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HenrikSpranz

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It was about time to visit the wild living European Hamsters again - we've really missed them.
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14 Comments | Report
Cbries PRO+
 
Cbries July 10, 2017
Love this! LOL
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HenrikSpranz January 14, 2018
Thank you :)
jacquiscott_2559 PRO+
 
jacquiscott_2559 July 12, 2017
How the heck did you get this shot
, amazing
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HenrikSpranz January 14, 2018
I know these guys for some time but it needs some patience. Thank you!
petercrncec
 
petercrncec July 12, 2017
Amazing! :)))
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HenrikSpranz January 14, 2018
Thank you! :)
Witmar
 
Witmar July 22, 2017
wonderful picture
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HenrikSpranz January 14, 2018
Thank you Witmar!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins July 27, 2017
Too cute!
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HenrikSpranz January 14, 2018
Thank you!
thibeaultchristine PRO+
 
thibeaultchristine January 13, 2018
This is too adorable, what a great shot
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HenrikSpranz January 14, 2018
Thank you Christine!
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose June 16, 2018
Beautiful shot!
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HenrikSpranz June 17, 2018
Thanks a lot!
lindaarcher
 
lindaarcher June 16, 2018
He’s storing it in his cheeks!
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HenrikSpranz June 17, 2018
Yupp :)
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 11, 2018
One of my favorite shots on VB. Congrats!
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HenrikSpranz September 18, 2018
Thanks a bunch, Carol! :)
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 September 18, 2018
So adorable! What a great capture. Congratulations on your two finalist awards.
dmitryshchegelskiy
 
dmitryshchegelskiy September 20, 2018
How much patience is needed for such a picture. Very emotional! Yoa are a true master!
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HenrikSpranz September 24, 2018
Thanks a lot!
susanw PRO
 
susanw September 23, 2018
This one makes me smile!
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HenrikSpranz September 24, 2018
Glad it did, Susan! :)
allanloose
 
allanloose January 10, 2019
Absolute marvel!! : )
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HenrikSpranz January 12, 2019
Thank you Allan! :)
leitins
 
leitins March 18, 2019
Love. It

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in Vienna in Austria where you can still wild living European hamsters - many more than you can still find on the countryside.
Time
European hamsters are active at night and the best time to take photographs of them is in the very late afternoon or in the evening. Here the light was already fading which transformed the background light through the trees into a magic bokeh.
Lighting
With light getting less and less in the evening you need to choose a background where some of the light gets still caught like bushes with light green leaves. You can't expect the hamster to get in the perfect place but you can try to raise your chances to get a well balanced exposure.
Equipment
This shot was taken with a Canon 5d Mk iii, and a Canon 400/2.8 L IS and a bean bag.
Inspiration
European hamsters are one of my favorite subjects - along with the European ground squirrels. To even get a hamster in a standing pose needs a lot of patience - and if I say a lot I mean that. Getting such a nice scene needs some luck and patience but if you get the shot it's worth the efforts of being their so many hours.
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, sometimes 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 or somehow put together
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 s

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