This week’s photo challenge is Reward, a theme that is so wide it in interpretation I had to think hard on what I would do. While brainstorming ideas a photo popped up on my Facebook feed by a fellow photographer in my city who had spotted squirrels in one of the parks. I really like photographing squirrels as they are a skittish bunch and it can be a challenge. I had photographed one in the autumn just before hibernation. I thought it would be great if I could photograph one now after hibernation.
How does this link with reward? You may be asking yourself.
The reward was in getting the shot. Arriving at the park the squirrels were running around having a jovial time in the trees. I spent a bit of time shooting, watching and following them. Some were looking for food and one jumped up into a tree and sat still. Moving with some “grace” and “speed”, I approached him with my 300mm lens (to give him some room) and I burst shoot and moved, burst shoot and moved. The Reward for his and my patience was the photo above.
I love his eyes looking down, the sharpness of this claws/nose and the composition.
I used the shake reduction filter and Nik Define2 in Photoshop for capture sharpening and noise reduction. I then made basic adjustments in Lightroom.
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