By the time I got the Full Throttle Saloon fire last week most of the action was done. Fire fighters were surveying the wreckage watching for any flare ups but mostly everyone was standing around.
Because there were no flames I positioned myself where the most smoke could be seen billowing from what was left of the bar.
This meant I would be peering into the low morning sun. I looked to the ground for shadows from the towering bar and positioned myself and the camera inside those. This allowed me to shoot directly toward the sun without completely blowing my image out.
The smoke blocks some of the sun also and makes it much more visible when using this technique.