This week's assignment is pretty current. Here in Victoria, we've experienced virtually non-stop bushfires since the start of December.
This hand-held photo was taken without flash, three nights ago near Yarra Junction, roughly 50km away from our fire station. The wind was starting to pick up, embers were flying out of the tree to the left of the frame, and the smoke was starting to thicken. The short bright lines are floating embers. We were being frugal with the two thousand litres of water in our Tanker, while extinguishing this outbreak.
What it took:
Sony W12, 7.9mm, f/2.8, 1s, ISO 400, matrix metering. 22:11:30 17feb2007 (after assignment posted at 12:45pm 14feb local time).
† As a fire service, we were simply extinguishing this fire, rather than "playing" with it.