In April 2009, I traveled to Atlanta to view the High’s amazing Terracotta Army exhibit, which was absolutely amazing. And then we headed to ZooAtlanta to visit this adorable little guy…Which brings me in an extremely roundabout way to a brief background on panda shots.
“A panda shot is a picture you take while you ride your bike–with some part of you or your bike in the shot. It’s a self-portrait, so to speak, of the moment. Why is it called a Panda shot? According to theÃ‚Â Panda Portraitsflickr group there was a particular person on flickr who’s call name is faster panda kill kill. She takes lots of these shots and so many people liked them that they started doing the same thing–calling them “Panda” shots in honor of her.”http://www.bikerumor.com/2009/07/21/bikerumor-pics-of-the-day-panda-shots/
Urbandictionary lists a different reason for the name “panda portrait”, that of the black and white bike lanes.
The talented S of the blogs academichic and Simply Bike takes excellent panda shots http://simplybike.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/pandas-through-the-seasons/ , if you are interested in exploring them further, check out the link.
In addition, there are flickr groups, such as this one:http://www.flickr.com/groups/pandaportraits/discuss/72057594121736100/ dedicated just to panda shots.
Some shots I played around with this morning, while procrastinating instead of heading out in the rain to get some errands accomplished: