eclipse over the embers by Christopher  Ewing

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This shot was taken last year. We had a fire on Cove mountain, which is on the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains. The fire had burnt for a good 5days, winds were up to 50mph. On this particular night, as they were finally getting the fire contained, and we were having a lunar eclipse.
I took off over to that area , in hopes the eclipse would be over the fires, to my luck it was.
I stood in a field down below, winds high, pitch black, and Cold! getting shots of this historical event
I sent this shot to our local newspaper, they were going to run a story on it, and me. Of course I was so excited about this, told everyone!! Well it turned out the shot was too dark for print for a newspaper. I tried to get them to use some other shots I had done, but some unfortunately were alittle too blurry, and this was the shot they wanted to run on the paper.
To date it was one of the most crushing experiences of my life with my photography. I bashed myself for a long time for not “shooting it right” , racking my brain trying to figure out, what exactly i did wrong. Did I use the right SS, or should have used Apt mode..what? After checking my stats on the shot, I did shoot it correctly, it still didnt help soothe that deep wound within me. I mean I was probably the only photographer who captured history being made…twice…the lunar eclipse and the fire on the mountains. This shot would have been my big break for being noticed.

The “lights” you see on this shot, are hot spots where the fires are. The fire had started on one mountain, due to some guy who burnt his trash, his fire got alittle out of control so the FD had to be called in. They didnt get all of it out, the fire was in the underbrush, a couple of days later we had winds clocked at 50mph come thru, this got the fire started up again and caused it to jump over to another mountain. On the top of that mountain some rental cabins burnt (which I was a ok with..they dont belong up there!) No one was hurt in this fire thank god, but I was hoping that this fire so close to my mountains was a sign..hey you are getting to close and stop the building.
What they have done a year later, was rebuild the cabins and shaved off more trees to protect them…really pisses me off everytime I drive by and see it.


  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 6 years ago

    Awesome shot. Great story.

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    Great capture

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthover 6 years ago

    Wow Christopher . . . I think you did an excellent job with this one ……quite amazing, really . . .

  • eaglewatcher
    eaglewatcherover 6 years ago

    Great shot - don’t worry about being noticed – we all see how incredible your work is

  • Gaby Swanson  Photography
    Gaby Swanson ...over 6 years ago

    outstanding shot Chris, what a great capture

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardover 6 years ago

    It’s a great shot ,to bad for all those fires and having to cut more trees, it’s is terrible ,unconsciousness is everywhere.

  • Anthony Pierce
    Anthony Pierceover 6 years ago

    Well, it was a once in a lifetime event, and you were there! Working as a printer, I can see why it was too dark to print. When photos are printed on a printing press they will always have what is called “dot gain” basically it means that things will print a little heavier than the original. So that would make this image pretty much all black in some areas.

    Don’t worry about it though. You got a great experience captured and you did get published in the paper eventually!

  • Tracey Bransfield
    Tracey Bransfieldover 6 years ago

    Wow……. never seen a shot like this one before Chris… pretty awesome.

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 6 years ago

    Wow you do manage to be there recording the most amazing scenes – a lifetime capture as you say and just hope printing technology makes strides to catch up with you soon! AWESOME work!

  • Benjamin Young
    Benjamin Youngover 6 years ago


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