Remedial Photography

I'm bailing out of this train wreck of a scene.  Adios!

I’m bailing out of this train wreck of a scene. Adios!

I am not a photographer, nor do I attempt to play one on the internet.  I was never good at taking pictures, and I don’t have the desire to ever care to be.  While I know there are a lot of tricks and tips to making even crappy pictures look slightly less crappy, I’m just not good at following the rules that the professionals live by.sqturday squirrel logo

Several of the bloggers I follow participate in photo challenges run by Cee, who hosts contests to help paparazzi of all skill levels get better at their craft.  Two of the recent topics of photo composition I recall seeing discussed involved diagonal lines leading into the photo and The Rule of Thirds.  So when I was sorting through my latest uploads Thursday night to properly botch them with my bad cropping, I had to laugh when I saw this raw photo materialize.  The big limb provides a diagonal that directs the eye to the almost camouflaged squirrel who itself is on the upper 1/3 line of the photograph!  And to think, I’d have normally cropped the squirrel to where he was centered…

While I may not care whether my pictures will win any awards or appear in Playboy, I do have one rule of photography that I will always live by.  And while I am making no claims that today’s picture is Pulitzer Prize worthy, or even deserves to be hung on the fridge, it does satisfy my one photo maxim:

Photos with squirrels are cuter than photos without squirrels.

That bright brown streak on this week’s Saturday Squirrel’s back is just so awesome, is it not?  And you don’t need trick photography to appreciate that…

Have a great weekend, everyone!


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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17 Responses to Remedial Photography

  1. The creature is looking cute in whichever line of the photo it lies in. The picture is actually good and you win an award !

  2. I like the way of the squirrels to wear things what fit to their environment…. could be a nice idea for humans too :o)

  3. Ally Bean says:

    Yep. Squirrels cute-ify everything… until they destroy something, that is.

  4. Absolutely. All squirrel photos are inherently superior to other photos. So you pictures are always ,,, AWEsome. As in awww 😍

  5. draliman says:

    I always thought the rule of 2/3 was “ensure at least 2/3 of the photos you take feature squirrels in order to keep your viewers happy” 🙂

  6. Trisha says:

    Aw, look at that bushy tail! I think your rule of photography is the most important one to follow and I like draliman’s take on it too. A squirrel can be anywhere in the frame and the eye will find it because we just can’t resist that kind of cuteness. As I’ve said before, I’m envious of your ability to capture squirrels in action and up in the trees!

    • I think I need to petition the major photography schools out there to adopt my philosophy. The world needs more squirrel photos!

      With regards to squirrels in trees… you now make me wonder if that’s akin to taking pictures of people inside of their houses. Poor squirrels can’t get any privacy… especially in the winter!

  7. “Photos with squirrels are cuter than photos without squirrels.” Words to live by.

  8. The Internet needs more squirrels. Thanks for helping to fill the void. 🙂

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