Zephyr & Rory’s Squirrelly UC Berkeley Engagement Adventure

uc berkeley squirrel engagement01Most visitors to UC Berkeley quickly discover that the squirrels on campus are a bold breed, often sneaking up on unsuspecting food toters and frequently tugging on pant legs to demand a handout. When high-school sweethearts Zephyr and Rory suggested it as a location for their engagement session and shared that they hoped to hang with some of the bushy-tailed beasts, we squealed. We’ve been known to take a photo of a squirrel or two. Plus, what could be better than photobombing squirrels?

We envisioned Zephyr and Rory happily surrounded by their hungry squirrel friends but, oddly, they were in short supply that fateful Sunday afternoon we met up with our cute, stylish couple (hello, pink-and-white saddle shoes!). Was it the droves of boisterous new graduates and their families that sent them into hiding? Alas, we’ll never know. At the very least, this freed us up to explore the rest of the campus. Zephyr and Rory even treated us to some of their swing dancing!

A week later, to make up for the lack of squirrels, we met up with Zephyr and Rory again. This time, a baseball game was in full swing and apparently most of the squirrels had headed that way because only one or two stayed to play with us. Still, two are better than one, and we had the best time watching the squirrels elongate themselves to grasp the treats, as if that would prevent any harm from befalling them. Here’s a look at our squirrelly shenanigans. uc berkeley squirrel engagement02
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5 thoughts on “Zephyr & Rory’s Squirrelly UC Berkeley Engagement Adventure

  1. Hey there Lily!  Thanks for doing what you do so well. We’ve always looked forward to your Burger Boogaloo highlights shot each year and they always take the event to another level. It is high time that I signed up for your blog and kept up to date with the latest photo adventure you are on. Thanks again! I also had a question for you – I’m looking to make the leap into buying a DSLR and I wanted your opinion. I have a strong background in film photography but lost the bug after college and the digital boom. Your stuff is so great, and I want to get back into photography. I’m looking for a mid level DSLR that is about 2-3 years old (so I don’t take too much of a hit on a brand new camera). My price range is about $375 – $575 for a used body. Lens ideas? 18-135mm? 18-55? I want to do mostly closer shots and really want to explore depth of field and the magic that happens there. Thanks again, and if you can spare a moment, I’d love to get you opinion. Best, Dave From: Wild About You Photography To: dfmanta@flash.net Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 9:32 AM Subject: [New post] Zephyr & Rory’s Squirrelly UC Berkeley Engagement Adventure #yiv1039892248 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1039892248 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1039892248 a.yiv1039892248primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1039892248 a.yiv1039892248primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1039892248 a.yiv1039892248primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1039892248 a.yiv1039892248primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1039892248 WordPress.com | Tiger Lily posted: “Most visitors to UC Berkeley quickly discover that the squirrels on campus are a bold breed, often sneaking up on unsuspecting food toters and frequently tugging on pant legs to demand a handout. When high-school sweethearts Zephyr and Rory suggested it a” | |

    • Hi David!
      Thanks for the kind words!

      If you’re interested in playing with DOF, then your main concern should be the lens. The 50mm f1.8 is cheap across all brands and is a great entry into the world of shallow DOF; the 85mm f1.8 is a little more expensive but will look even more amazing wide open than the 50. Don’t bother with zoom lenses–you’ll be sorely disappointed, esp. if they don’t have a fixed aperture (zooms typically have a range of f3.5-5.6). As for the camera body itself, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a used full-frame body that’s less than 3 years old for under $600. But do you need full frame? Unless you’re concerned about camera response time (shutter lag) and performance in low-light situations, an entry-level dSLR should serve you well–and you probably wouldn’t even need to buy a used one!

      I hope that helps!

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