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Aireal View

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 31 July 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The firemaen use the reach of the ladder truck to attack the fire.

PENTAX K200D 1/20 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 345 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Wonderful photograph, the shingles warped by the intense heat of the fire.

31 Jul 2011 5:44am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! Yes, at this point part of the roof has already collapsed and the firemen were checking for hot spots.... ;-)

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

hi eric ☺ i notice some damage now on the house :-/
what about the house after that ?
repairing or reconstruction ?
have a nice sunday ☼

31 Jul 2011 5:51am

@☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼: Thank you very much Eric! Yes, the house is being rebuilt and the owners should be moving back in in a few weeks..... ;-)

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

The tiles all bent are amazing. I hope this wasn't your house ...

31 Jul 2011 6:05am

@kitty: Thank you very much Kitty! No this was my neighbour right across the street! ;-)

BBM from United Kingdom

The house is destroyed ! great capture !

31 Jul 2011 6:25am

@BBM: Thank you very much BBM! ;-)

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

we are getting specialists in fire fighting :-))

31 Jul 2011 7:41am

@Veronique: Thank you very much Veronique! Yes, these professionals are specialists in what they do! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I imagine that there was not much a this house after this fire ?

31 Jul 2011 7:51am

@Marie LC: Thank you very much Marie! No, it suffered extensive damage and will have to be rebuilt from the ground up! ;-)

janina from Melbourne, Australia

'Aireal', eric! -- up in the air aereal; yes they do a good job. Not sure I'd cope if they weren't around. well done. ^)^

31 Jul 2011 9:24am

@janina: Thank you very much Janina! Yes, I think we would all be a little worse for wear if they were not around! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

This image reminds me today that I did those pictures of men trimming the trees in my city ... Excellent composition my friend! The ambient light is really nice! A hug, Adela

31 Jul 2011 11:45am

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful composition. The firemen did a great job. Great series. Fantastic, Eric:)

31 Jul 2011 12:07pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

As the wood burnt wood beneath them, the layers of shingles collapse. It looks like you might have gone to your second floor for this image, Eric. You know, I'm sure, that Mike and I have both enjoyed this series.

31 Jul 2011 12:25pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! This shot was taken through my kitchen window..... ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great shot of the damaged roof and the firemen at work!

31 Jul 2011 1:14pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow, you can now really see some of the damage. Geat shot!

31 Jul 2011 1:55pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The warp in the shingles...that catches the eye! But the damage.....ugh! And the guts these guys must have!
(Thank you for the very detailed explanation you offered so kindly to my question about how much weight a firefighter wears on! I appreciate it, Eric!)

31 Jul 2011 2:25pm

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! I always knew it was a lot but didn't realize how much until your question prompted me to do some more research...... ;-)

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

i like these serial !

31 Jul 2011 2:48pm

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you very much Shaahin! ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Au sommet de la nacelle ces pompiers, et toujours au travail, un feu c'est vraiment impressionnant.

31 Jul 2011 3:24pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! Oui, une fois le feu éteint, ils ont besoin pour s'assurer qu'il n'ya pas de points chauds qui pourraient relancer. C'est un travail minutieux et fastidieux. ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent; like a journalist you show us all of their job!!!

31 Jul 2011 3:49pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great shot.
poor neighbours, their hous was damaged too; first I thought it was only the carport.

31 Jul 2011 4:01pm

@Roman: Thank you very much Roman! Yes, the garage is attached to the house and spread extensively inside the house. ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

very cool!!! the title 'AI-REAL' was not lost in translation, this is an interesting series - one expects the unexpected! Thank you.

31 Jul 2011 5:03pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! ;-))

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Really, the roof was badly damaged too. Bright reportage, Eric.

31 Jul 2011 5:11pm

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! Yes, about 1/3 of the roof collapsed..... ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, the capture of the firemen and the roof is fantastic in this close up!

31 Jul 2011 5:31pm

@Bettina: Thank you very much Bettina! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A nice shot of these firefighters getting up above it all. That would seem to be an advantage in that they get a different angle on what's going on.

31 Jul 2011 6:18pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Yes, it also allows them to get a good look at the roof which at this point is very unstable..... ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

If they aren't careful, if this thing goes over the blazing fire, these guys could become like big marshmallows, toasting... scary thought.

31 Jul 2011 7:14pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! A scary thought indeed! ;-)

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

I mean : we are with all your explanation :-)

31 Jul 2011 8:55pm

@Veronique: Thanks! ;-))

PATRICK from miramas, France


31 Jul 2011 10:14pm

@PATRICK: Merci beaucoup Patrick! ;-)

Dokmateo from Spain

You really captured it well Eric. I thought when I first saw the first photo of this series is that you are just going to share this fire that happened within your neighborhood. I didn't thought that this would be a great series and a bit of a tribute to the firemen. Great job!

31 Jul 2011 11:42pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! Yes, when I sat down and started to review the photos from the event it grew from a simple report of an event into a tribute to these brave men and women around the world! ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this is an amazing shot of the melted shingles... wow!
This series has been amazing!

1 Aug 2011 12:04am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon! ;-)

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Hope everyone was okay

1 Aug 2011 12:05am

@Jen: Thank you very much Jen! Yes, everyone escaped without injury! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful shot, Eric - the damage to the roof is really evident in that shot!

1 Aug 2011 12:13am

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Great detail here Eric, and excellent documentary series.
Congrats on the spotlighted photo for this series.

1 Aug 2011 4:48am

@bluechameleon: Thank you very much Sharon! ;-)

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Those guys are great! Nice catch!

1 Aug 2011 5:36am

@Riccardo: Thank you very much Riccardo! Yes, they are!!! ;-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The extent of the damage starts to become more clear as they bring the fire under control. My heart aches for the homeowner, hafta say.

1 Aug 2011 10:01am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you very much Ronnie! Yes, fire is always devastating.... ;-)

1/20 second
ISO 1600
345 mm (35mm equiv.)