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The Warm Fire by Rhavethstine The Warm Fire by Rhavethstine
I was up near Lee's Ferry doing a hike on Sunday when this previously lightning-caused forest fire literally flared up. The smoke plume was absolutely awe-inspiring. I can't imagine what the firefighters up there were experiencing, looking up and witnessing this massive thunderhead blotting out the last of the sun's rays. This makes the Brins Fire pale in comparison. For better perspective, checkout ~TarryAGoat's shot, taken all the way from Page, AZ.

You have to realize that my submission would not classify well as a photojournalism image. The long exposure collects more light than your eyes would, thus making the light more dramatic and intense. Still, it was quite enthralling to see in person. I may toss this into scraps. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't.

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:iconhis-salt-sweat-sugar:
his-salt-sweat-sugar Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Beautiful colours.
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Pupachu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
That's crazy...it must have been frightening.
Is this in AZ?
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
It was a bit intimidating. =) Yes, this was in Arizona.
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:iconfireman246:
Fireman246 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Nice shot[link]
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:iconanlm:
ANlM Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Kinda beautiful...
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Queen-of-the-Jungle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
This is absolutely phonomenal! Wow! Those colors are amazing. I bet that it was even cooler looking in person. I'm amazed with the colors, it looks almost like a volcanic eruption or something.
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Thanks! Yeah, it was pretty intimidating to witness this massive cloud of smoke rise out of nowhere at dusk. :)
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:iconleahenning:
LeaHenning Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Student Photographer
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
:thanks:
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:iconbentota:
bentota Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
this deviation has been featured in a news article [link] hope thats okay!
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:iconabender777:
abender777 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!!!!!!! amazing capture, great colors :D
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:iconraptordocker:
raptordocker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007   Photographer
I agree thoroughly with your caption. Awe-inspiring has to be what I would use to describe it. Wonderful shot.
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:iconjameshackland:
JamesHackland Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007   Photographer
Wow, that is unbelievable.:D
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:iconphotolitherland:
photolitherland Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
This amazing photo has been featured in my newest journal!
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:iconhotrats51:
hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Just incredible. I have never witnessed anything like this in person but through your picture, I can feel it!
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:iconwiglenog:
wiglenog Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
amazing shot :omfg:
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:icondsslved:
Dsslved Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Amazing intensity! (I have also featured this in my journal)
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:iconnames-allie:
Names-Allie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
This is amazing, the colors are great. Its just great and its a huge cloud. :)
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:iconpatgoltz:
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
This is an amazing photo! If I had taken this shot, I would be entering it into contests and competitions. I think it is really pretty. It's sad that the cause is a fire, but I don't think I have ever seen a prettier forest fire picture!
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Thanks. You know, the enthusiasm people have shown towards this image has made me like it more than I initially did. I appreciate it!
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:iconpatgoltz:
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
I am glad. It really is a very nice image!
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TarryAGoat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007   Photographer
How on earth did I miss this when you originally submitted it!?! This picture is way cool, a lot more "fire-like" than my far-off shot. That internal light is eerie.
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Heh, thanks. I keep meaning to revisit this photo shoot, as I think I could have done a few more things to clean this up.
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sjdebdaly Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
christ...thats beautiful...i want to have seen that...

:+fav:
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:iconmarkramstead:
markramstead Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Scraps! What are you thinking scraps for?
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
My initial thought was that the general quality of the file is somewhat substandard, but I've given up on that now. Too many people apparently like it. :) If I could shoot it again, I'd use a faster lens and try to cut down on the blurriness in the clouds.
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markramstead Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
One must at times realize that not being totally in control brings unexpected surprises from time to time, enjoy your photo!
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:iconahplemmons:
ahplemmons Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Incredible capture! I love seeing other photographers do things like this! Keep up the wonderful work!
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FerretBento Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
wow! the color contrast, and the colors are soooo gorgeous! nature is so amazng, and its so great that you were able to capture it! i cant say anything except that its beautiful!
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a stunning photograph. I cannot tell it is a forest fire. Had you told me it was a volcano, I might have believed you. It looks more like the entrance to a demonic inferno. This is an instant fav.
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
Thanks. Even though it didn't look this bright in real life, it was still awe-inspiring to see it rising ominously up over the landscape like that.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just minutes ago, I was showing this photo to some friends who were having dinner with me this evening. Everyone was awestruck by your excellent work.
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atomontage Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
awesome! nothing to add. :) :+fav:
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:iconxelf:
xelf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006
I love it, what a great opportunistic capture. I love those instances when warm light fills up billowing clouds, or in this case, smoke. I'd say leave it in the gallery.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
EXCELLENT work! :+fav:
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Twofold-Division Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
I'm sorry...lord...I'm sickening-ly fond of destruction...and someimes...it's by-products.

:pray:
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006
Heh, I guess I'd have to agree with you in this one instance. :)
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Twofold-Division Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
:XD:
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:iconmablesyrup:
mablesyrup Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
lets hope for more forest fires so it can be captured in such beauty by you!:D
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
Haha, ummm... no. :D

Now it's lightning season, so I'll be moving on to that. :w00t:
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:iconmablesyrup:
mablesyrup Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
cool even better! we never have pretty lightworks here...ur lucky:)

<3
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AmberSunset Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006   Photographer
Wow... That's an amazing capture!! :clap: The colours are outstanding!
I can't see why you should remove this fine piece from your gallery! :D It's great!
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
:thanks:
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:iconpurplerose:
purplerose Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006   Photographer
Wow, very nice capture.
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
Hey, thanks for stopping by. :)
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ConcreteDonkey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006
This has no place in scraps!! It's just mind blowing! I couldn't imagine how it must feel to be so close to it!
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006
Heh, that's the thing. I was at least thirty or forty miles away. :) This thing was monsterous. :O
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cybrghst Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
Excellent work james!
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StarTyger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006
I was on the North Rim for the 96(?) fire.
You couldn't actually see much if you were there.
On the Soouth Rim tho, they said it looked like an atom bomb had gone off.
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
'96 fire? What was the problem? Were there too many trees in the way to see it clearly? :O
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