CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!

[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©-Time-To-Eat.-Photograph-by-Linda-Covey1.jpg" alt=""]© Time To Eat. Photograph by Linda Covey
Arizona Nature Photographer Linda Covey captures a busy parent feeding its young! Read about Covey in her Photography World feature, \"Linda Covey- Muse of the Desert\".
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Bottoms-Up-by-Monica-Tonnerova.jpg" alt=""]© Bottoms Up by Monica Tonnerova
This duck is going for a dive! Photographer Monica Tonnerova captures the end in \"Bottoms Up\".
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©-Blow-Fish-by-Photographer-Nina-Banks.jpg" alt=""]© Blowfish. Photographer Nina Banks
Underwater Photographer Nina Banks shares one of her many oceanography images, photographing the nervous blowfish which is ready to defend itself against the friendly diver!
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Take-a-Bow-by-J-Crivello.jpg" alt=""]©Take A Bow by Photographer J Crivello
Nature Photographer J Crivello takes a bow with her award winning photography! In \"Animal Crackers in My View!\", Crivello is awarded cover image.
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Shadow-by-Luc-J-Tonner.jpg" alt=""]© Shadow by Photographer Luc J Tonner
Photographer Luc J Tonner captures his cat, Shadow, in a yawn...see more of the cute & funny animal clicks in the Photography World article, \"Animal Crackers in My View!\"
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©Eristalinus-Megachepalus.-Photograph-by-Sis-Jimbo.jpg" alt=""]©Eristalinus Megachepalus. Photograph by Sis Jimbo
Indonesian Photographer Sis Jimbo is a nature and street photographer. His macro image of this little guy puts the mega in Eristalinus Megachepalus! Read more about Jimbo in the featured article, \"Sis Jimbo- Ring of Fire\".
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©Valdas-G-Photographer.jpg" alt=""]©Valdas G Photographer
Nature Photographer Valdas G contributes to \"Animal Crackers in My View\" with the capture of his cute puppy taken during one of their many hikes in the UK!
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/CHIMPMUNK-அணில்.jpg" alt=""]© CHIPMUNK அணில்
Madhavan Photography captures this chipmunk enjoying lunch on a pedestal!
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©-Amigos.-Photograph-by-Doris-Krimm.jpg" alt=""]© Amigos. Photograph by Doris Krimm
Photographer Doris Krimm isn\'t just horsing around! She captured her friend in this cute animal capture, © Amigos.
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©-Baby-Green-Sea-Turtle.-Photographaer-Teri-Garrison.jpg" alt=""]© Baby Green Sea Turtle. Photographer Teri Garrison-Kinsman
Nature Photographer Teri Garrison-Kinsman photographs this sea turtle while in Hawaii. Aloha Teri! We want to see more!
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©-Original-Duck-Face.-Photograph-by-Mina-Thevenin.jpg" alt=""]© Original Duck Face. Photograph by Mina Thevenin
Finally! Where it all began...the origins of the crazy \"duck face\" craze. Captured here by Photographer Mina Thevenin in © Original Duck Face.
[img src="https://photographyworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/©-Moose-Nose-Knows.-Photograph-by-Clive-Martens.jpg" alt=""]© Moose Nose Knows. Photograph by Clive Martens
Canadian Photographer Clive Martens knows the nose, or so he says. See more cute & funny animal images in the Photography World article, \"Animal Crackers in My View!\"
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CLICK- ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY VIEW

Article by Editor Mina Thevenin
Images by Contributing Photographers

February 2015
(Click on any image to view photographs as a slideshow)

© Amigos. Photograph by Doris Krimm. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
© Amigos. Photograph by Doris Krimm

If photography is a universal language of communication, then photography of animals- cute and funny animals, is the quintessential ambassador of visual glad tidings! It is animal crackers. Whether it’s our own pet running around the floor acting coy and demanding attention or the wild animal doing it’s normal wild animal thing, who can resist a smile and the warm heart it brings, especially when the photographer, professional or amateur, captures the awe moment just right?!

© Time to Eat. Photograph by Linda Covey. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
Photographer Linda Covey

Photographing animals involves three key elements: determination, perseverance, and patience. Although it may seem easy, the animal photographer knows that seldom is the great animal photo a matter of pure luck!   More often than not, capturing the moment involves a multitude of clicks- hundreds of clicks, actually, many of which land on today’s digital cutting room floor- the trash icon. Obviously all of the discard images leading up to the cute or funny  image are not a waste, especially if it involves a beloved family pet. I know I personally just don’t delete those family pet photo mistakes. Really, I even cringe at calling any photo a mistake, especially one capturing a beloved family member, aka, pet.

So how do we do it? When we Click- Animal Crackers in My View, how are we able to capture the “Awe” within the awesome animal?

© Baby Green Sea Turtle. Photograph by Teri Garrison. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
Baby Green Sea Turtle. Photograph by Teri Garrison

The animal photographer’s greatest attribute besides the keen eye, is the embrace of the wait. Being out in the brush or field, bearing the brunt of mother nature’s weather- hot or cold, rain, sleet, snow. How many times has a photographer laid on belly, arms in a crunch, or stood in a thicket of a bramble branch trying to blend in? Eventually, okay- sometimes, and with great celebration, the photographer captures the animal in its most highly anticipated humerus moment- the animal  as cuteness extraordinaire!

©Valdas G Photographer. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
©My Friend. Photographer VALDAS G.
© Shadow by Luc J Tonner. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
© Shadow. Photograph by Luc Tonner

Just like the nature photographer, the pet photographer also adheres to the same three key elements: determination, perseverance and patience. Although the weather is less of an issue for the animal/pet photographer, unless outside, the same challenges exist. One still contends with hard kitchen floors upon which to lie and the awkward stance of wide legs around furniture and unkept rooms, challenges within themselves when animals take to hiding and being shy. The patience of photographing a pet who knows it doesn’t matter if they cooperate or not (they get the treats anyway) may even trump the patience of that of the nature photographer in field! Such a study has not been done to date, although either side might argue that their patience is greater.

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©BLOW FISH. Photographer Nina Banks. George Town, Cayman Brac – Cayman Islands

By the end of the day the photographer who holds the cute and funny animal crackers photo in hand celebrates the image! Why? Because the level of difficulty it took to get the photograph? Yes, of course, but bottom line is we like it. That cute and funny animal photograph puts a genuine smile on our faces. It may even bring a memory of how we persevered to get the image in the first place… a story that in words might not ever get told. And that’s okay. The photographer celebrates the triumph of the photo for its own right. And for the viewer, it quite frankly is the same—the same chemical process in the brain ignites feelings of joy and happiness that neurologically turns on muscles in the face and Voila! We all feel it and we all do it, a smile when we see animal crackers in our view!

© CHIPMUNK அணில். Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
©அணில் CHIMPMUNK. Madhavan Photography
© Moose. Photograph by Clive Martens. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
Moose Nose Knows. Photograph by Clive Martens
© Eristalinus Megachepalus. Photograph by Sis Jimbo. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
Photographer Sis Jimbo
© Take a Bow by Photographer J Crivello from Photography World article: CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View! https://photogrpahyworld.org
©Take A Bow. Photograph by J. Crivello

© Original Duck Face. Photograph by Mina Thevenin. © Original Duck Face. Photograph by Mina Thevenin. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org

© Bottoms Up by Monica Tonnerova. Photography World article, "CLICK- Animal Crackers in My View!" photographyworld.org
BOTTOMS UP. Photograph by Monica Tonnerova

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CLICK|ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY VIEW

Story by Mina Thevenin, Editor  

Contributing photographers to Photography World’s “Animal Crackers in My View”: J. Crivello for Cover, Nina Banks, Linda Covey, Valdas G., Teri Garrison,  Sis Jimbo,   Doris Krimm,  Clive Martens, Luc J. Tonner, Monica Tonnerova,  Madhavan V., 

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