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Hills Of Fire by kkart Hills Of Fire by kkart
This photo has been picked up by the news media, specifically our local ABC affiliate who saw it on Twitter last evening and asked if they could use it on the air [link] )

Last evening myself, John ( ~Glitch-Chaos ) and Josh ( *daskibum ) all got together to shoot The Golden Fire (Indian Creek Wildfire) outside of Golden, Colorado. I was simply just amazed watching mother nature release some of her most devastating power and fury in the form of a wildfire that is now approaching 1500 acres. We shot at 2 different location, the first location we eventually moved from as the winds changed and we began to feel like we standing and shooting in the middle of a smoker. The second location, Lookout Mountain, made for more dramatic photographs and this is where this shot was taken from. The wind at times was absolutely nuts and trying to steady a 400mm lens with exposures up to 30 seconds long was very difficult and challenging. This shot here was about 4 seconds long as I zoomed in to get some of the action going on that my lens could see but the naked eye was unable to.

I tell ya, photographing wildfires close by is becoming all to often an occurrence the last couple of years. I hope this isn't really an ongoing thing, though I have to admit I love to be able to photograph them, as long as no one is hurt or no ones house goes up in flames.

Sony a550
Tamron 200-400mm lens
Tripod
10 second exposure

Below is a shot from one of the wildfires I photographed last year, The 4 Mile Canyon fire, which The Associated Press picked up on after seeing it on Twitter (are you seeing a pattern here folks?!? lol ) It was published worldwide, including on the front page of Yahoo, Fox News, AOL, NBC nightly news, LA Times, and a host of other news outlets.



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Given 2011-03-27
Suggester says, "A powerful yet devastating scene to behold. Amidst everything else that's going on in the world right now, disasters can strike unexpectedly close to home for some, and it's tragic that there's no happy story behind this amazing photo."
Hills Of Fire by `kkart

[Photojournalism / Natural Events]
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General-Mindfuck Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
I used it for a background is that ok for you ?
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful :)
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JestePhotography Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This just about leaves me speechless.  WOW.:jawdrop:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo!
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Adoptable-Horses-INC Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool! :D Beautiful!!!
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GamerGoddess360 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I remember seeing this and feeling like I was in hell. Colorado will rebuild, but we need prayers...thank you for this.
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UrbanFurest Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
very dramatic image. Yes wildfire is becoming more prevalent. The dangers and effects largely ignored by society. Smoky the bear was only partially right.
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jamalmehr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
It is absolutely one big triumph!
I love your photoes.
They are fabulous!
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   General Artist
fantastic shot
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AspiredWriter Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
wow
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Siberiah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
on the one hand this is great photo, but on the other hand is very sad
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xybciba Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Now if that doesn't deserve a DD, I don't know what does. :+favlove:
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manicartist Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woeful beauty, reminds me of the Missonary Ridge fire years ago and how so many people were displaced in our little community and how uncertin they felt. Its awesome that your works have been popular with big networks, haha you have skill.
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shadee Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, that's amazing!
It's a scary thing when it's close by but there's also something quite beautiful about it.
Awesome capture! :)
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kkart Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Why shanks youuuuuuu! lol :hug: Good morning to you on this fine Saturday!
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Katsnake Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on having your photos picked up by the news media.
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kkart Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful shot! I am amazed at the detail you were able to get!
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AzankinoKING Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
how do you link your other images mate like you did here?
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kkart Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
just add the thumbcode in the artists description area and done
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AzankinoKING Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks man, took sometime to understand that but i got it. :thumbsup:
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Billy-Blues Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bittersweet image. Great catch.
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mandolinphotography Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
woah! I can't even think of the words to describe how amazing and terrifying this looks. wow!
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DGAnder Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
This shot is awesome.. tragic and beautiful at the same time.
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Blume44 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
dramatic !
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leilani-m Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Amazing photo :)
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Randime Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student General Artist
WOW!:shocked: Its acually kinda scary because fires like this do happen.:onfire: But this pic is to cool!!! The angel its at makes it even better.
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NigNag Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Outstanding
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! You've been featured here: [link]
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Roronoa-Forte Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Goodness, did Deathwing fly overhead? :O_o:
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kkart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
What's a "Deathwing"?
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Roronoa-Forte Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Somehow I'm not surprised you didn't get it. I'm sorry. :XD:

Just google it.
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kkart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
You shouldn't be surprised, I'm frickin' 41 lol
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sQuidan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I hope you charged them greatly ;)
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MattT1996 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
This kinda reminds me of hell for some reason :|
Either way, that's terrible, but very beautiful at the same time
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AzankinoKING Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot
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LadyBell Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Gorgeous shot despite its tragic content. The wind was certainly viscous during the fire. I don't know very much about photography but I can only imagine how difficult it was getting the focus and shot with that wind tossing you around. It's frightening that it isn't April yet and we've already had a couple major fires. I drove up Golden Gate Canyon yesterday and it was eerie knowing just over the way there were acres and acres of devastation. Not to mention seeing sign after sign of fire bans already. Lets hope we get some rain/snow. Congratulations on the DD.
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NoctemXxXAeternus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.. odd to think something so destructive is so.. breathtakingly beautiful.
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NoctemXxXAeternus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.. odd to think something so destructive is so.. breathtakingly beautiful.
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BloodiRose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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Malazaak Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
That's terrible but beautiful.
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Wow! Amazing
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shebeast2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
wow
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shebeast2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
wo
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
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photofairy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   General Artist
Wondeful picture John, a DD so well deserved! :clap: :clap:
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
We haven't had nearly enough snow this winter, I'm hoping there won't be more of these this summer. :(
Anyway, fantastic shot!!
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GuyFromTheNorth Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot, night shots of forest fires aren't easy as they are such high contrast. I work as an initial attack fire ranger up here in Canada, been in your neck of the woods before
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Another amazing photo of a forest fire. Well done. It's too bad we're losing all these trees.

Congrats on DD. (and be careful out there.)
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LordCastigator Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
We recently had our own fires here in Perth, WA. My grandparent's place was spared, but the houses at either end of the street were burnt down, so we know the pain. It's beautiful to watch, but causes so much destruction when untamed...
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