As I tell people when taking photos of children or pets, getting down to their level will make for better photos. Prairie dogs are only about 12 to 16 inches high when they stand up. Much lower when on all fours. To get down to their level, I got out of the car I was photographing in and down on my stomach. I held the lens steady by propping myself up with my elbows. This put the lens about 6 inches above the ground. Using my old Nikon D70 camera with the Nikon 80-400VR lens giving me an effective focal length of 600mm (400mm times the 1.5 camera crop factor), I got some incredible photos at the eye level of the prairie dogs.
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