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Spot fire in grassland on Lanyon some 10 kilometres downwind from the Bendora fire burning into the Miowera pines, [18 January 2003] [picture] / Jeff Cutting
Bib ID 3511943
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Cutting, Jeff, 1945-
 
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Description 2003 
1 photograph : col. ; image 18.3 x 27.2 cm., on sheet 21.1 x 29.8 cm. 
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Cutting, Jeff, 1945- Blood red noon, photography of the Brindabella & southern ACT fires of January 2003.

Summary

"Tharwa Drive, Lanyon at 1430 hrs, 18:01:2003. Driving past "Lanyon" I noticed what I thought to be the flash of sunlight off a car windscreen way out in a paddock - it was blue. "Curious" I thought, "how could there be sunshine out there, It's near black as a moonless night?" Then on closer inspection I could make out the telltale flicker of a ring of green flames of a spot fire in grassland. This strange colouring in the flames was commonly observed on this day and was caused by the perceptual effect known as "Approximate Colour Consistency", and resulted from our brains compensating for the overwhelming redness in the landscape from which all blue and green of normal daylight had been filtered out by very dense smoke. After a number of hours our eyes and brain made up for the colour deficiency by exaggerating the blue and green colours in the core of flames. This would explain many sightings of weirdly coloured flames and of blue headlights on cars. Photographs however, record the true colour - RED - although some video and digital cameras have an automatic colour balance (white balance) adjustment to produce a hybrid colour effect."--Note from the photographer.

Notes

Title from caption list supplied by the photographer, see file NLA04/564.

Inscriptions: Signed by photographer in pencil on reverse; "19-35"--in pencil on reverse.

Part of the collection: A blood red noon, photography of the Brindabella & southern ACT fires of January 2003.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-149590879

Source of Acquisition Purchased 2005. 
Subjects Forest fires -- Australian Capital Territory -- Photographs.  |  Wildfires -- Australian Capital Territory -- Photographs.  |  Natural disasters -- Australian Capital Territory -- Photographs.  |  Lanyon (A.C.T.) -- Photographs.
Other authors/contributors Cutting, Jeff, 1945-
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