The lens and/or capture I finally noticed works much better when the camera is lower to the ground. It must be easier for the autofocus to differentiate distance on the f/2.8, because the comparison options are reduced.
Out of focus, but funny with front legs on the ground, back legs off the ground.
Jumping or dancing?
This little chipmunk looks adorable, hand over hand, sitting on his rock. He was motionless for at least five minutes, soaking up the sun. I first expected to shoot him in motion, so my setting was in TV mode (1/4000 sec), but the background (grass around him, and two purple flowers on either side, for a nice symmetry, not to mention his pose, made this a memorable, cute, funny picture. The ISO was too low. I should have taken it in Flower mode (f/5.6), or something similar, but he moved before I changed it.
What to do when you see food as big as you? This little guy was stumped! :-/
The previous day, I had seen a chipmunk on a rock nearby, sitting around, doing nothing. Then when I got up he had quickly bolted in the other direction. This time I thought it was probably the same chipmunk at his favorite rock, so I expected more skittish behavior. Instead it was just the opposite. He ran right at me! I wasn’t in the habit of feeding chipmunks by hand, so I don’t know what this was all about.
A tighter crop and slight rotation adds more drama, if less aesthetic appeal than the full landscape frame. You feel a bit more of the small animal’s determination.
He came right up to me, stood up like a pez dispenser, looked around, then quickly departed towards the food space.