“Busy in Brooklyn”Lloyd Mitchell Photography

Capturing some work in Flatbush.

Brooklyn has been fairly busy since I started winter break. I have photographed tower ladders being put to work at a second alarm warehouse in Williamsburg and in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I started the New Year photographing the aftermath of the New Year's Day fire in Flatbush.

157 Truck talks about  fireground operations at the New Years Day fire on Cortelyou Rd and East 23 Street.

I encountered two problems that are very common issues on the fire ground. I pulled up to the scene and the fire was well out by the time I arrived. I sized up the scene as I started running in the direction of the building.  That yellow police tape was up. You know the one that makes us to want to get closer to the action.  I had to figure out a way to shoot the scene around the tape.

The police were pushing everyone back. Glass had fallen onto the street. I put my 18 to 35 mm on my d90. I made a photo of the lieutenant from Ladder 157 talking to his fellow members. It was the only interesting photo I could make at that time.  I went around the block to find a different photo. I made a photo of the residents of the apartment building being escorted by the cops. I made a lot of photos of the debris on the sidewalk after overhaul.  For my final photo I used my D7000 and Tamron 70 to 300 to create a candid of the nozzle man from Engine 310 knocking down hot spots.

 

A police officer escorts a mother and child from their apartment.

New Years Day Fire on Cortelyou Rd and East 23 St.

 

Videos related to the Cortelyou Road fire,

 

Lloyd Mitchell is a photojournalism student. His main focuses are breaking news and humanities as well as crimes and fires. Lloyd also covers college and professional sports such as minor league baseball. He uses photojournalism to tell a story and to make a difference in his local communities at school in Buffalo and at home in Brooklyn.

 

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Ron Ayotte
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Ric, excellent article. Your FD is not the only one that suffers from TAS (Training Anxiety Syndrome). Same circus, different community. As far as seeking help from an EAP, I did take advantage of my community's EAP 8 years into my career. I was heading down the road to a separation/divorce after I got promoted…
2014-12-04 16:04:47
Mike McAdams
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2014-12-02 14:45:23
Ruel Douvillier
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2014-12-02 11:48:44
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