Brandon Montgomery  


Message of smoke by Brandon Montgomery

February 2021 - Message of smoke

About the Image(s)

I took this photo on Inauguration day in Sacramento. A protest occurred, which resulted in a march around Sacramento. I took this photo of a protestor using a smoke flair while the demonstrators organized. I edited the photo in Adobe Lightroom in which I adjusted the exposure, highlights and shadows along with the details. I would have liked to have gotten a different version of this shot, but this environment was rather more intense than previous ones.


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Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Wow, you are so brave! Nice capture of an intense time. Really tells a story of the times. Crazy how time has changed in such short months. Your photo is the new history. Nice job. Well done!   Posted: 02/07/2021 14:29:53
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Marianne!   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:52:25



Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Sacramento sure give you great opportunity for street photography. Well done, you captured the story of the happening very well. Exciting. Dangerous. Good work, Good eye.   Posted: 02/07/2021 15:24:21
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Chuck! I had a few seconds to get this shot as close up photos of this group are hard to get given the groups combative nature.   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:53:33



Albert Lee   Albert Lee
This shot is a winner . I cant ask for more. I just did a little cropping to remove the half umbrella and the railings below.   Posted: 02/07/2021 15:44:30
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Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Albert! Also, thank you for the input on the crop.   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:54:29



Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
Real history shot - important, well done.
  Posted: 02/08/2021 00:50:26
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Jill!   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:54:49



Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Brandon, what a great shot. You certainly get some very interesting photos. I can feel the intensity in this situation, you have done well to capture that feeling. I like the overall reddish color theme, I think it gives a futuristic, dystopian feel to the image.   Posted: 02/13/2021 09:34:24
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Lou! I like the dystopian reference as I try to get photos that have that kind of feel.   Posted: 02/18/2021 09:34:20