Over the Edge

A rope access technician taking a last minute glance at the camera on a window cleaning job in Burnaby, British Columbia....
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A rope access technician taking a last minute glance at the camera on a window cleaning job in Burnaby, British Columbia.
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. I recently moved from Alberta and got a job as a rope access technician working on HighRise buildings.
It was an early fall afternoon and we were preparing for the coming rain cloud approaching us from the south.
I took advantage of the soft natural lighting. Using the storm clouds as additional drama to an already exciting shot.
I used my Nikon D750 with a 24-70mm 2.8. No other equipment was used.
I enjoy taking my camera to work. My friends and family always ask me how my day went and it’s difficult to put into words sometimes. So showing them and the rest of the world what it’s like to have such a unique job is very satisfying to me.
I processed this photo in Lightroom. I first cooled the overall scene down to make it look more the way I saw it with my eyes. I then added a gradient filter to the sky to bring down the highlights and add more depth to the clouds. I brought the shadows up a little bit to retain detail in the workers face and added some clarity to the overall scene as well.
In my camera bag
I always have my D750 with my Nikkor 24-70 2.8. That’s my go to combo when I bring my camera to work. I also have a Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 on hand which is an awesome lens for what you pay. Always an extra battery or two and some empty SD cards. I carry an SB5000 speedlight in case I need to add fill anywhere. And my tripod of course. Never know when you’ll need that extra bit of support on a longer exposure shot.
To get up to a HighRise rooftop without proper authorization and or training is risky. I don’t recommend ever “sneaking” up and out the hatch or door. That being said, if you do have permission and the know how to safely take similar rope access type photos, be sure to keep your gear organized and secure while in use. Dropping anything from those kinds of hieghts can be fatal to people below.

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