A Red Squirrel and a Chipmunk (Two Photographs) – why I take several shots of any subject.
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It helps your photography when animals are distracted by food or when frozen in place waiting to see what you do. It gives just enough time to compose, get settings right and shoot. After that if they do not run away so much the better. I took about 10-15 different shots of these creatures and narrowed my selection to these two. I have seen many photographers take a single photo and walk away. I take lots of photos when I find a good subject. In addition to having a chance of getting a better expression, it’s only later when reviewing them that I can see the detail that interests me, like the position of the paws. So one of the best lessons I have learned is to keep pressing the button when there is the slightest chance of catching more detail, the subject moving into a better position or changing expression.