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The Valley fire – a photographer’s story from the frontlines

Follow me: Twitter @kentphotos Instagram:  kpfotog   Extreme reporting is what I call it. Some folks jump out of perfectly good airplanes, some surf with sharks and still others free climb huge cliffs; there are those that walk tightropes over 1,000 foot canyons.  Yes, everyone has their extreme something.  In the news biz, we cover just about anything and everything.  It takes a ton of curiosity and a willingness to put yourself in unenviable positions in order to tell a… Read More »

Air Tanker Palooza

Follow me on Twitter: @kentphotos Instagram: kpfotog   There are fire seasons when I don’t make a picture of an air tanker dropping that bright reddish pink phos-chek which has become such a visible part of wildland coverage.  I might be in the wrong place on the blaze, only to see the tail end of the drop.  This has always been an integral part of aerial firefighting, now more than ever with “mega” fires breaking out year over year. Ask any wildland fire photographer, the tanker… Read More »

After the Media Leave

Follow me on Twitter: @kentphotos   Instagram:  kpfotog   National News.  We’ve had our share here on the North Coast.  Disaster happens, national media flood in, tell a story of devastation with a quick exit stage right.  As such with the Rocky fire in Lake County.  Pictures sent to the Associated Press by PD staffers were published world-wide.  The national folks descended en masse.  After a week, most were gone. The story doesn’t end when the big boys and girls leave.  It will take years… Read More »

Super Moon

Follow mew on twitter: @kentphotos  Instagram: kpfotog   The skies have been smoky for weeks.  Hoping that the rain (rain?) would wipe our air clean in Sonoma County this past weekend, I was hoping for a crystal clear sky to shoot the latest super/full moon Saturday.  The air did get scrubbed, but the moon still appeared yellow, so smoke remains.  Coming up next month?  Another super moon coupled with a lunar eclipse.   -Kent Porter


Follow me on Twitter: @kentphotos         Instagram: kpfotog “There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   Yes, this is a big pear. A golden bosc pear weighing in at over a pound.  The folks at Scully Packing Co. near Kelseyville showed me around the other day as their harvest ground on.  I worked nearly four seasons while in high school and college at what was then the… Read More »

Outtakes: Fire Photos

You can follow me on Twitter: @kentphotos on Instagram:  kpfotog It’s been, so far, a summer of fire discontent in Lake and Napa Counties (Yolo, Solano and Colusa get credit too).  It began with the Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa on July 22; the latest fire to break out was the Grade fire on Jerusalem Grade Road in Lake County Monday August 24, barely an air mile from the 25,000 acre Jerusalem fire. In fire photography, the itchy eyes, burning lungs, fatigue,… Read More »

Red Flag Warning

Twitter: @kentphotos Instagram:  kpfotog   Weather models had been hinting for nearly a week now that the Bay Area could get some lightning at the end of this week.  Now, the National Weather Service has posted a Red Flag Warning to highlight the incoming weather, there is very little moisture with these storms.  Given the incredibly dry vegetation (hint:  Rocky Fire), any strikes that do occur without rain could start new fires.  Ugh.  Stay tuned.   -Kent Porter      

The Fire Apocalypse?

Follow me on twitter: @kentphotos Instagram: kpfotog Say what you want about drought, climate change, general weather weirdness and dogs and cats living together, evidence is mounting this summer, California’s four year drought is much more than a water issue.  Our forests are tinder dry. That rain we had just a few weeks ago in the mountains? Nothing but a blip on the radar, so to speak.  Whereas areas of California received quite a bit of precipitation, the latest dry… Read More »

A Sampling of Photos

It seems to be a habit, this weather/photojournalism thing.  Drought, fires, floods, hurricanes etc. As it does many of us, weather touches photographers in arcane ways.  Our spouses become widows when the light becomes just right.  My significant other, the love of my life, knows this well.  Fire season around our house means listening to the scanner on a windy day/night. After many nights of covering major blazes,  I use the garage as a detox station in order to keep… Read More »

Forget Spring. Pass Go to Summer.

California?  We have four season just like everywhere else here on the third rock from the sun. Really. Here are examples: -Summer.  Mild to hot days. Don’t water garden, not enough water. Don T-shirts and sunscreen. Get great tan.  Wear sweatshirts at night; marine layer makes it feel like winter. -Fall.  Feels a lot like summer, ramp up temperatures 10-15 degrees, no need for sweatshirts at night, marine layer vanishes making t-shirts suitable evening attire.  Sorta like summer, but at night.… Read More »