For the record, I love the idea of Bigfoot and Nessie and (my personal favorite) Champy the Lake Monster. And I love the fact that there are people out there who seriously, fervently believe that these things exist and that they will be the intrepid explorers to finally gather the needed evidence. I love that people are doing these things instead of, say, enacting anti-choice legislation or writing gossip columns about Lindsay Lohan.
But for real you guys, someone needs to teach these people how to take a photograph.
The most recent entrant in the Terrible Photo of a Possibly Mythical Primate Contest 2011 comes from Todd Standing of the Sylvanic Bigfoot Group. Todd and his team of “researchers” claim to have found the Valley of the Bigfoot in lovely Banff, Alberta, and according to “>this article, “Standing boasts a collection of sharp video clips and crisp photographs of Bigfoot, showing far, far more than the usual hirsute primate dashing behind the nearest bush.” Great! Let’s take a look!
Okay, so, you’ve captured a really great close-up of those twigs. I mean, those twigs are in super-sharp focus, and I can definitely tell that they are twigs. Here’s a thing they might mention in a decent photography class, maybe even on the first day in the first ten minutes or so: try to make sure your subject is in focus. Not the twigs in front of your subject.
Let’s look at some of the video they got:
Whoa, did you see that bit at the end? The bit that was in clear focus and it was very easy to tell that it wasn’t a man in a monkey costume? The bit with the chimps? THAT IS HOW YOU SHOOT VIDEO, Bigfoot scienticians. I mean, I know that you’re in some pretty thick forest there, but there are tons of wildlife photographers who do a pretty good job of getting decent pics of things gamboling amongst the trees. I bet that if you took one of them to a place that was chock full of Bigfoot, they could probably manage to hold a camera steady for the five seconds required to get a picture. Why? Because they have studied the art and science of photography. And you can, too!
So I’m thinking that regardless of whether or not Bigfoot exists, these people could really benefit from at least a local adult education class on basic photography. Should we start a fund? I don’t know. I’m just trying to help, here.