Botched robbery scene, 1998

Philadelphia Police SWAT team officers help a woman away from the scene of a botched robbery in the Frankford section of the city in 1998. Several suspects were captured and no injuries were reported, as I recall.

If I understood and remember correctly, the suspects tried to blend in with the customers inside a check cashing shop after they were surrounded by police.

Each person was taken out separately and then sorted into suspects and witnesses during an afternoon drama that also played out on live TV.

I was shooting through a narrow gap between utility poles and obstacles from about a block away, using a Nikon F5 film camera, 500mm lens and 1.4x extender.

This is still a dramatic crop from a head-to-toe horizontal picture captured under the “El” on a wintry afternoon; so, I probably had to “push” the film too, which would explain the grainy image quality.

See you later, alligators, 2006

Philadelphia Police officers remove one of several alligators they were surprised to find when SWAT teams raided a home on a drug warrant in 2006.

I spent more nearly 30 years covering breaking news in American cities and this was my only alligator call.

Metadata info shows that I captured this image with a Nikon D2Hs camera, a 1/90th shutter speed and f 2.8 aperture, but focal length and ISO data is missing.