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Badger (attempt number 2)

Posted by
Richard Irwin (Belper, United Kingdom) on 3 June 2009 in Animal & Insect.

Following from last weeks attempt, this shot was from last night, where I laid up in a much better photo position about 6 meters from the sett entrance. I had to wait till pitch darkness before this Badger showed his face. I had preset the focus manually to just in front of his sett (his den) before it got dark, and waited around an hour in the still and warm evening air before I could just make him out in the gloom, firstly checking all was clear by sticking his nose out of the hole, and then fully appearing about 20 minutes afterwards. When I finally pressed the shutter I wasn't 100% sure he was at the focus point as it was just too dark by then to make him out at all; he was just beyond it unfortunately, but I am pleased with the result anyway. I will now leave him undisturbed for several weeks or so.

Technical Details
This was shot using a Nikon D70
Tamron zoom lens set at 110mm
Nikon SB800 Flash, set at Manual & 5.3 meters
1/60 sec at F8 and ISO was 250