Or why you should always be looking in the rear-view mirror.  This week I am very excited and honored to have one of my photos featured on the front page and page 2A of the Denver Post . It was also used on-air and on-line by two local television newscasts: Channel 7 News Denver, 9 News Denver; and online by radio station 99.9 The Point. This photo was a release of a yellow/orange smoke from a refinery in Commerce City on October 14, 2016. So how did I know to get this photo?

My partner, who is also a photographer, and I wanted to take some photographs during the day. She wanted to go to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, and I wanted to go to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Her reasoning was that I always go to RMNP and I needed to get out of my comfort zone. So, of course, her suggestion for the Refuge won and off we went.

To reach the RMAWR we passed through Commerce City. I looked in the rear-view mirror and noticed bright yellow/orange smoke going across the sky. I said to her, “Hey do you see that yellow smoke behind us?” She said it looked strange. So we decided to investigate, and navigated our way around the city to get close enough to capture it. We stopped on the west side of Vasquez Blvd and started taking a lot of photos. I noticed several other people stopping and recording video, and that’s when I realized that something was happening and that the yellow smoke wasn’t normal. I continued to shoot a few more photos then decided to upload one to Twitter and ask Channel 7, Telemundo Denver, and Channel 9 what the yellow smoke was. From there it went viral, and you can read the exchanges on my Twitter account @gordoneaton.

So the moral of this story: Always pay attention to what is around you, not just in front of you because the photo might just be behind you.

Shot on Canon 7D 135mm ISO 100 1/500 F5.6
Story by Gordon Eaton. Editing by Hilary Castine of Castine Creative