It was 98 degrees that day. So yes, I couldn’t help but consider how many heat exhaustion calls the local fire department was receiving.
Lesson learned: never be afraid to ask for a photo opportunity. (I was nervous that because of safety and privacy concerns they would turn me down, but instead the department was very welcoming).
Challenge with this shot: Dealing with the lighting. I had natural light coming in through the big garage doors and indoor lighting to deal with. I decided to stage the photo from this direction to capture the natural light shining on the helmets. I think this image is a good example of paying attention to detail, as I had not previously known that an eagle held the nametag onto the helmet. And it abides by the rule of threes. In addition, the red tops of the helmets create a line in which our eye travels.