First Post in the Journal

May 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I have been thinking about doing this journal thing for awhile now, and the included photo has thrown me over that hump. I have been really enjoying taking photographs of the recruits of Academy 1301 for CVFD. I was asked kindly one day, actually their first day, if I wouldn't mind taking a few photos of the recruits. As, usual I have a hard time saying no, so I grabbed my camera which I have with me most of the time, and captured a few photos. It's been really nice since I am currently working at our training facility. I really didn't know where it was going to go, and I really didn't think I was going to be taking more than just an afternoon's worth of photos, but now I am there! Wherever that is of course! One thing I realized early on was that I wasn't sure what the Academy facilitators were hoping for, but I didn't want this to be a documentary set of photographs. I wanted it to be kind of a fun group of photos that I could enjoy viewing in the future, and hopefully a couple would come out well enough that the guys in the photos might enjoy them as well. One thing I really struggle with is taking photos based on other's expectations, and posing. I just love to capture moments, some call it candids, and sometimes they are but I call them moments of people being people. Throughout most my book of photos you can see that I rarely pose people, or at least I try to keep it that way. Sometimes I just have to, and other times I may ask them to do a specific activity and then capture them doing it in their own special way.

What I really like about this photograph below is that other than the "oil painting feel" that I just learned how to do in photoshop, there really is no other major alterations to the photo as it was taken.  I captured this shot during a night training drill, and this Fire recruit just finished putting his mask and helmet on, and is opening the air valve on his breathing tank with is right hand and is just about to plug his breathing regulator into his mask with his left hand. This happens to be a fairly common position for firefighters to be in just before they enter a fire or hazardous event. It was 10pm and everything was dark, however there was videographer there documenting the academy. He had a really bright/big light on his camera and he was filming this recruit who was getting ready to go into a training burn room. When I saw the shot, I ran over and snuck up right next to the videographer, took a knee and borrowed some of his light.

I really didn't think much about the opportunity at the time, and since then I have been extremely busy editing photos. However, one thing I absolutely love about photography is that even after seeing the photo a few times and not thinking much of it, suddenly the image just jumps out to me asking to be finished. Again, what I really like about this photo is that it is not staged, and it's  merely a capture of a person being a person.

When I first started my website, and posting images online, I was asked by my website designer to come up with a tagline. I really didn't give it much thought and came up with "Drawing Emotion with a Camera". Today more than ever that tagline really hits home!  Setter


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