I have many favourite areas of my home town, those that I visit more often than others. Most on them face west, as you can imagine, for sunset images. I had, on a previous weekend, wanted to shoot here to capture a fiery evening. It’s just off the Turner Road fire trail, however, when I arrived the smoke was too thick to get any images. In addition, it would have been stupid to have entered. The area, whilst accessible, had many ‘closed’ signs. So I knew the terrain would be blackened as I walked in. I wanted to capture the post-hazard-reduction look of the bush with the sun setting in the background. I didn’t quite get the blackened branches I sought, and at the time of taking I did not realise I had captured so much black.
Interestingly, I will still be able to shoot here from the edge of the escarpment (Kids – Don’t try this!) as there is some greenery left there as the major re-growth occurs. I have broken many rules of composition in terms of Rule of Thirds. However the pattern is strong geometrically so it gets the two thumbs up from me there.
I called this image ‘Safer’. That’s how I feel when I know how much hard work the firies put in to get this result.