Colorado Wildfires

It has been unusually stormy this summer so far in Denver. After all the mega hail storms, nasty winds and lots of rain, we are now experiencing very hot temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And with the lack of snow in snow peaks this year, storms and high winds sparked up wildfires in various places, destroying forests and people’s homes. So far, it has been one of the worst seasons for Colorado – wildfire near Fort Collins alone has already consumed close to 60 thousand acres of woodland. Overall, it is a pretty sad situation for us Coloradans…

Sunset Lamps

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24mm f/1.4L II USM @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/50, f/5.6

This terrible weather and sudden changes in temperatures are creating unusually beautiful skies… I captured the above image a couple of weeks ago, right after we experienced golf-size hail in some areas of Colorado.

Captured with the Canon 24mm f/1.4L on the Canon 5D Mark III. Lightroom 4 adjustments: Clarity +50, Saturation +15, Camera Standard profile.

  • Richard Walliker

    The cause leads to beauty out of disaster, terrific and scary image in equal measure. We have gorse fires, but nothing in the scale of the US or Australia, usually started by mindless idiots. Reminds me of our Autumn sunsets.


    • Nasim Mansurov

      Richard, we also get occasional idiots that start wildfires…what can you do? They are everywhere!

  • Slawomir Lach

    Great colors!
    I have a question Nasim – regarding color viewing. As I see this pic the colors are incredible. I followed Your post on choosing a monitor for photography and I wonder – will there be a huge difference in colors and in the pic in general when viewed on a mid budget monitor with the ips matrix ? I have no way to check this out by myself :/ The closest store with some EIZO monitors is 5h away from the place I live.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Slawomir, colors look completely different and much more realistic on a properly calibrated IPS screen. The difference between a typical TN and IPS panel is like night and day. You don’t have to go all the way to EIZO to have a beautiful screen – Dell and HP make superb monitors that will get you pretty close color reproduction. I personally use two Dell U2410 monitors and I could not be happier…

      • Slawomir Lach

        Thank You for the reply Nasim!
        I thought about the Dell from Your post but it’s also not available in my area to compare. It’s hard to believe that they can look better. On my typical 19″ LG LCD it looks amazing!

  • Ajay

    Its sad to hear the destruction caused by the wildfires. Its such an irony that the same wildfires that destroy homes can offer a scene as beautiful as this! I hope you get better weather from here on :)


    • Nasim Mansurov

      I hope so! Unfortunately, due to lack of snow past winter, it will be a very dry summer this year.

  • yogesh

    I like it nasim when u also tell us the camera settings for the I cam say majority of your pictures. I have asked so many photographers the same question about the pictures they take but to my surprise, they never reveal that secret. Thanks a lot. For an amateur like me, it does matter.

  • Allan Wood

    Awesome! Is that hail on the ground? I hope Colorado and neighboring states get to experience some less wild weather for a while.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Allan, no there is no hail in this picture…but we had really bad hail that week. In some parts of Colorado, hail completely destroyed trees and in other parts it destroyed personal property, cars, etc with golf-size balls.

  • fred

    Nasim, Beautiful picture — are the colors enhanced in post-processing? I’m a neophyte, but when I see these pictures with rich beautiful colors and I wonder how much of that is natural, versus enhanced.

    On the other hand, with different ISO settings, I sometimes do get colors directly out of the camera that look different than what I see with the naked eye…


    • Nasim Mansurov

      Fred, the only thing I have done in Lightroom is indicated in the post – I added a little more saturation (+15) and clarity to bring a “pop” to the clouds. Other than that, nothing else is touched in Lightroom/Photoshop.

  • Martin

    Hello Nasim, indeed, these clima micor and macro changes a terrifying news, we got a very wet end of spring this year, had a winter that was rather on the dry side, now, after 2 weeks of heavy rain, putting some damage on our farm land, we just got a window of 3 days and half to get our hay in, and now it is very damp and humid again. Hope still, that you don’t have to specialize in storm photography, it is a scary subject. Nikon Switzerland gives at 29 of this month a course in the use of the Nikon D800, I will participate. We get quite consistent remarks on AF calibration need with the use of the D800 for every lens If ever you have experience on this issue. You know, your contributions are always highly appreciated.
    Yours Martin

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Martin, yes, global warming seems to be really affecting the weather throughout the world. Droughts, storms, tornadoes, etc. are all devastating.

      As for the D800 AF calibration – yes, Nikon does have to deal a lot with calibrating the camera for individual lenses. The Nikon D800E that I have just received has a severe AF problem (requires -20 AF calibration to properly work with my lenses). The bad news is, nobody has it in stock at the moment and I cannot just return it and exchange it for a different one. I have to send it to Nikon for calibration, which means I will have to part with one of my lenses and the camera for at least 2-3 weeks.

      These AF issues are driving me nuts. I will write a post on it when I have a chance.

  • AK

    Hello Narsim,

    Could you also add the EXIF data along with your photos please? It would be great to have it to visualize. Thank you.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      AK, EXIF Data is always embedded to all images posted on Mansurovs. Please use an EXIF viewer and you will see it…

  • nick santilli

    Wow – fantastic shot Nasim! I guess when life hands you lemons…
    These 100 degree days certainly aren’t helping the fires though. Time for some relief around here.

  • Fatkhulla

    I hope you guys are doing fine… what a terrible calamity that has descended upon Colorado. I saw pictures of 100s of houses and entire neighborhoods consumed by fire and I was heartbroken :(

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