As promised, a few detail shots from inside the FireFly restoration shop. Incase you missed yesterday's post, here's the quick and dirty. Andy, one of the coolest guys I've ever met, restores fire engines in a converted chicken coop. The chicken coop, located in the small town of Hope, is a treasure trove of fire related relics.
I would describe the scene inside Andy's shop as, organized chaos. Though things are strewn about in what would appear a haphazard fashion, Andy can find exactly the tool he needs in mere moments. I can't even fathom the amount of square footage that team has covered in various parts, pieces, and tools.
As far as photography is concerned, I instantly fell in love with this place! All the stainless steel tools, the bright red boxes, the thousands of fliers and pictures, and of course all the firemen paraphernalia occupied every square inch of that shop. From the walls, to the shelves, to the floors, it was all begging to be photographed.
The trick, though, was that I wanted to photograph these micro-scenes in a way that was unique. I wanted to bring more contrast to the scene, really draw the attention to each and every detail. The best way I could think of to do that was to introduce some hard, angular light. I did this here by way of a strobe and softbox combo held by my assistant on a light pole. The light pole is the only way to fly in such a tight space, quick and easy to maneuver. Not to mention, when working with such a busy frame, having your assistant available for quick light tweaks is invaluable!
Would love to hear feedback on these. Let those comments fly!