Point Roberts Fire Department. I’d been asked by my friend Nick Kiniski to come by and take a few shots of the whole crew on a day when everyone was there, and yesterday ended up being the day. I didn’t really have any idea what to expect so I brought 2 large softboxes and 3 640WS Alien Bees lights.
The weather here yesterday was bright and sunny and the 11AM time slot gave us a line of sunlight and shade right through the parking lot we were using. And because we wanted to have the truck in the shot we had limited options to work with, it seemed that no matter which way we could have put the truck there would have been sun on one part of it and shade on another part of it.
I ended up using one large softbox to light the group from the front, with the other two lights at the sides and slightly to the back to battle the harsh shadows created by the sun on the left part of the group and truck. Basically I was trying to create what looked like even light right through the shot without overpowering the background too much. I’m not totally happy with results, I would have liked another large softbox at the front to create a larger pool of light across the group and to give a little more light to the right side of the group and the front of the truck. But the whole thing was shot in about 30 minutes including setup etc with no assistants, so I’m not too upset with the result. I’m going to work on a series of portraits of the group sometime in the spring, look for a post on it here when it happens.