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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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smoke break by 000moggy000 smoke break by 000moggy000
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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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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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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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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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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000moggy000 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007   Photographer
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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