I took in an attic fire this weekend in an unincorporated area of Lake County. The firefighters had the fire out by the time that I arrived, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t images to create. For one thing, they were venting the roof when I was there.
But my point is … sure there is the scene to document … the apparatus placement, the damage, the location … but I look around for other interesting images like environmental portraits. It’s an opportunity for me to … well for lack of a better description … act like the paparazzi. I carry two cameras at daytime incidents, one has the EOS 70-200 2.8UL ISM lens which allows me to keep some distance while creating some candid images with tight crops. This encompasses the work and of course the faces.
So, I am creating environmental portraits of firefighters at the scene.