I had a great time working with and leaning about the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team (SCHRT) during the processes of shooting this series. This elite team is made up almost entirely of volunteers, who donate their time and expertise to provide a critically needed service to this region. Aside from their primary mission to providing rescue/medical assistance to injured and inaccessible persons, they respond to a variety of emergency situations including a search for a lost child, a missing Alzheimer’s patient, a mass casualty event such as a bridge collapse, or even fighting fires.
Because of recent federal funding cuts, this service is in jeopardy of shutting down. Learn more about what you can do to help HERE.
Its never easy pulling a concept like this together that has so many moving pieces. It is however an exciting moment when the image moves out the catalog of images knocking around in my mind and takes on a life of it’s own.
The real challenge with this picture was to match individual’s elevations and feet placement to the rocky terrain. We used a “family reunion” of apple boxes, wedges, and green cloth to create the form we needed.
A huge thanks to the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team for their cooperation, and to everyone involved; Randy Fay, Miles McDonough, Andrew Toyota, Casey Nation.
The concept for the the mountain rescue series, really sprung out of the desire to shoot some interesting imagery focused around headlamps. It was also just a great excuse to get into some high country and explore a little more of our breathtaking natural environment here in Washington state.
It’s been my experience that when shooting composite work it is best to shoot the plate shots first. We considered various locations, but quickly decided that the Sahale Glacier Camp in the North Cascades would give us the kind of vistas we were looking for. It also has the added bonus of being relatively accessible while still offering world class landscapes. To capture the kinds of landscapes we needed, required us to shoot well after sunset and sunrise, for two days. That meant we needed a camp that is accessible enough to hike in all our camping equipment and camera gear. It’s incredible how quickly camera gear gets heavy when your backpacking.
Looking out across the Stehekin Valley, upper left shows Sahale Glacier and Peak.
Our kit got heavy quick once we added climbing gear, camera equipment, camping supplies and food for two days. Considering all our other weight requirements we decided to pack only freeze dried food. My assistant Casey Nation is camouflaged in by the rocks.
The quality of views from the Glacier were awe inspiring, day and night!
Part 2 of the post coming up, where we get some help from the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team…