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JakeKurdsjuk


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Challenge: Free Study 2016-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Date: Mar 16, 2016
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2016

This is Bernie, our deck chipmunk. Seriously. He lives under our front stoop and travels around the edge of the house to visit us when we're on the deck. He'll take peanuts straight from our hands, 2 to 4 at a time. Occasionally he'll want a finger instead, but he's pretty darn gentle.

After a long winter's rest from the deck I stepped outside on a beautiful March day. Within 5 minutes there he was, no fear, and he waited for me to go inside and get the bag of peanuts. After taking a few from my hand I decided not to waste the opportunity and set some on the ground so he'd pose for me. I'm not sure about world domination, but I suspect there was somewhere around 10lbs of peanuts in the underground bunker for last winter.

[after voting]

Was really happy with the image but not sure how well it would be received. I'm so glad so many liked it (and also wish Dennis had taken his Patagonia trip in February, LOL).

The "Donald" comments made me laugh because we had two of these guys on the deck last year and they got the name Bernie and Donald because of their willingness to share, or lack thereof. Donald didn't seem to make it through the winter, and I have to be honest and say that I'm disappointed that wasn't the case all around. ;)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 105
Avg (all users): 7.3553
Avg (commenters): 7.9091
Avg (participants): 7.3600
Avg (non-participants): 7.3462
Views since voting: 1178
Views during voting: 164
Votes: 76
Comments: 27
Favorites: 7 (view)


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02/27/2017 12:33:41 AM
Bernie is precious and you did a superb photo shot of him. I love it!
04/10/2016 03:37:39 PM
Hehe... I am jealous!! Because we don't have chipmunks!! Absolutely wonderful!! Huge congrats on the red!
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04/10/2016 12:14:44 PM
The title makes this even better! ha!

Congratulations on your ribbon, Jake!
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04/10/2016 01:06:30 AM
Great image, Jake! Love the pose. Thanks also for the back story as it adds to the enjoyment of the image.
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04/08/2016 09:48:58 PM
Congrats Jake, we have a little squirrel who keeps busy cleaning the cones off our spruce trees. I don't feed him very often but last year I did slide him a few peanuts, he sat and ate them like he had died and gone to heaven. Congrats on the ribbon! Well deserved.
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04/08/2016 08:05:33 PM
Congrats on the red, Jake. That little guy has personality plus, though I can imagine that his proximity could be a mixed blessing. Now, if I can only get our little ringtail possums to pose cutely for me...
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04/08/2016 02:46:49 PM
Congrats! Absolutely my favorite!!
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04/08/2016 10:21:31 AM
Yes!!!! I am so pleased to see you get a ribbon for this amazing photo. What a cool animal to have visiting your deck. Congrats!
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04/08/2016 07:58:58 AM
Fantastic Jake!
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04/08/2016 07:38:57 AM
Outstanding! I'm going to have to give away my cats so I can get a shot like this! Congrats.
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04/08/2016 04:55:56 AM
This one was my favourite, what an amazingly beautiful chipmunk portrait! Congrats on the Red.
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04/08/2016 04:48:08 AM
stunning - Congrats!
the shallow dof and the spot on sharpness is fantastic
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04/08/2016 12:29:39 AM
Bernie is the most photographic rodent I have ever seen. Brilliant shot Jake. Congratulations!
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04/08/2016 12:24:26 AM
Just knew this had to do well, how could it not do well, it makes me smile. PS that's my husband's name ;)
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04/08/2016 12:17:11 AM
Congrats Jake! Spectacular image.

Wanted to come back and add how much I loved reading your back story. I wish everyone would explain how the photos came to be, even just a little back story is great!

Message edited by author 2016-04-08 17:25:50.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2016 11:52:25 PM
Amazing detail.
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04/07/2016 11:20:48 PM
the donald?
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04/07/2016 10:45:16 PM
Thanks for allowing me to end my day with a good laugh.
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04/07/2016 10:24:53 PM
I gotta say this little fella looks like he's been caught red handed pawed.
Well done.
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04/07/2016 08:27:07 PM
The puffy cheeks says it all :-)
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04/07/2016 06:49:21 PM
LOL! This is fantastic!
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04/07/2016 08:47:08 AM
Wow superb! Wendy will be very jealous if this is not her shot:) This is the best I have seen so far so hope you get a ribbon for it.
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04/06/2016 12:21:54 PM
Well captured and titled.
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04/02/2016 07:50:19 PM
My choice for the blue. Just an outstanding shot. Should be in a wildlife magazine.
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04/02/2016 12:04:09 PM
Now that's a look :) Great shot -
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04/01/2016 12:18:01 PM
Love this and the title!
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04/01/2016 12:15:51 PM
Is this Donald?
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