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Challenge: Fear (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus D-510 Zoom
Location: Living Room South Georgia
Date: Jul 5, 2002
Aperture: 2.9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2002

My son allowed this alligator to nibble his only toes just so I could snap the photo!

A bit of vaseline made the alligator head shine as if stil alive. We used a snake light for the highlight source.

Place: 57 out of 110
Avg (all users): 4.8597
Avg (commenters): 6.1200
Avg (participants): 5.0217
Avg (non-participants): 4.7824
Views since voting: 961
Votes: 285
Comments: 28
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07/15/2002 08:17:00 AM
I tried lighting this from behind more, but the edges of the preserved gator head showed. I'd appreciate any other lighting tips I can get! The head was massaged with vaseline to get an "alive" sheen. The head came from a shop in the keys. The foot belongs to my son. If you are considering blood: red food coloring in corn syrup looks more realistic than ketchup.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/14/2002 12:16:00 AM
great shot
07/13/2002 05:13:00 AM
you should have used a little lighting on the back
07/12/2002 11:54:00 AM
oh my! i hope that is not a REAL one!
07/11/2002 11:54:00 PM
Very well done, and believable.
07/11/2002 09:10:00 PM
I think I recognize those toes..........
07/11/2002 10:24:00 AM
i bet you got this head in a voodoo shop in new orleans. this could be a good shot but i dont think that the illumination is particularly interesting or flattering. looks like straight on camera flash, which is rarely appealing. try some different lighting. mag 99
07/10/2002 04:08:00 PM
ouch thats gotta hurt!!! but I dont see fear, sorry
07/10/2002 01:42:00 PM
I like the black background. Maybe needs a little more space at the bottom. It seems cropped a little too close.
07/10/2002 12:02:00 PM
Extra credit for the cute title.
07/10/2002 03:51:00 AM
My (science teacher) dad used to have a stuffed croc...those teeth are SHARP.
07/10/2002 12:23:00 AM
Very humorous! Thanks for lightening the mood. subject 10 lighting 9 composition 8 focus 9 total 9
07/09/2002 08:13:00 PM
uh oh.. that's gotta hurt :) = 6 - jmsetzler
07/09/2002 07:59:00 PM
Excellent! Even if it is a dried out, small aligator head. Maybe a bit overly dark, considering the darkness of the aligator's head. Sharp focus and good DOF.
8 Swash
07/09/2002 11:03:00 AM
A little blood (ketchup) couldn't livened things up a bit.
07/09/2002 04:07:00 AM
too comfortable for fear......
07/08/2002 09:24:00 PM
Ouch! That thing could hurt dead or alive.
07/08/2002 08:17:00 PM
It really would be frightening if this were real. Still it works in a humorous sort of way.
07/08/2002 07:55:00 PM
I like this photo. It's a fun fear submission. It might have been a little nicer if there was a little more light on the background so that the croc's head wouldn't blend into it. Also, the flash tended to wash out your colors a little. If you were to add a little saturation it would have given it a little more visual punch. Shey.
07/08/2002 02:54:00 PM
LOL Not sure what is scarier, the reptile or the ugly foot!
07/08/2002 02:09:00 PM
Good one--four toes left!
07/08/2002 12:48:00 PM
Take a look at that!
07/08/2002 12:46:00 PM
lol Fun, funny shot. Good humor work. That would count as one of my fears....of course 'Steve' wouldn't mind it. :) Good work!! Kee
07/08/2002 12:44:00 PM
I like this photo but I don't think it actually shows fear. It shows something to perhaps be afraid of.
07/08/2002 11:50:00 AM
cool! : )
07/08/2002 09:20:00 AM
Needs ketchup.
07/08/2002 08:46:00 AM
Nice shot! is that real?
07/08/2002 12:46:00 AM
Nice shot, maybe some ketchup could have been used? 5

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