Chipmunk season is great. Yesterday when we were at the park walking through the nature trails, we came across this little guy who was silently perched in a tree. I saw him from a little ways away and was able to slowly approach without scaring him off. The issue though was that he was in the shade of the trees and since it was later on in the evening with the sun going down, there was not a lot of light. This caused me to have to do two things. A) Shoot at a high ISO – 2000, and B) Shoot at a lower shutter speed that I technical should while zoomed into 400mm. There is a standard rule that your shutter speed should be closer in line with your zoom magnification. This means if you are zoomed into 200mm, you should at least shoot at 1/200 of as second. This is a guideline because the more you zoom, the shakier things get. Luckily though, with image stabilization technology, and a good steady hand, this guideline can be broken a little – or in this case, a lot.
The second issue was because he was in the trees, there was leaves between him and I and although I could see him clearly enough, the lens tends to be more sensitive and you can see it resulted in some green leaf ghosts in the shot. I am not to worried that them though. All in all, I am happy with this.
I took this with my Canon 7D with a Sigma 80-400mm lens shooting at 1/60 of a second, F7.1 and an ISO of 2000. Today was a beautiful day, but this shot was taken yesterday at High Park.