Silly Camera

What do you mean I’m on the wrong branch?

Autofocus is one of the greatest inventions in photography… letting the camera quickly do the tedious chore of adjusting the lens to bring the appropriate subject into crystal clear focus.  It’s absolutely necessary when taking photos of the swift and frustratingly hard to follow squirrel.  You don’t have time to be feeling for buttons when you may only have a second or two to snap the shot.

Alas, autofocus can be a bit finicky and sometimes fixate on the stupidest little thing in the photo that will leave the featured presentation looking like a ball of fuzz.  For me, that’s generally a stray twig in the foreground of a picture that will fool the camera into thinking I wanted to shoot such a drab thing as a stick.  But in this photo above, the camera decided to skip over the foreground twigs AND the squirrel on the branch just behind it to focus on an empty branch in the background that the stray twig and  squirrel are both actually partially obscuring!  What the heck!?!?

Sorry, Mr. Blurry Saturday Squirrel that you didn’t get the full face you deserved for my feature.  Blame the camera, not the photographer…

Have a great weekend everyone!


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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15 Responses to Silly Camera

  1. Well just think of it as “softened” and not “blurry”…….I mean who wouldn’t want to enjoy seeing a SOFT squirrel??!!


  2. Rivergirl says:

    Blurry or in sharp focus… still cute. Wish I could say the same for myself!

  3. Don’t worry, we see very clearly the squirrel, who is very cute, as always.

  4. draliman says:

    One wonders what’s on that branch that the camera registered but which doesn’t show up on film… vampire squirrel!

  5. I thought that squirrel looked extra ‘fluffy’. They’re just so appealing, I’d love to be able to stroke one sometime, but I bet I might get bit, besides stressing the squirrel out…Marilyn (Serendipity) says the squirrel hoard that flocks to her bird feeders are pretty aggressive and will stare her down and not leave the vicinity until she lets the dog(s) out. Dogs somehow mobilize even the fattest squirrel..

    • There are some places with tame squirrels who are used to coming up to people for food…. though I don’t know about being pet. Either way, I’ve never come across a squirrel who wanted anything to do with me. I’d love to feel one someday though (I said feel, not feel up!)

  6. Your photo has character. 😉

  7. Autofocus is the nemesis of all photographers. Whether they want it or not.

  8. mydangblog says:

    Well, it’s a very nice branch…also, the squirrel is very cute!

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