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Fighting the Red Devil

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Fighting the Red Devil
Fighting the Red Devil
© Joe Jarosz
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Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
    Hey Joe this is a really good shot! I love the way that the fire is lighting the pic! My sister is a firefighter and has been begging me to take some shots of her (or maybe I have been begging her) either way. Could you give me some tips on how you accomplished this?? Any advice would be greatly apprieciated! :o) Thanks!!


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6/23/2005 8:35:14 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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This is a fabulous enviromental portrait, Joe! Love the title, too! Excellent job!


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6/23/2005 8:38:25 PM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thank you very much Terry and Melissa!

I put a piece of white seamless paper up on the wall, and then had a strobe lighting the paper with a red gel on it. I had another strobe with an orange gel to my left (picture right). That picture is also posted online so you can see what it originally looked like. I got the idea to add the fire in the background which I did in photoshop and added the fire as a layer, then adjusted the levels to get the final picture.

I'm really happy with how it came out.


Thanks, Joe


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6/24/2005 7:36:51 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Thats what I was wondering, I thought that you might have used gels. I saw this done somewhere else where they used them and it created this same cool effect! I like the fire it looked so real I was wondering if you had real fire! :o) Neat shot Joe! Thanks for the explaination! I am so excited to shoot my sis! :o)


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6/24/2005 10:01:27 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Don't shoot her! take pictures of her!! :)

The fire wasn't real, but maybe I shouldn't have given away my secret! The color gels I got at a local photo supply house, they were pretty cheap. I found I had to double up on them to get a darker color that I wanted. Glad you like the picture. Have fun taking pics of your sister.

Joe


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6/24/2005 10:07:30 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Love the explanation of your technique, Joe! Thanks for sharing! Makes for a very, very cool image.


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6/24/2005 10:11:12 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thank you Terry. I appreciate the nice feedback.

Joe


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6/24/2005 10:32:15 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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You are funny!! I guess I won't 'shoot' her.... LOL! I do apprieciate the explanation though!! :o)


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6/24/2005 5:59:39 PM

 
The Judges at BetterPhoto.com
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Nice composition.


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7/23/2005 2:30:13 AM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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Joe

Congratulations on your second place win.

Job well done. Kerby


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7/25/2005 3:06:39 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thank you Kerby!


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7/25/2005 4:37:08 AM

 
Peggy Wolff
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Congrats on this very deserving and fantastic win!


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7/25/2005 7:01:14 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thank you Peggy, I appreciate the nice comments!


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7/25/2005 7:11:35 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! This is such a wonderful shot! I am so glad that you won!!! :o)


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7/25/2005 7:19:46 AM

 
KHAWLA Haddad
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Congratulations on this wonderful winner!!!


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7/25/2005 8:27:47 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thank you both! My first win, very exciting!


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7/25/2005 8:33:29 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Congratulations, Joe, on your fabulous win! I knew this one was great!!


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7/25/2005 11:08:08 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Outstanding image, Joe!!! Big congratulations on this well deserved win!


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7/26/2005 11:17:24 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thank you Terry and Sharon! Its fun to get such a great response to my picture. Its motivating!


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7/26/2005 11:35:07 AM

 
Bishop Bastien
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Congratulations Joe! Very nice shot and win as well.

Best regards -- Bishop


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7/26/2005 2:53:19 PM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thanks Bishop!


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7/26/2005 2:58:36 PM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thanks Bishop!


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7/26/2005 2:58:37 PM

 
Shari Travison
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2003
 

I love it...the fireman's intense expression goes so well with the fire you added. Congratulations on your well deserved win!


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8/3/2005 10:42:35 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Thanks Shari..Getting the fireman to cooperate was quite a task..of course, I have to admit that the fireman in the picture is me :)


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8/3/2005 6:55:09 PM

 
Shari Travison
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2003
 

Well then, I hope the fireman cooperated with you. Aren't some model's temperamental? ;)

Now that I know more, you've got a great expression. I also think your comp is very artistic/interesting.


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8/4/2005 9:58:13 AM

 
Joe Jarosz  

Well, this models a little tempermental..


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8/4/2005 12:28:08 PM

 
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