Ever wondered how much goes into making a photograph? Here’s a look at one I did in Canada with Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski. Every shoot has it’s challenges just not always this extreme.

THE JOB

– Go to Yellowknife, Canada and photograph Ice Road Truck Alex Debogorski with a tractor trailer on the ice or at least make it appear he’s there.

THE CHALLENGES
– Getting to Canada’s most northern city just below Arctic Circle. It took three planes, a mad dash thru Calgary airport and a pickup truck ride in a snow storm.
– Weather report, continued snow showers and below zero temperatures.
– Finding a location big and flat enough for tractor trailer combo.
– Only 4 hours of usable sun light at the Arctic Circle this time of year.
– Acquire newish tractor trailer to use in shot. Alex doesn’t own one.
– Location fees and permits.
THE SOLUTIONS
– Location scout 400 miles of frozen tundra, 4 frozen lakes and a sand pit.
– No tractor trailers for rent, saw one we liked and borrowed it. Did have to rent a generator.
– Expedition long underwear, pullover, ski jacket, hat, gloves, wool socks, and heavy duty boots.
– The Arctic Circle doesn’t make for long days but it does give great lighting.
– No location fees or permits required on the frozen tundra.

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THE PLAN
– Since it was still snowing and no relief in sight we decided to shoot Alex, truck, and location separate and build extreme weather scene in post to make it appear that Alex is on the ice with the truck.

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WHAT HAPPENED

– Right as we got the truck in position to shoot the storm clouds cleared and the sun began to shine, giving us the opportunity to get it all in one shot.
The sun shine lasted for two glorious hours before the clouds and snow returned in full force.

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THE RESULTS

– An amazingly productive day with ecstatic clients and an extremely cool photograph that plugged right into the layout with minimal post production work.
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– We don’t always get that lucky with the weather, but we always have a plan.

 

 

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