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Visual Warnings!

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 7 July 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

The active visual warnings are usually in the form of flashing coloured lights (also known as "beacons" or "lightbars"). These flash to attract the attention of other road users as the fire appliance approaches, or to provide warning to motorists approaching a stopped appliance in a dangerous position on the road. Common colours for fire warning beacons are blue and red. The beacons can be made to flash, the original method was to place a spinning mirror which moves around a light bulb, called a "rotating beacon".

PENTAX K200D 1/90 second F/4.5 ISO 400 97 mm (35mm equiv.)

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☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

very nice colors eric ☺

7 Jul 2011 5:36am

@☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼: Thank you very much Eric! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting detail Eric! Nice serie!

7 Jul 2011 6:40am

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! I am glad you are enjoying the series..... ;-)

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Nice frame and details.

7 Jul 2011 6:59am

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

janina from Melbourne, Australia

I'm intrigued by the truck's name, more than anything else... ^_^

7 Jul 2011 7:14am

@janina: Thank you very much Janina! It was a Canadian made truck during the early part of the last century before the company was bought out by Chevrolet..... ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

One of my fav series at your place, enjoy it WHOLE.

7 Jul 2011 7:22am

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! Hope you will enjoy the rest of the series just as much! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love all the reds! Great close-in framing, Eric. The dusting of snow (or frost?) adds something special to the scene.

7 Jul 2011 8:03am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes, it was bitterly cold that day (-37C with wind chill)..... ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nicely done and good narrative , Phil

7 Jul 2011 8:27am

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

J'aime beaucoup ces cadrages serrés sur cet ancien camion de pompiers! La texture de la neige et les couleurs sont superbes!

7 Jul 2011 8:37am

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

very "flashy" :-))))

7 Jul 2011 8:41am

@Veronique: Thank you very much Veronique! ;-))

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Lovely series about "Maple Leaf". Well done, Eric.

7 Jul 2011 9:10am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! I am glad you are enjoying the series! I would also like to thank you for being the 20,000th person to comment on my blog. Your visits and comments are much appreciated my friend! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Great angle ! A superb serie !

7 Jul 2011 10:05am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series just as much! ;-)

skarlet from kerman, Iran

great composition! well done

7 Jul 2011 10:08am

@skarlet: THank you very much Skarlet! ;-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Moi aussi j'aime bien cette série... et le cadrage choisi ici est épatant !

7 Jul 2011 10:27am

@Evelyne Dubos: Merci beaucoup Evelyne! Je suis heureux que vous appréciez la série jusqu'ici. Il va prendre un tour dramatique la semaine prochaine .... ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

great capture with the bright red dot!

7 Jul 2011 11:03am

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

another cool crop and frame ;) great series !

7 Jul 2011 12:12pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much Mariana! Stay tuned for a dramatic change next week..... ;-)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, so impressive color.

7 Jul 2011 12:50pm

@Hiro: Thank you very much Hiro! ;-)

tataray from france, France

wow... quel rouge !...
J'aime beaucoup l'angle de prise.
Merci pour les explications Eric.
Bonne journée.

7 Jul 2011 1:13pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! Je suis heureux que vous appréciez la série ..... ;-)

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great capture and story !

7 Jul 2011 1:19pm

@BBM: Thank you very much BBM! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

You are,as always, really well documented !

7 Jul 2011 2:01pm

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Nice tight shot..looks great with the snow...never seen one of those light beacon... new trucks surely have them..but maybe not in this position..

7 Jul 2011 3:14pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great composition! ... Nice shot! Best regards, Adela

7 Jul 2011 3:14pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

This series is definitely enjoyable - I like the snow dusts A LOT!

7 Jul 2011 3:20pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! Glad you are enjoying the series...... ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France


7 Jul 2011 4:12pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful detail and nice colours. Like the snow dust. Excellent series, Eric! :)

7 Jul 2011 5:10pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

Well done Professor Cousineau.

7 Jul 2011 5:26pm

@dean musgrove: Thank you very much Dean! ;-)

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Excellent composition! Stunning details!

7 Jul 2011 5:51pm

@Oleg: Thank you very much Oleg! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Wow, this red is redder than a choir boy who caught a glimpse of cleavage! Beautiful Eric!!

7 Jul 2011 6:58pm

@Denny Jump Photo: ROFL.....who knows what this has seen!!! Thank you very much Denny! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

That "red eye" could do with some Photoshop treatment to make it go away Eric. It looks threatening!

7 Jul 2011 7:14pm

@Curly: ROFL....resistance is futile Curly!!! You will be assimilated!!! ;-)))

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Love the details and the snow,that bright red lamp pops out of my screen:)
Very effective!

7 Jul 2011 8:06pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! Yes, the red is very vibrant! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Very nicely framed. The red really stands out against the snow!

7 Jul 2011 8:33pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

Dokmateo from Spain

I like this perspective...beautifully framed.

7 Jul 2011 10:03pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that's a warning light red! Great focus on this truck. I love these old vehicles. Used to have a green GMC from the 50's.

7 Jul 2011 10:44pm

@Bettina: Thank you very much Bettina! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Cool details. It is so hot and dry here that I could lick the snow off that truck. ;-)

8 Jul 2011 1:12am

@B. Thomas: ROFL....obviously you are not a girl who grew up with winter! Put your tongue on that and it will be stuck! Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Love the dusting of snow you've captured! Great angle!

8 Jul 2011 1:40am

@Georgie: Thank you very much HB! It was worth braving the cold..... ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Love that dusting of snow - wonderful composition, Eric!

8 Jul 2011 1:44am

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! ;-)

Becky from los angeles, United States

Wow, that's big. Really neat image.

8 Jul 2011 5:33am

@Becky: Thank you very much Becky! ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Nice to see the trusted old Maple Leaf at work here and a really
beautiful composition.

9 Jul 2011 3:53pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very fine detail shot. I like the beacon on this one.

9 Jul 2011 9:14pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

She even got a red eye! So...beware she says and we pay even more attention to her!

14 Jul 2011 3:34am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Just like in Little Red Ridinghood.....all the better to keep and eye on you!!! ;-)

1/90 second
ISO 400
97 mm (35mm equiv.)