hills on fire near Pacific Coast Highway



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42 Comments | Report
LillieMcG
 
LillieMcG February 05, 2014
just goes to show that there is beauty in disaster
CandeeShots
 
CandeeShots March 10, 2014
just wow!
doughunwick
 
doughunwick March 14, 2014
dramatic pic & well exposed ; this really tells a story
fredbarber
 
fredbarber April 11, 2014
Scary shot! good capture of the action, like the vehicle light trails.
pegleg PRO+
 
pegleg April 25, 2014
i looked at this photo before and do not know why i did not leave a coment, love it so much, as the other person said, such beauty in disaster
Bruz PRO+
Bruz April 25, 2014
I wasn't sure if I should post it. To me it seems slightly out of focus. It was a crazy fire and the best photos I could have gotten, I was very busy fighting a serious fire and lots of crazy things happening. I was on this fire for over 80 hours straight.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 April 25, 2014
An awesome composition .. I can feel the heat in the haze and the urgency in the streamed lights
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 April 26, 2014
voted !!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 May 01, 2014
Congratulations for this award too.
SnowbunnyPhotography
 
SnowbunnyPhotography May 20, 2014
Oh my gosh Ron!! This is crazy....I bet the heat was intense....hope they got the fires out, and were able to save some of the forest. :-(
jamesevans_7954
 
jamesevans_7954 June 03, 2014
Excellent exposure and a worthy prize winner..Nice work ;)
kirkmills PRO+
 
kirkmills July 09, 2014
Photographer of the Month - trifecta -Voted - fantastic!!!!
kirkmills PRO+
 
kirkmills July 09, 2014
Voted - photofocus trifecta - Great shot!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 July 13, 2014
Wonderful shot , voted Photographer of the Month
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 July 13, 2014
Congrats on the Award !
LaurieS PRO+
 
LaurieS September 10, 2014
great capture
Flosno
 
Flosno September 26, 2014
Sad, but good entry....voted
Flosno
 
Flosno October 30, 2014
Great entry....voted
SnowbunnyPhotography
 
SnowbunnyPhotography November 01, 2014
Voted! :-)
mariajakab
 
mariajakab November 08, 2014
Sadly it is a fire .... but magnificent capture ... voted! :)
NanaSue54 PRO+
 
NanaSue54 November 09, 2014
Amazing shot!!!!! WOW!!!!
kirkmills PRO+
 
kirkmills November 16, 2014
Voted!!! Lite it up contest!!
FrankSomma PRO
 
FrankSomma November 28, 2014
Gotta live through these to believe they can be real. oooooouuuu that smell, can you smell that smell. Nothing like it. Wonderfully capture Ron!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 30, 2014
voted .. image of the year
SnowbunnyPhotography
 
SnowbunnyPhotography December 04, 2014
Voted!! :-)
pegleg PRO+
 
pegleg December 06, 2014
voted this my fav of yours
kirkmills PRO+
 
kirkmills December 08, 2014
What a great capture! Voted
Flosno
 
Flosno December 18, 2014
Great entry...voted
Flosno
 
Flosno December 27, 2014
Great entry...voted
shema
 
shema May 05, 2015
terrible wildfire, great shot, tu for fighting these fires and long hours, stay safe! another summer on the way
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita May 09, 2015
voted...amazing capture
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 May 26, 2015
What an amazing capture.
DEEphotograph
 
DEEphotograph August 21, 2015
perfect capture!! but very sad aftermath
CarolSadler PRO
 
CarolSadler January 12, 2016
Simply gorgeous, but sad capture! Fantastic shot. Voted in Into the void!
Coshooter
 
Coshooter April 10, 2016
Wow! Great capture!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz December 12, 2016
Congratulations on winning Fire Photo Challenge for December, 2016! Way to go!
Dalecga PRO+
 
Dalecga April 27, 2017
Good job? Happy Retirement by the way.
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita September 27, 2017
another winner....congrats Ron
Sunshine77
 
Sunshine77 September 27, 2017
No better potrayal than the actual! What an image, not to mention that you are capturing a personal experience makes it even more realitive! = "AMAZING"
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden January 27, 2018
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick March 25, 2019
Damn wildfires. I have been involved ( as LEO) with a couple in AZ, one set intentionally .
Steve-n-Ning PRO+
 
Steve-n-Ning April 20, 2019
Great photo. I grew up in the L.A. area and lived in Thousand Oaks, Calif, in the late '70s. I remember driving home on the freeway with the fire burning on both sides and in the median of the freeway. We just just drove through. Crazy place. Thanks for the brilliant photo.
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita September 10, 2019
fantastic!!! Congrats on the Finalist Award xoxoxo

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken on the Pacific Coast Highway just north of Malibu, California.
Time
It was about 9:00 pm.
Lighting
The lighting was very dark except for the glow of the fires. I had to shoot a long exposure to get enough light. My ISO was 400 and my F stop was f/3.5.
Equipment
My camera was a Nikon D7000 with my 24-105 kit lens. I didn't have a tripod with me as I was parked on the side of the road in my fire engine waiting for our next assignment. To stabilize the camera I set it on top of a rolled up shirt that was on the front bumper of the fire engine.
Inspiration
I was a fire captain at the time of this photo and I decided to bring my camera with me to record anything I saw if I wasn't busy fighting fire. Some of the best shots I could have got I was instead engaged with fighting the fire and couldn't take time to get any images. So I had about 15 minutes down time while waiting for our next assignment. I was able to get this during that time.
Editing
At the time the only post processing I had was Aperture which is a step up from iPhoto. It does just basic editing and I was able to bring out the shadows just a bit.
In my camera bag
Today I have upgraded to the Nikon D800 and have many lenses, tripods, lights and gadgets. It depends on where I am going, how close I will be to the vehicle or if I am shooting in a studio on what gear I bring along. Back then I had only brought my camera with the one lens and a couple of batteries and cards. And of course some cleaning equipment. :-)
Feedback
To capture something like this you almost need to be involved with the fire dept, news organization or just luck to be at the right place. But this can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. Once you got that covered realize that the lighting conditions are not very good so you will need to shoot long exposure which means you will need to stabilize your camera someway. I recommend a tripod but if that isn't available then you need to improvise like I did.

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