Tip of the Week: Of Rodents and Patience - Dreamstime

If you are lucky, you'd see squirrels, rabbits, mice, hamsters etc ... in the wild. Taking a picture of those is another story, unless they feel safe near humans which is quite rare ... plus most species are nocturnal.

Taking photos of those creatures is possible but with some patience.

Adorable wild hamster

Some tricks might do the job:

- Mounting/fixing camera on a tripod and staying at a distance while having remote access to it: Its best to access your gear through a mobile phone app in order to replicate the viewfinder frame.

- Using a longer focal length (telephoto lens): That enables you to be at a further distance from your subject and therefore increasing the probability of catching those within the frame.

- Elements of camouflage: using tent like camouflage with preferably similar color texture as that of the surrounding, may also be an option as long as silence is managed.

- Adding bait: while either of the above options is better possibility for a successful hunt, rodents won't just show up ... therefore a factor of intrigue should be added ... food, nuts, acorn, sun flower seeds or what's exclusive to the specific animal's appetite. Again, placing food next to rodent's dwellings, between rock, tree branches, holes dug underground ... would need to be complemented by either keeping camera close and hiding or using a telephoto at a longer distance.

Cute wild white rat and hamster

16.05.2019. Berlin, Germany. Zoo Tiagarden. Wild and red rodents of babak dig sand in search of food.

- If its not daytime you'd need projectors, battery efficient, depending on the desired intensity ... and even if in daylight, you may want to add some reflectors (totally dependent on light and visual style/output)

Wild brown rat about to leap

Having a Mirrorless camera with electronic shutter, enabled instead of mechanical shutter, is recommended to insure silent clicks to avoid noise and them becoming scared. Rodents are very sensitive to noise and they have many predators; those who fly, walk and slither.

Hope those tips do the job or inspire at discovering better ones :)

Photo credits: A4ndreas, Rudmer Zwerver, Miroslav Hlavko, Vlada Koliada.

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February 12, 2020


good job

February 11, 2020


I have been considering the mirrorless camera. I think removing the mirror sound will make wildlife and bird photography so much better. Many times the skittish birds bolt when they hear the clicking. I plan to wait a little while for technology and long lenses to be developed before I buy. Great article! William 

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