I ended up spending most of my day in Canton, Ill. working on two assignments. A basketball tournament in the evening (posted below) and a portrait of the local fire chief earlier in the afternoon. Ernie Russell is the interim fire chief in Canton, but he was previously a fire chief in Peoria and the Illinois state fire marshal. I was trying to say “firefighter” with these photos even though Russell wasn’t dressed in a fire suit. To do this, I gelled a Nikon SB-800 red and placed it a couple feet behind him pointed downwards to create a sea of red under his feet. I lit him with a second SB-800 fired through an umbrella at 1/4th power. It was a fun shoot, and afterward Russell insisted that I stick around the firehouse to watch the end of the Auburn-Alabama football game. Russell is a really nice guy, and his personality is reflected pretty well in the second photo below.
Katie Neptun says
Omg! Ernie looked amazing! Make sure Sara gets copies. Could the Canton Fire Department get copies?