The subject of this photo is out of focus, but I don’t care. When squirrels get riled up and chase each other at breakneck speeds through trees, it turns sciurine photography into a total game of chance. Aim your camera where you think there might be a squirrel once the shot goes off, and repeat until said squirrels move out of sight or you get so frustrated that you slam the camera on the ground and go back home. Every once in a while, with enough persistence, you’ll get lucky and manage to catch one of the speed demons as he’s whizzing by you… and maybe even catch some death defying acrobatics at that.
Yes, the squirrel in this photo is almost blurred beyond recognition because my cheap camera can’t realistically catch anything breaking the sound barrier… but you can clearly see he’s in a mid sprint leap on a tree branch that is much higher off the ground than you would be comfortable with. You can actually make it out even better as a thumbnail…
These guys are simply amazing when they’re tearing through the trees like the daring young man on the flying trapeze. Here’s to this week’s Saturday Squirrel for putting on a show well worth the price of admission, even if he refused to stop and pose for selfies…
Have a great weekend everyone!
They really are amazing up in the trees – they seem to have the BEST time ever chasing each other and playing “catch me if you can”…….I love sitting on the front porch and watching them – so does Teddy! We definitely have a bumper crop of squirrels this year which is good – we also have a bumper crop of acorns……..good timing.
I always have the most squirrels the years it is raining acorns. Maybe because there’s more of them around to “rain” those acorns down on me if I try to take pictures!
I got bonked on the head yesterday by an acorn – Mom says I jumped about three feet straight up in the air. Too bad she didn’t have a camera for THAT!
Ours are dashing through the trees, barking at Katniss and generally having a good time.
For a good time, call squirrels.
That’s exactly how I shoot squirrels and birds and anything else that is moving or might be. I’m always delighted when I actually get something in focus! You’d be amazed at how few photographers “get” the aim where they should or will be and hope for the best. have you tried putting your camera on auto-shoot where it will just keep repeating until you remove your finger? That has occasionally yielded me some amazing shots. In some cases, I didn’t even SEE it until I came home and downloaded the pictures.
I do good to take pictures on my camera regularly. I’m not familiar with any of the advanced features. I think there would still be too much moving the camera to create blur because if you hold the camera in one place, those squirrels might never come back into the frame again… but will be continuing their antics two trees over.
At that angle and pose it’s probably better that we can’t make out any details…
It saved our censor some work….. not that The Nest’s censor actually does any work to begin with.
I love this shot! You can tell that little guy is really hauling ass! I’m not sure any of “my” squirrels can move that fast right now. They’ve really bulked up in the last couple of months and are looking more roly poly than aerodynamic.
The park squirrels should be as fat as a Buddha with all of the nuts I always see them picking up and depositing in their mouths… but I guess not all of them prefer to have the full figured look. I think Speedy here could make a run for takeout if he got really hungry over the winter….
In my humble opinion all sciurine photography into a total game of chance. Sure some squirrels look directly into the camera, but they’re playing you. Letting you think that they’re happy to be photographed, while in reality thinking about how they can best annoy you later. Just saying…