The Swedish-Dutch photographer Girt Weggen has devoted his life and work to wildlife photography. For which he has received quite a number of international awards, www.boredpanda.com reports. One of his last great passions – squirrels! Red forest squirrels, which are so accustomed to photo shoots that they allow you to create entire staged scenes! Watch.
The photographer recalls that it didn’t start with squirrels, but with a fox. On the advice of his colleagues, he moved into a house on the edge of the forest and soon encountered its inhabitants. If you behave carefully and choose the dawn hours, when people are still asleep and not noisy, you can see many little animals close to human habitation. All that remains is to set up the equipment and have patience.
The squirrels appeared at a very opportune moment, when Girt had already accumulated experience in animal macro photography, and his veranda was littered with cameras and accessories. So he took photos, and he was so carried away that he hardly realized that several years had passed. The photographer entered his best shots into contests and, suddenly, he realized that his squirrels were great!
With the right approach, you can shoot squirrels at least all year round. One problem – they do become tame, and it puts an imprint on the photos. It is better if the animals remain natural, so the photographer tries to work with the younger generation of squirrels, who have little familiarity with humans. This is partly the reason why he had to work so hard, waiting for new broods.
Today Girt Veggen, a recognized squirrel photographer guru, even conducts regular seminars to teach his colleagues the art of photographing these beautiful animals. There is no shortage of applicants, everyone loves his work. What about you?