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At a show that's outta sight
William K. Zinsser
September 17, 1973
I'll be calling the shots for you—giving you the best camera angles. If you have a 35-millimeter, pick yourself a shutter setting right now.
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September 17, 1973

At A Show That's Outta Sight

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Shoot it! Good. Now you want to watch Laverne. He'll step off and ride on the soles of his bare feet at 35 miles an hour. He's getting ready for the step-off. He's on 'em! Roll 'em, Movies! Stills, shoot! Cut, Movies!

Laverne goes by on his bare feet. I watch him with wonder. Around me the stands are alive with the sound of whirring and clicking.

On your left, taking off on one ski backward, is—wait, let him turn around. O.K., he's turned around. Oh-oh, he's down-hold it, folks, save your film. All right, he's up again. Movies: you can see him now. Go ahead!

The uprighted skier hurtles by backward on one ski.

Instamatics, remember to let 'em come in as close as possible.

I hear a few belated clicks. The Instamatic crowd.

Over to the left you'll see your Aqua-maids. They're coming out for the Semaphore Salute. Use your regular lens for this. They'll only pass by one time, so be ready. Everybody looking through your view finder....

Six girls with red, white and blue semaphore flags come skiing past.

Go, Movies.... Cut. Now you'll want to get set for the Adagio. You Instamatics, take your flash cubes out and shoot a faster shutter speed.

The Adagio consists of two men on skis holding a girl poised in the air between them. The main announcer says that it's one of the most graceful acts in water skiing. It is, and I think all the other people will agree when they get home and have their films developed.

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