Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 
Chipmunk Perched in Grass

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In the Field

Chipmunk Perched in Grass. Findlay Creek, BC, Canada. August 8, 2004.

I like to capture images of wildlife when they're doing "what comes natural" - at least as natural as it can be with someone pointing a massive telephoto lens at you! We have a large population of Yellow Pine Chipmunks around our home and I find them a great subject to practise on. This chipmunk was totally focused on consuming as many grass seeds as possible in as short a time as possible. I found the scene visually interesting, especially the fact that the chipmunk was almost suspended in mid air and was being supported by only a few stalks of grass.

From a photographic perspective, the biggest challenge I faced in grabbing this image was maneuvering myself into a position where the chipmunk's head was unobscured by the grass stalks. I wanted only the grass stalks in the immediate proximity to the chipmunk in focus, so shot with my aperture almost wide open.

Behind the Camera

Chipmunk Perched in Grass. Findlay Creek, BC, Canada. August 8, 2004.

Digital Capture; Compressed RAW (NEF) format; ISO 200.

Nikon D2H with with Nikon 200-400 mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR lens @ 400 mm (600 mm equivalent with digital conversion factor) supported on Gitzo G2220 tripod with Manfrotto 222 Joystick ballhead. VR turned to "On" and in "Normal" mode.

1/400s @ f4.5; no compensation from matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Chipmunk Perched in Grass. Findlay Creek, BC, Canada. August 8, 2004.

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Conservation

Chipmunk Perched in Grass. Findlay Creek, BC, Canada. August 8, 2004.

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