Earlier this year we received a call from our editors at Field and Stream magazine to photograph their Heroes of Conservation finalists for 2013. Since 2005, the magazine has been profiling and recognizing a handful of dedicated sportsmen and women who work to protect, improve, or create wildlife habitat and embody the spirit of conservation.
Weâ€™ve had the honor of meeting and photographing some of these heroes in the past, (you may remember we blogged about the shoots last fall) and this year was particularly significant because we were given the task to photograph all six of the Heroes. Taking us from Wisconsin to Maryland, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oklahoma in the span of two weeks, this assignment was a whirlwind tour of the country. We wrapped up these shoots having met and made great photos of six inspiring conservationists. Weâ€™re excited to share the stories and the behind the scenes for each shoot – our final shoot taking us to the great state of Idaho to meet and photograph longtime conservationist Gene Wright. Keep reading for a few more photos from our final shoot for the 2013 Heroes of Conservation…
UnbeknownstÂ to us, Idaho is an incredibly beautiful state. Vast and wild, it is filled with big skies and sweeping vistas – the perfect location for shooting outdoor environmental portraits of a Conservation hero.
For over twenty years, Wright has volunteered in the Idaho department of Fish and Game, working on anything and everything from fishing clinics, to brush planting, to pheasant stocking. Despite his over 8,000 hours of volunteer service, Gene was incredibly humble and generous with his time, happy to show us around the beautiful areas of the state he spends his time protecting and conserving.
Since we were pretty far out in the picturesque wilderness of southern Idaho, we opted to keep our lighting simple – one large 5-foot octabank powered by a 2000 w/s Dynalite power pack running on a Honda 3500 watt generator. This light gave us the power to over-light the sun when necessary and to balance against the ambient exposure, which was pretty bright to begin with thanks to the partly cloudy weather. If you look closely enough at the photo above, you’ll even see our photo assistant David trying to hide behind the octabank – nice try Dave.
Aside from making new portraits, our shoot with Gene Wright also served a dual purpose, allowing Chris to cross Idaho off his list of states in the US to visit – if anyone is keeping track out there, that list is getting mighty short. We only have a few states left before he’s been lucky enough to visit all fifty.
With this shoot, it looks like we’ve reached the end of our story shooting for the 2013 Heroes of Conservation. A big thank you is definitely in order to the folks at Field & Stream for this incredible assignment, as well as a very humbling thank you to all of the finalists this year. We were honored to work with such a determined group of individuals, unwavering in their goals of restoring and caring for the land around us. If you’ve missed any of the previous stories from our shoot, make sure to take a look: