Winter's Beauty
October 30, 2008 10:53 AM   Subscribe

posted by howling fantods at 11:00 AM on October 30, 2008

Fantastic. Thanks. I love this picture, particularly since it was take with basically a low-end point-and-shoot camera.
posted by googly at 11:08 AM on October 30, 2008

$250 isn't what I'd consider for a low-end camera, but that is also in 2006 dollars. To be honest, most basic digital cameras can capture some decent to quite nice pictures in the right lighting. It gets more costly to be able to manipulate the available light and work with additional lighting to get something like the winning photo. That one looks a bit creepy, almost something from a natural history museum (you know, those dead animals in poses, which Kosheen was so fond of).

You, too can enter in a few months. Oddly, very few sources note that it is sponsored by Shell Oil. Many times Shell is dropped from the name of the competition, and isn't even mentioned in the bulk of the new pages. But search through the whole site, and you'll find Shell has two projects in the Natural History Museum's Petroleum Consulting services. Do many museums branch out in this sort of way? It makes sense, to a degree, but is something of a mixed message to me.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:46 AM on October 30, 2008

Oh, and thanks for the links, fearfulsymmetry - regardless of the monetary source, the images are fantastic.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:46 AM on October 30, 2008

I was sure these were fake. Specifically the snow leopard which totally looks like a museum exhibit.

The fact that they are real? It makes me full of insane jealousy really impressed.
posted by quin at 12:59 PM on October 30, 2008

I love wildlife photographers because they're like artistic gamblers. They take whole months-long trips that are uneventful and mind-numbingly boring.

"Yeah, we were in the Artic for eight weeks and I only saw one rare albino ice cricket but my film had frozen so I couldn't shoot before it flew away. Luckily, however, by crouching motionless behind a four foot pile of steaming polar bear excrement for three days I got this shot of penguins playing Nintendo, and am the Wildlife Photographer of the Year."
posted by resurrexit at 4:32 PM on October 30, 2008 [1 favorite]

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