Photography Nirvana: Finding Elvis

Have you ever found surprises while looking through your pictures? Maybe there was something in the background you didn’t notice while taking the shot. Then, when reviewing and processing the image, you’ll notice something for the first time ever. “What the heck is that?”

Of course, unlike me, you may possess actual “awareness” and it’s like I’m talking alien right now.

Sometimes I’ll be cropping and trying to invent something known as “composition.” The little blinking square of dashed lines (aka marching ants) that I’ve used to highlight some part of my image may be just about right except for that “thing” that’s included. What is that thing, anyway? Don’t ask me. I’m just the photographer. How the heck would I know?

And don’t ask me to remember the “colors” either. When I adjust my photographs for color I eschew subtle changes intended to make the image look more like reality. Instead I ask, “What would LSD do?” Then I generally pump up the hue and saturation. Yeah, now we’re talking!

Usually I just crop the anomalies out while cursing, “If only I had noticed that thing I could have changed the angle a bit to exclude it. But then that would have been a better shot. And someone else would have been the photographer.”

Anyway, long story short, I was reviewing my shots and in one of them I think I see Elvis. You tell me. I have cropped, adjusted and blown up the suspect portion of the image and included a portion that’s approx. actual size for comparison.

4 responses

  1. I think… maybe Jim Morrison. The hair’s too long to be Elvis, unless he’s been hiding out as one of those mullet-topped hillbillies working as greeters at the local Wal-Mart?

    “Thank you for shopping at WalMart… thank ya, thank ya very much!”


    1. Heh! 🙂

      Normally I think people who see Elvis are nuts but now, since I really saw him myself, I think I know how they feel.


  2. From Wiki: “According to a recent study by the UK-based People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, the name Elvis ranks eight in the top ten celebrity names chosen for a pet dog in Britain.”

    So, I think this photo is of Mitt Romney kicking a dog named Elvis during his trip to London.

    Do I win a chew toy now? 😉


    1. As this is my first official Elvis sighting, I was hoping people would be more understanding and accepting so I’m glad you weren’t.

      All I can say is that Wikipedia must have a stat for everything. That is one damn specific category.

      Who knew my little innocent pic would also function as a makeshift Rorschach test? You see Mitt, eh? Really?

      /rubber bone


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