39th Tokai Fire and Rescue Skills Competition
About a week a go I went out with some of Kanako’s friends (she was working) to the 39th Tokai Area Fire and Rescue Skills Competition (39回消防救助技術東海地区指導会-long name!) at the Mie Firefighting School (三重県消防学校) in Suzuka City.
I went out because I thought I’d get to see some nifty (and big!) fire engines, but alas that was not to be. However, there was still a ton of stuff going on throughout the day. The place was packed, though mostly with competitors! Of the people who came to watch there was an overwhelming proportion of beautiful young women dressed in all the latest fashions. Imagine – it’s hot (90’s and humidity), dusty (the whole lower field was just stones and gravel) and you start sweating after about a minute just standing in the shade!!! Is this the place to wear 3 or 4 inch heels? I guess firefighters have it good 🙂 Maybe a career change is ahead of me?
Regardless, I sweated my fair share as I roamed the grounds (and the upper pool) snapping away on…yep, film! The first mention of big, red trucks told me I would need all of my 20mm. So I went out and snagged a few rolls of my favorite negative film Reala 100 (only so you guys could see the results! Slide film woulda been my choice but no scans are offered for it here 😦 ) – and what fun it was! I was again reminded of how sweet my 70-200 f/2.8 L lens is. And of course, 20mm 😀 It was pretty amazing to see guys scale walls, repel, save dummies in the pool, and just do all kinds of awesome stuff. I think it was an amazing celebration of the things firefighters are put through to save all of our lives on a daily basis. I wish more people could have come to see the hard work and dedication it takes to do such a noble job.
Anyway, enjoy the pics!
That’s all there is – hope you enjoyed it! It was a lot of fun but dreadfully hot – I ended up buying two 500ml drinks along the way and still feeling thirsty. Can’t imagine what the guys in suits (fire ones) were going through! I also realized that it takes a ton of skill to shoot action with film – I botched a few pictures here and there but no deleting, unlike digital. A good experience overall, but I can see why news and sports jumped ship to digital almost immediately. The colors, though, are still unmatched in my book – bold reds and pastel blues mix oh so well with soft and neutral skin tones. Don’t know how it happens but I’ll always enjoy shooting with Reala 100!