Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wild Wildlife: A Little Bird Movement, or, Animals Don’t Pose #1

Many of you have been kind enough to speak well of some of my photos of animal life, and I have to admit that I’m proud of some of them myself. But, as every photographer knows, for every good shot you get of an adorable red panda looking at the lens or a flamingo frozen in mid-mating ritual, you get at least 15—or many more—of the panda’s shoulder and part of its leg, or blurred pink-and-orange images in which you can just barely make out what might be a flamingo’s neck or beak or wings. Of course, it’s a real art to take excellent photos of anything—but at least when you’re composing your images of buildings or landscapes the subjects of your photos stay still.

On the other hand, sometimes the movement itself becomes just as interesting, if not more so, than the static picture you’d planned. And sometimes it reminds you that there’s more to these animals than just their value as still subjects.

{A note: I do write all text and take all pictures. Please do not reproduce either without my permission.}


pattinase (abbott) said...

And the same holds true in a story. Sometimes a flight of fancy makes a story so much more than you planned.

Anca said...

Love that tail fanning away!

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