Thursday, June 21, 2012

Explosive Destruction of the High Park Fire: June 10th, 2012

We have one heck of a forest fire raging right in my backyard. The High Park Fire has proven to be the most destructive wildfire in Colorado state history after destroying at least 189 homes, but there are likely many more. Today it still is growing at nearly 70,000 acres (placing it third in size for all-time CO fires) with 55% containment.

This image was taken on Sunday June 10th, which likely was the day of the greatest fire growth (roughly 30k acres in a day). Thanks to all the brave firefighters! For information on donating to the fire recovery and victims please see here:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Energized Turbulence

Energized Turbulence, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

My wife and I went out to the eastern plains of Colorado to find the super moon on Saturday night and were gifted with a beautiful lightning storm for the encore. I feel fortunate to have gotten a chance to photograph such a photogenic storm!

Image Notes: photographing lightning can be dangerous, please be careful if you give it a try. I use an Ebay radio remote to trigger my camera wirelessly and occasionally use a window mount (such as here). I would love some day to own a lightning trigger but for now rely on repeated exposures with as long shutter speed as I can manage. It's a bit like photographing meteors, you never know when you are going to get lucky but can take steps to increase the odds of landing a big fish. ;-)))