Knowing Is Half The Battle
This one was a lot of work and a lot of fun. It had been a while since I worked with Fil Tso (he was the main guy behind a short Halo/Star Wars fan film that I did camera ops on). He hit me up about doing a photoshoot and when he explained that the concept was G.I.Joe and Cobra cosplayers aboard a submarine and a destroyer that both served during World War II I was totally in.
The bulk of the shots were done on the USS Stewart. There was a bit more room to get interesting angles and fight scenes. Though during the day I had to make a point to stay on my feet as much as possible as trying to kneel on the deck of the ship would quickly have me going "ow ow ow" due to the heat. We even waited until nightfall to get more of the inside shots since otherwise it would basically be like an oven in most of the ship.
Originally I had planned on using my Yongnuo speedlights for the inside shots... but save for a couple of pics we really didn't need them. The lighting that was already inside the ship along with the high ISO performance of the X-T2 made things a bit easier to deal with. Especially given that a destroyer isn't really designed to stick speedlighs places unless you got super creative.
Unfortunately we didn't get any shots inside of the USS Cavalla. The space was even tighter than the USS Stewart. At the time I only had the 18-55mm f/2.8 lens so framing was rather difficult. If I had something like a 10mm available I might have been able to pull off something. But there was one other issue we ran into... quite a few of the Cobras even had trouble getting through the ship (any heavy armor guys like Pit Viper were right out) just due to being really tall and whatnot. The group shots on top of the Cavalla came out really well though.
Thanks to the members of the Fightin' 788th who could make it out to this and for putting up with me being a photographer. And special thanks to the staff of the American Undersea Warfare Center for hosting us and allowing us to be a bunch of nerds and running around the place. If you're down in Galveston I recommend checking it out: http://www.americanunderseawarfarecenter.com/