Straight Shooter

Thomas Linde

I had been photographing for a Company’s website, and was returning home on the 15 fwy. Heading north. I was a passenger in the car, so my hands were free. We saw the billowing smoke a couple of miles up the road, and the traffic had slowed to a crawl. We were experiencing the Escondido fire. As we approach the center of the action, retaining our place in the slow lane, I was just in awe of how all these fireman were pulling together to keep the fire from spreading. I had a 300MM lens on my camera, and had braced myself against the door glass, shooting away.

From my angle, I had the best seat in the house for viewing. I believe this is a Vista Fireman, assisting The Escondido Fire Department. I call this image, Straight Shooter. There is so much focus coming from this guy to use this water without waste, and to fulfill the expectations of his fellow fireman, and himself, to make his position up there count. We were well in the safe zone, however, peering through the view finder of my camera, I somehow felt as if I were right there in the thick of it.