No peeking, Santa knows everything!

Terri asked the participants to post pictures with the theme “PEEK’ for her Sunday stills photo challenge. She says

“This week our theme is “Peek.” Ideas come to mind: Taking a Peek (leave that K on there please); a peek into…; peek through, sneek-peek, etc. You can explore the homonyms peak and pique as well.”


Again confusion galore in the English Language.

For native English-speaking people, it’s easy-peasy.

For fellows like me, it feels like jargon. Since all sound similar!

Peek– Quick glance at something.

Peep– A sound or seeing through a small aperture

Peak-Refers to the top point (pointy top), a pointed projection, top of a hill or mountain

Pique-To make someone angry or annoyed or to excite, arouse or stimulate or to take pride

Sneak peek– refers to the preview of something that is being released/available shortly (seeing something before it gets public)

Sneak PeakUsed if one wants to talk of a mountain or hill.

Sneek Peek-Internet told me that it’s never the right choice.


To glance at something.

What made me take this click of this gentleman, an unknown person?

Am I peeking? 

“It’s fun to peek into other people’s worlds and see how they go about doing things”

Noorah Jones




In the photo above this gentleman is checking his display screen soon after clicking a shot.

Believe it or not, we photographers love to come out with funny terms.

This includes GAS (gear acquisition syndrome), PP (Pixel peeping), bokeh, DOF (depth of field), TTL (through the lens), stopping down, SOOC (straight out of camera), Nifty fifty  (who invented this term?), Glass, Spray & pray (shooting a large number of photos hoping that at least one will be perfect), Prime lens, HDR, Vignette…the list goes on…

I am interested at present in the word ‘Chimping’ since my above photo depicts the same.

CHIMPING is a word that describes photographers who review their photos too frequently (after every single shot).

Simply put, one is more busy reviewing the photos immediately (Display Screen) after it has been taken than concentrating on the next shot.
Let me be frank here. We both know that we do it regularly.

Why it’s called chimping, nobody knows.

This is said to be the photographer’s weakness and becomes a habit over time.




“Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain.

It is in the valley that we slog through, the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.” 

Andy Andrews

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Mr Philo

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This post is part of Terri’s Sunday Stills-Peek


6 thoughts on “No peeking, Santa knows everything!

  1. I loved your various peek descriptions…yes the English language has a LOT of homonyms! I’m probably a chimper especially with my Lumix camera, that way I can delete the bad shots before they upload. Fun stuff, Mr Philo! Have a great week!

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