Beauty and Chaos

I traveled to Austin yesterday morning in an attempt to shoot the skyline in the blue hour. Unfortunately the spot I had chosen to shoot from turned out to be no good and I didn’t have time to relocate before the light changed. Disappointed, I decided to explore the downtown area to find a better vantage point for my next attempt. In the process, I came across this building on fire. Most of the streets around the fire were blocked off so I parked and ran the three blocks to where the action was. It was an amazing site and when the sun began to rise up through the smoke, I forgot all about my previous disappointment.




  1. Carter says:

    I think its a nice shot. But i wish the fireman was more black I think it would give the shot better balance perhaps?


  2. Andy says:

    The apparent lack of contrast on the fireman is caused by the smoke surrounding him. I have some other shots without the thick smoke where the contrast is higher but I thought this one was more interesting.

  3. Wow Andy. What a catch. So many emotions surrounding a fire. Your “amazement” was, I’m certain, balanced by a fair share of dread. I, of course, would much rather be in your shoes and have the opportunity to catch the amazing event of fire!!

  4. Roger says:

    Amazing colors! Excellent shot.

  5. Andre says:

    Very striking Photograph.

  6. i agree with carter. however the image is still strong and moody.

  7. Pretty friggin amazing action/news shot. I partcicularly love the obscured view of the fireman in the basket. Just right for me!

  8. cary says:

    Good timing – too bad property was damaged, but the shot is an amazing view.

  9. Gary says:

    very powerful scene you’ve caught here

  10. pixibition says:

    great fire rescue scene. the reflection in the water and smoke adds the drama in the image:-) great capture!

  11. sal says:

    I totally disagree with carter. It’s perfect the way it is. The fireman up in the smoke gives a nice contrast to the chaos on the street. A great shot – hope that nobody was hurt…

  12. Andy says:

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. As far as I know, nobody was hurt. However, there were several businesses in the building that were gutted.

  13. miles says:

    Wow, I love all the water everywhere, and the red through the smoke, awesome.

  14. geof says:

    Very striking shot. Action packed and full of drama. Perfect title, hope no one was hurt.

  15. Ian says:

    Very cool shot. Love everything that you’ve captured in it!

  16. Very intense…nice job

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