Muddy Footprints

primordial sludge

What better image for the first of April? Artist Fred Conlon‘s Gnome Be Gones are a big hit at my house, even when one is lumbering out of the primordial sludge, leaving a trail of muddy footprints in its wake.



  1. Gotta love that DOF.

    Although this picture is used for low resolution publishing I would recommend decreasing your ISO. If you would have had it at iso 800 your shutter speed would have dropped to 1/250 s, at 50mm this would still prevent you from seeing camera movement.

  2. Joep – Yup, you’re absolutely right. Thanks for your insight on this picture.

    The night before I was experimenting with high ISO shots taken in a somewhat dim garage after dark. Over the next few days I’ll post some other images from that session (and the photo shoot from the next morning where I forgot to change the ISO, such as this shot).

  3. Thats cool creativity dude. Is your lens macro enabled? At 50mm i am amazed by its depth of field. Normally prime lenses have such beautiful depth of fields. Which lens have you used here?

  4. Mathdelane says:

    When I first saw the picture, I thought it was gross but when I focused my eyes on it, it seemed like freaking scary but clever on the technical aspect of it. Right on!

  5. It looks like a frog standing on its hind legs on first glance. But looking closely, it is clearly not. I like it. =D

  6. It’s the AF Nikkor 50mm 1.8D. It’s not a macro lens, but I was pretty close to the subject. It’s a great little lens. I had the aperture wide open, thus the very shallow DOF.

    Oh, and as for the gross factor… the sludge is just chocolate syrup and coffee grounds. 🙂

  7. Ryan Cowles says:

    Haha, this is a great picture. I like the short depth of field, and well.. it’s just cute.

  8. Honestly I am not a professional photographer and I can not give critical ISO and light and all those things, but as a fan I can tell you is an excellent photo!.
    I love that doll too and want to know how you did it or where you got it? In conclusion, very interesting and beautiful photo. Congratulations.

  9. It seems like a little monster for me. Hahaha. It’s an interesting piece of art, for some reason I just love looking at the picture. It somehow intriguing and I want to know what its all about. After all, it makes a lot of sense to me. Good job. Keep up the good work.

  10. I like it as well. Sometimes short depth of fields can be a bit “art for art’s sake” but this really works and draws you in.

  11. This is a really original shot and I like the way you have put it together. The short depth of the field makes it. Very clever – hats off to you!

  12. I really love it.
    Great photo.

  13. That is clever as all get-out…

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