View 145: Prairie Dog Bokeh

A prairie dog peaking out from his burrow at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

A prairie dog peaking out from his burrow at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Nikon D70/80-400VR, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 400mm focal length.

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.

A forging prairie dog.

A forging prairie dog. Nikon D70/80-400VR, 160s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 400mm focal length.

A prairie dog giving an approaching neighbor a bit of a threatening look.

A prairie dog giving an approaching neighbor a bit of a threatening look. Nikon D70/80-400mm, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV +0.6, 400mm focal length.

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24 Responses to View 145: Prairie Dog Bokeh

  1. truels says:

    Nice small friends you have got here, Scott 😉 – my favorite is the first one. Are these small “dogs” common around your local area?

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  2. Kathy says:

    Wow! Great bokeh! Even greater prairie dog… 🙂

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  3. Gerry says:

    Now that is one chubby prairie dog! Nice capture of the lip curl in that last photo. Clearly not one for sharing his treats.

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  4. giiid says:

    Now look, more photos of the little cute fellow . The ones at Flick are very good, too.

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  5. Carsten says:

    They are fine Scott. Always good to be in level with your target. I prefer the last one.

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  6. Val Erde says:

    Lovely photos – but rather you than me getting down to their level, they look like they might take a fancy to someone’s nose!
    😉

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  7. montucky says:

    Those are excellent, Scott! I really like that you got down on their level. It made great shots!

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  8. Nye says:

    And I say it’s all worth it, this is very much like hunting I would think. You’ve captured great images. 🙂

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  9. your depth of field is awesome in these photos and the bokeh shot is my favorite one.

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  10. yesbuts says:

    Great capture. The eye in the first photo is so captivating.

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  11. I really like the top shot, just peaking out of the grass.

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  12. Karma says:

    I love shot number 2.
    I was down on my belly this past weekend too, trying to get a shot. It wasn’t of a critter though.

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  13. Very cute! I like the first one best, too.

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