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Challenge: A Is For _______ (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Cleburne, Texas
Date: May 9, 2010
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2010

A coworker is on his town's volunteer fire department and I got a chance to tag along and photograph a training session. This shoot was planned over a month prior to this challenge, and it was simply good fortune there was an appropriate A-word associated with it. I was pleased that I was allowed to get much closer to the action than I expected (There was a red line about 10 feet from the burn house that I could not cross.) but I was also a little disappointed that I didn't get the fire shots I had hoped for. They had a lot of rookie firemen along for this session and most of the fires were small ones set inside the building where I could not see them. At one point, they made sure to open a window so that I could get some dramatic flames. I fired off about a dozen shots before they closed it up again. I had a couple with larger flames than this one, but I liked the way the fireman in this shot appears to be pointing at something, possibly barking out orders to others. I think it adds to the intensity of the scene.

Of interest to me was this particular fireman's helmet. It is badly burned, partially melted, and he loves it! Lots of stories in this helmet and tons of character. I also took a few close up shots of it, with the firetruck in the background.
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Anticipated critiques:
-Expect a comment or two that is might have been better -if- some aspect of the shot (that was outside my control) was different. Like bigger flames, more smoke.
-Second fireman in background distracting.
-Might have fit the title better if it showed someone actually lighting the fire.

Post-challenge notes:
Wow. I never expected this could score so highly. Maybe I'm starting to "get it". Thanks for all the great comments.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 175
Avg (all users): 6.7704
Avg (commenters): 8.6250
Avg (participants): 6.8333
Avg (non-participants): 6.7284
Views since voting: 4634
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 135
Comments: 57
Favorites: 5 (view)


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07/11/2014 05:30:51 PM
How did I miss seeing this gem? Wow, great action shot! One can feel the heat of the red flames and smoke coming out of the window as the fireman leans out to give a an order. That helmet definitely shows it has see a lot of action given it's state.
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08/23/2013 07:03:42 PM
beautiful work.
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07/18/2011 08:20:20 AM
Great shot- many times people over do these shots and don't let the raw power come out- here you knew what to include, what not to include and it all works beautifully.(obviously)
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12/17/2010 03:24:56 PM
Used here
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05/24/2010 12:28:06 AM
Totaly new to DP, I Loved this shot... then clicked on your bio to find Grog!! OH yeah you B one of my very FAVS!!!!
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05/23/2010 09:55:04 PM
Love that capture of fire. Congrats on the Yellow Ribbon. Well done!
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05/23/2010 08:33:32 PM
Snarfles say good work Grog! Nice shiny yellow thing to decorate cave with. 21_F.gif cowtownmom will be proud to see shiny yellow thing.
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05/23/2010 06:41:00 PM
Excellent action shot. Well done and a well deserved ribbon!
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05/23/2010 12:19:56 AM
I loved this shot, so glad you ribboned with it!
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05/22/2010 04:50:12 PM
Terrifying, well documented shot
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05/22/2010 09:43:23 AM
Absolutely fabulous! Congrats on your ribbon, Spiffy!
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05/21/2010 09:08:45 AM
ahhhh, now I get it...congrats to you!!! great job
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05/21/2010 03:13:28 AM
Fantastic capture!
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05/21/2010 01:37:05 AM
This is a great shot Steve. Congrats on your new ribbon.
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05/21/2010 01:15:56 AM
Great shot Steve. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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05/20/2010 10:37:21 PM
Congrats on the great shot and the ribbon, this is a wonderful image.
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05/20/2010 09:18:33 PM
Congratulations. Great shot and story. Great to have gotten that opportunity - who else do you know?
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05/20/2010 07:44:17 PM
Congrats Steve on your Ribbon :D
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05/20/2010 07:03:54 PM
That's a great story. Grats.
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05/20/2010 06:49:19 PM
A ribbon!!!!
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05/20/2010 06:42:33 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon and 'I GET TO GO NEXT TIME!"

Great shot, well done and I'm thrilled that you now have a complete set.

Message edited by author 2010-05-20 18:43:13.
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05/20/2010 06:27:21 PM
Sweet! Congrats!! Awesome image.
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05/20/2010 06:11:11 PM
This deserved a ribbon, congrats, awesome
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05/20/2010 05:24:42 PM
Originally posted by rinac:

Fantastic piece of photojournalism. Congrats on 4th place, but shoulda had a ribbon imo...


Haha! Done! :)
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05/20/2010 03:12:50 PM
Congratulations!!
I am so happy that you got a yellow Yo_Spiff - especially since you were such a good sport by giving me an 8 in a challenge where you were doing so well. It pays to be fair, honest voter (not that I am saying that my photo is better than yours because is isn't) but you showed that you vote high even when in the same challenge.
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05/20/2010 01:44:00 PM
congrats spiff!!
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05/20/2010 01:29:08 PM
Congrats on your new bling for your profile! Now you have a matched set!
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05/20/2010 01:04:53 PM
Yeah, that's what I'm talkin about! Congrats on the yellow!
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05/20/2010 12:52:47 PM
Congrats on completing your ribbon collection.
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05/20/2010 03:02:54 AM
This image is awarded the Prash's #1 Choice Award:
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05/18/2010 02:13:05 AM
I gave you a 10 and you deserve it
Congratulations on 4th place
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05/17/2010 04:45:16 PM
Fourth place?! Look at you! Great shot, Steve. Congrats.
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05/17/2010 07:38:28 AM
Well done. Congrats on the HM.

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05/17/2010 07:27:42 AM
Excellent finish! This shot came out GREAT!!!
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05/17/2010 07:18:25 AM
Congrats Steve on your Top 5. This is a awesome image!!
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05/17/2010 07:04:43 AM
Nicely done, Spiffinator. Wonderful image, top-notch photojournalism.
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05/17/2010 06:19:26 AM
WTG Steve congrats on your 4th place finish. You are on a roll keep up the great work. :)
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05/17/2010 05:52:41 AM
Awesome teammate!! Too bad this doesn't count toward our team but it's an amazingly well- captured image and a nice addition to your portfolio.

Edited to add: CONGRATS on your ribbon!!

Message edited by author 2010-05-21 07:25:21.
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05/17/2010 03:49:48 AM
Sterling result Yo. I had it as one of my 3 top picks and I was close as you only just missed the 3rd place.
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05/17/2010 03:21:50 AM
Go Yo!
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05/17/2010 01:35:06 AM
Fantastic piece of photojournalism. Congrats on 4th place, but shoulda had a ribbon imo...
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05/17/2010 01:06:51 AM
Go Yo! Thanks for posting the details with the shot.
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05/17/2010 12:59:37 AM
Great job Spiff! Congrats on the HM!
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05/17/2010 12:42:33 AM
Originally posted by Melethia:

You're cooking with gas these days! Literally, in this case.

Actually, it was hay bales. They do have some propane fired training facilities, but my coworker says he prefers the hay because it behaves more like an actual structure fire, rather than being under remote control.
05/17/2010 12:34:47 AM
You're cooking with gas these days! Literally, in this case. :-) Congrats on the nifty star thingie!
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05/17/2010 12:33:23 AM
A is for Awesome!! I was going to congratulate you, until I saw your score in the camera bag thread. Now this is just getting redundant.
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05/17/2010 12:23:19 AM

This is a fantastic capture Yo_Spiff - congratulations! Thanks also for giving me one of my favorite comments on my photo.
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05/17/2010 12:13:34 AM
SUPER! I ended up bumping this to a 10 - a well deserved 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2010 07:19:41 PM
Excellent photojournalistic photograph. In my top three of the challenge. 9
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05/15/2010 01:51:42 PM
great shot
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05/13/2010 07:05:17 AM
Amazing shot, perhaps the title is the only thing that makes it fit the challenge but this shot is top quality. A 10 for me and a top 3 pick for the finish.
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05/11/2010 09:03:18 PM
or "Awesome!" nice! 9
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05/11/2010 10:41:52 AM
Great action shot.
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05/10/2010 06:14:26 AM
Excellent news action shot. This is very well captured and I like the way the fireman is framed by the window and the tongue of flame on the right. One of my 3 top picks. 9
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05/10/2010 03:54:44 AM
wow,,,, greatest job of all,,,,,,,, i like,,,,,,,,
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05/10/2010 01:39:03 AM
Ribbon!
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05/10/2010 12:11:14 AM
great action image...well done 8
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