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I watched these baby squirrels playing while on a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Note that you can count 5 tails... I just couldn't g...
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I watched these baby squirrels playing while on a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Note that you can count 5 tails... I just couldn't get the entire 5 in the frame at the same time :-)
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13 Comments | Report
Chavis72
 
Chavis72 November 13, 2013
Very cool!!
LillieMcG
 
LillieMcG November 14, 2013
Fun!
adriennefiona
 
adriennefiona December 16, 2013
cuuuuute!!!!!! oh my gosh, what a great capture. :D
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard February 26, 2014
Cool
lindywalker
 
lindywalker February 26, 2014
how adorable!
Karine
 
Karine July 16, 2014
Fantastic picture! well captured!
akhilahegde
 
akhilahegde July 16, 2014
Aww.. So cute!
Karine
 
Karine August 09, 2014
Great photo - VOTED!
Capture_This
 
Capture_This October 23, 2014
wow, what a shot of all so many!!
anitaselvog
 
anitaselvog September 14, 2015
What an awesome capture!!!! Thanks for sharing! It's one of those photos that can only make a person smile!
timefstopped
 
timefstopped October 23, 2016
This is a very cool and rare photo!
rhamm PRO
 
rhamm November 28, 2016
Great Shot
Jinniephotography
 
Jinniephotography December 18, 2016
Very nice moment to immortalize.

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken on Horseshoe Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness which is in northern Minnesota.
Time
I shot this image in the early evening.
Lighting
I really liked the warmer tones of the evening light.
Equipment
This was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II camera with 100-400mm lens on a Gitzo 2531 tripod with the RRS BH40 ball head. No fill flash was used.
Inspiration
Three of us had gone on a wilderness canoe trip and had made camp a few hours earlier. The other 2 guys decided to go fishing and I stayed in camp. While in camp this family of young squirrels were having a ball, chasing each other around the tree. I wanted to catch all 5 of the youngsters in a single frame, but after about 80 frames I still didn't quite get the perfect shot. If you look closely, you will see 4 squirrells but 5 tails :-)
Editing
I shoot RAW and post process in Lightroom. I didn't do anything unusual, other than some shadow/ highlight control. Also I believe I added a little vignetting around the outside of the frame to de-emphasize some of the tree structure and lead the eye to the squirrels.
In my camera bag
My bag is an F-Stop gear Loka. I usually carry my DSLR body (now a Canon 5D Mark III) 17-40L, 24-105L, 100-400L) I also carry a 420EX flash, a 22 inch reflector and a lot of compact flash.
Feedback
Other than a sturdy tripod and the correct focal length lens to fill the frame, I would have to say take lots of images... this is a low percentage endeavor! Even though there were a couple shots where I captured all 5 squirrells, I didn't find any of them as interesting as this one.

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