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Warning Message from the Garden Gnome Mafia
Warning Message from the Garden Gnome Mafia

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Phobia (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: studio (apartment)
Date: Dec 20, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250s
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2005

Most of you have been fortunate enough to remain untouched by the Garden Gnome Mafia, but for the rest of us, this organization is an ever-present reminder that all is not right with the world. What started as a militant wing of the Garden Gnome Liberation Front has grown into a powerful crime ring whose operatives can be found in nearly every residential district in the so-called civilized world.

I find the concept of a Garden Gnome Mafia needlessly amusing, but I attribute a perverse breed of genius to the originators of the Garden Gnome Liberation Front, so take that for what it's worth. I don't expect this image to even score a 6, but there are fewer than 100 entries with less than 24 hours to go, so I had to give it a shot.

Lighting Setup:
One light to the left and slightly above the gnome
One light held directly in front and below him to cast the harsh shadows on his face and illuminate the fuse of the dynamite.

Editing steps:
Levels, saturation, contrast, resize, USM.

Place: 89 out of 144
Avg (all users): 4.9336
Avg (commenters): 4.7000
Avg (participants): 4.7143
Avg (non-participants): 4.9955
Views since voting: 1275
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 286
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 09:29:25 AM
I deducted a point for not having an actual phobia name in your title as suggested in the challenge rules. I do like the off-centered composition and lighting though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/27/2005 09:27:52 AM
What's the phobia?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/27/2005 05:26:47 AM
Very well taken image, it says it all.......
12/26/2005 07:25:56 PM
Nice - where is the phobia though
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/25/2005 12:02:43 AM
Haha...I would like ti better if it were all in focus
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/24/2005 02:36:14 PM
Too funny :-)
12/24/2005 11:21:29 AM
Merry Christmas
12/22/2005 02:18:58 AM
Erm... a funny and interesting shot, but unrelated to the topic.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 03:02:28 PM
I just commented on an entry that was on fear of dolls, but wasn't scary. *Yours* is very scary. I can see that gnome coming to life and blowing up my house. Good work with the photograph, but title is a bit long.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 08:56:23 AM
What is the phobia represented here?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 01:47:31 AM
This doesn't meet the challenge of phobia.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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