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Fragrance of Spring



A very rare and wild living European ground squirrel seems to enjoy nosing some blossoms.

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Contest Finalist in Spring Photo Contest 2018
Winner in Squirrels Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 22 Photo Contest
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27 Comments | Report
Shellberry
 
Shellberry April 23, 2016
There is something so calming about this picture. Absolutely beautiful!
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HenrikSpranz April 24, 2016
Thanks so much Shelley!
adavies
 
adavies May 05, 2016
Love it! Great capture! Awesome edit! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Animal Antics challenge:)
viewbug.com/challenge/animal-antics-epic-or-fail-photo-challenge-by-adavies
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HenrikSpranz May 05, 2016
Thank you and glad you like it - though there's not much edit in there :).
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HenrikSpranz May 05, 2016
Joined!
Ameliajoy15
 
Ameliajoy15 May 05, 2016
Really neat!:)
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HenrikSpranz May 10, 2016
Thank you Amelia :)
TVMc
 
TVMc May 15, 2016
I LOVE this pic
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HenrikSpranz May 16, 2016
I'm glad you like it :)
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson May 20, 2016
Precious Photo! Voted Image of the Month. Good Luck!
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HenrikSpranz May 23, 2016
Thank you Barbara!
AWAAphotos
 
AWAAphotos May 22, 2016
Congratulations on your win! I really liked this photo. The squirrel looks so content smelling the flowers. Well done and thank you for entering.
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HenrikSpranz May 23, 2016
Thanks a lot Tobias - my pleasure :).
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 22, 2016
Amazing capture! Awarded and Congrats.
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HenrikSpranz May 23, 2016
Thanks so much!
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling May 22, 2016
Amazing image! Tells such a great story..
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HenrikSpranz May 23, 2016
Thanks a lot Andre!
MikeBoyle
 
MikeBoyle May 22, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
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HenrikSpranz May 23, 2016
Thanks a lot Mike!
Lagimages
 
Lagimages June 15, 2016
Love that little dude
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HenrikSpranz June 15, 2016
Thank you! I will tell him! ;)
Snooky
 
Snooky June 15, 2016
This is just too beautiful for words...
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HenrikSpranz June 15, 2016
Thanks a lot for *your* words!
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 June 16, 2016
An amazing shot. What a zen-looking little guy compated to most squirrels!
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2016
Thank you! :)
Bobwhite Platinum
 
Bobwhite August 04, 2016
Wow this looks like this has just jumped out of a Beatrice Potter book just majical.
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2016
Thanks a lot Bob!
RachJeff_Photos
 
RachJeff_Photos August 21, 2016
This is beautiful! Where do you capture your photos?
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2016
Thanks Jeff - in Austria :).
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq April 16, 2017
Absolutely wonderful! Love this!
Raine2000
 
Raine2000 May 01, 2017
this is amazing!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq June 29, 2017
So perfect! Your animals are the best! :)
susieboard
 
susieboard October 19, 2017
Lovely
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe December 01, 2017
Beautiful and cute!
gbernhard
 
gbernhard April 05, 2018
Sweet picture.
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HenrikSpranz April 12, 2018
Thank you! :)
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 23, 2018
Superb, as usual! Congrats on being a Finalist, Henrik!
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HenrikSpranz July 25, 2018
Thanks a lot again, Carol! :)
Craftybadger Platinum
 
Craftybadger August 02, 2018
Fantastic! Very well done
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HenrikSpranz August 02, 2018
Thank you!
susanmcfarland
 
susanmcfarland August 05, 2018
What a wonderful capture! :-) Congratulations
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HenrikSpranz August 05, 2018
Thank you Susan! :)
zakiawhitehead
 
zakiawhitehead August 07, 2018
Splendid Shot!!
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HenrikSpranz March 13, 2019
Thank you! :)
GavinE1
 
GavinE1 August 11, 2018
That’s just brilliant
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HenrikSpranz March 13, 2019
Thank you Gavin!
MRKll
 
MRKll March 09, 2019
Beautiful. One in a million shots. EXCELLENT.
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HenrikSpranz March 13, 2019
Thanks a lot! :)
shellymaan
 
shellymaan February 24, 2020
I am in awe, this photo has captured the absolute joy of this lovely creature, it's so beautiful....

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 from their habitat and with a lot of luck you can get a shot like this where it seems that the ground squirrel is nosing the blossoms.
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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