This is not right.

This is definitely not the manner in which I normally photograph.

A couple of weeks ago, while I was having breakfast at a small hotel in northern Japan, a Hokkaido squirrel (Japanese tassel-eared squirrel) was raiding the bird feeders on the porch just outside the windows.  So how could I resist?  I went to my room, mounted my Nikon 80-400mm lens on my Nikon D4s, and returned to breakfast.  Between sips of my morning coffee, I photographed right though the window glass, handholding my camera rig.  Early morning light and ISO 3200; I stayed toasty warm inside. while outside it was very cold and snowy.  A bite of breakfast for me, a bite of breakfast for the squirrel, another photo or two.  This photography gig is supposed to be a lot more difficult.


Hokkaido squirrel.


  1. Dave Spindle March 7, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    Thanks for going back to your room and grabbing your lens. It means I get to see a picture of creature that I’ve never seen before! With Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido squirrels Northern Japan seems almost magical to me.
    Stay warm!

  2. Dennis Kowalewski March 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve done the similar thing in past, i.e. impromptu quick grab of camera without tripod, etc. Amazing results.

    Only thing I would do to the photo is crop out the branch at the top of the photo. Other than that, I love the shot.

  3. George Theodore March 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    Just isn’t right John. Where’s the suffering, the disappointments, the struggle?