How far people would go for a selfie probably shouldn’t surprise me anymore. However, they seem to constantly push the boundaries. Earlier this month, a baby dolphin was stranded on a busy beach in Spain. Curious tourists passed the poor animal around to take photos with it, instead of contacting the authorities. Eventually, the dolphin died, due to a high level of stress.
What’s your first thought when you think of rats? Filthy? Contagious? Dangerous? Well, there is a lot beyond that, and these rodents hide a lot of wonderful traits behind the stereotypes we have about them. French photographer Diane Özdamar dedicated years of her life to break this negative image.
She captured many rats in a photo series that will melt your heart and make you realize how sweet these creatures can be. I chatted with Diane about her process, which involves a lot of love, patience, and DIY approach. And as a result – there are photos of rats that could make you adopt one as a pet. Or actually, two, as rats need a companion of the same sex to have a normal happy life.
Animals stealing cameras is quite entertaining. They don’t really do it on purpose. They often just mistake it for something else. Food, usually, or… a mate. Sometimes they are just curious. This particular footage, though, shows an animal one doesn’t often interact with. Bald eagles.
On this particular occasion, glacial researcher Matt Beedle was in Juneau, Alaska. Photographing the eagles from afar, he attempted to coax them in to land with some scraps of left over salmon. To get a closer view of the situation, he left his GoPro Hero4 Silver nearby. Just as one eagle landed on a piece of salmon, another grabbed the GoPro and flew off to land in a tree.
Watching nature documentaries like BBC’s Planet Earth gives us an insight into the world of all kinds of animals. We feel that we get to know their world and the way they act in their habitats.
But how exactly realistic these documentaries are? Simon Cade from DSLRguide discusses this topic in his video. Are we looking the life of these animals as is, or it’s just a well-crafted, imaginary story aimed to entertain us? With all the fake sound effects, cutting, directing and even computer effects, how much of the “real” do we actually see?
Sometimes, you get an idea in your head that you just can’t shake. You just have to go and make it. That’s exactly what happened to Jakarta, Indonesia based digital artist Aditya Aryanto. Aditya is interested in cubes. And he had the urge to turn some animals into cubes to see how it would look.
It started off as a single image that he posted to Instagram. When his friends and followers liked it, he was challenged to make more. And more he made. Using source photographs of animals from sites like Pixabay, he took to Photoshop to turn more creatures into cubes.
Ashly Deskins is back with new furry photos! Ashly and her squirrel friends took over social media this winter with her photographs featuring the adorable furry crew. She captured the squirrels interacting with various human-centric scenes such as watching the Superbowl and voting.
Deskins painstakingly created the tiny set-ups, curated the squirrel interactions and patiently waited for the perfect moment to capture the squirrels on set. With all the viral buzz going a calendar of images was created with portions of the proceeds going to a local wildlife rescue group.
Being a photographer or videographer is not easy, as you need to deal with all sorts of challenges and all kinds of people. But animal photographers are among those I admire most. It’s difficult to capture animals and make them do what you want. With them, you almost never know what they will do. Sometimes even the wild animals are sweet, and they come for a cuddle. And other times, they want to see what you taste like. And this is exactly what happened to this cameraman while filming sea lions under water.
When it was first broadcasted in 2006, BBC’s series Planet Earth was truly groundbreaking. And now, more than ten years later, there is its brand new sequel – Planet Earth II. It’s the most cinematic wildlife film yet. You could sit back and watch it, and feel like you’re watching a movie. But what’s the secret to this cinematic feeling of the series?
They say never work with children or animals. The children bit I completely agree with, but I find animals to be an absolute pleasure to work with. Not everybody’s used to working with animals (or kids), though, either on camera or off. Whether you’re shooting video or stills, they can be challenging.
To help overcome some of those challenges, Cooper Films have put this video together with four tips for working with kids and animals on set. The video does aim more toward video shooters. The reasons why, as a photographer, you might have a child or animal in front of your camera may be different. But, the potential issues are very much the same.
If there’s one “triumphant underdog” story that’s been popular this week, it’s this one. The footage from BBC’s Planet Earth 2 series of the young marine iguana escaping the snakes on the beach. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry, I’ve embedded it below. Shot in the Galapagos Islands, it’s an incredible sequence of events, shot beautifully.
They say filming in the Galapagos is, in some respects easier than elsewhere in the world. This is because the animals have not had much exposure to humans so have not yet learned to be afraid of us. A concept that would probably feel pretty strange for most of us.