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  #149 ________phobia
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Coulrophobia - the fear of clowns.       ©2014 CalicoFrog
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS       2nd place, 188 points
1/1000s, f5.6, ISO 400, 1481mm, ?, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Resized - I was too scared to do any other tweaking.       Extra Info: Totally unplanned street shot of a passing creepy clown.
 
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Adirondack Gal
Oct 31, 2014
    GEEEZE, Louise.. that is one SCARRY looking clown. I'll say Congratulations quickly so I dont have to keep looking at it, or I won't sleep tonight!

RolandB
Oct 28, 2014
    Congratulations. This is such a far cry from Bozo! I just can't look at it anymore... way to creepy.

Lo
Oct 27, 2014
    Great capture - what a terrifying face - and I'm not even afraid of clowns

CalicoFrog
Oct 27, 2014
    Wow, second place, I'm honored.
2 clowns in the top 4, obviously I'm not the only one who finds clowns creepy.

In answer to the where/how questions, the scary clown was walking, part of a street parade.
The SX50's huge zoom let me get up close and personal without getting close enough to trigger my phobia.
The 13 fps burst mode is a lifesaver in crowds, 10 pics in quick succession greatly improves the chances of getting the 'money shot' without the back of someones head spoiling everything. Plus, I'm tall, which helps.
Edited on Oct 27, 2014

mrsawyer
Oct 27, 2014
    Congrats CalicoFrog! - Your best finish yet! (We've missed you!)

babysister
Oct 27, 2014
    This was my number 1 pick. Congrats on your second place. How diid you manage to get it? Was he standing still?

Mepo
Oct 27, 2014
    Congratulations - not just a great shot but quick on the trigger too :-)

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Amberbug
Oct 27, 2014
    Good exposure, detail. & idea. couldn,t make me laugh.

RobertLavker
Oct 27, 2014
    Great capture - just right for this theme.

cookiejar
Oct 27, 2014
    Without doubt creepy.

ysal
Oct 26, 2014
    I've always hated clowns......

mrsawyer
Oct 26, 2014
    You are lucky it kept passing by. What event had such a scary looking clown? In my favs (and probably my nightmares).

babysister
Oct 26, 2014
    Wow! What a lucky catch. The photo is excellent too and really creates a feeling of fear. Why do we do this to our children?

Lo
Oct 26, 2014
    I've often wondered why clowns are thought to be funny - they're downright scary - especially this one. Great capture.

RolandB
Oct 26, 2014
    Don't even know if I'd have stayed around to take the shot... unless it was a .357! And this is WHY some people are afraid of clowns.. I didn't used to be, but am now :)

Nicely done.

aoc46
Oct 26, 2014
    Nice concept - you've made a normally amusing clown look fearsome. A favorite.

Sue
Oct 25, 2014
    If you didn't have coulrophobia before seeing this you would have afterwards! Excellent shot for the challenge. A fave. I wonder if the right hand side could have been lightened a little?
Edited on Oct 25, 2014

Mepo
Oct 24, 2014
    Perfect make up for a clown - I've never found them to be funny. Good find and well captured in the moment. Scared or not I think a bit of pp would have made this even better. In my tt.

forkcandles
Oct 24, 2014
    processing. i thought you had put tweeted LOL
not all clowns have nice faces there is another one in the challange..................oh yes there is

SteveBee
Oct 24, 2014
    Yeah, I would be afraid of that! Unfortunately the direction of the main light source was not good making the red hair distractingly bright and face deeply shadowed. I would have tried to correct that with post processing.
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