GRAY SQUIRREL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 2, 2011
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/750 sec. f9.5
Instead of shooting through a back window with a camera and long lens on a tripod, I got this closeup with my new Pentax K-5 and a vintage 300mm telephoto that I had planned to test together on the backyard deck. As I stepped out the door, this squirrel -- who had been feasting at the bird feeder -- dashed past on a branch ten feet away and stopped just long enough for me to raise the camera and take the shot. Had I been armed with a .22 he'd be in the slow cooker.