Smoke & Light


Smoke & Light
Smoke & Light

In Australia we live under the constant threat of bushfires & hence the need for controlled hazard reduction burning on a regular basis to help reduce bushfire severity. It has been a particularly dry winter period so the RFS  has been out & about trying to burn as much fuel as possible. Now as a person who doesn’t suffer from asthma, I really enjoy the smokey skies and as a photographer it’s mood heaven for me. Every time I hear that they might be burning in my area I always try and head to some of my favourite spots to grab some of the smokey goodness in the skies & valley’s. Smoke is a really great infuser of colour & light and can really set a scene for some dramatic images come sunset.

I really do appreciate the great work that the RFS and all other departments do in order to keep our homes and livelihoods safer come fire season. The fires came close to where I live only a few years ago and the helicopters did a great job of controlling the blaze as it raced towards businesses and homesteads, via repeated water bombing from the air. So even though fires can wield a terrible destructive force, I also enjoy the beauty they can bring to a landscape as well. New life swiftly follows a burnt out area of vegetation with vibrant greens and reds as the environment quickly adapts after a fire. I hope that this season the fires will burn in habitats that can sustain and re-develop quickly and hopefully leave the smoke far from our doors…

Note: After writing this yesterday I came home today to learn that fires have been burning out of control in the lower Blue Mountains and western Sydney region. My thoughts go out to the people that have already been affected by this seemingly early start to bushfire season. Once again I take my hat off to the brave men & women who risk their own lives to keep the greater community safe. I dedicate this image to them…

cheers ben

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heavy smoke
heavy smoke
Smoke soaked sunrays entering the Jamison valley
Smoke soaked sunrays entering the Jamison valley
silhouettes in smoke
silhouettes in smoke
amazing sunsets
amazing sunsets
Jamison Glow
Jamison Glow
Smoke-in-Katoomba--September-2013--low-res
smoke rays
megalong burns
megalong burns
back open for business
back open for business
scorched
scorched

birds watching the smokey sunsetbirds watching the smokey sunset

tired firefighters
tired firefighters
water bombing the fires
water bombing the fires
new life comes
new life comes
close call in 2011
close call in 2011
cloud of smoke
cloud of smoke
choked valleys
choked valleys
after glow
after glow
shafts of light
shafts of light
colours of smoke
colours of smoke
Ben Pearse Photography
fires of 2009

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