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35 Comments | Report
Witmar
 
Witmar November 10, 2016
amazing picture!
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HenrikSpranz November 10, 2016
Thank you Witmar!
nornots PRO
 
nornots November 10, 2016
Fantastic shot
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HenrikSpranz November 10, 2016
Thank you nornots!
Poochbabe
 
Poochbabe November 13, 2016
Awww, Awesome and cute, too!
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HenrikSpranz January 15, 2017
Thanks a lot! :)
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 November 14, 2016
Awesome capture Henrik!! Beautiful too!
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HenrikSpranz January 15, 2017
Thanks a lot Ronda! :)
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 November 29, 2016
Really cute.
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HenrikSpranz January 15, 2017
Thank you Debbie!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq December 22, 2016
Beautiful, sweet image!
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HenrikSpranz January 15, 2017
Thank you Kathy! :)
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography December 22, 2016
Very cool
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HenrikSpranz January 15, 2017
Thank you Byron!
kandreadis
 
kandreadis December 27, 2016
Magnificent! Compliments!
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HenrikSpranz January 15, 2017
Thanks a lot!
Eclark8
 
Eclark8 January 10, 2017
precious moments
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HenrikSpranz January 15, 2017
Thank you!
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger March 03, 2017
A masterpiece Henrik!
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HenrikSpranz March 04, 2017
Thanks a lot!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 14, 2017
Another spectacular image! Voted in 'I Love Photography' contest.
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HenrikSpranz March 15, 2017
Thank you again Eileen! :)
Paulacook144 PRO+
 
Paulacook144 March 20, 2017
Cute shot.
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HenrikSpranz June 07, 2017
Thank you Paula!
jameyraymurray
 
jameyraymurray March 21, 2017
Incredibly sweet and gorgeous.
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HenrikSpranz June 07, 2017
Thanks a bunch! :)
karinmcfarlane PRO+
 
karinmcfarlane April 11, 2017
Adorable Capture!!!
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HenrikSpranz June 07, 2017
Thank you Karin!
adonahue11
 
adonahue11 April 23, 2017
This takes nothing but patients to get shots like this. Absolutely amazing. You have a great eye for this. Love them!
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HenrikSpranz June 07, 2017
Thanks a lot!
indyjordan
 
indyjordan June 07, 2017
I just read about your love for these little guys in PhotoPlus, June 2017. Funny that it was my wife who found your work in Viewbug. Count us as 2 followers.
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HenrikSpranz June 07, 2017
Aww - thank you! Glad you've found me here :) and have a nice week!
podesta
 
podesta June 26, 2017
Perfect capture
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thanks a bunch!
marchesedp PRO+
 
marchesedp July 10, 2017
Best picture ever!!!!
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thanks so much! :)
beckyreding
 
beckyreding October 20, 2017
ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES!!
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HenrikSpranz November 09, 2017
Aww...thank you Becky :)
IngerLise65
 
IngerLise65 August 12, 2018
Love this
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HenrikSpranz August 12, 2018
Glad you do - thank you!
sap
 
sap August 22, 2018
Can’t believe..is it really real
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HenrikSpranz August 23, 2018
Yes - it's real :). Sent it to some nature photo contests where you need to provide the RAW file as well. It's the result of many hundreds of hours of trying.
Baile963
 
Baile963 August 25, 2018
This is the best photo I have seen all day!! I hope you are proud of this shot!
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HenrikSpranz August 25, 2018
Thanks a bunch! I'm really glad I could take it :).
spm1photo PRO+
 
spm1photo February 14, 2019
Unbelievable shot! Well done!
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HenrikSpranz February 16, 2019
Thank you!
elonin
 
elonin February 16, 2019
Amazing and Beautiful
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HenrikSpranz April 22, 2019
Thanks a lot!
TrueHeartedGirl PRO+
 
TrueHeartedGirl April 21, 2019
So sweet!
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HenrikSpranz April 22, 2019
Thank you!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 18, 2019
I so love this photo! Congrats!
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HenrikSpranz July 19, 2019
Thanks a bunch, Carol!
galinagutarin
 
galinagutarin August 20, 2019
Great!
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HenrikSpranz Jan 03
Thank you!
meowkutty
 
meowkutty September 09, 2019
super
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HenrikSpranz Jan 03
Thanks a lot!
DAsEye
 
DAsEye December 25, 2019
What an incredible shot, worthy of a Nat Geo award
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HenrikSpranz Jan 03
Thank you very much!
amandalynnfarrey PRO
 
omg \u1F5A4\u1F5A4\u1F5A4
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HenrikSpranz Mar 25
Thank you Amanda! :)
JCPhotoPro1 PRO+
 
JCPhotoPro1 Apr 24
Lovely capture
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HenrikSpranz Apr 24
Thank you! :)
kimayers PRO+
 
kimayers Jul 17
First date❤️❤️😁
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HenrikSpranz Oct 20
Haha - yes 😊
shelleytemplelarter
 
So cute !
So adorable!
🙃
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HenrikSpranz Oct 20
Thank you! 🌺
leotar
 
leotar Nov 16
Looks like everything are artificial?
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HenrikSpranz Nov 16
If this is a question, then the answer is no :).
leotar
 
leotar Nov 17
Thanks. Are they specially trained? Can you tell, please, how you actually did this shot?

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 400/2.8 L IS 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 my face. The best shots are when they are interacting with something like their food - and eating is a very important business for them :) or even with each other - like here. And when they're posing so perfectly like here I'm going home grinning like a Cheshire cat.
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 like sharpening or increasing saturation but I avoid retouching my photos and they are *no* composites.
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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