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A good start

First of all, I’m pleased to introduce myself as a new contributor of New Shoots Blog. I hope you get as much enjoyment from looking at my pictures as I did when taking them. I would like to start with an old favourite of mine. This picture was the winner of the 11-14 year age category in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 competition. I took the picture from a photographer’s hide in Norway. This red squirrel mother had a nest nearby and often appeared in front of my hide. She was always busy burying nuts and didn’t seem to sit still for a moment. It was only when she passed a silvery tree trunk that she stopped for a few seconds to survey her environment. This was my chance. I focused on the tree trunk and set my camera to a fast shutter speed. After many unsuccessful shots I was happy to have achieved one good result! Canon EOS 10D with Canon 100-400mm lens; 1/250 sec at f6.3; 400 ISO; Gitzo 1228 tripod
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