Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up

I wrote about how I offered to take tourists’ group photos so that no one would be left out of the picture. Here’s on instance where I would have ruined a great and funny shot.

Melissa and Jackson Brandts of Minnesota, were hiking in Canada’s Banff National Park in May when they stopped to take a photo of themselves by Lake Minnewanka. They put the camera on a tripod and used a remote to trip the shutter. A curious little squirrel popped up to look at the camera as the shutter clicked. The couple submitted it to National Geographic’s Your Shot feature, and from there the photo went viral.

The couple have been interviewed on national TV. Joby, which makes the Gorrillapod, the compact tripod used by the Brandts, features the shot on its Web site. The Banff Lake Louise Tourism site uses a cutout of the little critter. People around the internet have “borrowed” the rodent and have incorporated him into many other scenes via Photoshop. The places he’s been have been limited only by people’s imaginations.

Had I been there and stepped in, the Brandts and the unnamed squirrel might never have found their fame and fortune.

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