Tuesday, March 22, 2011

OBN Prompt: Most Unworthy Photos

I take a lot of photos.  Thousands a year.  Over half get deleted as soon as I download them. Only about a third of the survivors get edited for size or lighting and ultimately end up on this blog.  That being said, I have no real reverence (or skill) relative to the art of photography.  So, in response to a request prompt from the Outdoor Blogger Network (OBN), here are some true stinkers / classics from the past few years. First up, we have Hank (@ 13 months old) with my wonderful wife.  Both of them are out of focus and Hank not only has on Devil Ears, but has his eyes closed and is throwing something.  Yup. This one didn't make it on the blog.
Next, we have the only fish I caught during a snoozer of a kayak outing near our home in northern Baltimore.   I actually did post this image on my blog.  Why? I don't know.  What's worse than the tiny size of this bluegill (the lure is a 1/32oz crappie jig) is that I sight fished it from a scour hole under a stump for about 5 minutes before catching it.  No, I knew it wasn't a bass.  I was just bored and desperate. Why in the hell did I take a picture of it? Good Lord. That's all I have to say about that.

And let's not forget this timeless beauty, which was actually shot by my hunting buddy as I fell neck-deep into the ice on a 17 degree day.  I also published this photo in my blog, but 1) it's a timeless image; and 2) there's no better example of a photo that should not have been taken or shared.  Enjoy!

16 comments:

kmurray said...

LOL! It's always great to have friends ready with their camera's isn't it!?! That's just priceless!

Passinthru Outdoors said...

great post and pictures not even close to unworthy.

Thanks for sharing.
Passinthru Outdoors Blog - Sharing the Passion

LB @ BulletsandBiscuits said...

One - Hank is soooo gonna kill you when he gets older but may come in handy when bribery is needed

two - do you still call your hunting buddy a "buddy" after taking that picture? haha

d. nash said...

spectacular! Great photos and definitely worth keeping/sharing.

Rebecca said...

Great pictures! Your little one is going to get you for that someday =)

And the last picture...classic outdoor moment that was saved infamously by a good buddy...love it!

troutrageous1 said...

DOH! You're brave to post that last photo. Good shots, all 3 of them.

Swamp Thing said...

The whole debacle with the last photo seemed a lot funnier once I got home, had a nap, and cleaned my gun (which was totally submerged).

Hank is the best! Until he becomes self-aware, he will continue to find himself the subject of countless hilarious photos.

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

I'm amazed that he got the picture before well, helping you? Ha...nice little fish pic!

nate.mckenzie.aouc said...

I had one of those "timeless moments" (Thru the ice, neck deep, waders filled, etc.) and I barely lived through it. It's called HYPOTHERMIA and it's NO fun!

Swamp Thing said...

Nate - yeah. We were a little over a mile (honestly) from the truck. I told my brother & buddy "OK let's pick up those decoys, I gotta get back to the truck NOW."

The feeling in my right foot was gone by the time I got to the truck 20 minutes later.

Owl said...

Dear Sir,
I too have spent countless minutes "coaxing" those fish off their spawning beds. That is no bluegill. That, my friend is a red ear bream or what we here in the South call a "Shellcracker." They are highly prized by bank fishermen and are apparently good eats. However, they are notoriously stubborn when they are spawning and very hard to cajole into a nibble. So that pic isn't so trophy worthy as you thought! Congrats! As for the falling into the river, I know nothing about that. nope. nothing. (*whistles...)

tugboatdude said...

ohhhh that last picture,how it makes me laugh.it's been a few months since I have seen it.

Swamp Thing said...

Owl, I think you're at least half right. I have never given this fish a second thought (in fact, I may have turned it into bait after I caught it), but you're right, there's no way it's a bluegill.

That face paint (and relatively big mouth) makes me think green sunfish or warmouth. Wish I could see if that gill plate really had red on it or not (and thus a shellcracker).

Swamp Thing said...

T - do you remember Nate's words that preceded the fall?

"Hey, I got the camera out now - fall or something!"

And into the beaver run I went.

Phillip said...

That last photo rocks! Sure, it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I can say without hesitation that it immediately strikes a chord with any of us who've experienced a similar situation.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

That is a truly suck-tastic dip in the river. Thank goodness it was captured for us to laugh at!

you'd be laughing if it was me
SBW