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Storm Destroys Powerlines, Trees.
Storm Destroys Powerlines, Trees.

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Challenge: Photojournalism (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7
Location: Sudbury Ontario
Date: Nov 18, 2002
Aperture: 1:8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Nov 18, 2002

A wind storm knocked stuff over

Place: 8 out of 147
Avg (all users): 6.5939
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.4757
Avg (non-participants): 6.6709
Views since voting: 2274
Votes: 261
Comments: 24
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01/01/2009 04:32:06 PM
Priceless. (I think an alternative title might be your comment: "A wind storm knocked stuff over.")
01/27/2007 10:04:40 PM
the only thing i find wrong with this picture is the distraction of the written words on the garbage can behing him, and the picture is just too busy. there really is very little flow. i think this photograph could have used a very different angle and a little bit of cropping/zooming.
12/02/2002 04:12:00 PM

Overall, this is an excellent photo for the Photojournalism challenge. The viewer can completely understand what's going on in the scene, and the lineman turned upside-down is a completely unexpected, and I think delicious, twist to the typical post-tornado photograph. It's almost like he got twisted around in the wind himself. :)

Colors are fairly accurate, and the orange jumpsuit makes the lineman jump out even more than usual -- a great contrast that again turns the focal point toward the lineman and not the power lines.

The framing of the shot it probably the biggest detraction, unfortunately. Understandably, this was a "go for the moment" -type challenge, but the dumpsters in the background are very distracting. You also mention that there was yellow tape all around -- some of that in the photo, even if blurry, might have lended a more "newspaper"-y feel to the image.

Focus on the power lines and lineman is decent. It looks like the top of the broken pole is the most in focus, unfortunately. The building in the background is blurry enough that it shows some depth of field, but not blurred enough to make it pop the focal points out from the background.

I greatly enjoyed this photo -- it captured a rather unique moment in time and was perfect for this challenge.

Rob 8)
12/02/2002 07:18:00 AM
Naw I wish I could have gotten a little bit closer. Unfortunately for me there was yellow tape everywhere as there were several trees that had fallen over on top of cars and houses. While i agree another angle may have eliminated some of the background distractions, it just wasn't possible at the time. I have a few other shots I was considering.. I'll post them later today.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2002 11:28:00 PM
Great subject for the challenge! Did you try any other angles?
12/01/2002 06:30:00 AM
Wow, that's some destruction.
I'm finding the skips in the background a bit distrcting, but that's the only negative point.
11/30/2002 12:08:00 PM
Good capture of the moment. Composition works too.
11/28/2002 11:25:00 AM
Woah! Be careful!
11/27/2002 12:26:00 PM
Was that a storm or did some citizen run into the pole with their SUV.
11/27/2002 10:31:00 AM
Is the guy doing a somersault? LOL. This is an excellent photo for the challenge. The focus and lighting is great, but the dumpsters in the background detract. I know you have to go for the moment, but it's unfortunate that they are there. muckpond
11/27/2002 01:53:00 AM
Wow nice shot. Almost looks like this guy cut this pole down. :-)
11/27/2002 12:25:00 AM
Great photo. Looks like a bad storm. Anyone hurt. Guess I'll read the story to see how bad it was. Nice touch the electrical man - don't know what he's doing but he adds a touch to the photo. Nice color, Good composition with nice execution. Great job. I'll read the story. Good pic. PTL7
11/26/2002 10:06:00 PM
Excellent catch!!!
11/26/2002 09:06:00 PM
thats a good shot...really fits the theme
11/26/2002 03:55:00 PM
Wonderfully captured, and a definite candidate for the front page. Jak 8
11/26/2002 01:01:00 PM
Nice job capturing a "real" news event! This could have indeed landed in a local newspaper.
11/26/2002 09:24:00 AM
Focus is a bit off. Really good otherwise.
11/25/2002 10:16:00 PM
Very journalistic and good color. I wish the worker was standing upright though. DPz
11/25/2002 08:43:00 PM
Nice shot. Jacko. 8
11/25/2002 06:17:00 PM
Not pretty enough....lol....kidding! This is about as newsworthy as you can get! This is one of those pictures that one can plainly see the problem, and the title supports it. The worker is in a strange pose...can't really tell what he's doing all bent over. Would rather have seen him looking at the broken lines I think.
Overall meets the challenge well, and tells a story. Congratulations. Best of luck in the challenge. Please remember to keep an open mind when voting. Grayce aka Gracious
11/25/2002 04:32:00 PM
Whoooooo! What a mess that is! LOL this is just a super capture. Well done. Justine
11/25/2002 11:05:00 AM
Should have made it B&W... but a good shot nonetheless
11/25/2002 01:03:00 AM
Great pic. Cuaght the lineman at just the right moment. 10
11/25/2002 12:42:00 AM
Wow! You found the news! I only wish the guy was looking up and you could see his face, otherwise a great journalistic photo! Nice job, 8!

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