Animal Expressions

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

“You are not seeing me…”

“Harrumph.”

“I wonder…”

“What do we have here?!”

“Surely you can’t be serious.”

“Now what?”

“What are YOU looking at?!?”

Pretty in pink.

“Peekaboo!”

The elegant hunter.

“Look at me! Aren’t I pretty?”

“Honk.”

“What’s up with that?”

“I’m getting too old for this…”

“Whadda you want, wise guy?”

“Go away.”

“I wonder what those kids taste like.”

Sniff!

Scaredy rabbit.

“I want to be your friend!”

“Arrrogh!”

This is our second post in response to Ailsa’s Travel-Themed Photo Challenge, Animals. Our first post was here.

88 responses to “Animal Expressions

  1. Love the captions!

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  3. They are all so cute! The seal and the seagull with the crab are my favorites.

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  4. Haha, I wonder what those kids taste like, rolling on the floor, Vlad. xxx

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  5. Good Evening: Good job with the wild birds; in my experience, they can be quite a bit difficult to photograph. Something about their reluctance to remain in the presence of humans. Vonn Scott Bair

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    • Normally this is so, but these birds allowed themselves to be approached quite closely. The ones in Florida (spoonbill, heron, egret) were confident in their own territory, the ones in New Jersey (gulls) were used to humans, the rest (in NYC’s Central Park Zoo) were just bored…

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  6. Great interpretation of their expressions. Is photo 12 a swan or a goose?

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    • That’s actually a good question. I called it a goose because that’s the first thing that came into mind, but it could also be some kind of swan. I guess I’ll have to go back there (the Central Park Zoo here in NYC) and this time write down the names of all the animals I photograph…

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  7. Wow, the photos just kept coming, and all of them incredible! Z

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  8. Some excellent photos – very enjoyable!

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  9. Oh this is great, I love expressive animals. Everybody does. You have a nice Zoo :-) and a very handsome way of communicating with the animals.
    LOve
    Dina

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  10. I like special the photos of birds.
    In Danemark I draw a loat of goats. I like to look at them.
    Greetings Susanne

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  11. Great shots. I don’t like birds expression ! It’s terribly cold !
    On the contrary, very nice the others :-)

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  12. Wonderful expressions, great captures! Love this! :-)

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  13. Love them all. :) Great captions, Vlad.

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  14. nice going Vlad–exceptional portraits, (I really like the two on top…where was your Night Heron juvenile?).

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  15. What a great set of images and a clever way to present them. Loved seeing the egret; when we lived in the Virginia Tidewater area, we saw them every day – so beautiful.

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  16. What a great series with the crab! ~ Kat

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  17. I wonder how many mornings I’ve looked just like the “go away” duck! ;)

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  18. Wonderful! Animals are so very humorous:) Your shots and captions are great.

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  19. These are really awesome photographs of animals!! I love red pandas, so I was giggling like a fangirl to see one!!

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  20. Great animal photos — but the added dimension of anthropomorphic expressions is just fabulous — it adds so much depth. This is what pulls us into the image and separates average images from the really memorable ones.

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  21. love Hrrumph with the moisture dripping from the gull’s beak

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  22. Amazing shots! Love, love all of them. The captions.add so much fun. Thank you!

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  23. Aww I love them all! A fun collection of animal expressions :)

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  24. Great photos! They do have expressions with captions that really talks!! I really enjoy it…
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog that brought me here, Vladimir ;)

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    Michelle

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  26. Wow – these are all amazing – the crab sequence is priceless!! ;-)

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  27. Great shots, and very funny captions :)

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  28. This was great! I found myself trying to guess what the caption would say before I saw it. Nice fun. You’re photography is simply wonderful. Not sure which is my favorite. I enjoyed them all.

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  29. Amazing pics – I like the squirrel especially!

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  30. They are all gorgeous, and nicely captioned too. I can’t think of a fave – maybe the grumpy duck because sometimes I am just like that; the crab for being so foolishly brave ;-) ; and the squirrels, oh my! :)

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  31. Deborah - d.mooncrab

    I like the picture series of the bird and the crab. Rare find!! I love love the one the crab stuck his claws out for a helpless fight.

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  33. Great close ups.. I WANT your camera

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    • :-)

      Actually, there’s nothing that special about the camera (it’s a Nikon D80), but you do want to get in close with a telephoto lens (most of these photos were taken with a 300mm lens)…

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      • Ahhh.. I think we had this discussion. I have a point and shoot and no telephoto.. but it inspires me to take it into consideration (again) on my next upgrade

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        • Yes, I think we did have this discussion, and it is something to think about when you upgrade. I personally would find it hard to get really good closeups with a point-and-shoot (I know from experience with my Pentax Optio), although there are people who can do wonders with something that’s not much more sophisticated—see for example Cornel Apostol’s photos here

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      • Yeah I know.. I think I am still not ready for the next step. but wow.. amazing photos. By the end of next year before I go to Nepal i will make a decision… for now I love the ease of a basic camera but have envy every time I see the telephoto shots.

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  34. Beautiful array of photos. I love how you explained what they were doing at the time their photo was being taken. I love it. :)

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  35. I love the caption for the polar bear, haha!

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