Squirrels, Masters of Balance

Squirrel running over a fence

With this post I want to show you some other photos of the same squirrel I uploaded some days ago. I prefer to upload the most funny photos of a set later, so, with this post you see the last photos of that squirrel.

In the other post the squirrel was on the ground, but some seconds later it jumped on a fence and I had to react immediately. Although I discovered already many advanced settings of my D7100, situations come up where you don’t have time to adjust anything. At some point I will probably learn to do this faster, who knows.

I agree if professionals say you should use custom settings, however, I don’t think that it is always possible. If you are that fast then do it, if not then use the automatic modes. I think the best photos are the ones where you have been able to freeze the moment, not the photos that you didn’t take because you were busy to adjust your camera settings.

Also I learned that the best way to take photos of fast-moving subjects is to use your camera like a machine gun. With that said, my very early beginner advice is to either click the shutter button as fast as possible after focusing correctly, or to understand how to use the continues shooting mode if your camera can do this.

I shot twenty photos of this squirrel and I deleted sixteen, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that I got four good photos. It’s always better to take as many as you can, especially if the subject is moving. That works rather well for me, you can take a look at home if you got some good shots, and then you can decide if you want to edit or share the photos.

Talking about the squirrel, I do think it’s amazing how they can even run over fences. It’s as if they would be masters of balancing, which is why I have chosen to use the title “Masters of Balance”. The photos are apart from cropping not edited (lazy today), I thought I share them anyway, I hope you enjoyed them.

10 thoughts on “Squirrels, Masters of Balance

    1. I was amazed too when I downloaded them from my camera to find out that at least a few of them looked cool πŸ™‚ I am glad you like them too πŸ™‚

  1. I keep my camera on auto and change it only when I have the time to do so. I like squirrels because they are smart enough to adapt to life with humans. Some animals, like armadillos, don’t know how to get out of the way of cars. I once watched a squirrel run up a tree, jump onto a roof, run across the roof and then jump onto another tree. He did it so quickly that it made me think this squirrel had a routine.

    1. True, also most of the cameras today do a quite good job to decide the best ISO and other stuff. And then there are image editing tools to do some post processing if needed. But I see all kind of situations too where adjusting camera settings makes a lot of sense.. if I have time I do it too to get “ultimative creative freedom” or to get even better results, it’s just not working with fast animals.

      Yea, it’s really fun to see them doing stuff like that… you’re right, they get routine after a while, and if some fictive action characters from the movies would be real, they would be very jealous of squirrels… I think that is a funny point, we have animals on earth that can do supernatural stuff πŸ˜€ You saw one of them doing crazy stuff πŸ™‚

  2. I watched a squirrel running along a telephone cable………… and then noticed another one, on the same cable, heading towards it. Obviously they had my immediate attention as I waited to see what would happen when they met and with no place to go! It was a total non-event! Somehow they decided who would go over, and who would go under……….. which they did with acrobatic precision and without breaking their momentum. Amazing!

    1. Haha, that is a real good story and I wish I would have seen it with my own eyes… YOu’re right, that’s acrobatic precision, they just do it with ease, and as if they would like that kind of kick πŸ™‚ It’s really awesome to see them doing things like that πŸ™‚

  3. You are quite right, better to react fast, take a lot of pictures and hope for some good ones than to fiddle with the camera and miss it altogether. I imagine if you were a professional photographer and had gone out thinking. “Today I will photograph squirrels in motion.” you might do it differently but for us hobby photographers seizing the moment works best. I love your title by the way.

    1. I can image the experience comes with time to set everything manually in moments like that one. The button layout of my camera for example is very well designed, I can but I don’t have to use menus for anything, the most importand stuff is directly on the camera body with buttons.

      I think there are two things that will come with time and experience… brain needs to react faster πŸ™‚ And to get more foresightful and more attentive. In the case of the squirrel I heard it rustling in the bushes, but it took me some time to get what it is πŸ™‚ Another thing where you can save seconds to have more time.

      You make another great point and I had these thoughts very early… one day I decided to go out to take photos of birds and set my camera for these tasks… problem, I didn’t see a single bird and if so then they were very far away. Or, I usually would see all kind of cats outside and I remember I promised in one of my posts to take photos of stranger cats… since then I never saw one again πŸ˜€ It’s a funny paradox and shows at least one advantage of these smartphone cameras that you have all the time with you. πŸ™‚

      I am glad you liked the title… had to think about it for a while and thought this one would be appropriate πŸ™‚

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