Photographer's Note

(Looking east over the city of Orange, with the Inland Empire hidden under the smog between the first ridge and the mountains in the background).

In the middle of summer, southern California is at its driest. Wildfire season has started (if it ever stopped), we've had several fires in the SoCal region in the past couple weeks. In this shot, most of the smoke and haze came from a fire in the Banning Pass, between the two mountains in the background to the east. In addition, you can see the high overcast that starts out over the desert and comes over the city. It stopped before it reached the shore, and you can see where the sun was reaching over the edge (rays in the top right) as well as peaking through in places (foreground).

These weather conditions are somewhat unusual for LA in the summer, the next few days returned quickly to sunny skies and the usual haze layer reaching to three or four thousand feet. As the summer deepens, there will probably be more and larger wildfires. Last year the fires dropped ash and smoke into the basin for more than two weeks at the worst point.

I shot this out the airplane window, and actually had to dim the brightness quite a bit and increase the contrast to cut the haze. This removed some of the colour of the horizon, but was worth it to see the city more clearly. I'll post the unedited version as a workshop. Resized and cropped top and bottom.

ISO 50, focal 12mm, exp 0.0

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