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A wild living European Ziesel (Spermophilus Citellus-ground squirrel) jumping for rose hips...

A wild living European Ziesel (Spermophilus Citellus-ground squirrel) jumping for rose hips...
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40 Comments | Report
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More September 01, 2015
Wow wonderful capture!
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HenrikSpranz September 02, 2015
Thanks so much!
NickBPhotoUK PRO+
 
NickBPhotoUK September 02, 2015
Brilliant.
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HenrikSpranz September 02, 2015
Thanks a lot!
alexjevon
 
alexjevon September 04, 2015
Everything about this is brilliant; the timing, the composition, the colours, the choice of shutter speed, the practically flawless fur...
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HenrikSpranz September 04, 2015
Thanks so much Alex!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana September 20, 2015
Fantastic!
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HenrikSpranz September 20, 2015
I like that you like it! :) Thanks!
ernestomomongan
 
ernestomomongan October 09, 2015
i love it.
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HenrikSpranz October 12, 2015
Thanks a lot! :)
sharonmeyers
 
sharonmeyers December 11, 2015
Magical.
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HenrikSpranz December 14, 2015
Thanks a lot Sharon!
Nitka
 
Nitka February 08, 2016
Very very cute! Great capture!...:-)
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HenrikSpranz February 24, 2016
Thanks so mich Nitka! :)
Deepuz
 
Deepuz June 23, 2016
superb shot.....
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HenrikSpranz September 14, 2016
Thanks a lot!
tskwelin
 
tskwelin September 13, 2016
OMG this is absolutely the cutest ever !!!
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HenrikSpranz September 14, 2016
Thank you Tobi! :)
Frozen_Time PRO+
 
Frozen_Time September 14, 2016
This is such a wonderful image, such a cute little animal and the soft focus in the background gives the little guy plenty of detail.
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HenrikSpranz September 25, 2016
Thanks so much for your words and your time.
cyrillinegoodman
 
cyrillinegoodman October 03, 2016
Perfect timing! Amazing Capture! congratulations.
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HenrikSpranz December 05, 2016
Thanks a lot! :)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots October 03, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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HenrikSpranz December 05, 2016
Thanks so much! :)
amnontzur
 
amnontzur December 04, 2016
Timing.. . ????
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HenrikSpranz December 05, 2016
Uhm...yes?
richardsly Premium
 
richardsly March 05, 2017
sweet as photo.
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HenrikSpranz March 13, 2017
Thanks a lot Richard!
judithwatts
 
judithwatts March 12, 2017
Your photographs are fabulous
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HenrikSpranz March 13, 2017
Thanks so much Judith!
p_eileenbaltz
 
p_eileenbaltz March 14, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
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HenrikSpranz March 14, 2017
Thank you! :)
photosue50 Premium
 
photosue50 October 12, 2017
GreAt timing
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HenrikSpranz October 13, 2017
Thanks a bunch, Sue!
jaimgirl
 
jaimgirl November 01, 2017
So cute! Great capture
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HenrikSpranz November 02, 2017
Thanks a bunch! :)
stschultze
 
stschultze December 28, 2017
MASTERPIECE, once more! :D
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HenrikSpranz December 31, 2017
Thanks a bunch!
melanievanschalkwyk
 
melanievanschalkwyk December 29, 2017
Amazingly beautiful
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HenrikSpranz December 31, 2017
Thanks you Melanie!
Timmr6
 
Timmr6 January 01, 2018
Amazing capture????????????????
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HenrikSpranz January 01, 2018
Thanks a bunch! :)
Bonnie_D PRO
 
Bonnie_D January 24, 2018
Wow, love it, wonderful capture!
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HenrikSpranz March 29, 2018
Thank you Bonnie!
lljubadjordjevic
 
lljubadjordjevic March 29, 2018
Fabulous capture
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HenrikSpranz March 29, 2018
Thanks a bunch! :)
Brittany1908
 
Brittany1908 March 30, 2018
Such a cute picture! It made me smile!
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HenrikSpranz May 15, 2018
Thank you Brittany :)
Francesclare
 
Francesclare March 31, 2018
It’s breathtaking
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HenrikSpranz May 15, 2018
Thanks a lot!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo May 15, 2018
Superb. Congrats on your Awards, Henrik!
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HenrikSpranz May 15, 2018
Thanks a bunch, Carol! :)
MarcosLozada PRO+
 
MarcosLozada May 19, 2018
Excellent capture
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HenrikSpranz August 08, 2018
Thank you! :)
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography June 30, 2018
What an amazing capture - adorable image!!
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HenrikSpranz August 08, 2018
Thanks a lot! :)
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi August 08, 2018
Really? Incredible shot. I have hundreds of roses in my garden. I have never seen this jumping to reach the rose hip. You are lucky and skilled. bravo
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HenrikSpranz August 08, 2018
You have ground squirrels in your garden? They love to eat rose hips and some of the ground squirrels even jump to get them :). The photo even made it on a cover of an nature magazin which made me very glad :).
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HenrikSpranz August 08, 2018
Thank you!
EllenMKeller PRO+
 
EllenMKeller September 13, 2018
Has to be my favorite shot...such patience! Soft muted color, timing, the stretch, composition and cuteness...wonderful!
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HenrikSpranz September 14, 2018
Thanks a lot, Ellen! :)
reginaldojames
 
reginaldojames September 14, 2018
Exacr!.Linfa Linda foto!
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HenrikSpranz October 11, 2018
Thank you Reginaldo!
chrisbelesis
 
chrisbelesis September 18, 2018
Just amazing!! Good job!!
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HenrikSpranz October 11, 2018
Thank you Chris!
kimsomreknelson
 
kimsomreknelson October 03, 2018
What a shot ! Can’t stop smiling
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HenrikSpranz October 11, 2018
Thanks a bunch! :)
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 January 18, 2019
stunning
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HenrikSpranz January 20, 2019
Thank you!
dawnsavoie_5436
 
dawnsavoie_5436 February 04, 2019
Amazing!!
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HenrikSpranz February 05, 2019
Thank you! :)
BenjaminHornePhotography PRO
 
BenjaminHornePhotography February 07, 2019
Once in a lifetime shot, right here. Amazing capture
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HenrikSpranz February 08, 2019
Thanks a bunch Benjamin!
wendyshanethompson
 
wendyshanethompson February 09, 2019
Wow absolutely stunning, what a capture.
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HenrikSpranz February 14, 2019
Thank you very much Wendy!
lindathomasBAhons Premium
 
lindathomasBAhons September 10, 2019
so beautiful, what a capture
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HenrikSpranz October 01, 2019
Thank you, Linda!
mleskiw.wildlife_EC5E PRO+
 
mleskiw.wildlife_EC5E April 18, 2020
What a capture! Adorable and amazing! ????
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HenrikSpranz April 24, 2020
Thanks a lot!
cahit
 
cahit Sep 21
Wonderful

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken on a meadow near Vienna where these cute little fellows live. I'm an amateur nature photographer, but I'm passionate and try to roam nature every weekend.
Time
As the European ground squirrels (Spermophilus) don't get up that early I visit them after macro shooting at sunrise at about 8am to still have usable light.
Lighting
Hard light wouldn't get you a good photo here - so morning light or a clouded sky can help a lot so you can still control your exposure and get all the details of the fur, a nice reflection in the eye and a soft overall impact.
Equipment
This shot was taken with a Canon 5d Mk iii, and old Canon 400/2.8 L USM ii and a bean bag.
Inspiration
First of all I really love this members of an endangered species and I try to help them as well, because their habitats sometimes are still in danger and their numbers get less. So I use these pictures as well to get exposure for them and their situation and motivate people to sign petitions to help them. It's a pleasure to watch them and it's very easy to see human like mimics in their faces and they always put a smile on their face. The best shots are when they are interacting with something like their food - and eating is a very important business for them :). Here I've caught one jumping - which is very special for a ground squirrel.
Editing
I always do some base processing in Lightroom as I always shoot in RAW format. I adjust the white balance there, equalize the histogram a little, do lens corrections and crop the photo. Exported to Photoshop I use the tonal correction, some dodge&burn techniques, probably do some minor adjustments with Nik Color Efex too and I use NeatImage for noise reduction and sharpening. I skip the Color Efex part if the photo is meant to be put into an international nature photo competition, because it's not allowed there.
In my camera bag
Canon 5d Mkiii, Canon 16-35/4 L IS, Canon 50/1.4, Canon 135/2 L, Canon 180/3.5 L macro, Canon 400/2.8 L IS USM, bean bag, Sirui and Berlebach tripods, reflectors and diffusors, gradient filters, polarization filter
Feedback
In nature photography - especially when doing wild life shots - you need patience, but you need to be on guard to use situations like this for a photo. Practice using your tele lenses in fast action situations. Doing a lot of water ski slalom photos in the past helped a lot to take this photo and don't miss the opportunity. Practicing helps to improve your technical skills, but it's good to also reflect your work frequently. There's always room for improvement and watching other photographers' work helps a lot too - not to copy their work, but to ask yourself what you like in their images and find a way to achieve that or something similar.

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