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It has been a very tough week......

It has been a very tough week......
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-18
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-18 1:05
Viewed: 4492
Points: 26
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It has been a very tough week for me and my family. Last Saturday morning at 0715 we woke to the sound of loud popping. It sounded like someone making popcorn, but it was actually our roof exploding as fire engulfed our kitchen. We have 95% of our home damaged by either fire, smoke or water. We will not be able to return to our home to live for up to 6 months while the reinstatement is completed. I can't not tell you how this feels.

On the 'up' side of this, we have a place to live with fantastic views and wonderful very close neighbours.

This is part of the view from our temporary accommodation. As a new day dawns, it reminds me how lucky we are to be able to witness this event.

Thanks for looking.


Camera: Canon 1D Mk lll
Time of day: 0650 a.m.
Date: 18th January 2008
Weather conditions: Early Morning Light
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 400

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Sorry to here of your fire having lived through one my self. I well know the feeling of waking to the sound and smoke. Nice sunrise! TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-18 1:34]

Hi Pam,
really sorry to here about your dreadful experience, i hope your home is repaired as soon as possible...not a great start to 2008!
But, you have managed to capture a very beautiful sunrise form your new abode. Great use of the tree on the left to help frame the view and add depth with wonderful tones in the clouds and sea...thanks for sharing this!

Hola Pam,
Preciosa composición de gran belleza y profundidad, esperamos que se solucionen pronto esos problemas, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-18 1:52]

Hi Pam,

A not so funny note,I hope you could save some items,as I can imagine this loss,something can be exchanged but others not,hope you can return soon to your fixed house,anyway this is a fine capture and I like the light of the small sailingboat,


Looks like a painting boss......nice feel.TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-18 2:44]

I don't even want to even try and copy your tough week Pam.

And what a fantastic view you're going to have to put up with for a while. And what lovely neighbours you've got too. It's going to be a competition as to who can take the best sea view now, I think!!

Take care MF, ka kite ano

Hello Pam,
Sorry for what had happened to you and we understand and sharing that feeling deep inside with us too, and thank you for this lovely posting with a awesome view with us!
take care and the best of everthing to you!

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  • jo8 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (101)
  • [2008-01-18 17:23]

Love this photo and the colours.
Sending smiles

Sorry to hear bout the fire. It seems that you are blessed though with a place to stay while repairs are made and what a view! You can look at it as an opportunity to photograph a new area for a while. Best of luck with the repairs.

Hi Pam,
Beautiful composition.Congratulation.
Best regards,

Hi Pam,
Sorry to read this horrible news. But, I am glad that nobody got hurt and that only material things got destroyed, eventhough some of these things will probably be lost forever.
I do agree, you did end up on a wonderful alternative place that will help you have your family a lot.
I love the strong silhoutte of the tree contrasting with the soft BG.


Glad you and your family are ok,
Sorry to hear about your house,
Beauitful image, lovely sky,

Good luck with your rebuild,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-30 0:44]

Hi Pam

I am sooooo sorry to hear this :((
I just hope you and all your loved ones are ok in terms of health at least...
I understand you can't explain us how you or this feels, but once the first shock goes away, try to look at this as a fresh start :) (i know it can be difficult, but still)

Until then, i see you have a very nice view from your temporary location. My advice is to try and take as many photos as possible because i'm sure they calm you down every time...plus, it's no point in missing a chance with such a view :)
Anyway, i tried to cheer you up a bit.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kind regards

Hi Pam,
My grandmother used to always say that old worn out cliche, "Every cloud has a silver lining". This beautiful image speaks to this, especially with the latest events in your families life. I'm so glad you all came out of this unscathed..

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