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That Brown Spot in the Middle is a Bear

I'll admit to something if you'll agree to think about whether you're guilty of it as well. Whenever I find myself, either on purpose or unexpectedly, in the presence of an uncommon wild animal, I can't stop myself from taking its picture, even if it's a bad picture. The picture here is a perfect example — as the title of this Phototip says, that brown spot in the middle is a bear. Really it is; look closely. He's facing to the right.

That Brown Spot in the Middle is a BearSo, I ask you: is it a good looking picture, or just a good looking animal up close (it was actually shot with a 500mm lens plus a 2x teleconverter)? My money is on the latter. But for some reason, I can't help myself. The natural reaction is to snap some shots as a record that one actually saw it. What I find though is that when I get the slides back, what I captured on film always pales in comparison with my memory of the encounter. And I've got a bunch more that are just as awful. Oh well.

Not that this is really a problem per se, but it is something to be aware of. If you suffer from this as well, keep in mind that others won't share your memory of the occasion. When you edit your work, try to look at these sort of shots with a fresh eye and be ruthless with them. I suppose you could always save your shots like the one here for use when you publish your own photography tips series. Heck, that's what I've done, isn't it?

Date posted: June 23, 2002


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