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Friday, July 23, 2010

When Animals Find Cameras



I'm not sure what there is to learn about photography from watching an animal steal a camera and make great photos or videos, but I sure do love watching it happen. Case in point, this awesome video of undersea life made by an octopus who made off with an unsuspecting tourist's running video camera. The music and video construction show the creator's penchant for fine storytelling that's sure to put a smile on your face. And I guess there is something to learn—how to make lemonade from lemons, and how creatively captioning and soundtracking almost any footage can tell an interesting story. Following that video, another personal favorite is the astounding story of the camera that washed up on the shores of Florida after a six-month, 1200-mile journey floating through the sea. About two months into that trip, somewhere in the vicinity of Honduras, a sea turtle tried eating the camera but only succeeded in starting it recording. Maybe the lesson is simply to keep a short leash on your camera lest a wild animal makes off with it. Or perhaps the opposite is true—figure out any way to get your camera in the hands of wildlife, because the perspectives are unlike anything man seems to be able to do on his own.

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