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There's something very innocent, even unassuming about photographs. We take them with the intention of looking back on later, hopefully in a positive light. But what happens when you see something unnderving, perhaps something that shouldn't be there that changes the tone of the photo outright?

"What's the scariest thing you've found in a photo after taking it?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor Cptn_Salty, and it's a good one.

If you're looking for a scare, this is it.

"I got home..."

I did wildlife and nature photography for awhile when I was in high school and just out of. I was on the School Newspaper all 4 years of high school, so I had connections at the Printers, and would often get calls from them saying, "Hey, we have someone for this magazine or this newsletter" etc. I'd take on the odd jobs and go get pictures. Sometimes it was of Houses for a "Parade of Homes" kinda thing, sometimes it was pictures from little nature parks for stories. It was all really, really random stuff, usually.

One time, they asked me to go get a picture of a local "Park" around a lake in the foothills, since they were going to be having some sort of 4th of July Celebration in a few weeks.

I went out and got several amazing pictures. Lagoon, Walking Trails, Picnic area, etc. I spent about 3 hours out there hiking around cause it's actually one of my favorite places to hike anyway.

I got home and went to do edits on the picture to send off to the people who requested it. What I wound up seeing... was 3 Mountain Lions. Following me. For probably about an hour.

3 days later, someone hiking the area had their dog with them, and the dog was attacked and killed, by a mountain lion. Uh. Yeah. S***


"My mom has a framed photo..."

My mom has a framed photo sitting on her mantle of an 11 year old me standing with the World Trade Center towers in the background. It was taken on September 10th, 2001 on our way to the airport for the flight home.


"A few years back..."

A few years back, I took a selfie in my dimly lit living room and immediately started to fiddle with the brightness. In the corner of the photo, clear as day, was a toddler aged child who was not at our house. There was a distinct face and torso, standing next to the dining table at the proper height of a child that age. He only appeared when I turned up the brightness. Scared the hell out of me.


"Was home alone..."

Was home alone, aged 14. About 10 p.m. I was in the living room sending streaks to people on Snapchat. One of the pictures I took had a man in the window. Except this man was completely see-through. It looked like he was walking. I didn't realise anything was there until my friend told me.


"And I was photographing surfers..."

A shark. And I was photographing surfers and waves from the water at the time. Luckily for me it was just a juvenile but looking at the images later was a shock.


"In hindsight..."

A crocodile about 10 meters away from my (now ex) boyfriend. In hindsight it would have been better if he'd been eaten that day...


"My brother and I..."

My brother and I were out hiking when we came across this cool tree. We took this picture. Only later did we see the hands in the background.


"Not one person..."

I took a s*****, drunk, blurry photo of my two friends dancing at a Halloween party a few years ago. The next morning I found this on my camera.

Not one person at the party knew who it was. No one was even hanging out outside at all.


"Pretty far away..."

Found this little fella washed ashore last summer. Pretty far away from everything, eerie!


"The camera didn't have a strap..."

I took this picture at summer camp. All anyone could say is it was probably a bug, but it was creepy when I first saw it after it had been developed.

The camera didn't have a strap and the line was on the negative too.


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