Oddly Enough Blog
News, but not the serious kind
People say to me, “Bob, where do you GET those danged bizarre photos you use?”
I comb our daily photo file, but the weirdest ones are served up to me on a silver platter, in an “Extreme Monthly” selection of shots hand-picked by some really twisted minds on our photo desk. Here are some caption snippets from their latest batch:
Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders line up in the end zone… REUTERS/Tim Shaffer
The founder of a sex toy company uses a lighter to burn a rubber dildo to show her sales staff the quality of the product… REUTERS/David Gray
Blog Guy, I’m very disappointed in you.
So are most people. Can you be more specific?
You used to update us on Madonna and her auto in different world cities, but I’ve seen nothing for two weeks. Is her car in the shop, or what?
No, it’s still on the move, but she’s covering a lot of ground. Yesterday our plucky troubadour performed in Tel Aviv. Here’s a photo to prove it.
Very big talk, from a guy who writes in italics!
I want a photo of the Dalai Lama.
Jeez. I can get you one of those in my sleep. You want him wearing Billy Bob Halloween teeth? Wearing a mullet cut wig?
Blog Guy, I remember when you used to run photos of really cute animals now and then, to lower people’s blood pressure. You haven’t done that recently.
But what about us? Your readers? Couldn’t you just find one extraordinarily wonderful shot that brightened your whole month, and use that really big?
Blog Guy, my mom told me to ask you about the birds and the bees.
She said you know a lot of stuff and you could explain it to me.
That’s quite a responsibility. I checked yesterday’s photo file, which is where I get most of my information, and I think I can help you.
It turns out, bees land on sunflowers in California to gather pollen, and birds sit in nests in Belarus. Does that do it for you?
It’s me, Blog Guy, the aspiring photojournalist you’ve been mentoring. Congratulate me, I just shot my first presidential event, and here’s my shot! What do you think?
Good use of depth-of-field. I like those lights in the background.
Thanks. What else? Don’t be afraid to be critical.
Well, I was just wondering, did you shoot from the same angle as the other photographers?
Blog Guy, you write a lot about photojournalism. Is that a good career?
The very best, except for blogging.
High praise indeed! What’s the single best thing about the job?
That’s easy. The cheerleaders! All news photographers have pro cheerleaders who stand behind them at events and do supportive cheers while the shooters snap away. Here, look at this photo from a Lakers game.
I don’t believe that for an instant.
It’s true! Just watch the next presidential news conference or NATO Summit or hurricane or whatever, and watch for the pompoms and skimpy outfits.
It’s me, Blog Guy, that aspiring photojournalist. I think it’s time I try some tougher shots. You know, the ones that only the pros can do. Like say you have some world leaders together and you want to show action?
Sure. The great shooters will do this by showing them buttoning their jackets. If you can get two of them to do it simultaneously, that’s solid gold.