I post a lot of photos of myself. I regularly receive comments from readers complimenting both the photographer’s talent and how I look, which is always appreciated and great for the self-esteem. Still, with the occasional comment suggesting that I always look ‘amazing’ I must disagree – boy howdy, is that not the case! As it is with anyone who takes and posts pictures, there are a lot of shots that never make it onto the blog.
You know the ones. The extra-blurry photos, the half-out-of-frame shots, and the ones where I’m making some terrible expression (or laughing my arse off when I’m trying to be serious).
I’ve been keeping a ‘derp’ folder of the extra impressive examples for a while now. And it’s time, with this week’s theme, to share a few.
Scavenger hunting is rife with disastrous pics, because I’m moving swiftly and (as in this example) Hylas is trying to get off as many shots as fast as possible. When we were at the post office, I was looking toward the direction I could hear another customer sorting his mail, and hoping desperately he didn’t come nearer. And lifting my top very quickly indeed (I have no idea why my tongue is sticking out…). We got two great photos out of it, and many more terrible ones. Which isn’t unusual, really.
Then there’s this lovely example (captured by Adonis). There I am, having a grand old time wearing fluffy furry kitty ears and cuffs and tails, and I go and pull a face like that! When you look at four photos in the main post, you’d have no idea – and neither did I, until I was looking through them later
Sometimes rather than eyes half-closed, it’s eyes wide open. Hylas and I were in the old military tunnels under North Head, and it was very dark in there! There are six pictures in the main post and I manage to avoid this for those ones – but then, for most of them I’m not looking directly at the flash of the camera…
I have brilliantly terrible faces when I’m wanking. This is just one of many, many examples from this shoot – Hylas has gotten ever more skilled with his photography, and a good afternoon will now leave me with hundreds of pics to sort through and choose from. Handily, I can usually dismiss the ones where I look like a muppet. Those ’10 photos in 2 seconds’ options means there are lots of me making incredibly inelegant faces… why not go and enjoy the 10 good images I chose instead?
But this. This takes the cake. It is my favourite of the terrible – because it shows me doing something I love so very much, and I look so utterly horrific as I do so! Eyes rolled back, whites showing … am I possessed? Perhaps! Once again Hylas catches me at just the wrong moment. (Still, he caught me at many right moments as well – go and look at six hot photos in this post.)
I have plenty more in my ‘derp’ folder. Perhaps I should make it an occasional series?
ETA:The ‘Grumpy Cat’ photo was selected as top pic in the Sinful Sunday Weekly Roundup.