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"How is a rocket-powered trike a BAD idea?!"
3rd Place"How is a rocket-powered trike a BAD idea?!"
cutlassdude70


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Famous Last Words (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Dry Lake Bed - Lucerne Valley, CA
Date: Nov 26, 2006
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/160 sec
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2006

* Post-challenge: Thanks, everyone! I can't even express how much I appreciate all the kind comments. :) It was a total riot watching my friend try to balance on that damn trike! After taking some "serious" pics there, we actually tested out exactly how fast a grown man can be accelerated across a dry lake bed on a tricycle (albeit WITHOUT the help of the rocket!) - turns out that the laws of balance come into play far sooner than the laws of aerodynamics... :D Come to think of it, I should post some outtake shots. :) Hmmm, what is it with me and yellow... ;)


DPC will be the end of me... Or at least my wallet and free time. ;) I was trying to come up with creative ideas for Famous Last Words, and for some reason a rocket-powered tricycle kept popping up in my head. :D I originally wanted to build a giant red rocket like the one in "Jackass Number Two", but couldn't get all the materials I needed. So I went with Plan B instead. :)

I got the pilot's head-wear and goggles at a local military surplus store. I bought a cheap tricycle and put it together the morning before I took the shot. The "rocket" is from a nearby hobby shop. I wrapped the yellow rocket body with electrical tape to make it appear more missile-like. That's my friend Spud on the trike. You know, for being rated at a Max Weight of 45 lbs, that trike held up really well! I originally thought about shooting this on an open stretch of desolate road somewhere, but decided the longer drive out to the dry lake bed would be worth it. :) I think I laughed more during this photo shoot than I have in a LONG time. Hopefully a few of you will be as amused as I was. ;)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 112
Avg (all users): 6.9807
Avg (commenters): 8.1471
Avg (participants): 6.7500
Avg (non-participants): 7.0314
Views since voting: 8461
Views during voting: 654
Votes: 311
Comments: 64
Favorites: 8 (view)


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11/13/2008 01:28:00 AM
This rocks!
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12/14/2006 06:46:12 PM
How did you color touch it?
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12/12/2006 07:32:05 AM
Hehehe. Just fabulous...
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12/12/2006 02:10:33 AM
this shot freaking rocks
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12/08/2006 11:53:26 PM
A double treat with beauty and humor! Congratulations on your Yellow.
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12/07/2006 07:13:51 AM
Wow, congrats! it reminds me "I don't wanna grow up" video from tom waits
take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzKiqk2iynY
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12/07/2006 01:59:25 AM
Congrats! Great idea and the execution wasn't too shabby either.
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12/06/2006 05:45:42 PM
Congrats. Next time go with blue wheels and rocket and this wins the challenge! :P
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12/06/2006 02:37:46 PM
Funny shot, and great composition too. Congrats on 3rd place.
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12/06/2006 02:18:21 PM
Congratulations Sean on winning the yellow ribbon on this very funny and well executed photograph. It seems as though you are quickly becoming the king of yellow ribbons.
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12/06/2006 12:11:05 PM
Hilarious photo, serious background, I love the contrast!
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12/06/2006 11:25:21 AM
funny photo, stunning venue. congrats
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12/06/2006 11:23:09 AM
Congratulations on the yellow. This was one of my top picks too. I nearly fell off my chair laughing. You are a very clever guy and I love your work. Thank you too for the comments on my shot - they are very much appreciated.
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12/06/2006 10:42:33 AM
Well, you're on a roll these past couple weeks :-) Congrats! Funny shot.
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12/06/2006 10:03:20 AM
lol.. looks like you love yellow :) ... this is such a funny and creative shot..thanks for the good laugh!
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12/06/2006 08:51:44 AM
lol - love it!! Excellent shot!! Congrats on the yellow ribbon!
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12/06/2006 07:23:49 AM
Originally posted by Arjay:

I've picked the winner in 3 or 4 of the challenges I've voted in. I think this is another winner. Fabulous!!!!!


I'm on a roll here! Congratulations, great and fun shot!
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12/06/2006 04:56:18 AM
it's a bird... It's a plane... No! It's Ribbon Boy on his Rocket Boosted Trike!! Congrats again Sean. You are really getting the hang of it. Enjoy the ride and hold on tight!
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12/06/2006 04:23:19 AM
Dude, this rock-ets!
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12/06/2006 02:05:52 AM
i thought maybe this was the salt lake salt flats too, but i see now that it's not. funny how too salt flat images get in the top three. congrats. and great idea and post processing!
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12/06/2006 12:34:42 AM
Congrats on ribbon..
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12/06/2006 12:30:42 AM
Awesome picture. How do you make that fit under basic editing rules? I'm not doubting you, I was just wondering how to do that.
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12/06/2006 12:14:30 AM
Congrats! Pure genius.
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12/06/2006 12:09:40 AM
Dude, what is this - 3 in a row? Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2006 05:06:42 PM
hahaha i love it! 9!! his expression and clothes are hillarious! niec mix of color and B&W btw.
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12/05/2006 01:25:02 PM
7!
Thats a really ingenious and comical idea.

maby try placing the subject in the upper third so that he has somewhere to go on the photo
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12/04/2006 10:36:58 PM
Hilarious concept. Dude would seriously burn his coin purse though. Is the selective saturation done with curves?
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12/04/2006 03:26:55 PM
Very funny, and perfectly captured. 8 from me
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12/04/2006 09:32:03 AM
good use of color, with the yellow and the black. i like this one, all i have to say is ow....
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12/02/2006 03:00:38 PM
if these are his 'famous last words' ... then POOR GUY .... dont know wot'd be worse ... that it took off much too fast ... or it just BLEW UP!! ... =8
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12/01/2006 11:10:13 PM
roasted nuts comes to mind, I think this is one of the best ideas hear, not keen on the b&w color mix, but that's how you wanted it, so I accept that,the frame is perfect, as is the location, and exposure, one of two tens I gave in this challange. great stuff
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12/01/2006 10:19:52 PM
Hehe... I actually mounted a working rocket launcher on my bicycle in high school. Cute idea & well executed. :-)
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12/01/2006 07:32:00 PM
I loved both the orientation of the subject and the bright yellow.
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12/01/2006 02:42:19 PM
One of the most hillarious around here!!!
I like the wide angle and the desaturation, keeping only the yellow. And the sky on top of the mountain just the icing on the cake.
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12/01/2006 12:48:06 PM
If nothing else, this photo made my day! LOVE IT. It does look like a bad idea :) ~10
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11/30/2006 10:57:27 PM
Haha. Excellent! The yellow really stands out and catches my eye. All-around great photo! 8
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11/30/2006 08:17:47 PM
This is a riot! Great shot, love the selective color and overall composition. He lights that thing off, I hope he never wants to have kids! 10
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11/30/2006 07:42:02 PM
I've picked the winner in 3 or 4 of the challenges I've voted in. I think this is another winner. Fabulous!!!!!
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11/30/2006 06:47:08 PM
Great concept. I just can't wait for the next frame.
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11/30/2006 02:15:33 PM
Nice shot. Love the idea, finished laughing and finally was able to write this.
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11/30/2006 12:20:15 PM
Just Scary!!! LOL!!!
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11/30/2006 11:17:21 AM
great use of colour and desaturation and nice composition. very funny too. :)
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11/30/2006 10:48:23 AM
Great desaturation, nice image, I am assuming your model is not planning to have children in the future!
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11/29/2006 11:40:49 PM
the expression on your subjects face is fantastic!
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11/29/2006 10:51:01 PM
looks like your about to burn your nuts off, HAHA
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11/29/2006 08:44:16 PM
mwahaha!!!)))10
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11/29/2006 05:18:34 PM
love the tonality! Fun! 7
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11/29/2006 05:10:40 PM
HEHE... brilliant idea and well executed..
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11/29/2006 04:59:39 PM
"Famous" ?
11/29/2006 03:08:40 PM
Hehe! good one! 8
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11/29/2006 10:45:24 AM
Ha ha ha!!! This picture made me laugh :)
Good contrast.
Love the composition of the main subject with the background. And good 2/3 horizon line.
Good Job!
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11/29/2006 10:39:28 AM
rofl nicely done
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11/29/2006 09:48:18 AM
Now THAT is funny!!
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11/29/2006 07:40:09 AM
adorable!
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11/29/2006 07:25:20 AM
I don't get it
11/29/2006 07:13:56 AM
good funny shot, mate, both technically, as well as meeting the challenge, which was about something funny... U did it, congrats!
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11/29/2006 06:13:16 AM
Good one! Face looks familiar?
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11/29/2006 02:50:00 AM
Funny. I like the desat too.
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11/29/2006 02:02:37 AM
lol! that's great, i like the composition too.
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11/29/2006 01:27:31 AM
It's too bad there is a little bit of color left on the hat and jacket. The photo looks great though.
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11/29/2006 01:23:53 AM
10
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11/29/2006 01:08:12 AM
excellent idea, love the desat!
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11/29/2006 12:53:16 AM
HA! Thanks for the laugh. :)
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11/29/2006 12:50:27 AM
now this is a good pic.. really really like the destat and the composition is lovely..
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