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The Griffth Fire was one of the many fires in Los Angeles during some incredibly dry months in Los Angeles.
When I was across the I-5 highway photographing the fire, I met this gentleman who was crying because he could hear some of the animals running and some screaming from across the highway. He said that this was a visual cue of armaggedon- this is what the world would look like if we did not start changing our perspectives on how we impact the world.
Some of the design and technical aspects of the photograph:
There were several helicopters struggling to control the fire, which are shown as the streaks in the sky. The two bursts at the ends of the streaks were the helicopters shining their spotlights directly at the camera at the time of the exposure. My silhouette was created by the sodium vapor lights along the Los Angeles River. Throughout the duration of the exposure, I attempted to stand still while I intermittently checked my metering to ensure that the foreground, background, and sky would expose properly.
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