|Welcome Swallow "Look at me!"|
According to Wikipedia, "a money shot is typically a shot that would be difficult to set up or anticipate in advance".
Well, if you have ever tried to ask a Welcome Swallow to fly conveniently in front of the Kitchen window, at just the right angle to reveal its white underbelly, a full wingspan and intricate feather detail at just the exact moment you press the button on the iPhone then I think the above shot qualifies.
I can't even be said to be blowing my own trumpet really. The picture is poor quality and it was a complete fluke. No one was more surprised to find this gem amongst the other shots of plain blue sky than me. These guys move fast! But such is the nature of the money shot, frequently taken by amateurs at fortuitous moments. And whilst not a technically great photograph, it captured the moment and was good enough to be chosen to be featured on the @instatassie feed on Instagram. These are the type of shots I love the most. And this one has a vintage, painterly quality that is quite appealing.
I've become quite attached to these birds. They are the Welcome Swallows that I photographed in their nest in my last Post and I've been monitoring their growth and feeding habits these past few weeks just as I did last year. As soon as they can fly, they move over to the other side of the house and fly around there for about a week or so and then we don't see them for another year. I love it's gorgeous silhouette and the pattern on it's tail, something you can't see when they are darting about at 100 miles an hour.
Have you taken any money shots lately that have made your day?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!