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.
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.
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.
On my return, I found out that when I was photographing chipmunks my wife was photographing me.
Chipmunks are small so get down low. They will probably pose for you so take your time.
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!
They look better eating flower buds, they picked themselves, rather than a chunk of a cliff bar.
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 a bit of back lighting to bring out there fur. I think this compliments their strips and is quite slimming.
I appreciate chipmunks are not bears but they are so much more fun.
I mentioned chipmunks are easier to photograph than bears. As proof, on a recent trip this was the best bear picture I could get.
Be prepared for a surprise, as when this mole popped up.