There was a saying in one of my photo classes in college, “Even a blind squirrel can find a nut.”
But can the squirrel drive a motorcycle?
Getting ready for work, loading my five bags of gear, I looked over and couldn’t believe what I saw. This squirrel was perched on a motorcycle helmet. As I hurry to switch lens and try not to get run over in the parking lot, a car slowly pulls up. Politely the driver waited until I was finished shooting and pulled into the spot next to the bike with the squirrel using it as a seat.
“At least he’s not wearing it,” said the owner of the bike.
Have you ever wondered what makes a photo a good/great shot?
Here are some of the reasons why I composed this photo this way.
Dissecting the photo (not the squirrel):
Rule of thirds: The squirrel is in the top third of the photo drawing attention to it.
Shallow depth of field: I set the aperture to the lowest my lens shot at.
Clean background: The contrast of the squirrel to the white van makes the squirrel stand out.
Interesting subject: When’s the last time you saw a squirrel on a motorcycle helmet?!?!