel and I arrived at TCU around 5:30 am to secure a shooting spot and get everything perfect. You can read about all the setup from a previous blog.
As a Dallas photographer, I get sent all over the place to do a variety of things, and shoot just about everything one can imagine, but I never had the opportunity to shoot an implosion before. We walked all over the place to scout different spots, and finally Daniel and I settled on a great spot that would frame the stadium up well, and really show all of the structure as it broke apart. Another bonus is that I was the only still photographer set up in my spot. Typically I like to separate from the pack as much as possible, and work to get something different and impactful when I can. After getting my spot, I spent a little time making sure the frame was perfect, that it would show everything as pieces and dust flew around, etc., and then began to wait. It was crazy cold out there, and thankfully I have a wonderful wife who had bought me a set of neoprene gloves a few Christmases back for situations like these. Talk about toasty! She knows better than anyone that you get the best images when your Dallas photographer is nice and warm!
In setting up for the shot, I also wanted to cover all my bases, so I shot with one camera fairly tight on a tripod, which took the images you see here, and shot another camera with a wide angle lens to capture more scene and the crowd. I had no idea what would really happen as far as dust and debris, so two completely different focal lengths ensured that I would have my shot no matter what.
You could feel the excitement of the crowd as the time grew near, and the horn blasts from the demolition crew really got everyone up on their feet, including me. I made all of my last minute adjustments, and then the explosions began. You could see the bright flashes go all across the stadium, and could certainly hear them. After the first round of flashes went across, then the left side started to come down. It came down in pieces, and really got going when the pressbox elevator shaft came off in one big chunk. Once everything was reduced to rubble, the dust cloud began to rise up in the air, and a cheer from the crowd along with it. Then as it became apparent that the dust was headed our way fast, we grabbed the cameras and ran back to the safety of the truck, where it looked like it was snowing ash. Pretty cool I would say! I hope you enjoy the photos!