Chipmunk (no.1)

September 9, 2012
Chipmunk (no.1)

1/1000sec @ f/7.1
420mm, ISO2200, 0ev
Evaluative Metering
Nikon D3s, AF-S 300mm f/4, AF-S TC-14EII

Being up here in the North, I have noticed there are no squirrels. At least I haven’t seen any. This is wonderful for two reasons 1. My dog doesn’t chase them towards moving cars 2. They don’t eat the bird food I put out. However, there are chipmunks. This little guy/girl does eat the food I put out, and my dog tries to run after it and eat it, thankfully not towards cars… Yet! Unlike those big ass squirrels from down south, the chipmunk is cute and far more photogenic.

Due to it eating the food I put out for birds, it often comes along when I am setting up for a bird shot. So this time I decided to take the opportunity to shoot it! I would have liked the head a little more on an angle towards me, but this pose is good enough. It looks like a little ninja chipmunk bowing before it kicks some bird ass.

Getting on to the technicalities I am always amazed at how well the D3s does with higher than average ISO’s. This being shot at 2200, is almost as though I accidentally added a digit to the reading. It’s just incredible how awesome the sensor is. As always due to the lens being a 300mm with a 1.4 TC on top makes it hard to get a good depth of field on small things filling the frame. I would love to shoot further away with something longer however unless I want to spend upwards of $8k, that isn’t gonna happen very soon. The more I shoot the more I notice how hard it is to get good depth of field on small subjects. If I went further back the subject wouldn’t fill enough of the frame and heavy crops suck for detail.