Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue service training day – All images where taken for the CAMSAR website and other publicity to illustrate the service in action and their methods of search and rescue . It was a very wet start to the day with continual rain. As I would be working outdoors for the entire shoot I made the protection of the camera and lens a priority by using waterproof bags and covers. The use of waterproof covers for camera and lens can make creating well composed images a real challenge as the lens can fog and the cover obscure the viewfinder or lens. Everyone was in good humour and seemed not to mind being outside in the continual rain. Much of the day was spent following the various training activities culminating in one of the team groups finding a volunteer missing person. I documented the event as it happened and also set up and posed a few key images.

 

Search & Rescue Team Briefing
Search & Rescue Team Briefing
Rescue Team Leaders Check Map
Rescue Team Leaders Check Map

Trained volunteer search technicians are assisted by a central control room providing up to date information from the local constabulary and GPS radio tracking technology.

 

Cambridge Search and Rescue Incident Control Room
Cambridge Search and Rescue Incident Control Room

Volunteers undergo training to track a persons movements.

Search Technicians examining foot prints
Search Technicians examining foot prints

Lighting for the two person portraits below was provided by off camera flash and the ambient daylight. Two flashes were placed behind and to the right/left of the subject and one overhead of camera position with softbox. Sunlight provided intermittent overhead backlight.

 

Search & Rescue Team find missing person
Search & Rescue Team find missing person

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