Up In Smoke by Chet  King

Plume of the Station Fire in the Angeles Natl. Forest near L.A. Looking north to the San Gabriel Mountains from Pasadena this afternoon 8/30/09. Flames are visible at the bottom of the plume and another plume visible to the lower left. Canon 40D enlarged and cropped from a 17-85mm zoom. Auto exposure.

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Using a camera since college. Trained as a photojournalist in the Navy. Three years with Pacific Stars & Stripes in Tokyo. Retired in ‘93. Then 15 years with municipal PD as evidence tech. Now fully retired and using Canon digitals. Enjoy shooting various subjects. Haven’t done nudes since the 90s. Experiment a lot with basic PS. Have a website and on FB.

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  • Chet  King
    Chet Kingover 5 years ago

    As of 8/31 this fire has burned 100,000 acres plus. Two fatalities, unknown number of “structures” destroyed. No containment for at least two weeks.

  • LarryH
    LarryHover 5 years ago

    All my cars covered in ash miles away here in Riverside.

  • Chet  King
    Chet Kingover 5 years ago

    Thanks for the “Phojo” feature.

  • marvintunstall
    marvintunstallover 5 years ago

    Awesome shot

  • Thanks Marvin. I saw some time lapse of the plume also.

    – Chet King

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 5 years ago

    Great capture, such devistation do you know if these fires were delibertly set, or just nature doing it’s thing?

  • This fire, the largest in L.A. County history, is an arson fire.

    – Chet King

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    Great yet tragic image!! Looks like this week there might be more fires to come!

  • Yeh, Santa Anas. Roadtrip next month as far as NC. On the way back I’ll hit some of the “Mother Road”.

    – Chet King

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your Feature. Stunning and scary capture.

  • adriangeronimo
    adriangeronimoover 5 years ago

    congratulations on the feature. truly captures the moments captured by photojournalism.
    although i hope no one was hurt.

  • Thnkyou Adrian. Your portfolio is quite interesting also.

    – Chet King

  • Actually two firefighters died as a result. The fire was an arson.

    – Chet King

  • BrettStevenson
    BrettStevensonover 5 years ago

    Excellent. Congratulations on the feature!

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodover 4 years ago

    Please consider submitting this image to Smoke Photography :)

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