Shadows of a Fire

©2010 Chicago Tribune/Alex Garcia

After a recent early morning blaze on Chicago’s west side, firefighters wore headlamps to find their way during an investigation of a burned-out building.  Their bluish lights moved this way and that in the darkness, so there was a co-mingling of light and shadow that kept my interest. There wasn’t much to shoot so I felt free to photograph more creatively. The strong amber light from the streetlamps were more interesting left warm than color balanced. If you’ve ever lit these situations with direct flash, you’ll know what I mean when I say the results can be just awful-looking if you shoot it straight.  I composed, focused and hoped for the silhouette which finally came amidst the mysterious exchanges between the investigators.

Alex Garcia

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