Dor Kedmi Captures the Beauty of a Forest Fire in Jerusalem

Dor Kedmi was at home studying for a test when he heard on the news that there was a big fire in Jerusalem. “I jumped from the chair, took my equipment and drove as fast as I could to the spot,” he says. “The roads were closed but I walked a little bit on foot. As soon as I got there I started taking pictures.”

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

On the 25th of June, the fire broke out in the Jerusalem Hills, a location that’s close to the neighborhoods of Kiryat Yovel and Ein Kerem. The causes of the fire are still being investigated. We asked Dor a few questions about his incredible shoot.

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

How did you get into a good position?
Actually that’s the only position I could get. Unfortunately the police force didn’t allow me to get inside the forest.

What were the technical aspects you had to deal with?
The sun was right in front of me and the smoke was filling the air. I couldn’t see anything but white fog. It was hard to get a good exposure with enough contrast and details. I had to wait an hour for the sun to get lower and then I could get much better exposures.

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

What were the safety considerations?
When you are in situation like this the main goal is to bring the best shot you can get. Unfortunately the police didn’t let me go inside the forest because of safety considerations, but maybe next time.

Is there anything you wish you would have done differently?
I wanted to get inside the forest with the firefighters, document their job, their faces, their courage. A bit of the human factor is missing.

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

Obviously a forest fire is not something you can really plan for. But what advice would you give to others who happen to come across a forest fire?
My only advice for situation like this: be ready. Make sure your equipment is ready all the time. Don’t be lazy – get out and shoot! And always carry your camera with you.

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

Dor Kedmi Jerusalem Forest Fire

To see more of Dor’s photography, visit his Behance, 500px or Facebook page. You can also check out our feature of his trip to India.




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Laura from Ld Nature Photography
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Wow! The lighting in these pictures is just beautiful. Amazing captures.

Rodi
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That’s amazing captures! looks like sunrise fog. Beautiful work Dor!

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