Today, my wife (Glenna) and I went for a walk at a local park called Bellevue Park in Belleville, Illinois. It was a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the mid-80's.
We took our cameras so we could get photographs of the Canadian Geese as well as the squirrels that live and play in the many oak trees surrounding the small lake.
My camera body is a Canon EOS 80D. Attached, today I was using a Sigma (for Canon, obviously) 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens. I was intent on getting some close-ups...and boy did we. All of this was mounted on a tripod...it's difficult to keep the camera/lens steady as it all is rather clumsy/heavy.
Glenna and I were walking down the path toward the lake when I stopped to get some photos of various Canadian Geese that were loitering down by the water. Glenna had stopped to snap a few photos of a squirrel munching on an acorn. I was just about to pick up the tripod and move forward when I noticed (to my right) a squirrel crawling slowly down a tree. I quietly motioned to Glenna who snapped a few photos with her camera (Canon T5i with 18-250mm zoom lens). I whispered to her (trying not to startle the squirrel less than 10 feet away from me) to try to get some shots with my camera. I rotated the camera slowly on the tripod and tried to angle the lens as best I could to catch the squirrel. The first two pictures below were taken at 150mm zoom and 600mm, respectively. UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.
The other 4 pictures of a squirrel who seemed to see me coming and just stopped and pose for me. The little guy also seemed to be changing his facial expressions...goofy squirrel. Anyway, not quite as good of shots as those first two, but still: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.