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2nd PlaceRaging Inferno
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Challenge: Fire III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Kennebec, Maine
Date: Dec 29, 2007
Galleries: Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2008

Post challenge: OMG Yay!

It was real, not a prop. A controlled training burn, but up she went all the same.

Many thanks to Fire Chief Dennison of the Machias Fire Department in Maine, for giving me a heads up. You rock, Joey!

For those interested, shots showing progression from beginning to end are here.

Made the local newspaper, too!

Thanks for all the comments, it's been a fun week. :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 123
Avg (all users): 7.2651
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 7.1765
Avg (non-participants): 7.2879
Views since voting: 9741
Views during voting: 458
Votes: 249
Comments: 67
Favorites: 7 (view)


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10/09/2009 11:55:12 AM
excellent shot here, many compliments!
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01/15/2008 08:16:38 PM
what an excellent exposure control!!.. congrats on the good score and the ribbon!!
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01/13/2008 04:23:54 AM
awesome capture
congrats on 1st Ribbon too
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01/12/2008 02:49:52 PM
Gave this an 8, if I had known it was yours it would of been a 5 or something :P
Just kidding, well done matey, glad to see you got your first ribbon!

Also, just noticed I commented this shot during voting as well, so you are doubly blessed..
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01/11/2008 06:44:07 PM
WOW, a very nice shot, I'm happy it was only a training exercise. Congratulations
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01/11/2008 03:46:33 PM
Your 1st ribbon?... wow that was a shock. Many congratulations to you.
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01/10/2008 08:13:01 PM
What a hot-shot! (Pun intended, dear!) Congrats on a terrific image and placement!
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01/10/2008 02:26:19 PM
Great shot, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/10/2008 11:50:31 AM
Obviously great photo! Congratulations on your success! (I am curious,...Did you get some of the muted tones in the fire by heavy use of darkening the highlights feature of Shadows/Highlights? I am mostly just curious to see if my eye is still on-target with analysis of greatness.) Truly you have a great eye & post-process skills! :)
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01/10/2008 03:06:16 AM
Excellent job, Laurie!
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01/09/2008 11:33:01 PM
So help me understand Laurie...you dressed in black, coloured your face with black shoe polish, headed out to the woods with your matches and petrol and your Lowepro with the camera and lens, lit the fire on some unsuspecting family's home, and when they ran out you went click, click, click, then ran back into the bushes where you came from. Would that be about right??? AND you made the local papers!!!! It's amazing what crimes people get away with these days!

:)

Well you deserve the ribbon for all that trouble, and the family was insured, right? so they get the new house they always wanted. Well done...everyone wins :)
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01/09/2008 08:19:46 PM
Wow, Laurie... love the reduced exposure, keeping all that detail in the flames and putting focus right there. The mood this dark image creates is really powerful. Love it.
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01/09/2008 08:03:33 PM
Nothing at all against Tim's shot, but I would have picked this for first because it is so intense and dramatic. The exposure on the flames just seems perfect to me and it was at just the right time of the evening. Superb! And a huge hug and congrats on that ribbon!!
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01/09/2008 11:33:27 AM
Congrats! Hot shot! LOL
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01/09/2008 11:12:30 AM
Congratulations -- great photo. So many fine shots, I would have had difficulty deciding which from the series to use.
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01/09/2008 10:32:49 AM
woohoo congrats on the ribbon, welcome back!
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01/09/2008 10:15:33 AM
Congratulations ! amazing picture.
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01/09/2008 10:15:04 AM
congrats on numero uno!!
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01/09/2008 09:02:26 AM
What perfect timing. It's all more often when something like this happens the day before, or the day after a challenge ends! This is awesome! Most deserving of top honors! Congratulations.
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01/09/2008 08:43:00 AM
What a super great score and equally a super great image..... I love this and you so deserve that great score and the placement..... Excellent..... I also loved the story behind the image.....
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01/09/2008 08:18:24 AM
I like how you arranged for Art/Ken to burn a village for you! Seriously, 'grats on a great score and a pretty new accessory on your profile page. Bigger 'grats for getting to do the shoot and having the shots used in the paper!
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01/09/2008 06:41:41 AM
Wow! Now that is some fire and some story. Congrats on your ribbon, Laurie.
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01/09/2008 05:42:46 AM
Awesome Laurie!!! This one is great and I am so happy it scored so well and got you a ribbon.
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01/09/2008 04:15:41 AM
Wow! Nice image! Grats on the ribbon!
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01/09/2008 01:48:08 AM
Awesome series!
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01/09/2008 01:37:30 AM
well done/congrats
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01/09/2008 12:58:40 AM
wow! that is an incredible photo story you have there.......I actually really love the smiling portraits as the fire was controlled! I'm sure you're proud of those photo's....
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01/09/2008 12:39:55 AM
Thanks for sharing your other images all great work
Congrats on your Ribbon
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01/09/2008 12:27:58 AM
Well done and congrats! I would have much preferred entering your image over mine. Way WAY cooler.
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01/09/2008 12:23:10 AM
Way to go! Glad to see this was a purposely-ignited blaze, too.
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01/09/2008 12:22:44 AM
Great big congrats on your first ribbon and new PB, Laurie!
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01/09/2008 12:19:29 AM
Congrats on your first!!!!! YAY!!!

:-)
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01/09/2008 12:11:25 AM
You've got a lot to celebrate here... your first ribbon, a 7+, a new PB, and one smokin hot image for your portfolio. Congrats!
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01/09/2008 12:10:50 AM
Congrats Laurie. I bet burning down that building was worth it. :P
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01/09/2008 12:10:03 AM
Congrats Laurie on your first Ribbon! Super shot.
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01/09/2008 12:08:00 AM
Laurie, congratulations on the ribbon and fantastic score. Way to go!
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01/09/2008 12:06:18 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best!
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01/09/2008 12:03:17 AM
Congratulations L2!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2008 09:26:26 PM
I really hope this was a controlled burn and not someone's home.
Beautiful capture, though
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01/08/2008 09:14:03 PM
Wow, that's pretty intense! Nice capture. I don't like that the flames are cropped out at the top, but I won't count it against you, those flames were probably pretty high!
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01/08/2008 06:36:45 PM
this is beautiful
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01/08/2008 06:26:24 PM
what a great capture, very dramatic - 8
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01/08/2008 01:31:47 AM
Great shot, of a great tragedy..
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01/07/2008 11:14:48 PM
Woah!!!!!
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01/06/2008 05:09:22 PM
WOW I'd love to know what was happening here. Nice capture of this.
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01/06/2008 01:10:16 AM
you didn't have to go through all that trouble to enter this challenge... :)
great drama in this...well done
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01/05/2008 07:51:05 PM
I think you really nailed the flames in this image. Tough to do but you did it. Good luck!
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01/05/2008 06:53:18 PM
powerful shot
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01/05/2008 05:04:04 PM
Wow...very impressive.
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01/05/2008 04:27:41 PM
Great shot, you have captured the intensity and the fury of the firehere, My pick for top 5.
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01/05/2008 03:05:07 AM
Nice capture! Not blown out, lots of detail in the flame. Very nice.
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01/05/2008 02:35:47 AM
I sincerely hope that is not your home/business, cause its toasted, but it definitively captures a moment. Nice one.
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01/05/2008 12:09:42 AM
this is really impressive fire! I would have tried to include whole upper part of flames in front - similar to back side - don't know how high they go :)
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01/04/2008 10:55:32 PM
great shot...sad for whoever lived there. well-framed /10
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01/04/2008 04:24:41 PM
Wow great balls of fire. Flaming good photo. 10
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01/04/2008 01:34:23 PM
Nice. Sorry about someones loss, but excellent job of capturing this.
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01/03/2008 05:33:18 PM
Bummer~
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01/03/2008 05:04:52 PM
What a great capture... hope this wasn't someone's home.
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01/03/2008 01:02:54 PM
Gee. You went to a lot of effort to set this photo up. Where did you find your props? Actually, this is a very powerful, intense photo!
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01/03/2008 09:00:16 AM
Very dramatic and I'm guessing not staged, which must be the first I've voted on in this challenge so thats nice to see. Could perhaps have pushed the constrast higher still with levels or curves to deepen the blacks as there is hardly any detail there anyway on my display and a building silhouette would have been stunning. The tree in the background is a shame.
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01/02/2008 02:56:38 PM
wow! great shot and awesome title! Good luck!
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01/02/2008 02:22:35 PM
Fantastic picture, Hope the making of it didn't cause too much damage though!
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01/02/2008 08:12:52 AM
Wow I hope this wasn't your place...
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01/02/2008 06:55:57 AM
I shoot for a fire department and have some amazing pictures. I have to say this is a great image. I might of cropped the right side in a little more. How did you get this shot? Where was the fire department?
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01/02/2008 03:40:17 AM
Oh my that is horrible. This is an amazing capture for such a horrible situation.
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01/02/2008 01:18:43 AM
A shame about the building, but oh well great photojournalism :) 9
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01/02/2008 12:08:54 AM
now that's a fire.
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