How many times have you scrolled through breathtaking pics of wildlife and told yourself “challenge accepted”? Well, it turns out it’s not so easy to take that pitch-perfect shot.
Animals, they move. A camera, it wobbles. A hand, it shakes. And weather, it’s always a mystery. This is the combination you need to get a spectacularly terrible wildlife pic. In fact, some of the entries are so bad they’ve made their way into the Crap Wildlife Photography group on Facebook. Here are some of the best failed shots that may make you think twice about pressing that capture button any time soon.
In wildlife photography, nature dictates everything. That means that in order to get that picture, you need practice. But some things should be inherent to an animal and wildlife photographer. You need to be able to keep silent, stay still for long periods of time. Remember that nature is their home, and you’re the guest.
You should also learn to keep your eyes open for every little thing. Animals living in the wild have adapted to their environments extremely well. Taking a nice shot usually takes days of hard work and dedication, so you need to be patient.
We previously wrote about the photographer who took a perfect shot of a kingfisher after 4,200 hours and 720,000 attempts. This award-winning shot of an eagle also took Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen 3 years of wait. So, yeah, we are talking years of wait in the pro game.
I Went Out To The Balcony To Photograph The Birds, But Instead Photographed A Fish…
When You Have An Encounter With A Rare Predator But Get Photobombed By A Magpie
Courtesy Of My Dad And His Ancient Phone… Little Owl Eating Lunch
Took A Photo Of A Drill
This Handfeeding The Birds Was Going Great Until He Looked Right At Me And I Realized His Face Was Actually Kinda Scary And He Looked Pretty Pissed Off!
I Got Distracted By The Frog In The Back And Lost Focus But To Be Entirely Honest I Think National Geographic Should Use This Picture As Their Cover.
Behold, The Majestic Bald Eagle
I’m Not Sure Why I Ever Thought It Was A Good Idea To Take A Picture Of The Sheep In The Dark, But It Ended Up Being The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of.
Wow, I Caught A Picture Of This Champagne Cork Flying Out. Jk. It’s An Egret.
Doe In Background Was Taking A Crap, Just To Top It Off
Didn’t Know How Funny This Was Until I Sent It To My Daughter…
This Freaky Flying Ghost Child Is Actually A Blurred Great Blue Heron
Gotta Be Quicker Than That!
‘you Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round.’ Low Light + The Wrong Camera Setting = Guess The Animal. Nb No Animals Were Hurt In The Taking Of This Shot.. It Landed Safely On My Patio
How Flippin Weird Do Pigeons Look When They Look Down?
Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota
I Present The Mighty, Yet Gentle, Caribbean Manatee.