Monday, 13 July 2009

My World Tuesday - Too much excitement for one week..



Things got a little exciting in my little corner of the world, last Friday.

Just before 10pm, I was outside looking at the garden, when I heard a siren going down our street. Looking up, I saw a huge billow of smoke, tinged with orange, in the night sky.

I yelled for the hubby and started down our driveway. About halfway down there was a large explosion that you could feel through the soles of your feet.

Once down on the street, we soon realised that the little corner store, near us, was on fire.

There is an apartment and storage area attached to it and that was what was burning.

Once there, I remembered my little digital was in my jeans pocket. The hubby obligingly offered his shoulder as a tripod, which made it a little easier to take the long exposures needed for night shots.

Most of them came out rather blurry, as unfortunately we both needed to keep breathing .... but these two shots came out reasonably blur free :-)

The first two photos look better if you keep them the size they are now. However you can click on the last two to enlarge.


The market just as we got there, with the back still fully engulfed in flames.


In this shot, the fireman had just chainsawed through the roof and flames were shooting out into the air. I felt rather nervous for the men up on the roof, as they were quite close to the flames. Made for quite a dramatic photo though..


The aftermath the next day. You can see how hot it got as the sign on the gate, to the right, melted..


I found the sign on the front door of the store, a little ironic. :-)

Friday night I sent in the best four photos to one of our local TV channels ..Channel 4 KRNV.

Much to my surprise, they emailed me back and said that they were going to use them.

Two of them can be found here and one here .

I will admit it was rather thrill to see them up there on the websites :-)

Now, go to MY WORLD TUESDAY where people from all over our globe , show off their little corner of the world !

51 comments:

Viola said...

Ohh.. Dramatical! :O Fire can make much damage. In the unluck you got the luck to snap some good photos of the dramatic scene!

Indrani said...

You were quite alert, great photojournalism. :)

Sylvia K said...

How great that you were able to get such super shots of a very dramatic scene indeed! Great post!

Ebie said...

Quick thinking! It is always good to carry our cameras. A future photojournalist in the making.

Luiz Ramos said...

Good chance bad event.
Good shots and report.

Canarybird said...

Those are really great shots and I'm sure the news was grateful you were there with your camera. I always carry one small one with me too wherever I go. Apart from that are you still doing weight loss? I just started 5 days ago on a Portuguese diet under a dietician and have lost 5 lbs. I have to eat 5 times per day. I'll come back again and keep a watch on your graph. Good Luck!

erin said...

congrats on the tv web page(s) picking up your photo...
dramatic shots!
have a wonderful week.

Martha Z said...

Good shots, too bad about the fire. It sounds like the only damage was finacial and not harm to life, that much is good.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Karen: Great story and neat that they used your photos.

Janie said...

How cool that the newspaper used your photos. You must have been one of the first ones at the scene. Great shots, and what presence of mind to have the camera with you!
Love that No Smoking sign. I hope the place was insured.

ewok1993 said...

Congratulations, that's the first of many. I hope no one was hurt and I'm sure the place was insured. But dramatic captures.

Chris H said...

Awesome photos, sad for the store owner though.
Hopefully no one got hurt.

Sally in WA said...

Fire is always scary in my book. But good captures. And congrats on the TV station picking them up.

Pyzahn said...

Ooo, you're a media contributor. That will look good on your resume. But sorry it happened because of a scary neighborhood fire.

They are good action shots. Hope from now on your camera only takes non emergency photos!

Wren said...

Karen, how frightening to have that happen so close by! I hope no one was injured. I can't imagine being a fire fighter, it's scary just looking at the photos.

SandyCarlson said...

You sure made a difference! That really is something.

Carver said...

You got some great shots. Fires are so scary. Thank goodness for the fire departments.

Snap said...

You get to add photojournalism to your CV! That's a little too close for comfort for me -- too much excitement. Yikes!

Elisabeth's bright side said...

You are always prepared, gratulation with the publishing. I'm glad no one was hurt too.

Swarna said...

sobering post, but I'm glad no one was hurt

Gaelyn said...

Sorry to hear about the fire but glad you had a camera and congrats on getting on the local news. Way to go.

Pyatshaw said...

Great photo of the firemen on the roof and how exciting that your photos were used in the media!
Glad no one was hurt.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Scary! Congrats on having your photos published.

Rita said...

Excitement is right. And to get your photos in the media is sure a bonus.

have spend and enjoyable 10 min. reading your blog and enjoy it so much.

I will be back soon.

J said...

Yes, that picture is hilarious! I've put up a few pictures of my favourite, unobscured art works today.
I have to confess, that sign did bring a smile to my face. :) Following the smoking ban here, all enclosed public places have to have a no smoking sign up by law...including such popular smoking haunts as doctor's sugeries and churches! Madness.

Arija said...

What a lot of excitement! I am sorry for the owners of the shop, but you did get some great newsworthy shots out of it!

John Deere Mom said...

Wow! That fire looks huge! So scary! Congrats on having your pictures used, though!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Wow, I am glad you were not hurt and were able to take some photos. They are dynamic, the one with the roof, flames, and firement especially.

Jew Wishes said...

Good photos of bad moments. Incredible.

mkreider said...

In the right place at the right time with the right equipment... nice!

Denise said...

Very dramatic shots Karen. Sad for the owners of the shop but maybe even they will look back at your photos and be glad you took them. Pays to have a camera on you at all times doesn't it? Have a great week.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Coll that the TV station used your photos but scary to know you were that close to the fire!

Wolynski said...

That's a really great and dramatic shot with the firemen - good reason to always`have a little camera with you.

bettyl said...

That's some true excitement in your corner of the world!

allhorsestuff said...

Whoa....amazing shots!glad that it turned out well for critters and folks lives but the damage is ooou!
Always have that camera on hand is my motto..and tofay I missed 2 shots because I didn't adhere...drat.
Thanks for stoppin' by my horsey place too!
Kacy w/Wa mare~

Annie said...

oo..I hope no-one was hurt...

good photos though!

Thanks for visiting my post, also. Have enjoyed catching up here on some of your posts!

hip chick said...

Well I bet that was exciting! I'm glad that every one was O.K. although I'm sure it will be a while before they can rebuild the store.

Marja said...

Always scary fires. I work opposite a Chinese restaurant which was completely burned out about a month ago Arson It happens more and more in Christchurch It's horrible isn't it

Rajesh said...

Those are quite a nice captures in the hot area of burning store. That was real quick

Lara said...

good news coverage! I hope nobody was hurt... You were brave to be there and take photos!

Gattina said...

That was a rather dramatic world for your ! Your pictures are very good, now wonder that your TV channesl wanted them for their website !

LadyFi said...

How frightening! Hope no one was hurt!

And good job with the photos.

magiceye said...

congratulations on being featured on the telly! good show!

Barb said...

Karen - Were you at the right place at the right time or the opposite - glad you didn't get hurt. Your pics are really great photo-journalism. That billowing pink/orange/purple smoke is so dramatic.

soulbrush said...

how scary! i hate fire, it terrifies me.

Glennis said...

Dramatic fire scenes, congratulations on having your pics on TV, well done, hopefully only property was harmed.

addhumorandfaith said...

Karen -- I'm not surprised the news people wanted to use that photo -- it was great!

btw, I read your comment on the one site. Please be careful about commenting on a possible drug connection. I'm probably being overly cautious, but I don't want my favorite Kiwi possible putting herself in harm's way!

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