It is not an easy task to make a unique set of animals. But this photographer has taken some photos of the creatures interacting with tiny props. Geert Weggen is very talented to get the most out of his portrait subjects with his Nikon 810.
It helps to have a lot of potential portrait subjects when Weggen captures these delightful photos. He says: “There are about 12 red squirrels living in the forest close to my house. Many I do not recognize anymore.” At first, they might be wary of Weggen, but when he is “providing the food” they understand and quickly warm up to him.
He has also streamlined his setup for these pictures rather than appealing to the squirrels’ voracious appetites. “At the side of my house, I made an outside studio. Half with a roof and the rest is open for the rain and snow. From my kitchen window, I can shoot [photos].” Weggen has a table at eye level in his studio to arrange his scenes, hide the food, and inconspicuously snap pictures. The location makes it easy for the animals to approach. “The studio is directly connected with the forest and trees. I hide a flash behind some scenes on a remote.”
He teaches his talents in workshops and sells his images in books, calendars, and postcards in his online shop.
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