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WMD - Weapon of Mouse Destruction
WMD - Weapon of Mouse Destruction

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Pain (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: My attic
Date: Feb 8, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200?
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Urban, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2005

I expect this to be marked down by some voters due to the subject matter, but... I think it fits.

Unsharpened quite a bit & converted to B&W to reduce the inherent graphic quality.

Place: 47 out of 215
Avg (all users): 5.3731
Avg (commenters): 6.6522
Avg (participants): 4.9429
Avg (non-participants): 5.5766
Views since voting: 1079
Views during voting: 524
Votes: 327
Comments: 26
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/16/2005 06:00:12 AM
A truly shocking image well captured. Congrats on a reasonable placing in your second challenge, especially given the subject matter.

Image is a little gruesome for me, "pains" me to look at it, so I guess it fitted the challenge well.
02/16/2005 12:30:27 AM
Wow! Placed much higher than I expected to, so I'm very happy, especially since this is only my 2nd challenge entry.

First of all, the composition is exactly as found in my attic, so the background is what it is. No names have been changed to protect the innocent (except to call it a mouse). Surprised no one caught the text on the RAT trap, but WRD just doesn't seem to have the same impact... Anybody feel a little less sympathy for my "model", knowing that he's about 14" long?

Shot in near darkness. Camera flash assisted by a weak flashlight. Many thanks for all the positive comments, and for those who "got" the image.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2005 10:17:50 PM
Awww I hope you didn't really hurt the mouse. Though, I'm guessing you did.
02/15/2005 02:19:01 PM
Bet he didn't feel a thing ;0) Background distracts a bit; scored it a 6.
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02/15/2005 06:30:25 AM
10 from me. The title made me laugh. Great pic!
02/14/2005 10:51:40 PM
I'm guessing this critter felt no pain...its death was near instant and quite painless.
With that aside, this photograph conjures up feelings of queasiness and unease, and imagined pain, which is what counts. Nicely done, 7.
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02/14/2005 03:36:08 PM
People are going to hate this picture. Some may even call PETA. That being said: I love it. It seems well enough appropriate in that pain is not a pretty thing. I like how the mouse is brought to the focus with the blurred background and the appropriate highlighting at the focus. One of my top for this challenge.
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02/12/2005 07:38:14 PM
I'm sure you'll get some grief for this picture (poor mouse). The focus and lighting came out very good, but the background takes away from the picture a lot.
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02/12/2005 11:31:35 AM
This picture is rather about immediate death than about pain, but that's something which depends very much from the point of view. For me, it's too gross. For the picture as such I can't find too many appealing elements either. You pushed the contrast too far and the background, which takes about a third of the picture doesn't add to the image. 3.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2005 06:07:57 PM
he was better off....could of been eaten by a snake instead
02/11/2005 03:20:34 PM
its screams out pain!!
02/10/2005 08:03:20 PM
may be fake and may not, but a bit too graphic for me...good title though. Seems a bit unbalanced, maybe shifting the subject up would help.
02/09/2005 08:32:06 PM
Shocking, usually doesn't work with DPCer.
02/09/2005 07:26:07 PM
Poor mousey....that was mean....just for that I'm giving you a (5) meanie meanie
02/09/2005 06:16:12 PM
gotcha! 6
02/09/2005 06:13:09 PM
Contrast is too high fot my taste, nice idea.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2005 02:57:04 PM
gross picture, but really nice shot.
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02/09/2005 02:54:52 PM
looks a bit over exposed or over contrasted to me
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02/09/2005 02:24:07 PM
Very bold of you to show this in an animal-rights-gone-mad world.
02/09/2005 10:38:35 AM
Haha... Love the title.... 9
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02/09/2005 09:15:26 AM
Nice, however I think I am gonna pass on hanging this one on my wall.
02/09/2005 08:58:54 AM
Beautiful title. Damn that must hurt.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2005 08:00:08 AM
Well, I am pretty sure I can guess how you are doing and what your other comments look like. This tends to be a very sensative bunch. I think it meets the challenge and it is a technically sound photo. Right off the bat, a 7, but I'm gonna add a point for the ewww factor and give ya an 8. Good Luck!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2005 03:41:07 AM
Pretty gruesome image...I almost find it too "in your face". I'm interested to see how it scores...I'm sure some will be offended. I like the shot though. Good choice on the B&W
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2005 01:15:50 AM
That is horrible. So sad. :(
02/09/2005 12:59:20 AM
Gross. Enough said.

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