Memories of Mansfield
I have a good friend, Gary, a photographer who operates a business in Mansfield, Victoria. I heard yesterday that a fire had broken out in the Mansfield area so, naturally, my thoughts turned to my friend. I've spoken with him, but only for a few seconds. He's OK but, at this stage, I have no idea as to the severity of the fire or the damage done.
Of the major fires that have occurred over the last week, it has been confirmed that 185 people have died, 1,800 homes have been lost and 7,000 people are homeless. It is expected that 10,000 native animals may have died in the infernos. A number of the fires, including one in the Melbourne suburb of Eaglemont, around 5 minutes drive from where I live, have been deliberately lit.
The above photo was made several years ago on Australia Day, January 26th. The balloons began to ascend just after sunrise. I made this image while a single balloon was still on the ground. With the other balloons well off the ground the space between them appears greater, providing more of a 3D feel to the image. The predominantly warm colors of the foreground balloon provide a strong color contrast against the cool blue sky. It's amazing how the application of a few simple elements of design can produce such a dynamic result.
I made the above image with a Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M ASPH lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film. The image was processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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