Featured Forum Thread: "Grassfire!" by kyteflyer

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by kyteflyer, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. I wasnt going to go to my usual locations today but with smoke billowing into the sky... I felt compelled to investigate. Found that my favourite grassland was up in smoke and flames, and my favourite tree...almost. Here's a few shots from today...

    The tree
    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    and more
    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    The grassland
    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    The aftermath
    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Mind you... I don't think its over. Even as I was pasting those links, I heard another fire truck arrive. The fire was very close to houses, and if the wind changed direction, there would be trouble. I hope the ducks and geese are safe.
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  2. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    I am sorry to hear that your favorite grasland and tree felt victim to the flames. Isn't ironic that such a terrifying thing provides opportunity for spectacular photos? You've build a very nice story out if it. If I had to pick one, it would probably be #1 because that visualizes the threat to to tree so well. The contrast in colors is also striking. The light and texture in the last three photos is also incredible. #4 could easily represent the "underworld" or hell in the photo challenge!

    Thanks for sharing Sue. I do hope all is well with the people and houses.

  3. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Wow. Stunning set. Try sending it out to the local news outlet quickly.
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  4. Thanks, guys. re the news outlet... too late, they were there.

    Anyway, I have more, and I think they are better. downloading now, but plan to don a heavy jacket and boots so I can go back. It will be interesting to see if the V1 can deal with night shots. It should be fine, I think.
  5. Here's more. I am SO impressed with the Nikon V1 + 30-110... It handled todays events without a hiccup. Magic. This set is about the firemen as well as the fire... but more about the workers. Geez I respect them!.

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr

    Maryland Grassfire by kyte50, on Flickr
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  6. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Excellent photographic reporting Sue, the colours are beautiful despite it being such a destructive event. Well done indeed.
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  7. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Excellent set of images Sue. I was particularly interested in number 3 of the original series showing how the fire drew in your local Kites trying to catch any small mammals and the like displaced by the fire.

    Also the set on the firemen since any people photography that I do tends to revolve around people doing a job of work rather than random individuals with no background to the photograph, so all good stuff and well done.

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  8. Thanks, Christina and Barrie. I think today's shooting was the most I have actually enjoyed in weeks/months, even years, perhaps. Its so different to my usual genre, and with the V1, I was in my element, whilst the Canon DSLR shooters (of which there were many, I only saw big Canons, the odd P&S and phone cameras.) were madly chimping to make sure they got the shot (in the meantime, missing many more). I actually have a couple of shots of one fellow who spent more time peering at his screen than taking photos :) But... I do have one of him shooting, too. Must be fair <grin>

    I had a great time today and am feeling quite enervated!
  9. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    I continue to be impressed with the V1 - good work Sue
  10. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Stunning shots Sue! I particularly like the shots of the firefighters, both because of the human / story element and because of the mixed emotions, due to the very obvious threat creating heavenly colours in the sky (the first one, with the firefighter shielding his face from the sun, is amazing).
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  11. Thanks, Bart. I was just really lucky today, and having a camera with really fast AF for a change, was amazing. I'm completely besotted with the Nikon 1.
  12. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    That second set is indeed very special too and proves that the photographer is more important than the gear!
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  13. Thanks Peter... but I do believe the gear helped an awful lot!
  14. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Wow, Sue... Weren't you just saying you were sort of bored or stuck lately?

    You managed to get out there and photograph a very tough and emotional situation - beautifully. I've been looking more closely on Flickr. Sad, tragic...however you've shown nature's power and destruction as well as the attempts of the selfless firefighters to hold her back. I am so sad about the loss.
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  15. Yes, BB, I have been stuck, but then opportunities like this one have not been presenting themselves, almost on my doorstep. I would have been MAD not to go do some shooting :)

    Thanks so much for your kind remarks on Flickr as well :)
  16. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    It's easy to make such remarks, Sue!
  17. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Sue, I almost skipped this thread. I was thinking what would I care about a grassfire. I'm glad I clicked. There's so many great photos here I had to move it to the front page to make sure no one else missed it. Great work. I imagine you can get some more great ones of the aftermath. I'm hoping for some gritty b/w.
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  18. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    So sad to see this and yet you documented it well. Nicely done Sue.
  19. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Nice job. Good coverage!

    Cheers, Jock