Columbia Center --
This photo represents the most terrifying event of my career:
the climbing of a crane 6 floors above the 63rd floor.
I tied my camera to a rope which the crane operator then pulled up to the crane as I made my climb.
When I got to the wire mesh floor just below the crane,
I found that the last bit of ladder went out at a 45 degree angle --
nothing between me and oblivion but the rungs of the ladder.
I sat down and contemplated this for a few minutes.
I realized if I didn't go the rest of the way up, someone would have to carry me down.
The catwalk around the crane was so narrow,
I had to set my tripod up in the corner,
and have the crane man move the crane to the position I wanted.
The Smith Tower in the background once was the tallest West of the Mississippi.
Photograph by K. L. Slusher