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    you've probably heard about the california fires. i'm totally smoked in. the first shot taken with the fuji 30 when coming back to work the evening before last. the other with the s6000 this eve. hate breathing the stuff!

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    Wow! Incredible shots. Hope life gets more comfortable for you soon, even if it does mean your losing a (obviously) great subject.

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    thanks. unfortunately it's gotten worse! during the night, someone discovered a hundred acre fire just four miles from me. a place on a normal day i would have seen right away. (present visibility half a mile.) now four more days of lightning (maybe dry) forecast for the next four days. the most fire-ridden june i've seen in 45 years as a lookout.
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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Wow, where are you in Calif? I heard there is a fire near Big Sur and I was thinking of the wonderful shots we all got in that area this spring.

    Be safe!

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    It is smoky in the Bay Area now too -- I heard yesterday there are over 800 active burning fires right now over the entire state...
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    hi,
    i'm above quincy in plumas national forest. it's right in the middle of the sierras north of lake tahoe and highway 80. google map 'mt. hough lookout' and it will come up for you. (or maybe just mt. hough). jack's right, they keep finding new fires under the smoke with more lightning predicted the next four days. if it's dry, no rain, we're dead in the dust.
    here's the view on more normal days, taken with a canon 3 meg elph:

    www.pbase.com/wwp/summer_2003

    and here are some taken with canon d20 of our 65,000 acre fire last summer:

    www.pbase.com/wwp/moon

    we thought it couldn't get any worse. hah!

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Wayne I like all off these, particularly the glass globe and sunset, the lens and self portrait(?).
    There are always at least two people in any photo; the photographer and the viewer.
    At least in mind/eye/spirit, but to include more is wonderfull

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Beautiful beautiful images.

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Wow Wayne, these are incredible shots. Just so sorry they're coming out of an unfortunate situation for humans and wildlife. Stay safe out there.
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    hi all,
    thanks for the kind comments. yesterday fairly clear. alas, by evening smoked in again. lightning further north of us and lots of new fires. here's a map for those of you interested:

    http://www2.chicoer.com/olextras/ima...esat_large.jpg

    here are a few more from this evening. dry lightning predicted for tomorrow. a prescription for disaster.

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    here's the latest news and lots of good picture links:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25453503/
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    :sleep006:
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    Wayne,

    You have posted some excellent work here. There is a lot of beauty in that destruction.

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    thanks, ed. good to hear from you. don't know if you've looked at this thread but a lot of interesting things came up in it:

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2436

    the wind is up and smoke everywhere. going down for four days off and i hear it's even worse in the sacramento valley. it has been said california is meant to burn, the oils in the brush building up to a flash point. where it works well it releases a lot of new growth. unfortunately, people building in these areas, plus now the fires burn so hot they get into the trees. i expect it's going to be quite summer.
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    ps. a friend sent photos from a town in the hills near where i live in the off-season. this is what it looks like on the ground:
    http://www.pbase.com/alansheckter/fi...galia&page=all
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    Thanks for sharing, smokeysun

    We can empathize with you in your difficult state Montana's not burning at this point but we were evacuated each of the last two years and another time six years ago. If my pics were nearly as dramatic as yours, I might search them out and put them up here, too (but they're not!)

    I noticed your icon of Seraphim of Sarov, which pleased me. He's one of my favorites!

    Hope you and the giant redwoods come through unscathed.

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    Wayne,
    these are gorgeous shots.
    sending good thoughts to you all and the state

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    What absolutely wonderful and creative shots. I bet Irakley would really love these if he has had the chance to review them.

    Congratulations!

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    thanks for the kind thoughts. (good heavens, there goes a machine-gun of fireworks, probably illegal, outside.) i came down last evening over the last of three highways open, a very windy backroad, for four days off. chico free of smoke! can't believe it. two days ago friends said it was the worst it's every been. breezy. going to see the big fireworks after the local semi-pro game by the outlaws. makes me nervous to be away from the fires in my territory.
    thanks again.
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    ps. lived in montana as a kid. six years in hamilton and whitefish. fond (and intense) memories.
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    i'm afraid the situation not much better when i arrived back at work from days off. the wind switched to the east during the night and one of the fires above chico blew up. this morning it had built its own thunderhead. areas around concow and yankee hill immediately evacuated.

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    here's what was happening yesterday:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25581653/

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    in the twilight zone this evening.
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    Wayne,

    Again, whilst this a terrible situation you really are posting some very creative work here. very orginal.

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    thanks, ed,
    here's the situation this morning:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25581653/

    best,
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    east wind all night. especially smoky to the south. dry lightning predicted for the weekend.

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    i'm starting to feel like i'm in dracula's castle!

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    here's the latest. firefighters coming from as far away as new zealand:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25636081/

    my visibility right now about a mile (instead of 45). this map very interesting if you have google earth:

    http://www.oes.ca.gov/WebPage/oesweb...veMap?readForm
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    tourists!

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    just Outstanding Wayne
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    thanks, helen. things may be improving. i still can't see more than a mile. we did escape the predicted (again) lightning today, so everyone is breathing a bit easier, though, i must confess, three weeks of smoke makes my eyes itch. as for taking pictures, it's just tremendous fun, especially trying to mine the place i happen to be and not traveling to exotic places to get the goods.

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    better visibility for most of the day. now a lot of smoke to the west of me. it's rather strange not to know what's going on. even our million acre forest is just part of a much bigger picture.

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    Wayne,

    Nothing really of use to add but this photo journey of yours in this thread is producing some very classy stuff. The B&W conversion of the valley has beautiful tones.

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    hi ed,
    thanks again for looking. going out in the eve and taking pictures to keep myself from going bonkers. last couple mornings i could see something (and breath easier) but each afternoon it closes back in. here's a general info site that might interest you. current statistics on all the fires.

    http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

    what's on everybody's mind is: is this the result of global warming and can we expect it to be this way from now on. california climate goes through some wild swings, so there's no telling.
    several from last evening.
    best,
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    tonight's moonrise.

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    hate to say it but still in the smoke (after four days off in town where it was much better). seems to be coming from the south end of our forest where a number of fires still uncontrolled. and things getting drier by the minute. here's some close-up shots from the local paper of the june fire:

    http://www2.chicoer.com/olextras/sli...6HumboldtFire/

    quite a summer.
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    yesterday's fire!
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    That second image is something special!

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    thanks!
    i've posted a few more at www.pbase.com/wwp/rich
    click on slideshow in the upper right hand corner for the quickest view.
    the fire still cooking today. a blank white wall at the moment.
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    Wow, that second shot just leaps off the screen!

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    I've really enjoyed this series. Maybe for the wrong reasons, but they give me a sense of the power of natural phenomena. And how helpless people are against nature. (Of course, I hope we're not so helpless against these particular fires...) Possibly worthy of more than just posting it on the web?

    Which camera are you using?

    By the way, I constantly got an association to the Bergman image:
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    thanks again! using the fuji s6000. tho only 6.3 megs it has raw and a 28-300 tele. great camera. just bought a second one as a backup.

    here's a moment by moment account of the fire: http://www.plumasnews.com/
    this will give you a very good idea of the power of these things. and the fires in california last month mostly set off by one lightning storm! if they become a regular occasion, i don't know how we'll be able to handle them.

    this fire still cooking.

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    ps. is that pic from a bergman movie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokysun View Post
    thanks again! using the fuji s6000. tho only 6.3 megs it has raw and a 28-300 tele. great camera. just bought a second one as a backup.

    here's a moment by moment account of the fire: http://www.plumasnews.com/
    this will give you a very good idea of the power of these things. and the fires in california last month mostly set off by one lightning storm! if they become a regular occasion, i don't know how we'll be able to handle them.

    this fire still cooking.

    wayne
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    ps. is that pic from a bergman movie?
    Virgin Spring. One of the more disturbing Bergman films.

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    smoky,
    the S6000 is really a very satisfying camera to use, isn't it?
    Cannot think of a better or more versatile travel camera!
    Are you shooting RAW or JPEG?
    I have just started really playing with post processing using the Fuji and S7RAW.

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