Coast Guard Boot Camp – Composite Photo

I’m working on a series of images for the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey; home of Coast Guard Boot Camp.  I thought I would start with an image of the Company Commanders who are the people responsible for training the recruits.  I thought something dramatic that could portray the intense atmosphere of Boot Camp would be appropriate.

Rather than hoping for a dramatic sky on a random day, I thought this could be pulled off a lot easier if I collaborated with Dave Van Allen to bring my imagination to reality.  I shot the Company Commanders separately in the studio, and then asked Dave to drop in a dramatic sky with some rain and lightning.  You can check out Dave’s insane editing skills in the video below… Big thumbs up!

 

 

 

Alien Bee set up for composite

Alien Bee set up for composite

coast guard boot camp photo

coast guard boot camp photo

I used Two Alien Bee 1600s as rim lights, and one 800 with a beauty dish as the main.  The “Smokey the Bear” hats only allowed me to use light from below.  I can’t really say I am a fan of “monster” light, but it seems to work in this case.

We changed the lighting around a bit and ended the shoot with some fun portraits of the guys.  Chief Hollenbeck is featured below.

 

coast guard boot camp photo

coast guard boot camp photo

Big thanks to Chief Duncan, Chief Hollenbeck, and Senior Chief Eliott!!!

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Enjoy!

Chris

www.razoyk.com

 

 

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