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Umptanum Fire by Bob Patrick
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October 2020 - Umptanum Fire

About the Image(s)

This shot is a jpeg captured from the Phantom 4 Pro on Sept. 13. The subject is part of the Umptanum Ridge area effected by the Evans Canyon Fire during August and early September this year. This area is sagebrush country with a few groves of pines. The image was shot through smoke from this fire, and some other fires in 3 States, which blew into the area. ISO 400, 1/800 F8. Tweaked up the contrast a bit, but otherwise the image is not manipulated.

6 comments posted

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
These fires are so sad and ridiculous. I hope that the rainy season starts soon and helps the firefighters to put them out and get them all under control.

The smoke gives your photo an end-of-days feel, great documentary feel. I'd like to see the horizon and see how smokey that looks.

Is this a jpeg from your video? Or do you shoot your stills in jpeg?
  Posted: 10/04/2020 08:24:08
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
This is a still image capture in JPEG. The smoke stayed with us in WA State until Sept. 19. Last week, the California fires' smoke came back to visit, and is still hanging around.   Posted: 10/04/2020 10:06:51

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I like your subject matter and the composition. I think the muted colors and softness gives the image a very desirable (to me) surrealistic other worldly feel. Have you captured a lot of images of the fires' devastation?   Posted: 10/04/2020 13:59:51
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
No, I have not been up there much. The area I know was only sage brush and a few trees. No buildings were involved in the Kittitas County portion of the fire. I've stayed out of Yakima County, as it was still an active zone.

Lucky for me, the old farm house in Kittitas County that I frequent was not burned.   Posted: 10/04/2020 14:42:05

Don Stouder   Don Stouder
Bob, I got confused. I was expecting to see the video from which your still image was extracted. But instead a video of some horse sculptors in WA was displayed. Is that your video as well?   Posted: 10/08/2020 14:52:25
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Yep. I broke from protocol. The video I shot of the burn area is dull, boring, and fuzzy. Not even any decent abstracts. So, I substituted the Wild Horse Monument video.

Wild Horse Monument is a good subject and deserves more work in more interesting lighting conditions. The down side is it is a very windy area, and a long drive from home.   Posted: 10/08/2020 15:35:08


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