Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/21

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Subject: [Leica] another Ground Squirrel
From: jls at (Jeffery Smith)
Date: Mon Jun 21 06:13:11 2004
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I'd be damned lucky to get a shot like this, and even luckier to get a 
small yellow flower in the background to balance the image so nicely.

At 07:45 AM 6/21/2004, you wrote:
>on 6/20/04 10:44 PM, Richard F. Man at wrote:
> > Doug, your pictures never fail to amaze. Exactly how do you chase a small
> > animal like that with a manual focus lens? For example, how much time do
> > you have to set up that shot? Since you are not using a zoom, do you
> > "stalk" it within reasonably shooting distance and hope it doesn't run
> > away, or?
> >
> > At 09:17 PM 6/20/2004, Doug Herr wrote:
> >
> >>
> >
>I take some time to allow the squirrel to get used to seeing me as a
>non-threatening creature.  A bit annoying perhaps, crowding his personal
>space, but non-threatening.  How much time is required depends on many
>parameters including the species, my behavior and that particular animal's
>past experience with people.  This squirrel took about 1/2 hour, the turkeys
>I posted recently took a couple of hours, and I've heard of a Black Bear
>researcher in the appalachian mountains, using the same techniques I use to
>approach his subjects, finding that after 100 hours or so the bears will
>allow him to radio-collar them w/o tranquelizers as long as he distracts
>them with a can of condensed milk (I don't recommend this!!!).
>Manual focus isn't an issue.  The squirrel is in constant motion.  Not big
>motion, but turning its head, reaching for another seed pod, scratching an
>itch, so the plane of focus is constantly changing.  The SL's viewfinder
>lets me see what's in focus, or out of focus, ANYWHERE on the viewscreen,
>not just at the manufacturer's pre-determined focus points.  This lets me
>put the squirrel anywhere I want to in the composition and still focus on it
>as it moves.  The shoulder stock/monopod setup helps a lot because my left
>hand is free to focus rather than support the lens, and because I keep the
>tilt head of the monopod loose I can also fine-focus by leaning forward or
>backward slightly.  Can't do that with a tripod.
>Doug Herr
>Birdman of Sacramento
>Leica Users Group.
>See for more information

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