Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Go for Humor

Sometimes I think we take our photography too seriously. There are images which we need to make for the sheer fun of it, don't you think? The quality may not be the best, the lighting might be poor, the focus slightly off, the color may need more correction than you want to mess with - but the photo is just plain cute. It's a memory of a place, or an experience, or a time...and it's a treasure. Do you have photos like that? If so, are they shoved in a box, or framed to enjoy? Or shared with others...like a good laugh and a warm smile?

This is my little "friend" from Yellowstone National Park last summer. There was a colony of ground squirrels, actually, all around a lovely river where we were photographing fly fishermen on a warm summer's day. You actually had to watch where you walked, or you could stumble in one of their holes. But they were also the most comical little creatures and I eventually turned from the river and just started watching the holes. Up one would pop. Run to another hole. Dive in. Pop up. Look at me. Stare, even! And this one just had to tell me how he felt about my presence in his domain. Fabulous!

To be on the safe side, I gave them wide berth. I used my 200mm 2.8 lens on my Canon body....and with image stabilization I was able to get some pretty decent shots.

Have fun. There's more to photography than capturing stellar images every single time!

9 comments:

Georgia B. said...

i ABSOLUTELY agree! if we didn't, we would not get to see great images like this one. this is classic! i love it.

squirrels are such funny little creatures, aren't they? they just look mischievous. :)

joyce said...

That's a picture that made me laugh. A wonderful first image of your blog, and so fitting for my blog of the day, which is about phtots not turning out the way we plan. Coincidental?

kendalee said...

I completely agree Sandy! Many of my favourite shots of people and places are not in any way "good" photographs but they are the triggers for VERY good memories! I LOVE beautiful, artistic photography (and aspire to create t myself one day) but to me, as a complete happy snapper with only a small compact camera to my name, that remains the primary reason for taking photographs - capturing moments as they are, flaws & all.

Love your little fellow!

curious girl (lisa) said...

oh yes. these photos take of the majority of my memory (cyber and actual).

I love this little guy!

ols1 said...

That is hysterical. Photos are just a moment in time - what a funny moment - I can see why you love that photo - thanks for sharing :)

Barefoot from Heaven said...

This little fellow made me laugh. Big time. I remember the calling out loud, which was good otherwise I would have fall over them.
Happy weekend.

Relyn said...

That is hilarious! Look at those teeth. OH, my. I can just hear his squeaky-little-too-fast voice, fussing at you for disturbing him.

Sandy K. said...

I do enjoy my memories of squirrel siting:). A great part of our Yellowstone adventure.

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

That is too cute! What a great shot, and so funny!