View single post by Robert
 Posted: Fri May 17th, 2019 08:12

Joined: Mon Apr 2nd, 2012
Location: South Lakeland, UK
Posts: 4047
I somehow lost this post last night...

Re-creating it from new this morning.

Last week I visited Ben Moor botanic garden, hoping my quest for a nice red squirrel photo might succeed.  There is a hide and food placed, ropes for the squirrels to run along and perches for them to pose on.  Unfortunately the top hinged windows opened outwards and only opened about half way, providing un-interrupted of the ground but not the areas frequented by the squirrels.  The windows were filthy, I tried opening the windows fully and propped open with a stick, but this freaked the little creatures, who shot up the trees not to be seen again.  I closed the windows and retired, disappointed.

Spent the day photographing flowers and the gardens, reflections in pools etc.  As I wearily mad my way to the exit before I got locked in for the night, I spotted a little red head in the grass...

Of course I had my micro Nikkor 105mm f/4.0 mounted on the D800 and there was no way I was going to be able to hand hold at the distance with the 70-300 because the light was poor and under tree canopy.  Fortunately it was a patient little squirrel it waited until I mounted the 70-300 and put the camera on the tripod, using two legs for flexibility.  I managed several exposures but the first was best.

This is a very heavy crop, almost 100%.

Mmmm,  forum image wrecking software at work again, so de-saturated that almost looks like a grey squirrel!  Will try posting the image via. Flicker.

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