WINCHESTER, Calif (Mar 22, 2017) Portrait of automotive enthusiast Troy Lyman with his 2007 Saturn Sky convertible. Lyman wrote a 67-page report about the high incidence of failure of passenger seat air bag sensors and petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open an investigation of General Motors concerning the matter. (Photo: © 2017 Greg Vojtko/All Rights Reserved)

Sometimes the little guy wins.

Former colleague Troy Lyman’s research into failing passenger seat air bag sensors on Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky vehicles like his own led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open an inquiry.

On Lyman’s referral, I received a call from photo editor Steve Massie late on a Tuesday afternoon, then made this and several other photos on Wednesday night and delivered them via email in time for inclusion in the following week’s issue.

Lyman’s car was out of commission, limiting where we were able to make a picture. It’s seen here on jack stands in his garage, where he and a friend struggled to complete repairs and order a pizza for themselves despite my insistence on his full attention for the making of the pictures.

Nuts and Bolts: I used a single Nikon Speedlight in a Lumiquest LTP “tabletopped” as my main light and three additional Nikon speedlights with CTO gels, all fired via RadioPopper PX, on other parts of the scene, captured with a Nikon full-frame DSLR and 24-70mm zoom lens.

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