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Challenge: Chips (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Apr 5, 2011
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2011


[Apr. 6th, 2011 06:12:50 PM]

Ok. I know you're thinking: "Another squirrel?!?!"

But I did try other things first. I tried portraits:

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I tried funky chip shots:

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My daughter even touched up my funky chip shot -- she said it was interesting, but needed something else:

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But I didn't like any of them. So I put the chips out to see if I had any takers.

Realize that my squirrels are not tame. When I do a squirrel shot, it takes about 2 hours at the least, usually longer. Unfortunately, I waited until last minute, and it was a very windy day. I had more chips blow off the deck than stay.

I put out one chip at a time. It takes about 10-15 minutes for the squirrel to get brave enough to come down again. I was so excited -- he picked up the chip!!! And immediately turned his back to me and ate the whole thing!

I put out another chip. It blew off. Put out another one, blew off. Put out another one. Waited for another 10-15 minutes for the squirrel to get brave enough, and he did it again!! Picked up the chip and turned his back to me! I was able to get a quick shot off, first.

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I liked his pose, but I didn't like that his feet were out of focus.

Last chip... a little over 2 hours since I started, and he finally picked up the chip and ate it in a way that I could get a couple of shots:

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And this shot. I liked this shot, because it looked like he was smiling. :)

76 votes here on the first day -- 6.7895.

Seriously, people! I've only done 8 squirrel shots in over 2 years! It's not that many... :)

[Apr. 12th, 2011 11:49:34 AM]

Last day of voting, and it has climbed up over 7. It's incredibly exciting! Thanks for all of the wonderful comments and votes!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 68
Avg (all users): 7.0203
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.5526
Avg (non-participants): 7.1321
Views since voting: 4597
Views during voting: 395
Votes: 197
Comments: 50
Favorites: 5 (view)


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04/16/2011 01:04:29 AM
Congratulations again, Wendy, another fantastic squirrel shot. Your squirrels certainly earn their rewards.
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04/15/2011 12:22:02 PM
Congrats on the blue,great smile.
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04/13/2011 11:05:24 PM
Congrats! Now go feed them something to lower their blood pressure. All that salt, poor things! :-)
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04/13/2011 03:35:54 PM
Nice job!!!!!! Congrats!
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04/13/2011 11:40:37 AM
Congrats!!
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04/13/2011 10:58:43 AM
Windy, you're on fire...Congrats on another ribbon...
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04/13/2011 08:08:03 AM
Congrats again Wendy; I knew this had to be yours. Good job.
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04/13/2011 07:28:47 AM
Another squirrel victory! Good work Wendy, huge congrats on yet another blue! :-)
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04/13/2011 05:36:05 AM
As sweet...or is that as salty as ever. Congrats Wendy and go Blue. Now it's time to work in a diet for these critters. First you feed them sweets and now crisps. Shame on you.
Well done
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04/13/2011 05:01:07 AM
Congrats on blue!
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04/13/2011 03:50:07 AM
OMG !!! .. THIS IS AMAZING .. !!
you must be a squirrel whisperer ....
congrats wendy on the blue .. this is exceptional .. :)
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04/13/2011 03:14:36 AM
congrats on a shining new Blue, Wendy! Very nice picture.
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04/13/2011 01:57:23 AM
Congratulations Wendy! Your hard work is rewarded as deserved. Moreover, I'm sure this little fellow approved your idea of another squirrel shot! :-)
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04/13/2011 01:35:08 AM
Congrats on the blue Wendy! Really like the title. Outstanding sharpness and clarity. Well done!
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04/13/2011 01:21:35 AM
I love the ones with ridges too! My kinda squirrel! Congrats Wendy!
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04/13/2011 12:41:20 AM
It looks like he's saying "wanna bite?"

Like Steve said, told ya so!
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04/13/2011 12:32:10 AM
Told ya' so! You and your trained squirrels!
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04/13/2011 12:23:03 AM
I'm starting to rethink my name change suggestion - SquirrelLady is looking like a good fit! Well deserved ribbon!
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04/13/2011 12:18:47 AM
Another well deserved win, well done.
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04/13/2011 12:15:07 AM
Love the smile.
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04/13/2011 12:14:26 AM
Congrats, Wendy!
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04/13/2011 12:08:42 AM
As predicted :-) Congrats!
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04/13/2011 12:07:34 AM
Yeah! congrats this was an excellent image! I knew you would do well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2011 08:16:40 PM
One of my top two... VAWENDY?? She's the master of squirrels... 9 (voted earlier, back to comment)
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04/12/2011 06:34:31 PM
Fantastic shot. This has to be the winner (Wendy?)
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04/12/2011 04:48:18 PM
Far too salty for a squirrel, but what a great photo!
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04/12/2011 03:59:14 PM
Excellent clarity. Squirrel shots don't typically grab me but this one's connection to the challenge theme does!
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04/12/2011 12:27:25 PM
Yeah, a ribbon. You HAWG!!!

:-)
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04/11/2011 10:51:28 PM
Who wouldn't love that face. Great job.
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04/11/2011 01:43:32 PM
So cute! Only thing that could have made it any cuter, is if he was taking a bite. :-)
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04/11/2011 12:11:41 PM
Perfect caption! I swear that squirrel just winked at me! Great capture.
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04/10/2011 01:00:04 PM
Nice capture.
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04/09/2011 01:44:56 PM
ooooh is right !! grt shot ..
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04/09/2011 10:49:28 AM
chip-munk?
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04/07/2011 07:51:36 PM
Great capture! Focus right on.
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04/07/2011 05:59:05 PM
Wonderful! 9
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04/07/2011 05:18:35 AM
Love it.
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04/06/2011 09:16:45 PM
Very cool
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04/06/2011 06:30:08 PM
Aw, now that's unfair. Using a cute, innocent rodent to boost your score.
And it worked! 9
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04/06/2011 06:00:34 PM
Looks like a 21_F.gif vawendy to me :-)
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04/06/2011 01:30:54 PM
ace!
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04/06/2011 12:15:02 PM
spot on
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04/06/2011 11:52:37 AM
Sharp!
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04/06/2011 08:55:59 AM
Wow, who could this be?? ;) Nice capture Wendy, love the detail and color. Definitely a ribbon-winner!
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04/06/2011 08:01:33 AM
Wendy??? This is excellent!!!
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04/06/2011 05:54:24 AM
when i saw this i knew it was a ribbon, good luck
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04/06/2011 04:32:31 AM
What a difficult subject. It's been very educational for me in the UK in terms of learning American speak. We call this squirrel food a crisp. Fantastic picture anyway and by far the most interesting.
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04/06/2011 01:55:04 AM
Wendy you know them chips are no good for you health, never mind the squirrels, get a grip. Very good photo, again.
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04/06/2011 01:04:25 AM
cute factor of 10
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04/06/2011 12:08:54 AM
This is fantastic. I'd love to see this with a ribbon at the end of the week... Nice work :)
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