Jack Florence Jr  

Wildfire by Jack Florence Jr

September 2020 - Wildfire

September 2020 - Jack Florence Jr


About the Image(s)

I had a front row seat to the Sonoma wildfires a couple of weeks ago, until the wind shifted and was evacuated myself! Fortunately, the fire is mostly contained and I'm back home, though whether this year's grape crop survives the smoke, remains to be seen.

As you can see, the black and white renders more detail in the smoke, however, you can't see the red stripe of retardant which was dropped by the tankers in the color version.

6 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I have had an abiding interest in PJ Photography. This is, to me, a good way of sharing a story about what is happening to others, or sometimes to us. I am glad that you are well and that you survived the fires.

You are correct, to my eye, about the smoke and monochrome accenting the texture of the smoke - something that does not appear as well in the color version. I had to really study the color version to find the red stripe - eventually did. I do not think the image has lost anything by not having it in the picture since the average viewer would likely miss it and probably would not know what is was if they did see it.

It is a sad slice of life in California which my family encountered some years back with the Santa Clarita fires. We did not feel them but the smoke was visible in Long Beach where we were living - that and the ash on our cars every day.

Thank you for sharing it with us Jack.   Posted: 09/04/2020 22:19:38

John Erve   John Erve
Jack, For me this is too close for comfort: I have been having trouble breathing here in South City and can see why. The composition is good with the hill creating a strong diagonal. My suggestion would be, if possible, to increase the detail and contrast in the billowing smoke to make it more dramatic. Thanks for sharing and stay safe.   Posted: 09/05/2020 19:59:07

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hi Jack! A very emotional statement as we are all aware of the latest news coming out from the west coast.

This is a well composed Documentary Fine Art example what can be done when we choose to tell (or report) a story while also hoping to create an engaging piece worthy of Print.

The authentic presentation is refreshing to see: you have decided not to add too much spice to the recipe - and in doing so have retained the natural "Drama" that reveals itself here. Well done!

"Points to Ponder" - an alternative presentation may include a more Contrast version overall - but only just a bit. Just a thought.   Posted: 09/09/2020 07:15:34

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Jack I agree this is definitively too close for comfort! Hoping the grapes will survive and that California will get relief soon. Thank you for a meaningful image.   Posted: 09/14/2020 17:40:47

Don Crow   Don Crow
I have to agree with everyone, the black and white version is much more dramatic. I'm not sure you should change anything. It a very good story telling PJ image.   Posted: 09/21/2020 07:45:04

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Gosh Jack, that sounds very close with you all having to evacuate. I hope this was a one off and you are normally a good distance from all the fires we hear about in the UK media.

Your developed B&W image shows the smoke well - I suspect this is difficult without over doing things. Maybe a tad more contrast/clarity, but not on the hillside which looks perfect to me. A topical image and I actually hope you never get the opportunity to take another image like this near your home!   Posted: 09/24/2020 05:48:53


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