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Fire Fighters On The Scene

Discussion in 'Photojournalism, Candids and Street Photography' started by ga_d_five-o, May 22, 2007.

  1. ga_d_five-o


    May 13, 2006
    NE GA, USA
    The call came over the scanner at 7:15 PM, that a tire store was on fire.
    Crews from 3 county stations were called in.

    Since there was still enough daylight left, I loaded my gear and we headed across town.
    On the way, we monitored the frequency and heard that the F.D. was beginning to close roads, so we stopped at an industrial park where I took this photo.


    The trees and power lines were in the way so DH said he thought we could get closer via a county road and come up behind the fire.
    He did good, the road hadn’t been closed.
    The deputy allowed me to set up at the intersection, but not to get any closer, so I had to work around sign post and vehicles.

    We are in drought conditions with winds, dry fuel and red flag warnings, so keeping the surrounding rural grass and pastures from catching fire was also a concern for the fire fighters.

    Despite the aggressive attack on the structure and its contents, the roof quickly collapsed and the Dept had decided that they would just
    allow the remaining materials to burn while maintaining an offensive, and working on the hot spots.



    #4 Gearing up

    #5 Going in



    #8 Nice Truck
    (I blurred out the county name on the truck for personal privacy reasons)

    Arson is suspected and the fire is now under investigation.

    The next morning, I emailed the local newspaper;
    Photo #3 was on the front page, above the fold, in color,
    Photos #2, #4 and #7 were on the second page.

    No one was injured, the fire was contained, although the building was destroyed.

    These were taken with a Nikon D50, a Nikon 70-300mm lens and monopod.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to look,

    With much appreciation for fire fighters,
    Last edited by a moderator: May 22, 2007
  2. Way to go!. Was this your first experience with PJ?

  3. ga_d_five-o


    May 13, 2006
    NE GA, USA
    H Rich!
    Thanks for looking!
    No this isn't my first;
    I photographed a night fire last year, but didn't submit those photos to the news paper.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 22, 2007
  4. Great pictures, congrats on getting them in the paper! Good job!
  5. ga_d_five-o


    May 13, 2006
    NE GA, USA
    Thanks Dude!

    (The D50 continues to amaze me!)
  6. The D50 is a great camera, I had a friend of mine who had two and loved the D50. The best part is that you use it very well :smile: Not only is it a great camera but the person behind it does a great job as well in your case.
  7. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Super shots
    Good on the news paper
  8. ga_d_five-o


    May 13, 2006
    NE GA, USA
    That's a nice compliment, thank you!
  9. ga_d_five-o


    May 13, 2006
    NE GA, USA
    Hi Gale!
    Thanks for stopping in! Good to see you!
    I haven't been on the Cafe much because it's been so busy
    this spring.
    I keep thinking I'm going to get caught up "this week"...
    it just ain't happening!
  10. Firelarz


    Feb 26, 2006
    Chandler, AZ
    Patty, nice job. You don't have to blur the name on the truck, it is a public service vehicle and for news items, you are allowed to post them.

    I do like the work you did here.
  11. ga_d_five-o


    May 13, 2006
    NE GA, USA
    Thanks for having a look Larz!
    I was also concerned about posting the fire-fighters photos without their personal permission, but they were printed in the paper, so I thought that would be ok.
  12. GBRandy


    Feb 28, 2006
    Green Bay, WI
    #3 is very well done. Nice work all around.

    BTW....As Larz says....don't blur the name on the truck...it's OK to leave it.
  13. Bigmuddy


    Feb 28, 2007
    Great job Patty, all are very nice and congrats on getting them in the paper!
  14. Excellent captures and congrats on being published. Fewer things more toxic than a tire fire.
  15. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Congrats Patty, job well done.
  16. ga_d_five-o


    May 13, 2006
    NE GA, USA
    Frank, Sandi, Brian, & GBRandy; it seems like most of the big fires in town happen at night, so being able to get some daylight fire photos was a big factor in loading the gear and getting out there.

    (Part of the reason that I blurred the name on the fire truck door is that
    I normally don't post my small town location on the internet!)

    Thanks everone,
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