The devastating Victorian Bushfires of February 2009 led to the death of almost 200 people and the loss of over 2,000 homes. They were the worst bushfires in our recorded history.
On the 22nd of May, 2008, Rodrick Bond, a Panedia photographer, shot a series of panoramas in Chum Creek Forest & the surrounding regions using our standard pano rig which includes a GPS plugged into the Nikon Body.
On the 30th of March, 2009, I spent the day traveling around sites Rodrick had shot in May of 2008. Most sites were unharmed by the bushfires, but the Chum Creek Forest had been severely burned.
Using the GPS data he had recorded I attempted to shoot the charred bush from the same positions Rodrick had, the year before. Time was not on my side as I flew back home that night, so I needed to work quickly, and somewhat approximately.
The panorama I've chosen as my "Best of" for 2009 is a combination of 2 shots, 1 before the fires, and 1 after. Both taken from the same position. There is a soft blend on the 2 seams that separate the images, where you'll see less than perfect registration. I estimate I was 1-2 metres from the exact position Rodrick had shot from.