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Firehouse Humour - Green Tar and Feathers
Firehouse Humour - Green Tar and Feathers

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Challenge: Practical Jokes (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Montreal, Qc
Date: Apr 1, 2003
Aperture: F 4
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/220 s
Galleries: Humorous, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2003

There seems to be some labour disputes in the Montreal firehouses. This was done to several Montreal firetrucks.

As I was coming back to the office from lunch, I stumbled accross a fleet of trucks like this one. I followed this one around until I could get ahead of him to take this shot. The truck was stopped at a red light at the time of the shot.

I took advantage of the "extra rules" to the fullest. Basic levels, contrast and slight saturation adjustments. Then I went for it: eliminated certain objects that were bothersome to the background, added more contrast to the sky, removed alot of the reflection on the windshield, added rotation blur to the wheels, and a good amount of motion blur to the background. This made the firetruck stand out a little more. Then crop, resize, a little USM and border.

Whew! Won't do that again for some time, I'm sure.

Place: 6 out of 32
Avg (all users): 6.4700
Avg (commenters): 7.9091
Avg (participants): 6.3667
Avg (non-participants): 6.5143
Views since voting: 2581
Votes: 100
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/02/2005 08:58:46 PM
visiting my faves...

this was my first fave. the thing that struck me about the image was that it was so, well, eye-catching. sure, post-processing was pushed to the max, but, all the same, it takes a great base image to begin with. this is a great example of just what can be done--if you have a strong base image.

this is an image that i would not attempt to duplicate, not in the sense of finding a tripped-out fire truck, but one that i would keep around as a reminder of what is pleasantly possible, if you get it right in the camera.

another thing i like is that this image is two years old, and it is still just as strong as it was yesterday. lastly (and this is a BIG deal), mario is still not only very active at dpc, but has over a 5.8 average after over 140 challenges! keep it up!
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04/06/2003 10:31:35 PM
Briliant photo... After reading the comments I was really impressed, as I thought the firetruck was in motion. This was by far my favorite, I think you got robbed :(
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04/05/2003 10:35:50 AM
YOu did a excellent job!! This was my favorite of the challenge.
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04/05/2003 12:06:05 AM
Loved this shot, it was really done well.
Good work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2003 04:17:10 PM
nice to see a shot of a prank that actually occurred... the green and feathers weren't added digitally, right? nice framing of a moving subject, you've got quick reflexes. nine for you.
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04/04/2003 03:00:54 PM
Okay.. while I'm not a big fan of the Joke here, I'm really a sucker for a good pan. This constitutes a good pan. The green makes it a bit surreal too. Good job.
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04/03/2003 04:41:21 PM
Excellent Joke, I'm a firefighter and I found this very funny. :) keep up the good work.
The picture also is well set up. Nice movement in the background.
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04/03/2003 12:01:47 PM
Now thats a practical joke! Was this photoshop work at all? It looks so real, as if the fire department staged it for some event... Either way, very nicely done.
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04/03/2003 01:49:49 AM
This looks real! I love the way you captured the motion. 8
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04/02/2003 09:02:03 PM
Nice and colorful. Good idea. Was th ecolor post processing.
04/02/2003 08:23:31 PM
lol. Good one. nice effect. Good luck
04/02/2003 07:43:40 PM
Kind of funny....
04/02/2003 11:39:49 AM
Very cute, you almost had me believing it was real! is it?... lol. very cool shot. I like it a llllot. Great use of the no rules!
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04/02/2003 10:56:07 AM
Nice work...I like it.
04/02/2003 09:41:24 AM
this is one of my favorites this week. its a good motion/panning shot, captures well the joke - which is really funny!
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04/02/2003 01:26:17 AM
First, it's a great picture before the coloring!
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