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A Long Distance Fox and a Squirrel Portrait

It’s been a long time, and I’ve had little success in the garden, but today I did manage to photograph a fox. Ok, it was a long way away, but a fox is a fox and if it’s a fox it’s on this blog. I spotted it at the far end of the University of Brighton campus at Falmer.

fox

That’s an uncropped photo. This next one isn’t.

fox

Far from great, and even at that distance I may well have spooked it by daring to take a few steps in its direction.

fox

fox

fox

And that was that. More early morning fox watching beckons!

I had more success with the squirrels in nearby woodland that runs along the edge of the campus.

Woodland path at Falmer

This is the shot I mean. A squirrel portrait!

squirrel

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Woodpecker without its weasel

You must have seen the recent photo of a weasel riding a green woodpecker. I can’t match that, but I can show a green woodpecker that’s lost its weasel.

Green woodpecker without weasel

Green woodpecker without weasel

Just a couple of other pictures today. This is Ridge Road at Falmer. I really like the light in this shot and am beginning to appreciate landscape photography. I may even start using some proper landscape lenses if this goes on.

Ridge Road

Final pic for today is a greedy rat gathering up bread left out for ducks. Taken early morning, of course, when the little devils are quite active.

rat grabbing bread

Greedy rat!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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More Woodland Experiments

I’ll put a couple of wildlife shots at the end of the blog, but I’ve been spending more time taking dodgy woodland photos. I was better prepared today, and actually had a tripod with me. This certainly makes a big difference and will open up more possibilities. I have plans, but am not going to reveal them yet. Suffice to say, there are some interesting sections in the 7DII user guide which are going to come in handy.

Anyway today, it was basic stuff. Woodland path. Tripod and big tree in the centre of the shot. This is what it starts off looking like. Nothing fancy here, just a basic shot.

woodland

The I started playing around with the zoom. The tripod meant I could concentrate on how I was using the camera and the differences between fast/slow, pause/zoom, zoom/pause and so on. Counter-intuitive though it may be, the fastest zoom doesn’t produce the greatest blur. I suppose that should be obvious, but now at least I know for sure.

Woodland zoom

Here’s another pair, the second one being a steady zoom that moved for the whole period the shutter was open. As you can see, the effect is extreme.

Woodland zoom

Woodland zoom

I also played around with some proper woodland photography.

tree detail

As for wildlife, I took this shot of a robin earlier in the week but didn’t use it in the Cormorant post. I like it too much to waste it though.

Robin on wall

Robin on a brick wall

And the final shot is one from this morning… one of the local rodents.

rat

Rat Portrait-style

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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