Here are a few images from a cold winter night when a call was made to the Chicago Fire Department to help out a suburban neighbor with a stubborn fire in a tire warehouse. CFD at O’Hare sent an Oshkosh Striker airport crash truck to the fire scene. It was a rare opportunity to see this type of deployment and I had to wait at the scene a good hour longer than I’d planned to get these shots.
As in previous posts … here, here and here, I used a mixture of pure ambient light and on-camera flash. Although some images were taken from relatively the same spot, the feel is vastly different.
Here’s another shot without the flash. It shows enough of the truck and doesn’t create a distraction with the bright snow that might result from the bright light. Additionally, the smoke and steam along with the spray from the turret give this image much more character than animate with the harsh light from the flash. You just have to be careful of the digital noise that is introduced shooting a high ISO settings in a very low light scene.