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A squirrel makes eye contact hesitantly.

A squirrel makes eye contact hesitantly.
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kiraballerina August 05, 2015
LOVE THIS!!!! PERFECT CAPTURE!!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo along a trail near home in Buffalo Grove, IL Since it was my first time living amidst snow the -25 F wasn't a deterrent.
Time
Evening walks in winter are early and I remember walking out to catch a few pictures before it got dark. Halfway along the trail I noticed footprints leading to a tree. I looked up and there was this Squirrel wondering 'What on Earth is this Nut doing with a camera on such a cold 02-02-2014 (4:44 pm) evening!'
Lighting
The settings on the camera were for evening low light conditions. Knowing squirrels don't wait to pose, I shot at the last settings on the camera, keeping as steady as I could. Settings for this picture were ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/45 sec.
Equipment
Canon 400D with a 55-250 lens is all I had back then. I like taking pictures in the natural conditions so no flash was used.
Inspiration
The Expression and the Pose of the squirrel! Everything simply fell in place after a few earlier shots.
Editing
Back then I did very little post-processing so this one too has the minimal tonal adjustments using the Canon software.
In my camera bag
I have a Canon 70D now. I carry the following Canon lenses - 18-135mm for landscapes, 55-250mm to get closer, f2.8 60mm for Macro and a f1.8 50mm.
Feedback
Understanding of the environment and the subjects you may find there are important so that you have the right lens on the camera. A telephoto zoom lens helps you get close to subjects without disturbing them. A shallow depth of field helps blur the background. Also, go with the highest possible shutter speed in the available lighting. Be patient and take lots of shots for that 1-2 right expression(s).

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