These Guys Have Got What it Takes…

…to get posted on this site!

(Well, what did you think…!)

It’s all about personal preferences (Dave and I) and, if that rules out some things you’d like to see, then I’m afraid you must look elsewhere. That said, you can submit anything you would particularly like to be included by e-mail to gymacrobat@gmail.com. Offers gratefully accepted, but will be moderated. I offer some guidance in between the following pix and, if any of our likes/dislikes offend, well I’m sorry, but that’s the way it is!

Some things we don’t usually appreciate:

Toilets and urinals in the picture / dirty mirrors for selfies

Pants around the ankles while flexing muscles

Camera/phone obscuring the face or body (selfie takers, please learn!!) or dreadful camera angle (ditto!)

Moustaches and beards

Glasses (and, yes, I wear them for driving, but could you take them off for the picture?)

…some more below

Some things we DO like:

Shirts off!

Gymnasts and acrobats at all skill levels

Martial artists

Lifters/gym bunnies/street workout dudes/sweaty workouts

Buddies/besties

Tans

Stupid edits and obvious ‘Photoshopping’

…some more below

Some more things we DON’T generally like:

Excessive tattoos

Obvious porn set-ups – including guys pictured in jock straps just to show off!

Obvious underwear ads (but we relent where the model is ACE!)

Bodybuilding to ridiculous degrees

Masks (sorry, Coronavirus)

Nudity except where really artistic and destined for the permanent themed pages with genuine justification

Self-promoting models and guys making a living out of self-promotion on the web

Not overtly ‘gay’

Not ‘too young’ to be imaged in the way that they are

More LIKES:

Smiles / candid shots

Sportsmen in action

Kewl body image, sometimes featuring specific muscle groups or tailored to their sport

Unusual perspectives, groups, use of light for the image

‘Gently gay’ (like two guys looking affectionate for the blog, closer couples for the other pages)

So there we are:

Not an exhaustive list of likes and dislikes by any means, but there you are. And there are always exceptions! If it helps to explain what you see here, fine: if it offends, you are welcome to look elsewhere for what you want.

Dave and I are very much of the sporting persuasion and work in fitness promotion and (less often now – age!) in acrobatic performance. So, you see, you’ll more or less “get what it says on the tin!” Your comments are welcome, either here or via gymacrobat@gmail.com

Enjoy the rest (we hope…)

(A boy at 45 degrees. Dreadful selfie camera angle that cannot be improved by simple rotation by 90 degrees. But we liked him as well as the lake in the background!)

(Folk wrestler, we think. Odd background though…)

(Almost perfect…)

(Probably taken by a mate: the great outdoors is usually a good setting. Next one too…)

(… but this shot is almost certainly a set-up – with each admiring his own muscle, especially the guy on the right – HOWEVER: it’s the great outdoors again, nice setting, and the bodies are for sure ‘well OK’, so OK! It’s in)

(Street workout dude caught at night [possibly] – it is hard to tell here. Candid night shots can work really well – this is a bit too ‘posed’.)

(Water always makes a great background, so here’s another…)

(Adriatic coast, quiet hidden beach… don’t you just want to join him…?)

(Actually DOING the exercise [bicycle twist for oblique abdominals – much better than posing in front of the mirror in the gym and flexing! Anyway,s he’s at home!)

(Quirky shot. I leave you to figure out why!)

(Here, we allow the vest. Everything else about the shot is great – outdoor [hotel?] gym setting, big weight in the composition, smile…)

WHEREAS… … …

(…well, at least the mirror is clean, even if it’s surround obscures the quad he wants us to admire! But he could be sticking his tongue out at us for all we know [and some do – WHY?]…)

Some edits we just like for no apparent reason. That is one of them! Don’t get ‘all hung up’about it…

(Combines weights and a little simple acrobatics – NICE! The guy is a gymnast – you can tell from the toes.)

(Natural setting [messy!!, Pilates ball at the end of the bed??] – mate in the room with a camera, almost certainly with his shirt off too. So a buddy pic too. And we also a get a partial silhouette on the wall, reflected off a mirror by the flash. Fun.)

(Hmmm. Supplements. That one is OK, but prefer not…)

(An oldie – almost certainly a repeat. But the definition is amazing – every hair on his arms… we can surely forgive the weirdo hair?)

(Oh, YES! Not a somersault position so it must be mid-dive with a very short exposure time.)

(Why cut the shirtless buddy off?)

‘Playtime’ to finish. Hope you found something to like and so will return. Comments welcome, as I said, and let us know which is your favourite here. Then check out other pages on the site covering wrestling, gymnastics, handstands… we aim to please!

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4 Responses to These Guys Have Got What it Takes…

  1. Platinumboy says:

    Here are a few suggestions that will help these youg’uns send you better pics: Many American high schools offer photography classes through their Fine Arts departments. Check with your counselor if you are still in high school. You could learn something you enjoy and get a needed credit. If you are older, check in with your community college. In Chicago, photo clubs exist (some for a fee, others not) where amateur models and photogs of varying abilities meet to pursue their respective passions. People on both sides of the camera can learn a lot.

    For people who are interested in learning a bit about professional-looking photos, youtube is filled with videos in this category. Since I am not a selfie fan, I haven’t looked at these.

    Finally, there’s the experience I literally came upon by accident. I am a big fan of the American 60s/70s sitcom “Bewitched” and the iconic house in which they lived. Punch in “tour the Bewitched house” and (at least in the U. S.), you’ll find videos by Marina Coates-Mockingbird Lane. She is a Hollywood design artist. She has a companion video series called “cinematically inspired design”. It’s main purpose is interior design, but she explains how the Hollywood experts create homes that you want to live in. She makes photography sound easy.

    Relative to photography, she teaches you how to create photographs people want to look at. She quickly teaches how everything surrounding the subject contributes to a great, or not so great photograph.

    In today’s selection (from an artistic pov) the best photo may be the one where the young man is posed near a bridge. The photo is interesting because it is not “busy” (not filled with people and objects), but the bridge and stream create “depth”, which makes the viewer ask, “Where is he? Why is he there? etc.”

    On the other hand, Marina Coates explains how the objects in a scene or photo can tell the story.

    I think the guys who send you photos will send you ones that will look more “professional” and interesting if they follow at least some of this advice. Photography can be fun, but, done right, it is a skill.

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