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Taphophobia - fear of being buried alive
Taphophobia - fear of being buried alive

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Challenge: Phobia II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Oct 28, 2013
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2013

I'm guessing this is a more common phobia than many think, so let's see how it pans out.

I dug the hole in the ground in an old herb garden, where the soil is mostly sand and fairly loose. Dug down about 3ft and 4ft square.

Then I figured out the angle I would need to capture the victim's helplessness and efforts to block or stave off the person doing the dirt-slinging. Siggy to the rescue! Love that wide-angle lens! I dug a little alcove a little further back of where I was positioned for the camera to nestle in, and used a baggie with a carefully sized hole in the bottom for protection so loose sand wouldn't get into the camera's workings.

Then I had to get someone to shovel dirt on me. Carefully, of course. I did two shoots, one with Ryan which was OK but I didn't shoot wide enough. Also he's too nice a guy, and a bit too recognizable with his mane of curly hair. And the too-new style of jacket he was wearing...nah.

I needed someone a little more menacing, with a little more of that Anton Shigurh (bad guy from No Country For Old Men, brilliantly portrayed by Javier Bardem) vibe. Yet it also had to be someone I trusted to not get too carried away with burying me.

Enter Dave, a longtime friend with the height and physical presence needed for ominous looming, and a fantastic, craqgy face reminescent of Neil Young. He's also a born and bred country boy so he's not afraid of a little hard work, and is always messing about in shop clothes anyway. So, once we got the giggles out - I ruined some early shots by laughing - he just got right into it and happily flung sand as per direction. I didn't even have to ask him for any special expressions, I just took what he gave me, which was great. Thanks Dave!!! :-)

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Place: 6 out of 81
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11/08/2013 11:51:00 PM
OMG +++++ points for digging that hole... No One can say you aren't Dedicated!!!
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11/08/2013 01:55:28 PM
Powerful and disturbing. I love it. Deserved better IMO
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11/08/2013 05:09:07 AM
Great image here! Congrats!
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11/08/2013 12:17:24 AM
Great job in VERY awkward circumstances. Big props, and 'grats on the TT!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2013 11:36:46 PM
perfectly composed. well done.
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11/07/2013 03:30:21 PM
Well staged. The hand says it all.
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11/03/2013 09:37:42 AM
I am squishing your head.
11/01/2013 04:56:54 AM
Nice angle and mood!
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