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Wildfire 2

Wildfire 2
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-23 6:01
Viewed: 3966
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Mountain wildfire that I wrote about in my last post (here) continues.
It has now burnt out 15,000 hectares of wilderness and is proving very difficult to contain.

Here I show another dramatic shot of a smoke plume rising from a gully that the fire has engulfed. Although wildfire is part of nature (this one was started by a lightning strike), it’s not often we are able to view natures fury from a safe distance. In this case a ridge top road provided an ideal vantage point to watch in awe the destructive path of the fire. I was about 1.5km from the fire and its was going the other way.

PP included NeatImage and Levels in Photoshop to reduce noise caused by the smoke haze.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-11-23 7:51]

Hi Chris

another fascinating and well executed shot of this wildfire, something we here in the UK don't really have any experince of (yet). I have a friend who lives in Manly but works in Sydney and they told me this morning they could actually smell the fires in the City. For the sake of the wildlife i hope this doesn't last too much longer.



Nice capture of the giant smoke plume from a safe distance, Chris.
The picture is of immense photo-journalistic value.
These flagrations leave the eco-systems devastated besides causing air pollution. Hopefully the fire has been contained by now.
TFS and take care.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-24 3:29]

Hi Chris!

Wow, it looks really dangerous. I like fire, but I understand how dangerous it could be on dry meadows. Here in Poland some people have got stupid habit - they burn dry grass on meadows during autumn. They start many fires in forest and cause car accidents on roads [roads are full of smoke]. Why they did such things? Unknown. Probably folks legends tell that at burnt meadows grass will grown better next year. Anyway - I like your picture - good documentary photo showing power of nature.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-11-28 6:15]

Cześć. Świetne zdjęcie, oddaje dobrze mroczny i tragiczny klimat. Pewnie tak wyglądała Ziemie przed milionami lat. Pozdrawiam Robert.

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