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A European ground squirrel (Spermophilus-Ziesel) seems to want have a look through the viewfinder.
Hope he's giving me a workshop someday.
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A European ground squirrel (Spermophilus-Ziesel) seems to want have a look through the viewfinder.
Hope he's giving me a workshop someday.
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31 Comments | Report
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford June 04, 2016
You sure get the most innovative shots! This is terrific!
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HenrikSpranz June 04, 2016
Thanks a lot again Juliann!
AmancioCouto
 
AmancioCouto June 04, 2016
EXCELLENT SHOT!!!...
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HenrikSpranz June 14, 2016
Thanks a lot Amancio!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 22, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
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HenrikSpranz July 01, 2016
Thanks a lot! :)
Dave_B
 
Dave_B June 23, 2016
Beautiful shot this is one that should appear in a magazine. Would love to get a shot like this.
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HenrikSpranz July 01, 2016
Thank you Dave! It has actually been published the first time two weeks ago :).
marcdewitt PRO
 
marcdewitt August 28, 2016
Really cute! I love it.
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HenrikSpranz August 29, 2016
Thank you Marc!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick August 29, 2016
Remarkable photo. I think he is saying: HOLD STILL!
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HenrikSpranz September 25, 2016
Thank you Jim! Could be :).
abijur PRO+
 
abijur September 14, 2016
hahaha. Excellent
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HenrikSpranz September 25, 2016
Thanks a lot!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 19, 2016
Well that's pretty cool
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HenrikSpranz September 25, 2016
Thank you Byron! :)
Yana_Gold
 
Yana_Gold October 17, 2016
Wonderful and funny capture!
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HenrikSpranz November 18, 2016
Thank you Yana! :)
Witmar
 
Witmar November 10, 2016
Very funny picture
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HenrikSpranz November 18, 2016
Thanks a lot! :)
Andy-Short
 
Andy-Short November 13, 2016
Wonderful !!!!! This makes me smile thanks for posting.
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HenrikSpranz November 18, 2016
Glad you like it Andy :)
tisharowley
 
tisharowley November 17, 2016
This is brilliant!! Absolutely love this!
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HenrikSpranz November 18, 2016
Thanks a lot Tisha!
HernandezJ
 
HernandezJ December 16, 2016
what an awesome Catch !
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HenrikSpranz December 16, 2016
Thanks a lot!
akurod
 
akurod December 21, 2016
Nice crew you have.
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HenrikSpranz February 10, 2017
Haha - thank you :D
kandreadis
 
kandreadis December 27, 2016
This is absolutely adorable! Very well done!
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HenrikSpranz February 10, 2017
Thanks a lot!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 February 03, 2017
❤ this, Congrats !! シ
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HenrikSpranz February 10, 2017
Thank you :)
FredericMONIN PRO
 
FredericMONIN February 04, 2017
Très jolie photo et superbe capture !!
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HenrikSpranz February 10, 2017
Merci beaucoup Frederic!
Tverhofstad
 
Tverhofstad February 06, 2017
He's probably better than me. Great shot
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HenrikSpranz February 10, 2017
Haha - I've accidently deleted the photos he has shot :P.
asiake
 
asiake February 07, 2017
This shot is truly amazing! Creative indeed! Awesome!!
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HenrikSpranz February 10, 2017
Thanks a lot! :)
rananjaykumar
 
rananjaykumar February 11, 2017
Wow how did u get this ons timed ?
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HenrikSpranz March 02, 2017
They are very curious and I just had to wait :).
TwistedInspiration
 
TwistedInspiration February 27, 2017
Love this
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HenrikSpranz March 02, 2017
Glad you like it :)
lailakristinskauge
 
lailakristinskauge March 17, 2017
Amazing capture! Spot on :)
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thanks a lot! :)
karinmcfarlane PRO+
 
karinmcfarlane April 11, 2017
Great shot!!!
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thank you Karin! :)
frameimagination
 
frameimagination April 13, 2017
Amazing capture!!
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thanks a bunch!
thibeaultchristine PRO+
 
thibeaultchristine January 20, 2018
LOL, this is fantatsic!!
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HenrikSpranz January 24, 2018
Thank you Christine! :)
richardknoffloch
 
richardknoffloch January 27, 2018
Proof that photographers come in a shapes and sizes! Great shot!
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HenrikSpranz February 19, 2018
Haha! Indeed - thank you Richard :)
joybello PRO+
 
joybello February 18, 2018
What a fun & awesome photo!! Congrats on all your awards!!
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HenrikSpranz February 19, 2018
Thanks a bunch! :)
Godsnotdead
 
Godsnotdead March 19, 2018
Really good!
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HenrikSpranz August 17, 2018
Thank you!
carltanner
 
carltanner May 04, 2018
Squirrel: "Can you just move a little to the left, thanks" :)
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HenrikSpranz August 17, 2018
:D Thank you Carl!
Beautiful-Breeze PRO+
 
Now we know who the real photographer is, LOL You have been fooling us all along. No really, your work is very fun, creative, beautiful, stunning & captivating. And your photoshopped work is so special
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HenrikSpranz Jan 25
Haha thank you for your kind words! Which photoshopped work though? I don't use filters or retouch anything since years :).
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose Jul 12
A master piece!

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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 a Canon 135/2.
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. My girlfriend inspired me to let these curious guys check our gear during a break and we had that shot as a result.
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.
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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