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

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago Science

I can tell by the pixels, and having seen many Shops in my day.
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Male 312
Any idiot can see that its just reflecting the color of the sunset.
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Male 78
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.
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Male 15,832
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!+.

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Male 2
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...

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Male 4,004
"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.

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Female 236
But it was funded by hollywood producers.
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Female 119
um, old ollie? Lord of the Rings is not a Hollywood film. it was made in New Zealand.
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Male 2,220
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!

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Male 12,138
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.

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Male 2,220
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`
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Male 2,220
This is my ar5e this morning.
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Male 15,832
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.

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Male 220
Long exposure photography.
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Male 1,190
Not shopped, obviously.
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Male 1
"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."
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Male 807
that is awesome, its like the opening to hell where hell froze over
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Male 12,138
[quote]Actually Davymid there is a LOT of lava (or magma, if you want to be technical) in Yosemite. Just not at the surface.[/quote]

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.

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Male 716
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.

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Male 522
stop defending opie, her crime can`t go unpunished
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Male 12,138
[quote]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[/quote]

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.

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Female 249
"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...

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Male 3,915
poor old ollie....being a grammar nazi is a hard job...
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Male 4,680
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.

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Male 1,718
ITS THE DEFEND OPIE BRIGADE!!!
GOOOOO!!!!
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Female 238
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.
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Male 1,178
"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

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Male 1,204
Yeah, lay off Opie. She`s one of the best reasons to keep coming to this site.
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Female 119
yeah, you beef is with Elrond oldollie, leave Opie alone.
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Male 617
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.
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Male 15,832
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!

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Male 2,220
nice
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Male 25,416
thats a cool lookin!
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Male 7,585
thats really cool looking
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Female 15,763
The ring must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came...
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Male 256
i loved yosemite--its a beautiful place u must see
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Male 9,306
Eeeee! Cool!
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Male 10,440
* balrog
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Male 2,510
i can tell by the pixels.
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Male 2,510
shopped!
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Female 4,028
I love nature.
And I wish I had seen this when I visited Yosemite.
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Male 2,549
Obbycomma_ `I feel like there should be a Baelrog shadow at the bottom of that.`

^ Yes!!

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Female 315
I feel like there should be a Baelrog shadow at the bottom of that.
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Male 2,690
Looks awesome!
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Male 1,106
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.
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Male 603
Was that meant to be stretched like that???
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Male 955
epic fail post
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Male 137
The little white box with the red x in it? Yep it`s shopped!
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Male 19,842
Link: The Yosemite Firefall: Nature`s Photoshop? [Pic] [Rate Link] - I can tell by the pixels, and having seen many Shops in my day.
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