When something humorous becomes serious

February 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Penguin DebatePenguin DebateBoth penguins have their say, but their can only be one winner. At the start of the year I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring and enter a photo competition being run by ‘Shoot the Frame’.  This is an international competition that runs monthly, across three areas and is open to everyone. Photographers are able to enter in landscape, wildlife and portrait categories. Sadly, my landscape images were unsuccessful, but I was fortunate enough to finish as one of ten finalists in the wildlife category.


‘The Penguin Debate’ depicts a series of four images where the two hoiho (or yellow-eyed penguins) were having an animated discussion with one penguin expressing his opinions while the second listened.  Then the roles were reversed.  The ‘loser’ then bowed his head as the victor strutted off.


Now getting back to humorous becoming serious…


This sequence of images was shot purely because the scene involving the penguins was so hilarious.  This was one of the funniest things I’d witnessed in a long time. 


For all of us photographers out there, it probably serves as a reminder that we must enjoy what we do; else what is the point. Sometimes we can get bogged down in racing for great light, or fine-tuning our settings and we forget to enjoy the moment.


‘Don’t forget to stop and look around’


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