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Free Time in a Fire House

A couple of weeks ago I was working on a job doing fireman training videos in a fire house. About half way through the day we had about a half hour to kill between shots because we got ahead of schedule and the talent for the next set hadn’t shown’t up yet. So this left me with free roam with my still camera in the station for a little while, and here’s what I got!

The light from the rolling doors provided some nice directional light
The light from the rolling doors provided some nice directional light

With hot hits and soft fills the large windows made for ideal conditions as I skittered about.

The ever popular establishing shot that follows the hook shot.
The ever popular establishing shot that follows the hook shot.

Although it may not look like it, it was definitely pouring rain outside. Also, for those who aren’t familiar with fire houses or haven’t had the chance to badger firemen with questions, that pipe that runs up the center of the shot connects the truck exhaust into a ventilation system so that they can run the engines inside without becoming in fumigated . It sit’s on a slide track so it doesn’t have to be manually removed when the truck heads out, it just pops of at the pressure of the truck pulling out.

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Even in the bay the large red engine had remnants from its last trip out
Even in the bay the large red engine had remnants from its last trip out

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There was an old style fire truck in the bay beside the first one as well. Awesome chrome reflections
There was an old style fire truck in the bay beside the first one as well. All the curves made for some awesome reflections

By joetowey

I live in the greater Seattle area. I have my BFA in graphic design and visual communication from Northwest College of Art. I've been largely influenced by the area that I've grown up in. My largest passion is for print design, having worked both in a print shop and screen printing company. Look at my silly pictures at http://joetowey.wordpress.com Email me at joe@fingersduke.com -or- call or text me at 425-478-5294

9 comments

  1. Wonderful images. It IS interesting to shoot in a fire station. A new one was built near by and I shot a lot of photos when they had their open house for the local community! It is very interesting to learn how the technology works and how the firefighters live. The kitchen in this new station had 2 large, industrial stoves. Their power automatically cuts off when the fire alarm sounds. Thus, the firefighters don’t have to think about whether they’ve turned off the stove before they leave! Or come back to their own house on fire!

  2. You have a lovely eye for detail – I love the shots of colour, the tang of nostalgia and yet how life begins anew. It must be a treat, being given the run of a fire station. Thanks for the like on my blog; it’s a nice welcome back!

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