Monday, January 17, 2011

You Won't See This Picture In Most Hunting Magazines

I well recall reading and being told in person that the wildlife photographer should strive to capture images or video footage of animals doing something.  Of course a well posed portrait of an animal is a worthy goal to strive for, but there is something special about a photograph that captures the moment of peak action, or unusual or seldom seen behavior..

While this applies to many types of photographs such as male animals fighting, etc regardless of the intended market, it seems that a certain type of wildlife photograph is seldom, if ever, selected for magazines or calendars that are targeted toward the consumptive user of wildlife.

Whitetail Bucks Interact
In a series of posts in the near future we hope to explore various aspects of the subject of anthropomorphism, and types of animal behavior that are not commonly seen by the general public.  In doing so we hope to arrive at an understanding as to why the above photograph is not likely to grace the pages of an outdoor magazine, anytime soon.

Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard C. Hill

11 comments:

phylliso said...

How lucky you are to get that photo!You can feel the love between them,phylliso

PaWingers said...

Willard, that is an absolutely awesome photo. Everything about it is amazing. The pose is incredible and the clarity and sharpness is perfect. The bokeh is so soft and doesn't distract for the subject. You should be very proud of this picture.

Kritter Keeper said...

willard i have seen that last fall on the farm. two male yearlings. i love this photo. you are so talented, thank you so much!

Feral Female said...

What an awesome picture Willard! I can`t wait to show this to my hubby when he gets home from work!

Donna said...

WOW! Simply WOW! What a fantastic shot!

Marci said...

What a precious photo! Great capture, Willard!

Passinthru Outdoors said...

Incredible shot. Thanks for sharing.

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JimB said...

Willard--just awesome!!!

Jim

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What a beautiful photograph!

ladyfi said...

Wow - this is gorgeous!

Leedra said...

Awesome, just to witness it. But to have the privilege to get to photograph them is even more awesome.