Winter visitor - environmental portrait

December 29, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

For a change here  is a slightly different post from me, this time about this afternoon's impromptu portrait session with a rodent visitor to our garden.

I was just helping Suzanne do a bit of leaf fall clearance when I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye and there bold as brass about 3m away was this little field mouse having a good feed on the crab apples. It seemed quite happy to have us so close so I quickly went in doors and got my 1D mk3 and 70-200 lens, half thinking as I returned that the wee fellow will have scarpered.

Quickly I set the camera to Av mode, aperture to 2.8 and the ISO to 800 as this would give a shallow depth of field whilst allowing me use as fast a shutter speed as possible.

Much to my delight there he still was and I was able to spend 15 minutes or so capturing some great shots as the mouse gorged on the ripe fruit.

 

My patience paid off as I was able to get within 2m and really fill the frame.


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