• Falta retocar, la velocidad de la fotografia no conuerda con la congelacion de la rueda. - Cristian Pons
  • Aquaplaning ;-)
  • ZIz Zas, interesante observacion, seria un tema interesante para discutir en cuna clase de fisica. Creo que la zonas mas cercanas al eje de la rueda no deberian verse tan borrosas ya que van a una velocidad similar al al del camion. Puede haber efectos estroboscopicos tambien. - Atomico
  • such a calm face...
    must feel like run of the mill - connor doyle
  • Notice how the blur "softens" around their bodies? Evidence of photoshopping in a motion blur. - SCRG06
  • missed this spot - beneficial van
  • Sabía que la foto era de Perú, esas zapatillas no se encuentran tan fácilmente en otra parte :D - NENENIRVANA
  • I agree. It's still a nice shot, though. - cabbit
  • Frenos? - jalubami
  • Yeah, but the motion blur makes this photo. Without it, the BG would be distracting. Still, I'm not above PSing an image to make it do what I want. - DB-Photography
  • So if the truck straddles a pot hole the kids get a shock! No-wonder there are many fatalities! Hate to see the truck stop suddenly, maybe this is on a long slow climb up the hill! - spelio


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Soapbox riders in Perú, on the road from Huánuco to Tingo Maria, where the highway from the Pacific coast across the Andes finds its way towards the Amazon lowlands. This is near the top of the last mountain pass. From there, soapbox riders can enjoy a vertical 1000 meters of gravity assisted ride.

Since these kids help stranded truck drivers along the road, they're called bomberos (firemen). They transport drinks, food and spare parts to broken trucks.

Thanks to ZU from Perú for additional info:

"I usually use that highway go to work. I saw a lot of those cases of children with their skateboard or a board with wheels (artesanal) (those wheels are metallic and they tolerate the speed) they have had many fatal accidents and some times they do it for work like "fireman", I work for this highway 4 years, most of them are poor children that don't have money neither for the bus ticket, to move from a place to another in long distances and some for "enjoy"."


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  1. Mr. Emagal 74 months ago | reply

    we would proud to have your photo here Street Life, Real Life

  2. ragel rey 73 months ago | reply

    omg, this is so dangerous.
    a great capture.

  3. ACPerona 68 months ago | reply

    Lovely shot!

  4. Matt in Malawi 59 months ago | reply

    Great shot, tells the story well!

  5. ayoye 58 months ago | reply

    Wow...almost looks like an attempted suicide. A great shot indeed. FAV.

  6. Clem Belleudy 56 months ago | reply

    Terrific shot !

  7. TPorter2006 40 months ago | reply

    Congrats on being featured on the Flickr Blog!
    Great shot!

  8. Ian Aberle 40 months ago | reply

    As a parent, I find this frightening. Congrats on being featured on the Flickr Blog for #TwitterTuesday.

  9. Pfish44 40 months ago | reply

    Amazing image and story! Congrats on the blog feature.

  10. im thinking outloud 40 months ago | reply

    beyond stunning! Really enjoyed the story behind the photo too.
    congratulations on your feature for #twittertuesday!

  11. fair silver [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    Great panning

  12. ksikappa 37 months ago | reply

    Outstanding! So unusual!

  13. Too Much Good Food 37 months ago | reply

    This is fantastic on so many levels, but I have to mention how as I sit here looking at it full screen I felt a twinge in my belly and a bit of actual vertigo - I can FEEL the movement.

  14. Luis Carlos Fernandes 37 months ago | reply

    Great image! And thanks for the informations in the text! Have a nice afternoon.

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