Get Spontaneous

On June 24, 2010, in Farm Animals, by brendajohima

As a lover of animals, wildlife and nature, some days it’s very hard for me to keep on driving past something interesting that I see on the side of the highway without pulling over to get closer.

If there are farm animals, horses, wildlife, cows, whatever, and they are close enough for my lens to reach a fair distance, I pull over (if it’s safe of course) and hop out, camera in hand.

This Mom with Calf was just too cute and content to pass by. The baby was super curious about me, and the Cow was super calm having me be there.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get any closer (there was a huge ditch between me and the subject) without maybe injuring and ankle (learned that lesson already last year) or ending up in mud, or even worse, treading on private property (something I won’t do). Plus, these cows were so peaceful and content under these trees, I wanted to respect them, and not disturb them.

Which by the way, is a rule I almost always follow in my photography of wildlife, pets and animals. Pay respect and try to not be invasive. I want them to continue doing, what they are doing in the moment I first saw them, as much as possible.

I’m not one of those photographers who will disturb animals to get the best shot (a few exceptions of course). I believe that the best shots are the ones that are real and natural, and not forced. Sure, I wanted to go climb in that ditch and right over to the fence to zoom in and get really close, but how would that have worked?

The cows would likely have have got up, moved away, and I would have lost that moment of trust I had gained with the calf already, and maybe ended up with no photo. Not worth it.

Also, this is never just about photography for me, it’s about gaining trust with animals and wildlife, and it’s about the deeper connections that can be had, with silent communication and moving slowly.

The other option is to have a $10,000 zoom lens which … and well … it’s on my list 🙂

– brenda johima –

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

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Kid at Heart

On June 24, 2010, in Farm Animals, Horses, Pigs, by brendajohima

I’ll always be a kid at heart, and I think it’s the most FUN way to live, that’s for sure. As a result, I often find myself in places like Tiger Lily Farm in Errington, on Vancouver Island, with children and their Mom’s and the farm animals … I seem to be the only one there without a kid (by choice) … I just wonder why more folks like me don’t just do the same.

Anyway, on this day, my mission was simple … photography. I actually had the place to myself, just me and the farm and the owners and folks who work there. I liked it.

Here’s a couple of photos from that day. I don’t often title my pieces, but to me, this cute adorable little piggie was having a lovely nap until I showed up with my camera, and seems to be saying “What Did You Wake Me Up For?” … so that, is the title of this first photograph.

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission


Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

So next time you’re looking for something fun to do, head on out with camera in hand to a childrens petting zoo, or working farm, or hands on farm for kids. It’s a blast … Whether you have your own Kid or No Kid, Just Be One Yourself!

– brenda –

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AH, ha, ha, ha, HA!

On April 12, 2010, in Farm Animals, by brendajohima

AH, ha, ha, ha, HA! Ahhhhh, Ha, Ha, Ha Haaaaa! Ahhhhh, Ha, HA, HA, HA!! Ahhh Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!

I’ll let the image speak for itself.

Actually, if  you are a photographer, it can a lot of fun writing captions for your photos, especially when you are photographing farm animals and pets, like this laughing goat … and you have a great day, eh? (*p.s. I guess I didn’t let the image speak for itself.  🙂

– Brenda Johima –

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima: AH, ha, ha, ha, HA! Ahhhhh, Ha, Ha, Ha Haaaaa! Ahhhhh, Ha, HA, HA, HA!! Ahhh Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

P.S. goat was photographed at Tiger Lily Farm, in Errington, on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

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