Neal R. Thompson, M.D.  

Fighting Fire in Southern Oregon by Neal R. Thompson, M.D.

October 2020 - Fighting Fire in Southern Oregon

About the Image(s)

Last week about 11 AM, this was the sight that was visible from our deck. The fire had started about a half hour
earlier. It was about a half mile away. The fire roared down the greenway and destroyed much of Talent and Phoenix to the west. There was about a 35 MPH wind. About this time Audrey and I thought we had better leave home. Our home was spared. The image has been altered slightly. Although there was a line down from the helicopter it was a bit light and I darkened it. I've added some vibrancy.
Sony 6300; Tamron 18-200 @ 99mm; 1/3200 sec; f-9; ISO 1250

8 comments posted

Rick Finney   Rick Finney
(Group 15)
Neal: What a wonderful example of photojournalism! No suggestion to improve it. Great attention to detail. I'm glad your home was saved.   Posted: 10/08/2020 12:46:14

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Fabulous image. Congrats on being lucky enough that your home was saved. Hope things are better now.   Posted: 10/11/2020 05:40:18

Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
Wow! Too close for comfort, for sure. Great capture. Very powerful.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:06:57

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
(Groups 3 & 86)
Very impactful image! You are so brave to be able to capture this scene with your SLR camera from the deck of your house. This could be used for National Geographic or Associated Press image.
I am glad to know that your house was saved.   Posted: 10/15/2020 22:09:54

Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
I hate to say it, the flames are great in this. The helicopter does add even more interest. I am sure that you didn't have much chance for this other then to just grab the camera and start shooting without doing any adjusting to what the camera was set on. For flying propellers, it is usually best to use a slower shutter speed, maybe around 1/250, to give some motion blur.If you had time, you could have dropped the ISO to achieve that. I'm not sure what the flight path was for the helicopter but it might have been possible to catch the bucket closer or with the main flame right behind it.

This is a lot of "what if" suggestions. You did a great job in the heat of the moment.   Posted: 10/17/2020 07:38:55

Than Sint   Than Sint
Very powerful photo of photojournalism. I am also glad you are safe.   Posted: 10/17/2020 08:45:13

Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
I wouldn't touch this picture. Glad you are safe!!   Posted: 10/17/2020 10:37:17

David Robb   David Robb
Excellent story and action shot and I'm glad you were out of harms way. Perfect!   Posted: 10/19/2020 18:36:17


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