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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Date: Aug 4, 2007
Galleries: Action, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2009

Firemen putting gasoline at a bonfire to make it even bigger.

Statistics
Place: 87 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.4375
Avg (commenters): 7.4824
Avg (participants): 6.4880
Avg (non-participants): 6.1750
Views since voting: 1136
Views during voting: 770
Votes: 496
Comments: 102
Favorites: 6 (view)


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04/17/2009 08:18:57 AM
talk about underrated!!! Should have been top ten! Love this shot, good work
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03/29/2009 09:30:46 AM
As a firefighter...I'd LOVE to see this in person!!!!!
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03/18/2009 01:17:40 PM
ohohhhh they are putting it on the fire. had me fooled
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03/18/2009 04:06:29 AM
Thank you all for your comments.
This is indeed a tradition in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. A huge bonfire where the local firedepartment controls the fire and are ready to put it out if something happens. The fiest is always held the first weekend in August.
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03/17/2009 11:36:13 PM
Wow. Great shot. Love the sillouettes.
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03/17/2009 10:05:42 PM
You can almost feel the heat! 8
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03/17/2009 09:47:59 PM
Eeegads! That looks hot! nice photojournalism - very nicely done.
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03/17/2009 08:23:32 PM
Yowsers - what a conflagration. Buckets seem a little small to be fighting such a blaze...
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03/17/2009 04:40:50 PM
I can not imagine the heat coming from this. I bet it was intense from where you were standing too.
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03/17/2009 01:11:56 PM
This is just crazy. The fire is so immense compared to the figures and their little buckets.
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03/17/2009 10:05:54 AM
Awesome shot! 9
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03/17/2009 04:00:57 AM
OMG! Buckets won't help here, guys! Hectic!
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03/17/2009 03:57:27 AM
OMG what a dramatic photograph!
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03/17/2009 01:16:04 AM
Stunner.
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03/16/2009 10:55:56 PM
Wow. That looks HOT. Great capture. Hope it wasn't your building.
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03/16/2009 06:34:35 PM
Wow.. this shot is just packed with action. Great capture... I hope this wasnt intentionally staged :)
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03/16/2009 02:50:53 PM
Wow. First thought! Nice capture. The firefighters look much to close and using buckets?
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03/16/2009 02:43:20 PM
Wow! Quite the image! I can't believe they're there with buckets of water, I hope the firetrucks w/ hoses were nearby! Hopefully no one was injured in the blaze.
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03/16/2009 11:54:31 AM
wow! 10 from me!
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03/16/2009 02:15:00 AM
nice capture
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03/16/2009 01:48:37 AM
Amazing capture, the dramatism, color and detail are extraordinary.
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03/16/2009 01:04:08 AM
Unbelievable....intimidating!
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03/16/2009 12:08:22 AM
Impressive shot! Filled the frame well with this crop.
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03/15/2009 10:19:42 PM
Whoa!!! awesome capture
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03/15/2009 09:39:31 PM
Wow - talk about dramatic! This sure packs a punch!
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03/15/2009 09:25:15 PM
Geez, that's a heck of a fire! Nice exposure.
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03/15/2009 04:57:13 PM
What a fire! It looks so very real with the people on the foreground.
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03/15/2009 01:52:47 PM
quite a moment to catch and exposed correctly
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03/15/2009 01:50:31 PM
I can feel the heat
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03/15/2009 01:46:31 PM
Rageing inferno. Nice.
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03/15/2009 01:20:04 PM
Incredible intensity! Wow.
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03/15/2009 10:19:25 AM
So why are they throwing gas on the burning building?
Very dramatic image 7
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03/15/2009 10:18:35 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:05:02 AM
That is an amazing fire and they're putting it out with buckets? That seems odd. This is a good piece of photojournalism.
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03/15/2009 09:56:41 AM
I really hope they are not trying to put that out with buckets of water :-0 Serioulsy great action shot and you deserve a 10 for bravery, but I gave you an 8. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 07:09:38 AM
wow a lot of action here, well captured.
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03/15/2009 06:12:10 AM
I'm not sure even their turn-out suits will protect long from this conflagration. WOW! Nice capture of this questionable action. Congrats.
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03/15/2009 05:25:48 AM
great moment!
6
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03/15/2009 12:41:25 AM
... and it suddenly became clear to the Mayor of that small burg that perhaps it was no longer sufficient to have a Volunteer Bucket Squad.

He sighed. So much for his Morning Donut budget.
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03/14/2009 07:57:52 PM
wow look like a hopeless fight - 8
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03/14/2009 07:46:40 PM
This one really took me by surprise... So much intensity and emotion. Truly a great capture. Beautiful work.
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03/14/2009 06:10:04 PM
That is one big fire! Very dramatic.
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03/14/2009 05:37:14 PM
WOW .. what a powerful image! I can feel the heat!
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03/14/2009 05:37:11 PM
Are they really trying to use buckets on that fire? I really like that you can see some detail on the fire fighters instead of just being silouettes.
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03/14/2009 04:06:53 PM
Wow, this is intense, wonderful capture of an emotional (and dangerous!) moment.
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03/14/2009 03:14:41 PM
Great shot,you can feel the heat from the screen!!
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03/14/2009 01:08:20 PM
Wow, that's really intense! Nice capture!
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03/14/2009 12:01:37 PM
Amazing shot. I think the title should have been "Futile" :)
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03/14/2009 11:38:54 AM
Hot! This is impressive. Maybe a little darker.
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03/14/2009 11:12:13 AM
What an incredible sight. I hope they are not nearly as close as they seem.
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03/14/2009 06:54:14 AM
wow... truly amazing picture
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03/14/2009 05:54:32 AM
Great Balls Of Fire!!!! Wow!! What a stunning shot. I can almost feel the heat radiating from out of my monitor and scorching my face. Excellent! 9
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03/14/2009 12:11:52 AM
wowza. Buckets? Really? 10
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03/13/2009 08:47:16 PM
whoa. i'm not sure what to say about the shot i'm so wowed by the content.
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03/13/2009 07:57:50 PM
This is fascinating, they're not really throwing gasoline on the fire,are they? It does look like it though.
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03/13/2009 07:55:03 PM
Eek! WHAT are they doing?? I hope to see the answer in your details.

The scene is amazingly interesting. Good job.

Not voting yet.
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03/13/2009 04:30:18 PM
Pro quality photo journalism shot. well done.
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03/13/2009 04:09:15 PM
Wow, you really caught the action. Love how the flames fill the frame. Exciting photo.
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03/13/2009 03:22:33 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1124 images, I gave 31 of them a 9. Your image was one of those 31.

In amongst a bunch of landscapes, portraits, sunsets, bug macros, this really is one of a kind. An incredible action shot, and one I'm sure was uncomfortable to capture - I know how far the heat from these inferno's can reach out. Fire is such a beatiful thing to look at but so destructive. I think you have perfectly captured both sides in this image.

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
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03/13/2009 03:17:01 PM
wow. would have been cool to have been there, as long at it wasn't my house. I think you treated this well considering what must have been horrible photographic environment - smoke, ashes, heat... 8
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03/13/2009 01:21:12 PM
Amazing capture, very vivid
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03/13/2009 11:26:21 AM
Geeze, THIS is photojournalism :-) At least, I'm *assuming* it's not a staged shot, LOL. And if it *is* staged, all I can say to you is "You've gone insane, Jorge!"

(wink) You're getting an 8 from me :-)
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03/13/2009 10:45:50 AM
wow !! I can feel the searing heat. wonderful capture, 8
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03/13/2009 10:19:37 AM
Wow!! A great shot.
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03/13/2009 02:53:40 AM
I can only image the story behind this shot but the mass of flames makes for great viewing
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03/12/2009 11:31:47 PM
Who doesn't like a good fire??!! :D
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03/12/2009 08:05:27 PM
Coming back to comment...

Fantastic photojournalism! I hope you had a long zoom! 10
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03/12/2009 07:32:02 PM
As a firefighter of 18 years, I gotta say, what the hell are they DOING? Are they seriously trying to put that out with buckets of water? No air? Wow, amazing shot/situation
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03/12/2009 06:33:56 PM
Wow, what a picture!
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03/12/2009 03:20:14 PM
Wow. And they're trying to fight it with a bucket brigade. Really shows what a monster fire can be.
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03/12/2009 01:32:21 PM
it's great how you caught all the action; compo is good too 8
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03/12/2009 12:48:33 PM
OMG! I can almost feel the heat of the flames! Great shot!
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03/12/2009 12:16:43 PM
Very dramatic. Good lighting and detail here.
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03/12/2009 09:33:19 AM
I cannot comprehend the enormity of the situation. (10)
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03/12/2009 08:22:52 AM
As Eddie Murphy's uncle Gus once said "Now THAT's a FIRE!". Great image. Great capture. The flames provide the drama, and the firefighters add the personal interest and become the focus of the shot. Excellent.
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03/12/2009 08:00:56 AM
Wow, talk about peeing on a forest fire... Great shot!
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03/12/2009 03:37:50 AM
You ask yourself is it actually worth using buckets on a fire like this...

Love the almost silhouette of the firemen here, the bright flames at the top grab my attention first then I look downwards.

So much detail here, I've been looking at it for a while.

Well done, 9
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03/12/2009 02:05:28 AM
awesome photo, but I think they are fighting a loosing battle 8/10
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03/12/2009 01:53:17 AM
Excellent PJ.
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03/11/2009 11:34:27 PM
Wow that is intense. Nice capture, even though it was bad timing for the people who live there.
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03/11/2009 10:40:46 PM
Wow - what an incredible shot.
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03/11/2009 10:21:32 PM
Wow. Great job with exposure in a difficult situation. I can't believe they're using buckets and not truck and hose.
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03/11/2009 07:13:25 PM
Scary shot.. I can feel the heat.
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03/11/2009 07:00:35 PM
wow..terrific capture...
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03/11/2009 06:44:26 PM
WoW what a striking image! The men look so small up against those huge flames. Super capture, hope no one was injured. I can almost feel the heat.
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03/11/2009 06:34:21 PM
Wow this looks like a frightening place to be.
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03/11/2009 06:05:09 PM
pretty sure that water isnt doing anything to contain that! lol great photo!!!
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03/11/2009 05:13:43 PM
that is one hot fire, fantastic capture
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03/11/2009 05:12:48 PM
Whoa, thats some fire I can't believe they are throwing buckets at it, yikes!
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03/11/2009 05:01:52 PM
Is that for real? That's an increadible scene.
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03/11/2009 04:42:18 PM
OK, youve got me wondering what the heck they are doing... This is a neat shot. I know the lighting is fussy at scenes like that.
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03/11/2009 04:34:21 PM
great capture
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03/11/2009 02:21:26 PM
great capture, but a little soft, and the title doesn't do this image justice.
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03/11/2009 01:33:37 PM
Color could be a bit more natural.
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03/11/2009 12:56:03 PM
It's global warming I tell ya! Great shot, the almost pathetic attempts to extinguish this blaze add to the image.
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03/11/2009 10:05:48 AM
A powerful image. Well done.
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03/11/2009 10:00:46 AM
uhm. Too little too late?
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03/11/2009 07:37:43 AM
nice piece of photojournalism here with good exposure in difficult circumstances. good luck: 7
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03/11/2009 06:02:25 AM
wow, you can almost feel the heat just looking at this, such brave people
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03/11/2009 04:17:29 AM
a conspiracy!
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03/11/2009 04:14:02 AM
They need more buckets!
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03/11/2009 03:18:19 AM
wow very cool
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