Tuesday, August 26, 2008

45 Years......

A couple of years or so ago, I was asked to do a portrait of this gentleman, who was retiring after 45 years of hard work and dedication as a firefighter in the town of Callander, Ontario, which is just south of North Bay. At first I had intended to do the typical head and shoulders, business type portrait. But then, I thought that he deserved just a little more than that. So after a brief chat, it was decided that he would bring his fire fighting gear, and we would use that in the studio for the portrait session. A fog machine, and red and blue gels on the lights, and an old ladder, helped create the impression that he was at the scene of a fire, which he had attended hundreds of times before. I put together a composite for him, and he decided to go with an enlargement similar to this one here. The portrait was taken with a Fuji FinePix S20Pro digital camera, and the 35 ~ 210 mm zoom lens is perfect for studio portraiture. Hope you like it also.

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