Wanted to share a couple of shots of the Powerhouse fire 6/1/13. I was staying in my camper at a friend's place close to Lancaster, CA. We were keeping an eye on this big fire which started out about 10 miles away on Thursday but moved to within less than a mile by early Sunday morning. We were forced to evacuate on Sunday and my friend's (lets call him Greg since that is his name) house burned to the ground as well as most of the others in that canyon. We had to get a number of vehicles down the mountain then go back up to get more.
I have never been this close to a major forest fire so any advice about shooting fires would be welcomed. I didn't have time to shoot any pictures when the flames came over the ridge and started down the canyon.
Shot with the Sigma 50-500 at 500mm on Nikon D3s. f/6.3-1/160sec-iso 200-auto white balance.
As always, any advice, comments or criticism very welcome.
You did very well, Jim -- considering you had time to prepare your shots days ahead...great job. My only nit is that you could have put a frame in your shots to separate them from the black bg of my monitor.
Wow, Jim - when I first opened this thread I thought these were shots from my trip to Colorado last October. I caught a wildfire in Rifle, and your shots look as though we were in the same place on the same side of a mountain!
I struggled like mad to come up with good settings, and your shots are leaps and bounds better than mine (so my parallel betwixt our shots should really be "mine look like lame renditions of yours"). Scary circumstances to be shooting in - wish I'd had a much longer lens. these were taken with my 70-200 on my D7000.
Thanks for sharing, and hope you don't mind me posting my shots!
The photos do look very similar and to me your's look real good. Of course I don't mind you posting your shots, thanks for doing so.
Here is a shot from this weekend of the aftermath of the fire. This whole hillside looked like the part at the top left before the fire.
And here is the 'compound'. On the left was a single-wide 60 ft. trailer with additions (leveled). In the middle was a barn and semi-trailer/shop (leveled and gutted) as well as a metal storage container (untouched). Behind that is a truck and my rig as well as a motorhome we drove out before the fire. Behind those is the slag heap of two other moterhomes. On the right is a newly acquired trailer and another truck that was driven out. Interestingly, on the left between the single-wide and the rest is the untouched generator shack.
And here is what is left of those two motorhomes:
As always, any comments, criticism or advice very welcome.
>As always, any comments, criticism or advice very welcome. > >JIM > > Hi Jim,
Wow, sorry to hear about the fire.
Comments on the picture. I like #2 and 3. if you have a wide angle, I might try getting close to to one of the objects in #3 like maybe the steering wheel or whatever is interesting and then frame with the burned landscape as the background using a small aperture for DOF. Black and white might work well here too.
Great shots James. This is natures way of showing us who is really in charge. I live in Sth East Australia where we get some horrific bushfires at times. Unfortunately it's accompanied by not only loss of possessions, but loss of life as well......Scotty.