I was a photojournalist for over 20 years and worked at small weeklies and international news organizations. In many ways, I enjoyed the more intimate journalism I was able to practice at the smaller papers. I knew all of the cops in town and they knew me. I forged a trust with many of them and was able to get into situations that many would not have been allowed. Much of this is a building of rapport and understanding. They realized that I wasn't after dead body shots and had a respect for the conditions I had to shoot in on various occasions. Case in point, This image was shot in the middle of the night, on Kodak P3200 film pushed to 12,800 ISO. Since the police officers were taking down robbery suspects, you can't really use a flash to get the images- people tend to start shooting at flashes in the dark, so common sense has to prevail. This shot is technically pretty bad- grainy, a little soft (I shot at 1/8th of a second at F2.5 with a 180mm Tamron lens, hand-held). I'm proud of this shot simply for HAVING a usable image. You'll note that the officer is pinning down one of the suspects. I've put the image farther down because I wanted you to get an idea about the shooting situation before seeing the image. Hope you enjoy!