After a week and a half of intermitent internet connections and the purchase of a new modem I finally took the plunge and entered one of my photos in a photo comp of sorts. The photographic site dpreview has "challenges", one of which was titled "Lying Lions" and in my collection I found an image that I was happy enough to submit.
I took the following image at Melbourne Zoo, from a walk way above the Lion enclosure. I did however crop it into a square format.
To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.