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Taphephobia
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fadedbeauty


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Challenge: Phobia (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: studio
Date: Dec 18, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2005

To figure out how to make someone look like they were buried up to their eyes without actually burying them was a bit of a pain. The solution I came up with was to cut a couple holes in a piece of cardboard (one for the head and another for the hand). I then supported the carboard off the ground by placing it on a couple chairs. The top of the cardboard was covered in top soil and the holes had tightly stretched latex from a cut up glove taped underneath (this was to allow a tight and flexible fit around the head so the dirt did not fall through) From there it was just a matter of covering my wife in mud and having her stick her head in the hole.

I think I must state how much I love my wife...I doubt there are many women willing to go through what she did to get this shot (not only covered in mud but stuck in an uncomfortable crouching position for the 15-20 minutes it took to complete the shoot)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 144
Avg (all users): 7.8639
Avg (commenters): 8.9362
Avg (participants): 7.8750
Avg (non-participants): 7.8613
Views since voting: 25155
Views during voting: 579
Votes: 294
Comments: 97
Favorites: 44 (view)


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11/23/2006 09:09:08 PM
I love the expression, your wife is a good actress
04/23/2006 12:26:58 AM
very creative, concrats on your blue!
01/01/2006 10:37:21 PM
I was wondering how you did this, thanks for the details. I was trying to imagine getting any of my models to let me bury them ;). Congratulations on your ribbon!
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12/31/2005 09:02:54 PM
Absolutely incredible! Scary good! Congrats!!!
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12/31/2005 12:23:14 PM
You definitely have a loving wife... I had a buried alive idea... but couldn't find anyone willing to do the shot

Congrats on the ribbon... well deserved. Looks straight out of a horror movie. Reminds me of the pool scene in Poltergeist.

Message edited by author 2005-12-31 12:24:49.
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12/30/2005 07:25:21 PM
I just wanted to say great job with the photograph. I had given you a ten on the shot. I wanted to say that I really felt the impact due to the darkness of the soil. It appears to be damp which would make it feel even heavier on my chest. Great impact.
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12/30/2005 05:13:30 PM
Very nice. Your model must hate you. Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon.
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12/29/2005 04:20:12 AM
This is an amazing shot, not only is the composition and lighting beautiful, the creativity and work you went to to get it make it a 10 in my book.
12/29/2005 01:26:31 AM
This rocks..way to execute a shot! Congrats!
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12/29/2005 12:02:24 AM
kiwinick, that was a hilarious post :)
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12/28/2005 09:40:48 PM
Congrats.....you wife must love you bunches....ace
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12/28/2005 08:20:30 PM
Apart from having the best pic in the bunch, the trouble you went to to get it warrants recognition....well done!!
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12/28/2005 07:38:13 PM
Amazing shot Eric! Knew this was destined for greatness.
Congrats on the rib1.gif
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12/28/2005 02:19:16 PM
Congratulations! Right prediction ;-)
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12/28/2005 02:02:49 PM
Your wife is awesome! She looks great in the picture. Great job to both of you and congrats on the WIN!
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12/28/2005 01:33:29 PM
well done! - congrats - i tried to get my significant other to pose for my 'say cheese' entry - but alas it wasn't happening ;}

kudos to your wife.

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12/28/2005 01:24:15 PM
excellent shot...congrats on the blue! you owe your wife some flowers and a night on the town. :)
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12/28/2005 01:01:38 PM
Congrats Fadebeauty. Neat shot, love the light - original --worth all the effort. I say, you're wife must love you lots!!
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12/28/2005 12:59:51 PM
Congratulations on another blue, Eric. You owe your wife one. :)
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12/28/2005 12:56:20 PM
Wow! All that trouble you and your wife went to sure paid off!! GREAT execution! Very deserving of blue!!!
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12/28/2005 12:53:37 PM
I kind of like this shot, until I notice that all three of the ribbons were given to the exact same style of shot. I ask you all to notice the disturbing similarities between the three winning photographs
12/28/2005 12:22:44 PM
Congratulations, you dominated this contest
great picture
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12/28/2005 12:05:18 PM
AWESOME! Congratulations.
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12/28/2005 11:22:38 AM
Brilliant.
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12/28/2005 11:21:07 AM
Congratulations - really excellent phobia shot!!!
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12/28/2005 11:10:04 AM
Well done, I take a deep breath every time I see it! Congratulations on your blue.
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12/28/2005 11:09:43 AM
Yep! Kudos to the wife. Takes real love to get into these types of situations for a photo!!
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12/28/2005 11:02:29 AM
Congratulations! Great idea, great setup and big payoff! Well virtually big payoff. ;-)
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12/28/2005 09:41:32 AM
Congrats on the blue this was one of my favourites for this challenge!!
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12/28/2005 09:13:41 AM
you're on a roll, wow, congratulations!
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12/28/2005 09:09:54 AM
Congratulations on your BLUE with this exciting and fun to make image that captured the fancy of the entire DPC crowd. Very good work.
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12/28/2005 08:49:08 AM
Congraulations...your wife's crazy
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12/28/2005 08:40:05 AM
I salute your wife and now go out and get her a nice present! Congratulations!
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12/28/2005 08:30:55 AM
freakin' awesome!
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12/28/2005 08:18:28 AM
Well deserved blue! I really can’t find anything to improve. Your “negative space” angled tilt of the mud adds to the energy of the shot. I actually like the way that you have filled the frame and cut off a little of the hand and head… it adds to the sense of suffocation.
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12/28/2005 08:13:30 AM
I used to have nightmares about being buried alive when I was younger and Ide wake up with the sheets wrapped around me. It is a truely terrifying thing to imagine. You have captured the feeling perfectly and this has been reflected in you winning the blue ribbon. CONGRATULATIONS.
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12/28/2005 08:11:39 AM
Really great image. Congats on your blue.
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12/28/2005 08:06:35 AM
wow this is so great :D
Congratulations to the ribbon :D
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12/28/2005 07:44:48 AM
Congrats - exellent shot and deserving especially because your wife is such a good sport. Ohmigosh, is she ever! She must love you very, very much to do that! LOL.
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12/28/2005 04:41:23 AM
Definitely up there with the best of them. Great shot.
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12/28/2005 04:13:28 AM
Great shot. 10
12/28/2005 03:59:15 AM
Fear of being buried alive ? if so this is a very effective image. 10 { hope you dug her up again, or if it is the mother in law filled the hole in !!!LOL
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 09:14:47 PM
Very nicely done! Tones and levels work very well here.
Top 5 in this challenge for sure.
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12/27/2005 05:55:10 PM
This feels like DrJones to me... very unique and feminine.... messy too. However, not sensual. Good work and patience. :)
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12/27/2005 04:38:15 AM
Super shot...... Could be a winner here................
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12/26/2005 11:08:41 PM
This one is really scary.
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12/26/2005 09:36:08 PM
Wow! Impressive shot. Must have been tough on the model too.
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12/26/2005 07:50:23 PM
Great stuff! Who is your model and how much did you have to pay her?
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12/26/2005 01:37:26 PM
This is a very scary picture it makes me feel disturbed, i like how you show the texture

Message edited by author 2005-12-28 12:23:07.
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12/26/2005 09:45:59 AM
really well done - my favourite!!!
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12/26/2005 02:14:02 AM
Really good photo - I admire this poor model's willingness to get so dirty. I hope she was paid a lot.
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12/24/2005 11:57:42 PM
Amazing....great expression ans wonderful comp
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12/24/2005 07:51:08 PM
Wow - what some people will immerse themselves in to get the shot!!! Very good, by the way!
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12/24/2005 05:10:51 PM
One of my favourites in this challenge. Really emotive, and very well presented shot. I like the hopeless expression on her face. Just like the very second of giving up. I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a ribbon for this one! (10)
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12/24/2005 04:01:46 PM
Okay, that's just outrageously good... Excellent work! WOW
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12/24/2005 02:20:39 PM
Awesome!
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12/24/2005 11:41:27 AM
Very nice job. I like the diagonal arrangement of the earth, her eyes, her look. Well done.
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12/24/2005 11:11:34 AM
Merry Christmas
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12/24/2005 02:35:42 AM
setup?
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12/23/2005 01:51:44 PM
Great idea arrangement, eye position, composition, exposure, and capture. Maybe a touch more DOF would help. I think that this is very effective and a winner.
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12/23/2005 10:42:37 AM
very good.
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12/23/2005 09:31:10 AM
I didn't have to look up "taphephobia" to know what this was. Great job, and kudos to the poor model.
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12/22/2005 11:30:58 PM
8 - Very good. Criticism; the horizontal framing works well, but perhaps for 'here' and more impact, more height/'space' at the top/bottom may have made this even better in my opinion.
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12/22/2005 11:23:28 PM
Fantastic...what an amazing set-up you built.
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12/22/2005 08:39:54 PM
Wow, Excellent picture, you can really see the cry for help in her eyes. I really like the out of focus hand, nice touch.
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12/22/2005 07:20:19 PM
Nice one, The hand in the front confused me a bit first, maybe if you hadn't cut the tip off the fingers it would have been clearer. I like the way it is blurred though. A bit more expression in her face to show that she's afraid of something would have given it one more point from me. The light is also too unnatural for the scene but other than that it is a great pic. One of the best I've seen so far in this challenge.

What is taphephobia anyway?
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12/22/2005 06:57:19 PM
Very strong composition and great capture, I like it allot, very well done, Cheers,
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12/22/2005 06:37:36 PM
Wow!
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12/22/2005 03:57:04 PM
Outstanding picture - great set up! Focus, lighting/shadows, rich textures - all spot on! Nicely done! <10>
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12/22/2005 02:26:43 PM
I think this entry is the best of the bunch that actually conveys fear. Good job! 10
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12/22/2005 02:06:14 PM
wow, great setup and framing! how do you convince someome to do this for you? I like the limited color palatte, fine work. 9
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12/22/2005 10:25:59 AM
Wow outstanding shot. This is a top pick for me. Good luck!!!
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12/22/2005 07:35:57 AM
Well - I'm in fear. Well done.
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12/21/2005 10:18:30 PM
very effective
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12/21/2005 09:48:09 PM
I have been constantly been changing this shot's score between a 7 and an 8. I definitely love the concept, and whole you've got an awesome model, whether it was you (the photographer) or someone else. Immaculate really, but the biggest flaw was within the eyes. Fear is not written all over the eyes, instead curiousity is the message I got in the eyes. It's also great you thought of the hand language. It helped out a lot in the composition and atmosphere of the shot. There's a softness in the hand gesture. Personally, I would have thought it would be better if the hands were stretched out a but more. So I think I'll give this a 7. Sorry though. I really this it's a fantastic shot none the less.
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12/21/2005 09:06:39 PM
Well done, if one was too lazy too look up your phobia the picture says it all...as it should.
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12/21/2005 08:52:46 PM
Simply Amazing....
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12/21/2005 08:27:44 PM
Wow this is one of my favorate shots I've seen in a while. amazing job!!!!!! I hope i can get a capture of this caliber one day
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12/21/2005 06:32:53 PM
nice capture..love the white in her eyes
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12/21/2005 06:18:30 PM
Other entries illustrate a fear, but this gives me shivers. I think it's the eyes, not looking at the camera, but pleading for help. I didn't think I'd ever give a 10. I fear I was mistaken. Well done.
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12/21/2005 05:59:50 PM
A very dedicated model you have there to have put up with this. I'm sure it wasn't a quick pose with only one shot being taken. Love the focus, the whites of her eyes pleading upward, and the outstretched hand. A fantastic photo that met the challenge completely. Nice job!
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12/21/2005 04:38:26 PM
Ribbon for you. Great!
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12/21/2005 03:36:09 PM
Nicely done! good emotive capture here, I got the feel of being buried.
12/21/2005 02:37:03 PM
Great shot. I like it. I hope you bought her dinner for getting dirty for ya.
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12/21/2005 02:35:38 PM
fantastic .. this really shows what the challenge was. Met in every way. 9.
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12/21/2005 02:28:11 PM
Wow thats deep =) love it!
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12/21/2005 02:10:33 PM
Pretty scary for me.
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12/21/2005 02:05:41 PM
I gave 1 ten and 1 nine in this challenge. This is the 9, so I guess you get red in my book. Well done in execution and creativity. Looks like it took some work, but was fun to shoot. I do get the sense of fear in this one. I'm assuming "taphephobia" is the fear of being buried alive...
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12/21/2005 02:02:38 PM
nice shot i give 10
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12/21/2005 01:03:47 PM
Oooooh, really good!! Is this the fear of being buried alive? (I'm too lazy to look it up). Excellent photo.
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12/21/2005 10:11:36 AM
nicely shot. her expression seems a bit incogruous with the fear i would be feeling. excellent dof and composition though.
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12/21/2005 05:48:51 AM
Awesome pic. Very dramatic angular composition. My fav in this challenge. 10
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12/21/2005 05:25:02 AM
Scary, well taken 10
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12/21/2005 04:14:28 AM
Superb! Dramatic illustration of the phobia and a quality photographic rendering
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12/21/2005 03:52:14 AM
i feel this! 10
12/21/2005 01:02:17 AM
If this doesnt get top 10 it would really be a shame. very good shot, i dont mind the hand being oof but i think other voters might. otherwise very good job! 9
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12/21/2005 12:27:41 AM
WOW, that's amazing....you captured this phobia very well!
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