First Treatise of Future Dinosaur Civilization

No matter what your political or religious persuasions, I think there is a common belief in every human being on the earth that unites us all (besides America being awesome): that scientists and mystics should devote all of their attention to ensuring that dinosaurs once again roam the earth. While some have expressed doubts about whether this is possible, I have it on good authority that it is possible, and would be super awesome. Think about it: riding a pterodactyl through the drive-through of the nearest McDonald’s to get an Allosaurus burger, then heading over to nearest colosseum to watch two Triceratops battle it out. Maybe as a pre-show, Newman and that cute little spitter dinosaur could put on a show. Now tell me this wouldn’t be the most awesome thing ever. C’mon science, make it happen.


The awe and majesty of the dinosaur is what I envisioned when taking and processing this shot. I went with a slight angle to give the appearance of an impending attack (probably unlikely from this Brachiosaurus) and I shot this bracketed with the intent of doing HDR to eliminate the distracting moving leaves. However, once I got home, I thought the chaos that the blurred greenery adds to the shot makes it seem more dinosaur-like. Since Dino-Gertie itself is stuck in Yeti-B mode, I thought the blurred and slightly overexposed shot would give the impression of movement. I also liked the eye-grabbing light here. Overall, I really like the shot, but is there such a thing as a bad dinosaur photo?!

  • Nanette J 4y

    Did Ross Geller post this? :-)

    I find this an interesting shot more than anything. I like the contrast.
  • Christian Lambert Photography PRO 4y

    Wow! The palms are very interesting!
  • Jeff Krause PRO 4y

    For a second there I thought this was Universe of Energy and you had captured some amazing dark ride shot. Still a pretty interesting shot and I love the motion of the palms.
  • William McIntosh PRO 4y

    Love the colors and the angle. Great shot, Tom!
  • Victoria 4y

    The perspective here is great, and the colours so vibrant! Love the link to JP!
  • David G. Whitham PRO 4y

    Great perspective and colors...

    Nothing would beat sliding town the dinosaur's tail at the end of the work day! ;-)
  • Scott Pairman 4y

    Brilliant work here Tom! I love the colours and the motion in the trees!
    Only I don't quite fancy an Allosaurus meat burger ;-)
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • James 4y

    All the choices here: motion, exposure, etc. were right on.
  • Steve 4y

    I do like the motion of the leaves here.
  • Michael Greening PRO 4y

    I like it too. It seems like she just came walking up and the trees rumbled beneath her.
  • imagine3b 4y

    I love the greens contrasting with the darker sky.
  • Doug PRO 4y

    What you achieved here composition wise it beyond exceptional! Really nicely done.
  • Kiki FL PRO 4y

    Ooohhh...I like everything about this! What a unique take on ole Gertie.

    Not sure about dinos roaming the earth again, though...remember the law of unintended consequences...
  • Cory Disbrow 4y

    Instant classic. So well done.
  • Jeff Fillmore PRO 4y

  • Vanessa Guzan PRO 4y

    Great motion in the trees. I wouldn't mind taking a terradactyl to Disney World instead of driving on I-4.
  • Larry White, Jr. PRO 4y

    Killer shot! I love the motion like the others. Great composition.
  • Katie Hansen 4y

    Love the leaves- definitely makes it look like Gertie is emerging from the forest.
  • Scott Smith 4y

    Damn fine shot!!! ;)

    And I totally agree that dinosaurs should roam the Earth again someday. It's good to dream. ;)
  • Jule Malin 4y

    I love this take on Gertie. Well framed and great color.
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Taken on December 6, 2010
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