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Taming the Dragon
Taming the Dragon
HarveyG


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Challenge: Free Study 2014-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG for Nikon
Location: SAEC Station 33, Jhb. RSA
Date: Oct 10, 2014
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Action, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2014

Hand Held, Manual [M] Mode whilst getting covered in soot, wind driven splashed fuel, water and cooked by radiated heat. The deep orange and yellow glow is due the type of fuel that is used; AV-GAS (aviation fuel). Different fuel types burn at different "temperatures" or colours. The wind was unpredictable and strong, driving the flames and heat in a maelstrom around the drill stack.

I was kitted up in full fire turnout gear (except my hands) and shooting amongst the fire-fighters on the fire ground, all of whom are ex fire dept colleagues from my days as a full time fire-fighter. Thankfully my D300's are weather sealed and the Sigma lenses I was using are built like tanks. Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 and Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8

Naturally the reference to the "How to tame your Dragon" animated series is there but we all called the old foe "the Dragon"; this shot above others I took had the flame appearing to taunt the fire-fighters in a dragon-like CGI character.

Thank you for the votes of confidence but more importantly your wonderful comments.
This is my 3rd Free Study HM (Honourable Mention) and 5th HM overall.
Only 0.0037 points separated 2nd, 3rd and 4th. One day...

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 159
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Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 6.7531
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Views since voting: 1145
Views during voting: 195
Votes: 110
Comments: 25
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11/10/2014 07:57:22 AM
Nice shot Harvey
The fire looks alive so a Dragon reference was apt.
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11/09/2014 11:52:18 AM
WOW....congrats on the HM, and the brilliant image and story.
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11/09/2014 10:02:51 AM
Congratulations Harvey. This shot is fantastic.
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11/09/2014 09:34:04 AM
Nice shot, Harvey! Exceptionally hard catching all the luminosity and dynamic range of fire without it being blown out. Deft touch, my vriend!
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11/08/2014 07:07:25 PM
Lots of intense drama here. Congrats in HM Harvey! Must have been so hot to be so close. Dedication is the word that comes to my mind.
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11/08/2014 06:46:22 PM
Congrats on the HM. Awesome photo! Awesome 'beast'.
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11/08/2014 12:04:14 PM
Awesome capture, Harvey! Congrats on the HM
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11/08/2014 11:16:21 AM
Wel.. ek dink jy het hom gemis omdat jy nie die oorspronklike ingeskryf het nie.. baie geluk Harvey. Eish.. One day
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11/08/2014 10:48:42 AM
Simple gorgeous! Huge congrats!
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11/08/2014 10:35:17 AM
Geluk Harvey, so jammer ek kon nie stem nie. So baie mooi. Congrats
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11/08/2014 05:56:41 AM
Hot stuff!!!
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11/08/2014 05:50:22 AM
Very WOW! Congrats on the HM and... take care of yourself.
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11/08/2014 12:52:10 AM
Sweet. Congrats on the HM Harvey!
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11/08/2014 12:39:07 AM
Dramatic, beautiful and frightening at once. Congratulations on the HM.
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11/08/2014 12:07:38 AM
Very intense. I hope this was a practice drill and not something devestating. Congrats on the HM!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2014 10:25:33 PM
Perfect title. Crisp, yet simple. The extreme contrast really makes this work.
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11/07/2014 12:37:16 PM
Very nice photojournalism image.
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11/06/2014 05:55:53 AM
Well scene and captured.
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11/05/2014 08:36:39 PM
Excellent capture, it looks almost look like a dragon.
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11/04/2014 11:25:56 PM
Very intense!
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11/04/2014 08:21:31 PM
Classic.
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11/03/2014 11:43:31 PM
That looks horrific, and yet the firemen look so,calm!
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11/02/2014 06:43:02 PM
Nicely done!
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11/02/2014 08:00:03 AM
guess I dont need to say great shot, one of my top picks, good luck to you, and btw, great shot.
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11/01/2014 07:48:27 PM
Best in show award, congrats, well exposed, the reflection on the masks is a treat
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