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52 Responses to The Yosemite Firefall: Nature`s Photoshop? [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
    18499 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 6:11 am
    Link: The Yosemite Firefall: Nature`s Photoshop? - I can tell by the pixels, and having seen many Shops in my day.
  2. Profile photo of Shufdog
    Shufdog Male 30-39
    137 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 8:07 am
    The little white box with the red x in it? Yep it`s shopped!
  3. Profile photo of SephirothA83
    SephirothA83 Male 18-29
    955 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 8:08 am
    epic fail post
  4. Profile photo of jayme21
    jayme21 Male 18-29
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    February 2, 2010 at 8:10 am
    Was that meant to be stretched like that???
  5. Profile photo of DavidXJ
    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    February 2, 2010 at 8:12 am
    I don`t know why the picture is so screwed up and stretched, but having visited Yosemite plenty of times in my day, I know for a fact that back in the 50s, they used to light a huge bonfire on one of the cliffs, and then after it was raging, push it over the cliff with a bulldozer while someone shouted "the fire is falling." No joke. The pixels are probably bad because the original photo is from the 1950 era. Keep in mind, this was the same era where they had a grandstand by the garbage dump, and you could come watch the bears pick through the garbage.
  6. Profile photo of Tangetto
    Tangetto Male 18-29
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    February 2, 2010 at 9:15 am
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_Fi...
  7. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
    2690 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 9:16 am
    Looks awesome!
  8. Profile photo of kawawakaba
    kawawakaba Male 18-29
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    February 2, 2010 at 9:22 am
    tangetto: Thanks for the link, great stuff...

    "the ritual ended when the hotel (who pushed embers off the cliff) burned down". Ahhh, irony

  9. Profile photo of obbycomma
    obbycomma Female 18-29
    315 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 9:24 am
    I feel like there should be a Baelrog shadow at the bottom of that.
  10. Profile photo of Geogypsy
    Geogypsy Female 18-29
    2546 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 9:48 am
    Obbycomma_ `I feel like there should be a Baelrog shadow at the bottom of that.`

    ^ Yes!!

  11. Profile photo of dragonshadoz
    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
    4033 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:21 am
    I love nature.
    And I wish I had seen this when I visited Yosemite.
  12. Profile photo of h0ax_d3m0n
    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:27 am
    shopped!
  13. Profile photo of h0ax_d3m0n
    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:28 am
    i can tell by the pixels.
  14. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:46 am
    * balrog
  15. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9311 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:54 am
    Eeeee! Cool!
  16. Profile photo of wereallboned
    wereallboned Male 18-29
    256 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:55 am
    i loved yosemite--its a beautiful place u must see
  17. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
    15782 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 11:03 am
    The ring must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came...
  18. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7425 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 11:08 am
    thats really cool looking
  19. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25407 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 11:30 am
    thats a cool lookin!
  20. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    February 2, 2010 at 11:39 am
    nice
  21. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    Opie, I hate to be the grammar nazi here, but when you use "whence," you don`t need "from." "Whence" actually means "from where."

    Now that we have that out of the way, SHOPPED!

  22. Profile photo of cman7721
    cman7721 Male 18-29
    618 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    hey old man picking on opie, im pretty sure she just made a direct quote from one of the most famous literary authors of all time...so i dont think she needs to be corrected.
  23. Profile photo of AppleBlue
    AppleBlue Female 18-29
    119 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    yeah, you beef is with Elrond oldollie, leave Opie alone.
  24. Profile photo of BostonKaiser
    BostonKaiser Male 40-49
    1177 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    Yeah, lay off Opie. She`s one of the best reasons to keep coming to this site.
  25. Profile photo of bataleon27
    bataleon27 Male 18-29
    1178 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    "Opie, I hate to be the grammar nazi here, but when you use "whence," you don`t need "from." "Whence" actually means "from where."

    Now that we have that out of the way, SHOPPED!"

    1. It`s a quote.
    2. Incorrect, It can be used in both ways. The from is implied, but can also be put in front of whence to form a perfectly legitimate sentence:

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.a...

    http://www.answers.com/topic/whence

  26. Profile photo of LameName
    LameName Female 18-29
    238 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    OldOllie: it`s not Photoshop. It`s a long-term exposure accomplished by holding the camera`s shutter open to achieve the softened effect of the lava in this picture and a lot of cheesy rapids shots. In this case it`s not so cheesy.
  27. Profile photo of Frogtango
    Frogtango Male 13-17
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    February 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    ITS THE DEFEND OPIE BRIGADE!!!
    GOOOOO!!!!
  28. Profile photo of Tonyjet
    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    February 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  29. Profile photo of gorgack2000
    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
    4683 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    PICKING ON OPIE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED HERE!

    THOSE WHO BREAK THIS RULE WILL HAVE THEIR TESTICLES RIPPED OFF AND FED TO THE LIONS!

    /white knight

    Anyway sweet pic.

  30. Profile photo of idiotfilter
    idiotfilter Male 18-29
    3916 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    poor old ollie....being a grammar nazi is a hard job...
  31. Profile photo of trelina
    trelina Female 18-29
    249 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    "And even a brief look at historical sources shows that from whence has been common since the thirteenth century."

    http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-fro2...

  32. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    it`s not Photoshop. It`s a long-term exposure accomplished by holding the camera`s shutter open to achieve the softened effect of the lava in this picture

    There ain`t no lava in Yosemite, buddy. And for what it`s worth, that quote is from the movie only. Doesn`t appear in Tolkien`s original text.

  33. Profile photo of bomb_tom
    bomb_tom Male 18-29
    522 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm
    stop defending opie, her crime can`t go unpunished
  34. Profile photo of ElSombrero
    ElSombrero Male 13-17
    716 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 6:28 pm
    Actually Davymid there is a LOT of lava (or magma, if you want to be technical) in Yosemite. Just not at the surface.

    As for the authenticity of this picture, you all can still bicker that one out.

  35. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    Actually Davymid there is a LOT of lava (or magma, if you want to be technical) in Yosemite. Just not at the surface.

    Ohhh, be careful about being getting technical around a geologist. Lava, by the very definition of the term, is magma at the surface. Hence no lava at Yosemite. I rest my case, Your Honour.

  36. Profile photo of zmeace
    zmeace Male 18-29
    807 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    that is awesome, its like the opening to hell where hell froze over
  37. Profile photo of Relianth
    Relianth Male 18-29
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    February 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm
    "At 9:00 each evening in Camp Curry, the crowd which had gathered for the nightly campfire program, would fall silent. A man would call out to the top of Glacier Point "Let the Fire Fall!", and a faint reply could be heard from the top of the mountain. Then a great bonfire of red fir bark would be pushed evenly over the edge of the cliff, appearing to the onlookers below as a glowing waterfall of sparks and fire."
  38. Profile photo of StarDagger
    StarDagger Male 40-49
    1189 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    Not shopped, obviously.
  39. Profile photo of 4x4Master
    4x4Master Male 18-29
    220 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm
    Long exposure photography.
  40. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm
    I must say, that was one of my better trolls. Hey, at least I started something interesting.

    And Davy, you`re right: Hollywood screenplays don`t count as literature.

    And finally, I suppose by now you have all Googled "Yosemite Firefall" to see what`s really going on in the picture.

  41. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    This is my ar5e this morning.
  42. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 11:31 pm
    I asked for Bangalore Phaal last night and told the waiter `pretend its not some pasty white boy asking for it - make it hot DAMMIT`
  43. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    February 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    vv A Phaal, Matt? And a hot one at that? Are you fecking serious?

    I tried a phaal once on Brick Lane in London. After my sixth glass of milk, I had to call the waiter over to ask if it was supposed to hurt this much while I was eating it... Little did I know that the intense pain of ingestion was only to be surpassed the next day by the excruciating agony of the subsequent excretion. Never again.

  44. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    February 3, 2010 at 3:06 am
    Sounds like you got a good one Davy! (possibly jolokia chillies from the sound of it)

    There is no standard faal, so sometimes (for a mid-life-crisis-chilli-head) its a disappointment. Sometimes a `lesser` heat dish is packing some serious chile and it blows your socks off.

    Last nights was good. "hurt me plenty" without actually killing me. I wish capsaiwhatsit dissolved before exiting though...

    Totally Kamchatked today!

  45. Profile photo of AppleBlue
    AppleBlue Female 18-29
    119 posts
    February 3, 2010 at 3:26 am
    um, old ollie? Lord of the Rings is not a Hollywood film. it was made in New Zealand.
  46. Profile photo of Asakura
    Asakura Female 18-29
    236 posts
    February 3, 2010 at 6:01 am
    But it was funded by hollywood producers.
  47. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
    4007 posts
    February 3, 2010 at 11:20 am
    "And Davy, you`re right: Hollywood screenplays don`t count as literature."

    "um, old ollie? Lord of the Rings is not a Hollywood film. it was made in New Zealand. "


    It was filmed in New Zealand, but a LOT of scenes were filmed in front of a blue screen, in a studio. Very likely, in Hollywood.

    And Lord of the Rings is literature first, movie second.

  48. Profile photo of lowe22
    lowe22 Male 30-39
    2 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 5:13 am
    It`s not a `shop` and it`s got nothing to do with embers/fire.

    It`s a waterfall lit by the sunset.

    Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreysull...

  49. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm
    Lowe22, it`s not a waterfall. First, there`s no river leading to it, and second, it`s coming from the top of the rock.

    This site has original scans of the tourist brochures showing exactly what they did and how they did it.

    http://www.firefall.com/journal.asp

    They stopped doing the Yosemite Firefall more than 40 years ago. Jeff Sullivan, the guy who posted that picture on Flicker claiming it as his own, is a lying sack of $h!+.

  50. Profile photo of lowe22
    lowe22 Male 30-39
    2 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 7:37 am
    No...it`s a waterfall.

    http://www.michaelfrye.com/articles/hors...

  51. Profile photo of aCcuser
    aCcuser Male 18-29
    78 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    yea bull poo i live about an hour away from yosemite they dont do that any more sadly it looks cool though wish i was around to experience it.
  52. Profile photo of Supersyko
    Supersyko Male 18-29
    314 posts
    March 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    Any idiot can see that its just reflecting the color of the sunset.

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