Here's a look behind the scenes, a snapshot of a news-story in the making.
This is photographer and editor Ken Jones, Monday afternoon, grinding away at a story about Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian. He's a Bremerton native who made the U.S. Team for the Beijing Games and has been swimming at the highest level collegiately and internationally ever since. We had a chance to spend a few hours with him last week. He was home for a brief vacation after a spring and summer that included the NCAA championships, the World Championships and the National Championships. We are putting the story together for KING 5 News on Tuesday.
The face you see in the monitor in the upper-center of this picture is Nathan, underwater. He was patient enough and interested enough (and probably much too polite to say no) to let Jones strap small HD cameras on various parts of his body so we could get some cool swimmer's-eye underwater video. The images came out great, some really interesting shots which Jones is having fun working with.
We also dip back into history a little, and see Nathan during his slightly improbable journey to a slot on the 2008 Olympic team. All he did was help the USA relay team set a world record, then watch his own teammates break that record and win the gold. We interviewed him and Emily Silver of Bainbridge island (another pretty good swimmer!) outside that wild, bubble-walled, luminescent blue "Water Cube" the Chinese built for the Olympics.
And here's a KING5.com bonus, a rare image not seen before in any form, an exclusive photographic first -- Nathan Adrian, one of the best freestyle sprinters in the world posing proudly with his summer-camp archery trophy. Seems he was a champion in 2002. So there you go..
Jones has a few more edits to make and should get to them completed tomorrow morning. Again, watch Tuesday KING 5 News at 5:00 for the finished product.