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Rat Photoshoot, Take 1

28 June, 2008

Those of you who have flicked through the back entries of this blog may have already seen the first pictures of my rats, Billy and James, that I posted here. Today I decided to take some more pictures of them, for your delectation. They’re difficult critters to take good photos of, particularly in the bad light we were working with (our house seems to be incredibly dark and even a well-positioned lamp didn’t help much) but these are the best of the bunch.

We’ll start off with Billy. They’re both eating little crunchy nuggets, one of their favourite foods, which explains why they’re holding something small and brown.

Billy2

And here’s a slightly clearer picture, this time of James.

James2

After the initial shock of hearing the camera shutter once or twice, these guys certainly aren’t camera shy. The main problem, aside from getting them to sit still, is keeping them far enough away from the lens to actually focus on them! Being rats, they just have to get as close as possible to the action, in this case the camera, to see what’s going on.

So there you have it: Billy and James enjoying a snack. What do you think? Anyone got any tips for taking rat (or rodent in general) photos? I’d love some advice!

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