How do you do? (British Red Squirrel) – Northumberland, England – Will Nicholls
Will is an amazing 17 year old nature photographer from Northumberland, England. Don’t let his age fool you. He has a remarkable portfolio that you can find here http://www.willnicholls.co.uk You can also “Like” him on Facebook and Twitter below
For this shot, I used a Nikon 14mm f/2.8 lens and an ML-3 wireless remote release. The aim of this was to capture the popular British red squirrel from a more unique perspective, showing a different side to my photography.
I have spent many hours perfecting this technique, each time adjusting a setting just slightly to ensure the next session’s photographs are an improvement on the previous. After hours of failed attempts, simply because of the squirrel shifting out of the in-focus area, or light changing slightly; I achieved a selection of special images.
To get the shots, I placed my camera on a piece of wood to protect it from the damp ground, ensuring that it was close to the rock on which the squirrels would be appearing. The focus point was set manually beforehand, along with the aperture and shutter speed. From then on, it is just a case of timing and setting off the shutter at the right time from the hide!
Here a red squirrel reaches out its paw as if to shake your hand, asking “How Do You Do?”.
The squirrel is a mere 3 inches from the lens at the point – it is surprising that its breath does not fog up the lens!!
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