iPhone 5s include cameras that boast features which allow you to capture the world around you. To name a few:
• advanced video recording
• FaceTime camera on the front and back of your phone
• crisp, clear pictures (8 megapixels)
• super fast photo capture
That being said, you actually have to try a built-in iPhone 5 camera to believe how well it works. I recently joined the Pine Meadow Volunteer Fire Department, Pine Meadow, CT – as their photographer and journalist; and I did get to take about sixty pictures and a few videos with my iPhone 5 at my first practice drill.
Using the iPhone 5 (first generation) camera/video is simple, and it takes sharp, vibrant pictures. To zoom, just pinch the screen and move the picture out. A bar will appear at the bottom of the screen, and you can zoom to your heart’s content.
Before I knew it, though, I was in full firefighter gear. The phone was shoved in my pocket, I was learning to read the dials on the engine pump panel, and filling the tank with water. It wasn’t long before I was holding a hose-line, and backing up Firefighter/Sr. Chaplain Balla as we put out a car fire.
This was a practice drill set up by Fire Chief Walter Wabrek, Assistant Fire Chief Greg De Luzio, and Training Officer Tyler O’Neill. You can view the slide show for this drill via this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMtzECH5vtM
It contains the pictures taken with my iPhone 5. All of the photos happened as they are portrayed. None of this was staged.
I’d like to take this opportunity to mention how hard all of these firefighters train and work. A charged fire hose is heavy; this is dangerous work. I got to experience it first-hand.
This was just a practice drill; I got showered with soot, and ashes. When the airbag in the flaming car deployed, I felt the concussion and got sprayed with sparks.
To the firefighters at Pine Meadow, I think you are wonderful. You, and all first responders, put your lives on the line every day – for all of us; thank you.
To Firefighter/Sr. Chaplain Balla, thank you for allowing me to include your song, Fireman (copyright protected), with my slide show. To all of the members of Pine Meadow Volunteer Fire Department, thank you for allowing me to include your photos.
In closing, if you have an iPhone 5, or any smart phone with a camera, take it with you. I keep my iPhone 5 in an OtterBox, and I have to tell you, it held up great in my bunker gear pocket. It stayed dry, and it was no worse for the wear.
You never know what you may encounter. With this digital world we live in, we can all be photo journalists.