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Earth Liberation Front: Saving the Planet One Arson at a Time
Earth Liberation Front: Saving the Planet One Arson at a Time

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Harsh Environments II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Echo Lake, Washington (USA) - (Seattle Suburb)
Date: Mar 12, 2008
Aperture: F/11
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Emotive, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2008

Photographer’s Notes
This house was burned in a real case of arson. It was done on purpose. It's against the law. And it's a bloddy shame! The following is excerpted from the March 4, 2007 Seattle Times:

“As arson investigators sift through the charred remains of multimillion-dollar "dream" homes in a wooded subdivision near here, some builders are wondering if their luxury homes could be the next target of eco-terrorists.

“The Earth Liberation Front, an amorphous collection of radical environmentalists … claimed responsibility for Monday's blaze on a scornful sign found nearby. Striking before dawn, the arsonists tried to burn down all five homes showcased in last year's "Street of Dreams," but succeeded in destroying only three, federal authorities said. The homes were unoccupied and no injuries were reported, but damage was estimated at $7 million.

“The FBI said the fires are being investigated as potential acts of domestic terrorism. Agents from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and regional Joint Terrorism Task Force were assisting local authorities.

“Neighbors and builders of the show homes called the arsons ironic: The homes were built to demonstrate environmentally friendly designs.

"They were beautiful homes. What did the eco-terrorists do, drive up in their Priuses?" said a neighbor.

“Here are details about the three homes destroyed in Monday's fires.
Copper Falls: a 4,624-square-foot Craftsman-style house with four bedrooms and 4.5 baths.
Greenleaf Retreat: a 4,749-square-foot prairie-contemporary house with four bedrooms and 4.5 baths.
The Urban Lodge: a 4,591-square-foot lodge-style house with four bedrooms and 4.25 baths.”

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW (PS CS3)
• Crop
• Set Black Point (Curves layer)
• Set Whit Point (Curves Layer)
• Set Gray Point (Curves layer)
• Increase Contrast (Curves Layer)
• Manage color (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Dodge & Burn (Overlay layer)
• Darken/Vignette (Melancholytron Filter)
• Dodge & Burn (Overlay layer)
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Sharpen (USM-Luminosity Mode)
• Add Border (Select & Stroke Layer)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikor 24-70 mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm
• Date: 2008-03-12
• ISO: 1600
• Aperture: f/11
• Shutter: 1/800

Place: 64 out of 129
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/22/2008 08:55:32 PM
ELF....what a bunch of jack-a, oh the photo, well yes....Maybe talking a few steps back and giving a more total account of the damage would have given a better feeling. I'm not a big fan of the vignetting.
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03/21/2008 01:29:55 PM
Did not look promising from the thumbnail, but you did well on bringing out the details in this one.
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03/18/2008 02:11:14 PM
Insert sarcasm here ------

The editorial is fantastic!
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03/17/2008 10:18:42 PM
Nice idea for the challenge, the lighting is a bit low, 7.
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03/17/2008 05:56:21 PM
good submission, different idea of the concept
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