Printing 15 pictures a second...
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
I'd be lying if I told you I don't get a thrill out of seeing one of my pictures across a page in the paper when I open it up at breakfast.
The level of that thrill is tempered by a number of factors. Was it the best picture from that assignment? How did it reproduce? How could I have made it better?
However, I've discovered that the thrill of seeing my picture in print pales in comparison to seeing a picture of mine being printed.
I had to shoot something up at the presses in Vaughan as luck would have it the main art on the Entertainment front was mine. A picture of Rob Gregorini and a porketta (in Sudbury they spell it with a 'k' rather than the 'ch')
I was walking by the press with the plate with my picture on it. Very cool to see. Even cooler when the presses were fired up and began getting up speed.
At speed the presses, which are three stories tall, are printing close to 60,000 newspapers an hour. That breaks down to about 15 pages or papers per second. Wow, my camera shoots 10 frames per second.