Danny-Caro
Danny-Caro

Squirrel Can't Get Down



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TJ-Victoria PRO+
 
TJ-Victoria January 07, 2015
Love this shot! Great cature
Forzix
 
Forzix January 08, 2015
Nice!
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KesPhotography January 09, 2015
This made me laugh. Almost as if the squirrel is saying "Oh, no, no room to pass!" Great story telling in this one. Nice, sharp focus. Nice job!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a local downtown park in Fort Myers, Florida.
Time
The funny thing about this photo is that it was taken early in the morning, right after sunrise, an hour before I headed off to work. I had just gotten a new Canon T4i with an 18-135mm lens and I thought of spending an hour just testing shots and trying out the new camera.
Lighting
This little guy was lit only by the natural light right after the sunrise. There were a few hard shadows on the photo but nothing a little post-processing can't fix.
Equipment
Since I didn't go prepared for anything other than test shots, I only used the Canon T4i, an 18-135mm lens and sturdy hands.
Inspiration
My main reason for upgrading cameras was because I told myself I wanted to take better photographs of animals. Aside from one photography class, I'm a self taught photographer, and the easiest models to find for practicing photography on were animals nearby. So what luck was it that the day I took my new camera & lens out of the box for test shots, I get a pretty amazing, lucky shot like this one. Thank the little squirrel for being patient with me long enough to get the shot.
Editing
I did do some post processing. The photograph came out pretty clear, but it was dark in some areas. I adjusted the lights and shadows on the photo and also touched up some of the details that were in focus like the cracks on the palm tree, or the hairs & whiskers on the squirrel.
In my camera bag
I have a great assortment of photo goodies in my bag because I bring it everywhere with me on out-of-town trips. The Canon T4i camera with my 18-135mm kit lens of course. A second hand Rokinon 14mm wide angle lens because I've recently taken an interest in astrophotography. A few lens filters for my kit lens. An LCD hood for previewing images without glares on sunny days. A handy DSLR rain cover because... well it is Florida. A shutter release cable incase a long exposure shot is required. A small retractable tripod that I can keep in my bag, incase I forget to bring my larger tripod. And finally a few cheat-sheets I printed to help me study photo settings while I'm on the road.
Feedback
Wildlife photography can be a random task to take on, because you don't know who your subject is until you are face to face with it. At this point you must think fast and get your desired settings ready before the critter runs/swims/flies away or the big critter ends up spotting & chasing you. And you must be patient. sometimes it might seem like the animal is just laying there & there's no opportunity for a photograph. But be patient, get down on their level and wait for the opportune moment where they'll make eye contact or do something extraordinary that you can capture in a photograph.

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