Chipmunks

Chipmonk - Zion Canyon, Utah.

Chipmunk – Zion Canyon, Utah.

Think of this as a sort of guest post as it a major diversion from my trips around Somerset.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been on holiday in Utah. I enjoyed everything in Utah, but the best bit was photographing the chipmunks.

This is my guide to photographing chipmunks.  Of course, we do not get chipmunks in Somerset.  But we do get squirrels and most of the guide will apply to them.

Chipmunks

To my surprise, I realised that not everyone in Somerset knows what a chipmunk is.  So, this is what they look like…  a small fast moving small squirrel.

Chipmonk - Zion Canyon, Utah.

Chipmunk – Zion Canyon, Utah.

Do Not Feed

Do not feed them!  But you will not need to as someone else will – despite the warning signs.  Chipmunks are wild so keep them that way by keeping your distance.

Photographing Chipmunks

On my return, I found out that when I was photographing chipmunks my wife was photographing me.

Photographing Chipmonks - Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Photographing Gary – Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Chipmunks are small so get down low.  They will probably pose for you so take your time.

Chipmonk - Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Gary – Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Friendly Chipmunks

They are very friendly.   Try giving them a name to help create that emotional bond between you and your subject.  Out and about in the morning and evening they are really easy to approach on the canyon trails.

They will probably come to you!

Photographing Chipmonks - Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Photographing Chipmonks – Bryce Canyon, Utah.

They look better eating flower buds, they picked themselves, rather than a chunk of a cliff bar.

Chipmonk - Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Chipmunk – Bryce Canyon, Utah.

They will soon have their cheek pouches full.  This is time to move on – no one wants to be photographed with a fat face.

Try Backlighting

Try a bit of back lighting to bring out there fur.  I think this compliments their strips and is quite slimming.

Photographing Chipmonks - Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Photographing Chipmonks – Bryce Canyon, Utah.

I appreciate chipmunks are not bears but they are so much more fun.

Chipmonk - Zion Canyon, Utah.

Chipmonk – Zion Canyon, Utah.

And Finally…

I mentioned chipmunks are easier to photograph than bears.  As proof, on a recent trip this was the best bear picture I could get.

Black Bear - Sequoia National Park.

Black Bear – Sequoia National Park.

Be prepared for a surprise, as when this mole popped up.

Mole - Sequoia National Park.

Mole – Sequoia National Park.

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