I had the idea to show the various phases of an aircraft firefighting in the national park of Cilento and Diano Valley in the province of Salerno, Campania region, Italy. There are a lot of fires in this area, and unfortunately the need for aircraft firefighting is nearly an annual event. In the summer of 2011, yet another large fire took hold of the countryside.
"Shooting in continuous autofocus mode (AF-C mode), I took a series of four shots of the plane as it made its pass and then one more when the smoke was more intense."
With the help of the park rangers I went up toward the fire (keeping at a safe distance) and set up my camera in an unobstructed area where I was able to follow the progress of the firefighting planes depositing their loads of water. Shooting in continuous autofocus mode (AF-C mode), I took a series of four shots of the plane as it made its pass and then one more when the smoke was more intense. This last shot did not have the plane in it, but I knew it would make a good background for the other four. With this picture I wanted to show the difficult and important work the pilots of firefighting aircraft do to tackle these large fires that often burn in the Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano in Southern Italy. To give the image more impact I merged the five photos into one and created the sequence of the passage of the plane while dropping water.