The smoke situation delayed my field work, but I’m heading out tomorrow. I’ll be shooting the Pentax 645Z and Nikon D810 and something else I’m really looking forward to. I also want to shoot some new material with Zeiss lenses on the D810.
The smoke will still be trouble, but the El Portal fire which was contaminating the entire Sierra and White Mountains range is now 100% contained. Other small fires contribute to the smoke, but it will be what it is, and perhaps lighting and sunsets will offer something interesting.
The way these things work is a lightning storm comes in and sets off half a dozen blazes. I’ve seen this in the Sierra Nevada from afar in the White Mountains—thunderclouds followed by glowing orange spots at night are rather obvious. Though the cause of the El Portal fire was stated as “unknown” as I wrote this.