Smoke On The Water

Fire In The Sky

This was shot at La Jolla Shores in San Diego, California. Using a tripod, we were able to use very slow shutter speeds to get this smokiness of the waves which were actually quite large! Wet shoes and pants, oh well. This is an Homage to Deep Purple.

“Smoke on the Water” is a song by the British  hard rock band  Deep Purple. It was first released on their 1972 album  Machine Head. In 2004, the song was ranked number 426 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of all Time.

The lyrics of the song tell a true story: on 4 December 1971 Deep Purple had set up camp in  Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from  The Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio referred to as the “Rolling truck Stones thing” and “the mobile” in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as “the gambling house” in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a  Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino’s theatre. In the middle of Don Preston’s synthesizer solo on “King Kong”, the place suddenly caught fire when somebody in the audience fired a  flare gun into the  rattan covered ceiling, as mentioned in the “some stupid with a flare gun” line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers’ equipment. The “smoke on the water” that became the title of the song (credited to bass guitarist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. The “Funky Claude” running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.


8 responses

  1. Beautiful shot!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm

  2. Gorgeous colors, I love the water.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

  3. OK, I’m a HUGE Deep Purple fan, so this post, um, it rocks!!! 🙂 Great shot here, Erik, I can’t believe that smoky, dreamy sensation you’ve managed to capture here; totally awesome my friend!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

  4. Beautiful shot Erik!

    May 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  5. Really awesome shot. And an homage to Deep Purple too, lol. Didn’t expect that one!

    May 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

  6. Beautiful shot! Love the long exposure effect on the water. This is one of my old surf spots!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    • Thanks Jose! La Jolla is one of our fave loactions to shoot! Hope all is well in NYC and thanks for the visit and comments!

      August 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

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