2020 WEEK 43: Yellow
Your challenge this week is to take a photo with the color yellow in it. The color yellow can fill the frame or simply be an accent in your photo. The point of the challenge is to “look for yellow” and then capture a pleasing composition that includes yellow.
I wish I could say this photo is heavily processed and that I added the yellow for effect. Unfortunately, this is the real-life disaster movie that I am living in right now. We were evacuated for the Cameron Peak Fire 10 days ago and were luckily able to return home after just 8 days. As we were returning home, the entire town of Estes Park, CO was being evacuated for yet another out-of-control wildfire – the East Troublesome fire which grew 100,000 acres/156 square miles in 24 hours.
The dark smoke in this photo is from the East Troublesome fire which was burning 27 miles due west on the other side of the Continental Divide. Ash, along with burnt pine needles, was falling on me as I took the photo from the campground we were staying at. (The morning after I took this photo we learned that the fire had “jumped” the Continental Divide, was well established in the eastern portion of Rocky Mountain National Park and a potential threat to the town of Estes Park.) In the brightest part of the photo you can see other smoke rising from the Calwood fire burning 10 miles away in Boulder County.
I wish I could come up with a title for this image and maybe I will when this is all over, but for now I’m at a loss for words. My heart is breaking as I await the arrival of my cousins who are evacuating from Estes Park.
Canon 5Div, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary (9 frames at 150mm), 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 800, RAW. Stitched in LR; post-processed in LR and PS.