Nature is extraordinarily complex and beautiful, it is easy to forget in our modern world just how powerful its forces are. But, being a nature photographer presents constant, humbling reminders of this fact! A large part of what drives me is wanting to experience every facet of nature, then create and share images of these forces at work. In doing so I am often going into potentially dangerous situations for me and my gear.
In my part of the world, wildfires are a necessity to the health of our ecosystems. But, they are, to put it bluntly, scary as @#$%! Dangerous, fast, and unpredictable, shooting them requires gear and techniques that let you react quickly to the situation to keep yourself out of harm’s way, and out-of-the-way of the responder’s managing the scene. Here is how I capture images and video of one of nature’s most beautifully dangerous forces, wildfire.