Southern California Photographers - Firestorm

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Gordon Moat, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. Gordon Moat

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Good morning to all.

    I hope everyone is safe, and wish everyone the best of luck. I am in San
    Diego, downtown area. Though I am out of the fire area, the smoke is
    thick, the sun is red, and ash is everywhere.

    Despite the conditions, I have procured a mask, and I will be heading
    out to try to take some photos. I was supposed to having a meeting with
    a large new client today, but unfortunately, there phone number is not
    working. Since that client is in one of the fire areas, the business
    might not be there . . . I wish them well.

    If any of you are in San Diego, or any of the other areas of Southern
    California hit by the fires, I am curious to know if anyone has taken
    pictures, or will be taking pictures. This is a tough time to live
    through, and it my intent to try to record what I feel and see through

    Hopefully, when this ends, I will have some images to share with those
    not in this area. If any other photographers have some images from
    theses fire areas, and need some space to share them, I have some room
    on my site to post them, unless anyone has a better idea.

    I know there are several of us in Southern California, so I wish you
    well, and stay safe. Please feel free to comment, or share your views.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Oct 27, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

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  3. I am in San Diego (Rancho Penasquitos). If anyone takes pictiures of this
    (I have been going through film myself), and Gordon runs out of space, my
    ISP did not burn. I can probably make a LOT of space for your images.
    Everyone stay safe.
    Robert Meyers, Oct 27, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

  5. I was in San Diego Yesterday, at the Bridal Bazaar, and the ash clouds hung
    ominously overhead. Now areas of Temecula/Hemet, are on fire, as areas of
    L.A and San Bernardino. Surreal.

    Rudy Von Tschudi, Oct 27, 2003
  6. did take a few, yesterday, of the Valley Center fire as it crested the
    hills north of Escondido. I have a few friends up there, and all are
    accounted for, and their houses seem to have survived unscathed. Same with
    my friends in Santee/Lakeside, but I'm missing a friend in Poway, no one has
    heard from him and his s/o since Saturday...
    Skip Middleton, Oct 28, 2003
  7. 2474 is eerie. I didn't get that close, fortunately...
    Skip Middleton, Oct 28, 2003
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    Annika1980 Guest

    C'mon Arnold .... do something.

    Terminate it!
    Annika1980, Oct 28, 2003
  9. Gordon Moat

    Gordon Moat Guest

    It is still not very good. As I walked around yesterday, many people were
    asking where to get masks. I see more of them today. The visibility was barely
    one block yesterday, but today is clearing the about four blocks. I cannot see
    the Coronado bridge at all.

    Yesterday, I also went up to the old light house on Point Loma. It was barely
    possible to see North Island, and I could not point out downtown.

    I think there is still lots of toxic stuff in the air, so I still recommend a
    mask for anyone venturing downtown. It is possible to see the sun, but it
    seems to be coming through the worst fog ever . . . except it is smoke and

    Be careful out there. I hope Temecula does not also become another fire area,
    but be prepared.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Oct 28, 2003
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    I thought that area may be particularly bad. The fire is also approaching the
    Wild Animal Park, which would be a real mess.

    I thought putting together some images for others to see might better show what
    is happening. It is far from over, and may still be with us next Monday, or
    even longer. I am still working out exactly how I want to layout the images,
    but I would like to link to some, or host some images.
    I called friends both Sunday and yesterday. So far everyone seems to have made
    it. The scariest was one friend in Scripps Ranch area. Five blocks from his
    house, about 150 homes burned to the ground. Luckily, his home survived with no
    There is also a solar flare activity alert, which disrupts many phone
    communications. The other thing is some power outages. Hopefully, it is just
    communications problems, and I hope you hear from them. Best wishes, and be


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Oct 28, 2003
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Pray that it doesn't get to be as bad as the situation in British
    Columbia this past summer...almost 2,500 fires, over 600,000 acres
    burned, in excess of $500 million just to fight them.
    Doug Payne, Oct 28, 2003
  12. It can't be bargained with... it can't be reasoned with...
    Martin Francis, Oct 28, 2003
  13. Gordon Moat

    Gordon Moat Guest

    I hope not. The air is getting really bad now. I thought it might be
    getting better this morning, since the light in my room started to look
    bluer, instead of the yellow orange of the last two days. Now it is
    getting thick again, no wind, and I can only see about one block. I may
    venture out again soon for more photos.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Oct 28, 2003
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Yeah, three of my staff are at a conference this week in SD. And they
    thought they'd be escaping dreary cold southern Ontario for a week! From
    what I hear from them, it's no fun at all, even inside. I spent some
    time in my youth fighting forest fires, and it's pretty scary business,
    even in the bush far away from civilization.

    Hope you all escape relatively unscathed.
    Doug Payne, Oct 28, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    TP ?
    Alan Browne, Oct 29, 2003
  16. Well, I heard from my friend, he and his s/o and the kids are ok, but the
    house and its contents were a total loss. He told me a disturbing story,
    though. He and his mate were thinking about moving, (before the fire) since
    they were renting the property. They contacted an ad they saw in the paper
    for an apt. for $1100 mo. When they called back yesterday the price had
    gone up to $1950. A little profiteering...
    Skip Middleton, Oct 29, 2003
  17. BTW, let me know it you want any contributions from me, I'll be glad to.
    Skip Middleton, Oct 29, 2003
  18. Not only that, but Ahnol' won't be guv until the middle of next month...
    Skip Middleton, Oct 29, 2003
  19. Actually both Davis and the Governator are doing all they can....Which is to
    go to Washington D.C, and beg for money.........
    William Graham, Oct 29, 2003
  20. Right now, it's not so much money as it is manpower. We just got some
    firefighters from NorCal, Nevada and Arizona to help out, putting a total of
    about 8,000 firefighters on the lines in San Diego alone. Some are supposed
    to be arriving from Washington state today, but they could be going to the
    San Bernardino fires.
    Of course, money helps the recovery process...
    Skip Middleton, Oct 29, 2003
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