Top 10 Signs You Just Might be a Wildlife Photographer

Posted on 23. Sep, 2011 by in Everything, Humour, News, Top Ten Lists

With appologies (and thanks) to Jeff Foxworthy, today I present my list of the Top 10 Signs You Just Might be a Wildlife Photographer.  Wildlife photographer’s are a curious subspecies with a number of unique characteristics.  I thought it might be fun to enumerate about ten of them.

Therefore, presented in traditional countdown order, here they are….

10. Your camera rides shotgun in the passenger seat more than your significant other

9.  The thought of spending another day photographing the Prairie Dog town literally gets your heart racing

Prairie Dog

8. You have better rain gear for your camera than for yourself

7. Photographing a beautiful landscape is only considered after all the wildlife possibilities are eliminated

Near Zion National Park, Utah

6. Your dreams are image stabilized (or vibration reduced depending on your religion)

5. You’ve spent more time lying in the dirt than Charlie Sheen

Grizzly Bear lying in the grass

4. It disturbs you that your eyes’ bokeh is so poor

3. When meeting friends outside you always try to keep your back to the sun

Siberian Tiger with reflection lying in a pond - CA

2. Your photo gear is covered in more camo than a Navy Seal

and the number 1 sign you might be a wildlife photographer…..

1. It would take an act of government to compell you to photograph a wedding

Rough-legged Hawk flying over a field

Now, I won’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list.  If you’d like to add some of your own, here’s your chance.

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14 Responses to “Top 10 Signs You Just Might be a Wildlife Photographer”

  1. georgmi

    23. Sep, 2011

    I would totally take a wedding photography job. I would just charge enough that I could subcontract the actual work and still make a few thousand bucks off the deal.

  2. Ginevre Marlow

    23. Sep, 2011

    I totally do weddings – to pay for my wildlife shooting!

  3. Mario

    23. Sep, 2011

    Lol @ number 5

  4. Jerry Pittman

    28. Sep, 2011

    This is great! You are spot on.

  5. Stuart

    28. Sep, 2011

    When shooting a portrait of your mother-in-law, you see large antlers sprouting from the top of her head!

  6. Sumit

    29. Sep, 2011

    Hilarious but true!

  7. Sudipto

    29. Sep, 2011

    The bluish green traffic light reminds you of a verditer flycatcher.

  8. Suzan

    29. Sep, 2011

    I would only shoot animal weddings.

  9. Beth Wold

    29. Sep, 2011

    Number 1 is so true! I love it. 7 is pretty funny too… but I do try to include the wildlife in the landscape shots sometimes… So sometimes I start earlier. 🙂

  10. Rolf Hicker

    29. Sep, 2011

    hahaha, very funny BUT so right…and you got wet feed most of the time (at least in the Pacific Northwest)

  11. Frank Blau

    02. Oct, 2011

    11. Your wedding photo albums INCLUDE the wildlife at the wedding.

  12. Roy Dane

    02. Oct, 2011

    You missed a few ( I will let you decide where they fit in )

    You plan your vacations around Wildlife photography: you don’t even consider other activities while planning your vacations

    When you are done packing for vacation, your camera bag is bigger than your suitcase.

  13. Adrian Tavano

    02. Oct, 2011

    #5 got a loud bursting laugh out of me after midnight LOL hope the neighbor has a heavy sleep….

  14. Carol

    09. Oct, 2011

    When at the end of a shoot you have to hang your shoes out to dry. 🙂