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Cheeky squirrel

By ford
Taken at a recent visit to Taylor park in St Helens, I was about 25 feet away so as to not scare the squirrel away.
Comments please good or bad 😀

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4171 Canada
29 Nov 2018 12:55AM
This is exceptional. Theoretically you should not have been able to capture this shot so well, and so sharp.

The shutter speed of 1/80th (this is what the camera exif data shows, not 1/85th) using a focal length of 600mm (equivalent), and being that close is highly unlikely to result in this quality with a wild animal, but it did! I assume, since you triggered the shutter with an App, that you used a tripod or support?

Ideally, using a smaller aperture would give more depth, as would be somewhat further back.

Ive uploaded a mod that simply tweaked with exposure and black point, and cropped closer, - excellent result.


ford 17
29 Nov 2018 8:19AM
Thanks for your comments Willie

As regards the way this was taken, the camera was hand held and triggered by my finger.

The stabilisation on the Fuji 100 - 400mm and all Fuji lenses that I own for that matter, can only be described as awesome.

I arenít able to view your uploaded modification to the picture on my iPad but will check it later on my PC, thanks for your comments and help



29 Nov 2018 10:41AM
Hi Ian, the image is very good, Willie's mod has improved it though, but If you are going to do wildlife photography, try not to just rely on image stabilisation, as a moving object requires a fast shutter speed, had the squirrel moved at the point of exposure this lovely photo would have been blurred and unusable.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1721 England
29 Nov 2018 11:20AM
Technically, I'm with Willie - excellent work. It won't surprise paulbroad, who also uses Fuji long lenses...

Compositionally, a vertical frame with the front paw inside it would be even better.

Nice shot!
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2018 3:06PM
It is good but it could be better. I use the 100/400, usually with 1.4 converter and whilst I agree the stabilisation is exceptional it IMPROVES sharpness - does not guarantee it. Imagine what this would be like with no stabilisation!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are at 600mm equivalent and 1/80 fully hand held is pushing your luck. I always look to find a tree, wall, door jamb car roof or something to lean on or prop the lens on. I know the lens is capable of critical sharpness even wide open, and I regularly get it at 840 mm with the converter - hand held but with some sort of propping support.

It is very close, but, as said, there is room to improve slightly. I regularly shoot squirrels in my garden and can get to about 2 metres from them - but they do know me.

Good pose.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2281 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2018 8:28AM
Nothing to add, but you have very steady hands! (A lad who works at our nearest 'proper' camera shop refers to IS as Voodoo... )

I do wish that left paw wasn't cut off. Sometimes it's a good idea not to extend fully, allow space for a later crop.

Apart from that, really excellent!
ford 17
30 Nov 2018 11:23AM
Thanks Moira

Lens stabilisation is certainly magic, the image was shot at a moments notice, had no time to even think about the composition 😀



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