Get Set For Adventure
Press people don’t often get clean room tours. Apparently, we’re a rowdy bunch. Hard to control. Don’t play well with others. When fab tours do happen, they tend to be highly regimented. If you get to bring in a camera at all—which is rare—you’re usually told the few things you can shoot and led around according to a pre-defined script. I mention this to point out how generous and unorthodox WD was in providing this opportunity. I was hosted for two days in San Jose and Fremont, offered access to several guides, and more or less given free reign to see whatever I wanted for however long I wanted across three very restricted facilities. This never happens.
In the center of this shot is Heather Skinner, my lead press contact at WD and the one who moved mountains to make this article possible for Tom’s Hardware. On the right is Gary Wilson of Gary Wilson Photo/Graphic, an incredibly talented friend and artist who’s been helping me look good since my 9th grade history project. And the one on the left? I don’t know that guy.
Gary is a master at high dynamic range photography, which he employed in the following shots. I, on the other hand, trailed along with a dinky Canon PowerShot, point-and-shooting whatever image happened to grab my attention in passing.