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Challenge: City Life II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: 100 Mott Street, NY
Date: Jan 3, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Cityscape, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2006

While I was leaving Shanghai Cafe in Chinatown, I heard sirens so I grabbed my camera and ran in front of the stopped fire truck.

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Place: 78 out of 173
Avg (all users): 5.3553
Avg (commenters): 5.6250
Avg (participants): 5.1772
Avg (non-participants): 5.4020
Views since voting: 836
Views during voting: 496
Votes: 380
Comments: 22
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01/17/2006 11:49:39 PM
**** Greeting from the Critique Club ****

Challenge
- Relevant to the Challenge? Yes
- Is subject unique (vs. unoriginal or rehashed)? Yes

Compostion
- Good or Bad? How can it be fixed? Strong Composition, however I would recommend cropping the minivan from the left and between the antenna and mirror on the car on the right. I like the fireman in the foreground with his partner in the background. Nice placement.
- Good use of Depth of Field? Yes. The lead fireman is in focus, but everything behind him is soft. Excellent.
- Good focus? Yes

Lighting
- Good use of light? Two issues. The reflected light for the fire engine headlights. The lead fireman is too dark to the front side. Use some fill flash our bring it up in post-processing. I like the reflections and shadows on the wet street.

Aesthetics/Artistic Appeal:
- What is my reaction or feelings? Like someone commented below. I feel like I am there. It's a good shot.
01/11/2006 12:35:35 AM
They could be my hero's ;) .. I like the in the moment feel of this shot.. nice work :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2006 11:14:31 PM
I don't know if u have camera shake or focus issues. Maybe you didn't sharpen afer resize?
01/10/2006 01:48:05 PM
I like this pictures message. One suggestion might be to blur the background some (not so much that you can't tell there is a fire truck though) and take a tighter crop. This could help to make the main fireman really standout.
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01/10/2006 01:32:48 AM
I would have liked to have seen better focus on the men.
01/09/2006 01:21:47 PM
This would have been a beautiful shot. The composition is very nice, but it is a bit underexposed and the focus is not quite there.
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01/09/2006 10:29:24 AM
definitely American heroes but shot is a little blurry, colors are good
01/08/2006 04:42:45 PM
Good Job SOH muhahahaha P.S Michelle smells
01/07/2006 01:22:21 PM
It's a very good idea, but simply a mediocre photograph.
01/07/2006 01:21:01 AM
Just a little out of focus but good otherwise.
01/06/2006 08:43:12 PM
Interesting moment to capture but photo seems somewhat unfocused
01/06/2006 05:49:49 PM
kind of shaky snapshot with front subject too dark
01/06/2006 12:43:04 AM
Action shot, well captured. A vital part of every city.
01/05/2006 09:04:58 AM
I like the reflection of the firetruck lights everywhere and you show the small space these guys have to work in. Well done.
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01/04/2006 11:59:28 PM
Great street candid!
01/04/2006 10:57:06 PM
The back-lighting is interesting, but it leaves the guy's face in the dark. Also the DOF is a bit awkward, neither deep enough to contain both guys nor shallow enough to isolate any particular depth layer. (And just to be nit-picky, there's nothing uniquely American about firemen being heroic.)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/04/2006 07:54:05 PM
An on the fly PJ style shot. Looks like the autofocus may or may not have locked correctly. But, great sense of urgency in this image. Nice capture.
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01/04/2006 06:23:11 PM
Nice capture, if a bit grainy and lackling in focus. Could be a bit more saturated in the reds and yellows, as well.
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01/04/2006 03:26:18 PM
agreed, great picture
01/04/2006 12:28:18 PM
This would have been even better if you had moved in close on the fireman in front, with the firetruck lights in back slightly blurred.
01/04/2006 07:25:54 AM
I like the motion/action you caught as the firemen walk & especially the one getting his arm into his sleeve. I would have panned/cropped a bit to the left. I like how the photo is filled/crowded with cars & buildings. Good job, IMO, on catching a city feel.
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01/04/2006 01:37:30 AM
oh wow! good one! i didn't even think of this! good idea, very unique among some of these others. wish it was a little bigger though. i like the positioning of the two firefighters with the truck in the background. 7
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