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Too close for comfort

Too close for comfort
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Copyright: Fiona Wecker (wackymob) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 160 N: 955] (6851)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-09
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Nocturnal
Camera: Nikon D5100, Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR, Hoya HMC UV(c) 58mm
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-09 4:13
Viewed: 1091
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I decided to take a few shots with the fire at the top so you can see how close it was burning to the houses that are on the side of the hill. This is on the other side of the highway from us, about 2-3km in a straight line. Cant wait to try and catch tomorrows sunrise with all the smoke thats around, although we are meant to get some strong southerly winds before morning. With a weeks worth of smoke hanging around I dont think it will blow away too fast.
Ran this through software for a bit of noise.
Taken at 6:27pm. fl 300mm, shutter speed 10 sec, ap. f5.6, iso 800.
Tried a few settings and speeds to get the houses and the trees as well.Used tripod but was looking through the upstairs bedroom windows.

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  • Great 
  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-08-09 4:32]

That's scary...Perhaps with more light this could be a stunning moment.

  • Great 
  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2012-08-09 4:41]

Hello Fiona,

The magnificient power of the nature has been beautifully composed in this frame. Raging fire in the forrest and residential site at close distance made me scared. I wish the fire get extinguished before any losses. However, a nicely drawn image. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Kind Regards,

Hi Fiona,
You have really brought out the fury of nature, great presentation,The small lit ares at the bottom are a bonus,good strong silhouette.

I hope you are all okay! We don't get much destructive fires in Southern Nevada but I really feel sorry for those people who are affected by fires. I like your capture of this fire, your 300mm came in handy. TFS.

  • Great 
  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-08-09 11:09]

Rare photo of burning trees, I hope the fire have not reached these houses
best regards

  • Great 
  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-08-09 11:54]

Hi Fiona.

A dramtic scene captured, the hour of the night gives this its danger feel. I have been a fireman for 20 years and this haunting image has flashes of memories I had to endure. I like the way you have included the homes, it must have been so frightening for them. tfs

stv ;o))

Dont you just love the news reports, this morning GC news says 'a small brush and grass fire'. they give location in about 3 places, looks more like they all got together and held a party and formed a conga line. I hope last nights wind blew it back on itself but if it was anything like what we had here over 'the hill' it could be anywhere. With a nasty fire season predicted I hope you dont get too many chances to take photos, you dont need the practice, can you get a daylight view of the same spot? Hope the boys didnt spend too much of last night fire watching.TFS

Hello wacky

A great newsworthy image. I like the contrast as well as the real life drama being played out by the power and display of nature. An excellent image that is top notch.


  • Good 
  • davec (38)
  • [2012-08-11 18:24]


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