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Eastern Gray Squirrel tracks
Feb 1, 2010

Eastern Gray Squirrel tracks

Normally when I take photos of prints I take a photo looking straight down at the prints from directly above using a normal focal length of around 35mm. That technique works fine for individual prints, but I find it doesn't always work well when you want to capture detail in a long line of prints. When I encountered this set of Eastern Gray Squirrel prints I wanted to try something different that I thought might work better. What I did is I got down on my knees, zoomed my lens out to 17mm, put the nearest print in the corner of the frame, moved the camera close enough to the print so it would capture some detail in the print, and then angled the camera so the long line of prints stretched to the opposite corner of the frame. Taking a photo in this manner at this wide angle causes distortion of perspective in the scene that is normally unwanted (because the lens is concentrating a wide-angle of light into a smaller rectangular square), but I thought that distortion effect might work out well for a prints photo. I think the result looks interesting and I can't wait to experiment more with this technique in sunnier conditions. How many times have I set out recently to photograph prints on a sunny day only to have overcast roll in on me!

Canon EOS 40D
1/320s f/10.0 at 17.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Hank Vander Velde05-Feb-2010 14:52
Neat method Chris.
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