I am often asked what is the most interesting thing I have ever photographed. All of my assignments I find exciting in various ways but without a doubt it has to be ACE, the $100 million state-of-the-art wind tunnel facility at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa.
We have previously photographed the facility during testing of vehicles being subjected to -27 degrees with snow blowing in our faces, and 15 minutes later shooting in a room testing desert conditions of +40 degrees.
For this latest shoot we were asked to photograph an electric powered bus in the rain, which was the very first time this simulation was tested. Seeing as the temperature can be precisely controlled simple rain just wasn’t enough. Let’s make freezing rain! Let’s also add some wind, say, 50 mph!
After a couple of hours standing in freezing rain and wind, I was frozen to the core. A technician checked my fingers with a thermal scanner and even though I wore gloves, the reading was -4 degrees. Okay, time to put down the camera when you can’t feel your fingertips.
I can actually say that I photographed a bus traveling straight towards me at 50mph while standing only 2 feet away. I really do have the greatest job!
For more information on this incredible facility please visit http://ace.uoit.ca/EN/main/about_ace.html