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© Jan Hoffman
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Dressed for a training exercise these fire-fighters wound up putting out a car fire. If they had not suited up for training they would not have been carrying heavy breathing gear for outside use. It was a hot day when this was taken and the temperature was well over 90 degrees F. I felt sorry for them as it must have been very uncomfortable!

Canon Digital Rebel XT

RAW format; ISO 200

1/160th sec @ F/7.1

Canon 18-75 IS

Howard County, Maryland

83 responses

  • Amanda Means

    Amanda Means gave props (4 Jan 2008):

    This is a great shot. Love that the background is black. Really makes the coats pop. My husband is a firefighter. Awsome picture.

  • Chuck Schoenberger

    Chuck Schoenberger gave props (4 Jan 2008):

    Nothing short of great!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2008):

    Love it!

  • Carl W. Nunn

    Carl W. Nunn gave props (5 Jan 2008):

    My god what a shot

  • Tom Hall

    Tom Hall said (6 Jan 2008):

    Beautiful shot, excellent.

  • Philip LePage

    Philip LePage said (6 Jan 2008):

    Talk about the decisive moment. What a powerful image... I love the negative space surrounding the action.

  • John Gioannetti

    John Gioannetti said (6 Jan 2008):

    This photo is just so strong

  • James Wei

    James Wei gave props (7 Jan 2008):

    Amazing documentary shot!

  • John Adams

    John Adams gave props (9 Jan 2008):

    A great one!

  • jean-philippe mergan

    jean-philippe mergan gave props (10 Jan 2008):

    Really a great shot !!!

  • Martin Holc

    Martin Holc (Deleted) said (11 Jan 2008):

    Great shot, brilliant composition!

  • Karen Stannard

    Karen Stannard gave props (11 Jan 2008):

    That's Awesome!

  • David Eastham

    David Eastham gave props (12 Jan 2008):

    Love the contrast here. Great shot!

  • debra raskin

    debra raskin gave props (13 Jan 2008):

    Great Title!

  • Allan Meek

    Allan Meek (Deleted) gave props (13 Jan 2008):

    You should put this one in for split second it's fantastic

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (13 Jan 2008):

    Great photojournalism! Is this a training scenario or the real thing?

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (13 Jan 2008):

    Richard -- The real thing but these folks are rookies. They were dressed for a training exercise and wound up putting out a real car fire. If they had not suited up for training they would not be carrying breathing gear for outside use. It was a hot day when this was taken and the temp was well over 90 degrees F. Felt sorry for them.
    --Best regards, Jan

  • Peter Tham

    Peter Tham said (15 Jan 2008):

    Wow, what a great capture. A Photo Journalism material...

  • Karolus Naga

    Karolus Naga (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    great .... the color so nice

  • Julie Stiefel

    Julie Stiefel gave props (17 Jan 2008):

    Awesome and dramatic capture !!

  • Veronica Quipildor

    Veronica Quipildor gave props (19 Jan 2008):

    Wow! Great Capture!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (21 Jan 2008):

    Marie -- will do!!

  • glindaraye

    glindaraye (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2008):

    very dramatic

  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis said (24 Jan 2008):

    this is absolutely awesome. it has my vote!

  • Carol Milligan

    Carol Milligan gave props (26 Jan 2008):

    perfect timing...great capture, wonderful work

  • Gregg

    Gregg gave props (28 Jan 2008):

    Lighting and framing: Genious.

  • Rob Randerson

    Rob Randerson gave props (29 Jan 2008):

    Kin el! Love it.

  • Victor Ursabia

    Victor Ursabia said (30 Jan 2008):

    absolutely fantastic... love it! my favorite indeed...

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (31 Jan 2008):

    Great shot!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (2 Feb 2008):

    Wow, awesome shot!

  • Mike McReynolds

    Mike McReynolds gave props (3 Feb 2008):

    Excellently dramatic...

  • Johanna Mifsud

    Johanna Mifsud said (5 Feb 2008):

    Excellent composition. Colours come out great against the black background.

  • Anton Hazewinkel

    Anton Hazewinkel (Deleted) said (11 Feb 2008):

    While browsing through your stream, I noticed I faved this pic some time ago. It's a great shot capturing the "split second", but I should have mentioned that the most touching aspect of this image is the camaraderie and dedication displayed.

  • Dan Wagner

    Dan Wagner said (11 Feb 2008):

    Do you mind if I ask what your post-processing steps were on this image?

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (11 Feb 2008):

    Dan -- This was post-processed in PS CS3
    1. RAW converted to PSD after Black slider bumped to right a bit in RAW processor
    2. Cropped slightly
    3. Used Smart Sharpen slightly (don't recall the settings)
    4. Slight adjustments to Contrast and Curves
    5. Output selection was the Output to Web or Device
    --Best regards, Jan

  • Victoria BlackStone

    Victoria BlackStone gave props (13 Feb 2008):

    Exellent! Great capture.

  • Bill Hathaway

    Bill Hathaway gave props (15 Feb 2008):

    This reminds me of the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima photograph.

  • Belinda Berglof

    Belinda Berglof gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    great moment, great shot

  • Viki

    Viki said (21 Feb 2008):

    Great picture!! With a lot of force.

  • Nichole Schoff

    Nichole Schoff said (22 Feb 2008):

    Love this! Great work!

  • Nichole Schoff

    Nichole Schoff gave props (22 Feb 2008):


  • Caitlin Domanico

    Caitlin Domanico said (24 Feb 2008):

    Great shot!

  • carolyn J

    carolyn J said (24 Feb 2008):

    This is one of the best photos i have ever seen.

  • Dani Barchana

    Dani Barchana (Deleted) said (3 Mar 2008):


  • 3000 Names

    3000 Names gave props (18 Mar 2008):

    Great shot , colourful and inaction . I like it

  • Kandi Champagne Cook

    Kandi Champagne Cook said (1 Apr 2008):

    very cool!

  • Jasmine Kline

    Jasmine Kline gave props (1 Apr 2008):

    this is really awesome :)

  • Charlotte Crola

    Charlotte Crola said (3 Apr 2008):

    Strong contrast!very good!

  • Alina Tiplea

    Alina Tiplea said (7 Apr 2008):

    another great pic

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (8 Apr 2008):

    One of the most powerful picts I've seen. Superb! No words to describe the feeling the instant I saw it... Thanks!

  • Virginie Maillard

    Virginie Maillard (Deleted) said (12 May 2008):

    Excellent shoot!!!!!!

  • Charlotte Finster

    Charlotte Finster (Deleted) gave props (1 Jun 2008):

    very powerful, I like it!

  • Eric Finster

    Eric Finster (Deleted) gave props (2 Jun 2008):

    I really like the way you make the subjects pop out from the background.

  • Tricia Bergland

    Tricia Bergland (Deleted) said (8 Jun 2008):

    Fabulous shot.

  • Victor Davis

    Victor Davis said (7 Jul 2008):

    Wow! What a great capture of heroes in the moment. Awesome!!

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz said (8 Jul 2008):

    That's a powerful capture!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (21 Jul 2008):

    This is one fabulous, fabulous photo!

  • Jessica Martinez

    Jessica Martinez gave props (8 Aug 2008):

    So crisp, so nice.

  • Robert Armstrong

    Robert Armstrong (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    Crystal clear! Excellent capture!

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) said (20 Aug 2008):

    This is beautifully captured!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (23 Aug 2008):

    So stunning!

  • Mary Yfanti

    Mary Yfanti gave props (24 Aug 2008):

    Excellent photo! Great contrast too...

  • Carole

    Carole gave props (28 Aug 2008):

    No kidding this is HOT!! Wow.. fabulous capture.. well done!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (28 Sep 2008):

    Everything about this is knockout, Jan. Congratulations on a superrific capture. This baby is sailing to the top!

  • Angela Hunter

    Angela Hunter gave props (29 Sep 2008):

    sensational shot.

  • Jose Acosta

    Jose Acosta (Deleted) gave props (23 Nov 2008):

    Nicely done!

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    awesome capture...

  • nema' etebar

    nema' etebar said (27 Nov 2008):

    i enjoy this shot

  • tanalyn dollar

    tanalyn dollar said (27 Nov 2008):


  • Pat Rice

    Pat Rice gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    Fabulous. So good is looks like a cutout.

  • The Rossi Collection

    The Rossi Collection gave props (6 Apr 2009):

    Amazing shot!

  • Heather Meadows

    Heather Meadows gave props (14 Jun 2009):

    Amazing shot!

  • Jorge Aviles

    Jorge Aviles (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2009):

    Awsome shot

  • Tania Losada

    Tania Losada gave props (11 Jul 2009):

    I love the light, colors and textures!

  • Tony Wilkinson

    Tony Wilkinson said (19 Jul 2009):

    Great work jan - love this

  • Stuart Thomas

    Stuart Thomas gave props (4 Aug 2009):

    Very powerful shot.

  • Pierre Simard

    Pierre Simard said (19 Aug 2009):

    oh great picture :)

  • mac

    mac gave props (21 Aug 2009):

    love this---the dominance of black lends a lot of drama.

  • Salah Alhumaid

    Salah Alhumaid said (24 Aug 2009):

    This is the friendship !

  • tony brown

    tony brown (Deleted) said (24 Sep 2009):

    great capture

  • Arline Grant

    Arline Grant gave props (30 Jan 2010):

    Awesome capture!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (4 Jun 2011):


  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (4 Oct 2011):

    Great great shot!

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