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PhotoZAP 9: A Grave Situation
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PhotoZAP 9: A Grave Situation

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“For a humor shot, this one is dead-on.”—Jack Howard

© Bob Coker, Havana, IL. Gear: Handheld Fuji S900 camera. Exposure: 1/125 sec at f/7, ISO 200, Program mode.

Photographer’s statement: “I sat in the car with the sun to my right side around the noon hour.  I chose to submit this photo because it is one of those pictures of mine that speaks to you.“


Our critics say...

Mason Resnick: The first time I saw this picture I laughed out loud! This image represents a wonderfully morbid sense of humor. However, why did the photographer need to add that black border within the picture? It adds nothing to the image. If anything, I’d try to darken the blown-out areas outside the mirror somewhat. Say good-bye to the unnecessary image editing, and let the picture stand on its own merit.

Jack Howard: I agree with losing the black border. But I think the hot light outside the mirror works as it is to draw your eye into the center of the frame/point of focus. And the perfectly normal bright and sunny exposure in the mirror is where the whole macabre humor comes in. For a humor shot, this one is dead-on. And of course, I can't see this without being reminded of the Far Side cartoon with the giant monster eye in the rearview!

Monica Cipnic: I also appreciate the photographer's macabre humor, and agree with Mason that the photographer should either eliminate the black border within the picture or use the black border as the crop. And I also agree that the blown out areas outside the rearview mirror need to be darkened, it will give the photograph more layers of interest.


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