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Two wild living European ground squirrels (Spermophilus citellus-Ziesel) getting their rose hip breakfast. The lower one didn't let himself disturb while e...
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Two wild living European ground squirrels (Spermophilus citellus-Ziesel) getting their rose hip breakfast. The lower one didn't let himself disturb while eating.

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Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana September 20, 2015
Henrik, this is a wonderful shot! Nice capture!
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HenrikSpranz September 20, 2015
Thanks a lot Tatiana! :)
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dougmyles September 23, 2015
Out of the way shorty. Love it!.
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HenrikSpranz September 23, 2015
Thanks a lot! :)
jinwu
 
jinwu September 25, 2015
Hahaha cute :) Wonderful shot!
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HenrikSpranz September 25, 2015
Thanks so much Jin! :)
Nayeefa
 
Nayeefa September 28, 2015
One of the best photographs I have ever viewed on VB!
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HenrikSpranz September 28, 2015
What you say is a big honor for me - thanks so much!
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ReneeBlake October 05, 2015
This is absolutely fabulous !!
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HenrikSpranz October 05, 2015
Thanks a lot Renee!
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yvalenta October 23, 2015
stunning shot! I am your big fans :D
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HenrikSpranz October 23, 2015
Oh thank you Yuli! :)
ElaineCatlingPhotography PRO+
 
ElaineCatlingPhotography November 12, 2015
Superb Capture, congratulations my friend so cute.
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HenrikSpranz November 13, 2015
Thanks so much! :)
ruthjolly PRO+
 
ruthjolly November 13, 2015
precious moment captured
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HenrikSpranz November 14, 2015
Thanks a lot Ruth!
songbrd
 
songbrd November 14, 2015
LOL! So cute!
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HenrikSpranz November 16, 2015
Thank you! :) I love these ground squirrels.
rachaellivingstone
 
rachaellivingstone November 15, 2015
this is my favorite photo..what a shot!
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HenrikSpranz November 16, 2015
Glad you like it - thanks! :)
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acglock November 17, 2015
The bliss of savoring the rose hip outweighs any discomfort caused by a fellow diner. Simply charming capture!
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HenrikSpranz November 19, 2015
Thanks a lot Anita! :)
hughha
 
hughha November 22, 2015
So cute! A lovely shot.
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HenrikSpranz November 23, 2015
Thanks a lot!
gallmese
 
gallmese November 24, 2015
((((((((((:::::::::::
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HenrikSpranz November 24, 2015
Thank you :D
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 04, 2015
This is awesome! Great capture, love it!
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HenrikSpranz December 04, 2015
Thanks so much :)!
donnarigg
 
donnarigg December 05, 2015
Awesome shot. Love it
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HenrikSpranz December 06, 2015
Thanks a lot Donna!
harshapvpd
 
harshapvpd December 06, 2015
Write a comment If it is not photoshop then award is worthy.
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HenrikSpranz December 06, 2015
Thanks - what do you mean with photoshop? I only did finishing work - no retouching or altering the content.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 09, 2015
What a sweet capture! Congrats.
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HenrikSpranz December 10, 2015
Thanks so much :)!
sharonmeyers
 
sharonmeyers December 11, 2015
I really love this photo - amazing.
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HenrikSpranz December 14, 2015
Thanks so much Sharon - glad you like it!
sunshine0
 
sunshine0 December 15, 2015
The smaller one is concentrating on eating his berry that he doesn't seem to mind that the taller one is struggling so hard to get his berry that his paws are over his eyes! You captured quite a comical moment!
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HenrikSpranz December 16, 2015
Thank you! I was smiling all the time when shooting this scene :).
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poetryoflight March 07, 2016
Wow! Love his shot.
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HenrikSpranz March 09, 2016
Thanks a lot!
Shellberry
 
Shellberry April 23, 2016
Your talent is unique. I am very impressed.
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HenrikSpranz April 24, 2016
Thanks a lot again Shelley :)!
elued29 Premium
 
elued29 June 04, 2016
looking at this sniper shot I don't believe to my eyes! :)
how long time did you spend to catch those two guys for this composition? :)
anyway BRAVISSIMO!!!!!
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HenrikSpranz August 01, 2016
Thanks a lot! And it took a while :).
carolyns PRO+
 
carolyns November 16, 2016
Beautiful photograph! Love your gallery...
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HenrikSpranz January 03, 2017
Thank you Carolyn! :)
stschultze
 
stschultze December 30, 2016
this moment - just made me smile, awsome masterpiece, congrats 4 catching it :)
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HenrikSpranz January 03, 2017
Thanks so much! :)
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PAULRAFIEI May 01, 2017
amazing,amazing,amazing
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HenrikSpranz October 26, 2018
Thank you!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 28, 2017
Just great!
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HenrikSpranz October 26, 2018
Belated thanks Carol!
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose January 16, 2018
Pure art! Outstanding!
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HenrikSpranz October 26, 2018
Thank you Alfredo!
Donna9
 
Donna9 October 25, 2018
Fantastic
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HenrikSpranz October 26, 2018
Thanks a lot Donna!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in Austria - but as these European ground squirrels are rare I can't explain where exactly.
Time
The best time to take photos of them is in the morning - though they don't get up that early. Early in the morning they're hungry and the light is better.
Lighting
The light in the morning is a lot easier to control than at noon and I try to photograph with the light. This way you don't get harsh shadows and can even have flares of the blue sky in the background bokeh.
Equipment
For this shot I've used my Canon 5d Mark iii with a Canon 400/2.8 USM ii on a bean bag.
Inspiration
I love these European ground squirrels! I always come back with a smile when I've visited them - even if I didn't get a perfect shot. So I want to transport this feeling and smiling to the viewer and with some knowledge of their behavior and a lot of patience there will come a moment to capture exactly this feeling.
Editing
I don't overdo in post processing. The more experience I have the less I do - I avoid clone stamping, because in major international competitions it is not allowed. So I concentrate on balancing the exposure in Lightroom which is - in good light conditions - no problem, especially because I shoot in RAW mode. After that I use tonal correction and curves in Photoshop to get a natural result, but also increase details a little.
In my camera bag
Canon 5d Mk III Canon 16-35/4 L IS Canon 50/1.4 Canon 70-200/4 L IS Canon 85/1.8 Canon 400/2.8 L USM II bean bag, Tripod ND Filters, 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 telephoto lenses in fast action situations. Doing a lot of water ski slalom photos in the past helped a lot to take this photo and to don't miss this opportunity. You need to know the autofocus system of your camera very well to get such a shot and you should know that you usually need 1/1000s or shorter shutter times to get such scenes. These guys can be really fast :).

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