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The Mayhem of Night
The Mayhem of Night

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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Uk
Date: Jan 10, 2004
Aperture: ?
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Snapshot, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2004

Oooh, a little bit of photojournalism

Place: 32 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.9889
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 5.7536
Avg (non-participants): 6.1351
Views since voting: 1034
Votes: 180
Comments: 12
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01/23/2004 07:04:18 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts/My opinion
Image full of colour and drama. I like the distant view to the fire. The action of the blurred persons could be more pronounced.

Great content, although probably not for the ones that live in the burning house. Hope the fire was not too severe.
I very much like how you composed the image: focusing on the fire engine and the street and not putting the fire in the centre was wise. It leads to the feeling that one wants to walk along the road to get closer to the fire.
The blurred persons disturb though: while they of course do show action, one can not see what they are doing and it seems that they do not run towards the fire. The two persons on the left are just some vague, unstructured shadows. However, getting this right was for sure almost impossible.
I like the colour of the image, especially on the lower portions of the street.

Camera work -technically
Looks very good to me, especially considering that you probably could not test all kind of exposure and focus variation. I like the balance between the bright lights and the darker parts of the image: just set right to make the scene dramatic and still keep the after-dark-feeling.

Digital Processing - Technical
Maybe a tad more sharpening. I do think your border choice is OK, although it might also look good without a border.

Fits the challenge
Of course it does!

Good luck for your upcoming submissions
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2004 05:00:39 PM
City nights and city lights
mayhem on the streets
chaos, intensity
people and sounds
firemen working their beat
01/18/2004 09:31:49 AM
Shooting the scene at night adds to the chaos and drama. I'd like to see more of what's going on (since your title highlights the journalistic aspect of your shot - I want to see more of what's unfolding)
01/17/2004 05:31:27 PM
Awesome color here. I think I would have liked to have seen a faster shutter speed.
01/17/2004 09:47:50 AM
This is cool. I like the colors and the motion blur. I love the contrast between the fire and the Christmas lights. 8
01/17/2004 08:34:39 AM
Amazing shot! I don\'t know what else to say other than 11. Oh, I can only give it 10? That\'ll have to do then. I'll move down my other 10s to 9 just so that this photo can get the points it deserves.
01/17/2004 02:29:21 AM
Really nice colors, shapes, rythms.
01/16/2004 11:32:00 PM
A bit busy in composition, but it does draw you in.
01/16/2004 11:23:11 PM
This really gives a feeling of tension. The christmas lights bring a sadness to it for me.
01/15/2004 06:38:16 AM
Great shot.
01/14/2004 12:26:54 PM
Spectacular shot. Great lighting, good catch. Do you cover accidents and fires in your work?
01/12/2004 10:13:38 PM
Amazing colours. You can almost feel the heat of the fire. Looks very spontanious. Great photo.

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