under the mushroom

squirrel standing on moss under a mushroom

squirrel standing on moss under a mushroom
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Contest Finalist in Foto Digital Volume 4 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Under The Protection Photo Contest
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Foto Digital Volume 4 Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Foto Digital Volume 4 Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Life Is A Journey Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Life Is A Journey Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 2
Under The Protection Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Under The Protection Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
The Art of Wildlife Photography Photo ContestTop 10 rank
The Art of Wildlife Photography Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1


25 Comments | Report
jeffswanson October 04, 2014
Love this. Great shot.
Vince542 October 04, 2014
Awesome shot, Love it!!!
DuffyDoherty PRO+
DuffyDoherty October 05, 2014
Perfect framing!
pat-rice440 December 18, 2014
kathymuhle PRO+
kathymuhle December 28, 2014
Cute model but what happened to the ear tufts - voted wildlife
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onyanita February 20, 2015
kathleenweetman Platinum
kathleenweetman March 03, 2015 under the protection..k
kateobrien Ultimate
kateobrien March 06, 2015
kanizkhan March 06, 2015
Adorable. Great details.
HaliSowle Platinum
HaliSowle March 06, 2015
How adorable. What a great shot!.
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mariaserrano March 06, 2015
pat-rice440 March 06, 2015
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florenceK March 07, 2015
Bravo Geert!!!
alanasisk March 14, 2015
cynthialesley March 26, 2015
congrates on your win! Perfect!!!
pat-rice440 March 26, 2015
voted life is a journey:)
kathleenweetman Platinum
kathleenweetman March 28, 2015
Voted in Life is a journey...k
cynthialesley March 28, 2015
kathleenweetman Platinum
kathleenweetman May 13, 2015
Voted digital...k
wilmamichel May 28, 2015
This is so cute. Great shot.
Parallel May 28, 2015
Geert, you see AGAIN! :)))))
Great shot! My congratulations!!!
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snowdon May 28, 2015
Great result, Finalist Win in Foto Digital Vol 4 contest
FrankSomma May 28, 2015
JDLifeshots May 29, 2015
Great capture! Congrats.
RAPJones June 20, 2015
Great shot Geert!! Congratulations on getting another finalist Award!! You are the squirrel master! :))
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Behind The Lens

Connected with my house I built a balcony with a roof, which I partly took away for I wanted the weather be a part of my shots. This balcony I built till a studio with lights, reflectors and flashes. But when I shot this shot I did not yet have these things. From my kitchen window I am about 3 meters away from my compositions where wild animals can come.
In this time of augusty I often go out the day before to search for my ideas. In this case I hoped to find a large mushroom where a squirrel could stand on or sit under. It was late in the morning and very cloudy. I had not much light for my shot.
My studio is built with the opening towards the sun. That makes with the rotating of the sun during the day I have always backlight. That makes that the front of my subject is always in the shadows. For the squirrel stands between the sun and me
Always for these shots I use the d7100 nikon and the sigma 150-500 mm and a good tripod. The d7100 is good for this work for it 51 focus points. The sigma lens I do almost never use it between 450 mm and 500 mm, because by shooting I almost always move my camera a little because the squirrels are always moving and the bad light made me often shoot on 100 or 1/125
To life in the nature nexto a forest makes my choice easy for me. I am the type who get boured very quickly that is why I bring new ideas every day and hope it fit the animals who come. The squirrels come often for a couple of minutes. I am working very hard to make a living of photography. As a builder, shaman and artist is photography perfect. It combine all the things I like.
Little sharpening I used. The mushroom is a very slimy one that is why I put out alot of high lights. I had to very careful with chainges, because I shot this with 640 iso and that is the max I shoot animals with because I do not want much grain.
In my camera bag
My gear chains every time depending on what my goal is. The last months I take my canon eos6d with a 28-105 mm I thank it is. This camera I won in a contest and is my most expensive equipment. The qulity of the lens is amazing and I can shoot with 50 iso. My talent is not landscapes. I won some prices, but I shoot much to little. My bag is fylled with cleaning gear , battery and tripod.
First, back focus button, that made that my quality improved a lot. Single point focus and always everything on manual. autofocus and sometimes manual focus. Dream and look around what I have. Everyday I think of new ideas depending on what I can found. In this case a slimy mushroom and moss. For the rest is it waiting and have the perfect light on the perfect moment. Thank you for all the votes and the interest in my work. And thanks viewbug for there amazing concept.

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