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I saw the smoke from across the city and went there hoping for a good photo. It wasn't until I snuck past the tape and got right up to the fire that I was able to get anything with my 18mm. I was looking for an intimate composition because I'm sick of seeing fires shot with 300mm lenses. I wanted to get right in there and I defied Detroit's finest to do so. The fact that the firefighter was smoking was just too much for me, even while taking the photo. It took some patience and a lot of sneaking not only to get this close but to also catch this ironic moment.

This image was taken on October 23rd, 2006, in southwest Detroit, Michigan.

This was shot at a focal length of 18mm at f5.6 to ensure the depth-of-field required to keep the fireman sharp as well as the scene behind him. There was plenty of available light so this image was done at ISO200 with a shutter speed of 1/1200 and no flash used. I used a Nikon D50 with a Sigma 18-50 f3.5-5.6 lens. Digital wouldn't normally be my first choice for street photography, but on this particular day, I did not have my film camera with me (because it is broken).

Photoshop procedure:
1. Channel Mixer > monochrome
2. Curves adjustment
3. Levels adjustment

Image has been saved at full size and resolution.

*CORRECTION: shutter speed was 1/250th*
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:iconturtlevvisperer:
TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Great photojournalism and good use of wide angle! This is epic.
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faerie-angel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
wow, nice capture!
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NicolCaplin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
that is an amazing capture and that cigarette! Oh the irony!

This is very competition worthy.
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:iconany-other-name:
any-other-name Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
absolutely lovely shot. one of the best street photos I've seen in a very long time. I will be looking through your gallery based on this alone.
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:iconneeth1um:
neeth1um Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Amazing shot ;) Well done! It looks so good I could almost imagine its film ;)
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dan820 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007   Photographer
seriously the best fire shot I've ever seen.


oh, and your camera info stamp in the lower right says 1/125th not 1/250th, hehe
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:iconmaradong:
maradong Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007   Photographer
Probably one of the best pictures I have ever seen on DeviantART. Not bullshitting, I'm bloody serious.

_Excellent_ picture.
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:icon000moggy000:
000moggy000 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Thanks a lot...

There was a big amount of luck involved, but I guess that goes for a lot of photography.
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:iconmaradong:
maradong Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007   Photographer
My pleasure. But actually it's me who has to thank you for bringing the shot to DA.
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dskphotography Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
oh my like this better than my firefighter shot it was my fav until i saw this wow ,, wow
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edflesh Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
It's likely you won't read this comment, but for what it's worth this is probably my favorite photoat the moment. The Irony in the smoking firefighter definitely puts it over the top. Nice Work!
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:icon000moggy000:
000moggy000 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
I read them all... and thanks a lot. I really appreciate it.
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:icondiggen:
Diggen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Interesting photo:)

feature: [link]
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:icon000moggy000:
000moggy000 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Thanks a lot
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TornAndBruised Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
You're a fantastic and talented photographer!! Keep up the great work, and if you're ever looking for a model, lemme know ;)
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:iconwhitestone:
whitestone Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Great Shot! :)
The shutter speed should be 1/125, you may correct it in your comment ;)
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:icon000moggy000:
000moggy000 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Thank you! The correction has been made. ;)
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:iconwhitestone:
whitestone Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
You're most welcome :)
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:iconnewme:
newme Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
done my entry too with the D50 but preferred colour than b&W! Do that on film!

great shot, good luck!


cheers,
ovi
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:iconphaylure:
Phaylure Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006   Photographer
Love it.
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:icondevtank:
devtank Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006   Photographer
GREAT!
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:iconbqw:
bQw Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good shot
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Bluewave42 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
All your sneaking around was worth. You caught a great moment, well done. For me the firefighter's eye contact is critical to the shot.
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000moggy000 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
It's funny you say that because I showed it to one of my teachers and he said the eye contact ruins it. Everyone's different, I suppose.
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:icondersunde:
dersunde Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
RUINS IT! What a cool teacher. I bet you learn a lot from them.
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000moggy000 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Hah... well the main thing I've learned is to trust my own instincts on what "looks good" because it's all SO subjective. However, my teachers have taught me a lot of very useful information about photography. I've learned a lot since I started in September.
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dersunde Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
What sort of class are you enrolled in?
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:icon000moggy000:
000moggy000 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
It's a Photojournalism program. The only one in Canada. I love it. The college is called "Loyalist" if you're intersted.
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:icondersunde:
dersunde Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Oh. That sounds like fun. You plan to share much of your school work here?
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:icon000moggy000:
000moggy000 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Yeah.. The majority of the uploads I've made since September have been school work... they leave a lot of room for creativity.
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:iconlucanos:
Lucanos Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely incredible shot!
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louisgara Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006   Photographer
B&W really fits this photo, It's all about smoke, and smoke is black and white! This a really cool shot, to have a fireman smokin next to a burning building. I really love that the photo is so long, there is a portrait of a man, and there is the big building and the ladder, where other firemans are working.
Just wow!
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Photographer
holy... shit...

:wow:

amazng work..
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blackdoorphotos Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006  Professional Photographer
This is so well composed. The whole theme of the shot is terrific, well done
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:iconflaminx0r:
flaminx0r Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
very professional shot, very much like it!
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:icondosxx:
dosxx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006   Photographer
this one is kewl!
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:iconilamtea:
ilamtea Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006   Photographer
that is just straight out an awesome photo
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:iconerainey:
erainey Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
so american, great shot. id like to have seen it in colour though.
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samthemute Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006   Photographer
It's a pleasure to be in a competition beside this.

Fantastic.
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:iconzvpo:
zvpo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
:clap: :clap: :clap: well done! great shot! instant :+fav:
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November 30, 2006
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Camera Data

Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D50
Shutter Speed
10/1250 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
18 mm
Date Taken
Oct 23, 2006, 4:26:25 PM
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