Photographer's Note

In Australia, bush fires (forest fires) are a necessary evil. This is because many Australian native plants will not germinate until after a fire has gone through. The Australian Aborigines have been using fire for thousands of years in a controlled way. Today, things are out of balance. Forests are cleared at an ever increasing rate, different species of tree are being introduced and people are gaining access to hitherto remote and inaccessable areas. Here, we see the aftermath of a fire that went through a pine plantation. I was struck by the colours and form..especially when looking at the scene through half closed eyes (as I sometimes do). Choosing a slow shutter speed, I panned downwards...'vertically' as the shutter tripped, to gain a beautiful blurring effect. PP involves saturation adjustment and some minor dodging only. Uncropped

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