When I learned the challenge was to shoot something Red, I got excited
as Red is my favorite color.
Shooting an image of a fire truck was the first thing that came to my
mind. I had my subject, but the more difficult task for me was to go
about actually getting access to one. At some point, I happened to
remember a conversation I had overheard regarding Robin, a day shift ICU
nurse, talking about her husband who was a fire fighter. I am kind of
a shy person when it comes to asking someone to go out of their way to
do something for me. It wasn’t easy but I approached Robin about it
and she and her husband Casey were really wonderful about it. He
offered to drive the engine to a location where I felt I could get a decent photo.
We went to the first location and I realized it wouldn’t work with the
the angle of the sun and background. Casey mentioned a golf course
nearby and off we went. It ended up being a great spot. The angle of
the sun was just right. The background was what I wanted….tree lines
and even a pond in the background!
Robin and Casey were so accommodating and patient and let me shoot
away! I am so thankful to them for allowing me to get this experience.
With shooting the fire truck…I ran into some underexposures due to the
reflective strips and a lot of chrome!!!! I ended up going totally
manual and slowed down my shutter speed to help with this. The only
problem was that I kept forgetting to check the meter!!! I shot a
variety of focal lengths and the wide angle shot appealed to me. It
was definitely a learning experience!!!