Saturday, April 9, 2011

Photographing Chickens - What NOT To Do

Even the best (and the worst) of us can make mistakes when photographing chickens. They are a moody bunch. They don't tolerate directions, they tend to have a mind of their own, and just when you think they are going to be quiet and take instructions, they surprise you by arguing with each other and making weird faces.

Take for example this group. They just didn't pay attention at all. They resemble my children when I tell them to go get their chores done.

"What? We can't hear you."

Then, there's always the grouchy subject. The one who never seems to be able to crack a smile. Just stay away from chickens like this, it might just ruin your day.

"You have now angered the chicken"
Occasionally, you'll be moving in for a shot, and come up with something like the "creepy head on the chopping block" problem. Avoid it at all costs. It traumatizes PETA members.

"Where's my body??"

Then there are the timid ones. You've got to warn them first, or you end up with shots like this.

"What the....??"
Let's talk about the ones who forget the simple things like washing their face. Hello?? You just sucked down yogurt, I would think you'd at least wipe your face before you showed up! And even worse, she has the nerve to waste my time complaining about the ol' biddy sitting next to her.

"Get your butt out of my face"
Whatever you do, when you are taking pictures of poultry, you MUST avoid (at all costs) the really awful eyelid ordeal. It's when they blink, right before they blink. I wish we had an extra set of eyelids like this, but then we'd have a lot more grody looking pictures of ourselves. Forget it.

"If I can't see you, you can't see me"

Class clowns. The roosters who just can't seem to behave themselves. Ever. They're always waggling their stuff around like... oh I don't even know WHAT he was thinking, just forget it. I can't even explain.

If you're going to take photos of chickens, you've got to be patient. You've got to have a big chunk of free time, and most importantly, you've got to have a great backdrop. You also need to have some decent flexibility to get down to their level long enough to snap a decent shot, while not dropping any part of yourself into their... uh... "droppings" at the same time. "Best Diverse Flock Picture" Winner - If you like Chickens, you'll love this site.


Katie said...

You won a contest! You rock. Well, you already know that.

Thank you so much for the toot'orial. It was a real hoot... or should I say swak? hehe

ZenMama said...

Just like a guy to waggle his stuff around! have a columbian wyandotte. Should have ordered more

Miri said...

your photos are fabulous and your wit is divine... thanks for this bright spot in my day!

Paula said...

In my opinion, these are all winners! Of course, I've never seen a bad chickie pic because I think they are all special...
You have a bee-yu-tiful flock!