The Curious Critters animal photography workshop, right up my ally and was by far the most fun of any workshop I have attended! We used this great product called a Cubelite, which double as a small contained studio, defused and a cage. I though that 4 year old boys were hard to photograph, boy was I wrong! The prairie dog gave me, and everybody else including our instructor a run for our money, all the little guy wanted to do was jump in my lap and borough his way into my shirt. I made a couple new friends!
The parrot that we had the opportunity to photograph had the neatest personality, she would bow her head to get a scratch and when you should stop she would bite you, like a spoiled cat! A parrot is defiantly on my wish list of pets, I always wanted a Macaw, but now I think I want one of these gal’s. We learned a lot about MACRO settings, such as an f/16 is the best aperture to shoot, for detailed MACRO shots, all this time I’ve been trying to shoot at an f/2.8, just because I can:)
The Cubelite lightbox/critter cage was invaluable for this type of project, The whole system fold flat into a 24″ in diameter circle, almost exactly like any reflector or window shade that you would use in your car. They are about $150 for the “outdoor” model, which is the one you want if you are going to photograph animals that would rather not participate.
I fell in love with this two week old baby monkey! His head was no larger than a ping-pong ball, he squeaked and called for his human mommy. Unbearably cute! The woman who had brought the animals in for our photo-shoot, took these curious critters to schools to teach help children develop a love and respect for animals and nature.
I also found out that she bred and sold these monkeys, four a year and sold then for (drum roll please..) $2700 each! I begged Robb, of course he said no (boo), my argument was that if he won’t a free to one more baby, he owes me a baby monkey. He wasn’t going for it, but hey I tried.By far the best behaved was the bearded dragon, he was content to just pose and have his picture taken in the warm light of the strobes. This I think would make a perfect pet for a little boy, so mellow for a reptile.
Then there was the grouchy old hedge hog, that had gotten into a box of crayons at his owner’s house and decided to eat the green. I never though about how hard it would be to get crayon off of a hedge hog, but I can imagine!
The there were the happy raisin loving but very bouncy chinchillas, we had a chance to snap a few of a very dark almost black and a blonde. I asked if anybody knew where I could find 200 of the soft little guys, but nobody laughed.