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Q&A: Houses across from Albert Whitted Airport

A plane lands at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg near the jetty that was struck by a boat carrying four teenagers on Oct. 2. The photo was taken from the top of the Pier.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

A plane lands at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg near the jetty that was struck by a boat carrying four teenagers on Oct. 2. The photo was taken from the top of the Pier.

Houses are south of airport

Several friends and I looked closely at the picture that the Times had attributed to a person landing a small plane at Albert Whitted Airport in the Tuesday, Oct. 6, edition. None of us could recall any houses that show up in the picture across from Albert Whitted Airport, either now or in the past. Some of us have been here for over 70 years and have never seen any houses of any kind in, especially the way the plane is landing. Where did this picture originate from?

We turned to Boyzell Hosey, director of photography at the Times, for the explanation. His response:

The photographer, James Borchuck, and I were pleasantly surprised by the view as well, as neither one of us had seen this before.

Our challenge on that day was to capture a recent photo of the jetty without the added expense of an aerial photo. We pulled up a Google Earth satellite map to see what possible angles might yield us a view of the jetty. Once on scene, Borchuck decided we could achieve our goal from the Pier.

The photo was taken from the top of the Pier, on the southeast corner, and was shot with a 600 mm lens looking south/southwest. Because of the elevated angle and compression qualities of that powerful zoom lens, the houses along Lake- view Avenue S in the Old Southeast, just south of downtown St. Petersburg, are clearly visible.

Q&A: Houses across from Albert Whitted Airport 10/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:30am]
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