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on Jun 11, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

Practicing the Basics

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Wildlife photography requires a huge skill set that goes beyond f/stop and shutter speed. At Base Camp we go over and practice and many of these as there are opportunities to do so. There is nothing more cooperative than small ground mammals like this Columbian Ground Squirrel. We found a large colony that was great to photograph. Jake found a great family group that the campers could all work for hours producing some great images.

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We had been hearing the American Tree Sparrow singing and singing but with their small size, they were hard to pick up. While photographing a squirrel, one walked up to me through the grass like a mouse. A heartbeat later it T’d up perfectly in front of me and I was able to get glass on it. It is the first time I’ve photographed them, look forward to doing it more, they are a great little bird.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film