Here’s a shot of one of the first new KME Severe Service Predator 109′ AerialCat ladders delivered to Boston. Boston Ladder 17 is an example of the type of trucks I really enjoy photographing. I’m not referring to KME or any particular brand … my preferences are purely selfish.
Looking at this truck, certain aspects of the design jump right out at me in terms of simplifying the process of creating a professional image … especially from the point of view of an anal retentive, obsessive compulsive individual.
Here are a few of the design elements that were helpful and contributed to a significant reduction in the time needed for capture and editing.
- painted metal bumper = no concern for reflections or glare
- chrome grill is covered with a graphic = no concern for reflections or glare
- outrigger cover panels are painted metal = no concern for reflections
- all surfaces visible are painted with virtually no diamond plate = no glare or hot spots
- painted roll-up doors to match the body = even reflectivity throughout as opposed to unpainted, anodized doors
- silver grey ladder = reduction in the overall dynamic range for even illumination with no massive highlight area
- ladder control box painted to match the rig = reduction in the overall dynamic range for even illumination with no massive highlight area
All of these factors combined make image capture quick and easy not only for this overcast day, but the same would hold true in bright sunlight.
Thanks Boston … nicely done.
Other examples of truck shoots: