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Full Critique Dramatic Smoke filled Sky ( Pic Heavy )

Mountain Mamma

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Some more photos from the evening I took the Pano of the Smoke plumes near my home
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G'day MM

Yes - potentially a disaster 'just over the hill' and waiting to come in your direction
We Downunder had this last year and so I / we can identify with you and your feelings of 'fear & excitement' all rolled in together

From medical studies now being released here, bushfire smoke =is= now seen as a danger to all involved especially unborn babies - so pregnant women up your way need to take urgent steps to isolate themselves well away from the airborne particles inside the bushfire smoke. As the smoke gets into every room in the house, they may need to go interstate for a while :(

ps- otherwise, your pics & pano shots are beaut :)
Phil
 

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That's scary, but those shots are incredible.
 

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For me, the first shows the reality of the situation, with the orange glow in the sky. The others, at present, are reminiscent of a stormy, cloudy day. If you do some dodging and burning (!) on the smoke in the others, they should develop more to show what you saw. Amazing shots though.
 

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I really like the 4th, the inclusion of a person adds questions and drama. I'm wondering if they are stunned, worried, fearful, contemplative. Great documentary image worthy of a newspaper.
 

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Lovely photos of the disaster. Good luck lady...:))
 

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For me, the first shows the reality of the situation, with the orange glow in the sky. The others, at present, are reminiscent of a stormy, cloudy day. If you do some dodging and burning (!) on the smoke in the others, they should develop more to show what you saw. Amazing shots though.
That orange sky was truly impressive but the other with the dark almost stormy-looking sky truly was what we were seeing, I had even said that if you didn't know that was smoke you would think it was just a really bad storm cloud. The wind had shifted and was causing the smoke from the two fires to merge in that part of the sky then wich really gave the sky an ominous feel. Although I will try some dodge and burn to see if I can improve on the impact a bit.


I really like the 4th, the inclusion of a person adds questions and drama. I'm wondering if they are stunned, worried, fearful, contemplative. Great documentary image worthy of a newspaper.
I am glad that is the feeling you got from that image as that is something I was trying to capture. I feel like in instances like these people can be a powerful element in a photo.
 

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Wow- those are some thick clouds! Great shots to document it all.
 
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