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Dennisheckman


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 100 Meters (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: 10 feet from home
Date: May 23, 2011
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 12800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2011

Outside my side porch, I have a Maple tree that is quite old. The center is hollow in most parts of the tree. In the 15 years I have owned my house, it has been home to numerous birds, honey bees, squirrels, and wasps. This year it's Flickers and Squirrels. The tree is about 10 feet from the porch where I BBQ almost every night for dinner. The top of the limb where they live is also hollow, so they can come and go through two separate entries. The sound of the shutter clicking enticed these two to come out and see what the sound was.

Finally broke the 7 barrier!! Woo Hoo! I got so lucky with this shot. Was out fixing my dinner on the grill and noticed the critters playing, had my camera all ready set up with the correct lens and was able to get quite a few shots of them. Thanks everyone for all your great comments and votes! Was a very fun week watching the score. I was not counting my chickens though, there were lots of great shots in this challenge! (:

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 141
Avg (all users): 7.3893
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 7.3667
Avg (non-participants): 7.4085
Views since voting: 5312
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 131
Comments: 44
Favorites: 22 (view)


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06/08/2011 02:40:18 PM
Congrats on your blue ribbon! Great picture with good subjects and wonderful texture and lighting.
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06/07/2011 06:37:51 PM
Well, congrats to you and a good solid 7 to boot...excellent moment to capture for sure!!!
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06/07/2011 05:51:35 PM
A very cute shot, I sure wish I could send you all the squirrels from my place, can't afford all the bird feed for both them and the birds!!! Congrats on your ribbon.
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06/07/2011 11:28:05 AM
Lovely stuff,Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/06/2011 07:17:43 PM
Originally posted by bergiekat:

Double trouble! What great detail and curious if you used flash on this.


No flash was used, just that massive ISO of 12800 and the rest was done with careful processing. I also used my 2X extender which takes that 70-200 lens aperture to f/8. Not much light comes through with that. I also used the spot metering setting since it was actually fairly darker inside the tree trunk. I didnt want to take the chance of the evaluative setting with a challenging exposure like that.

Thanks again everyone for all your great comments! Very Happy with the outcome of this shot.
06/06/2011 05:35:20 PM
That is such an amazingly cute capture, both of them peeking out like that! Congrats on the blue :-)
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06/06/2011 04:43:23 PM
Cool nature photo, Dennis. Congratulations on the Blue! Well done!
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06/06/2011 04:01:48 PM
Wonderful capture sooooo cute!
added to my favorites
Congratulations
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06/06/2011 02:17:47 PM
Fabulous shot. Congratulations on the Blue, well deserved.
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06/06/2011 02:05:58 PM
What a cute shot !
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06/06/2011 12:08:05 PM
YAY for those little guys. So sweet. Congrats.
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06/06/2011 10:55:21 AM
Congratulations with the Blue Dennis. As I already said in my comment during voting "Absolutely delightful capture. Priceless 10"

Message edited by author 2011-06-06 10:58:48.
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06/06/2011 10:45:46 AM
THis makes me smile every time I look at it. Thanks... and congrats on the ribbon!
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06/06/2011 09:58:31 AM
Truly terrific scene you captured here.
Congratulations on a fine win and for seeing and being prepared for the opportunity.
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06/06/2011 09:44:11 AM
Congrats Dennis on your 7+
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06/06/2011 07:18:04 AM
What a wonderful shot!!! Beautifully spotted, wonderfully captured!
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06/06/2011 06:59:03 AM
Congratulations on the blue! What a great shot!
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06/06/2011 04:06:42 AM
So cute. Congratulations on your new PB.
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06/06/2011 03:39:37 AM
Super shot, WD.
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06/06/2011 03:05:59 AM
Love those little guys, a big congrats on the blue and your new PB.
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06/06/2011 02:32:49 AM
Congrats on the blue and the great score. Awesome photo!
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06/06/2011 01:06:28 AM
Yaaay! Congrats on your blue. Killer cute.
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06/06/2011 12:46:20 AM
WOW I nailed this.. in fact I nailed the top 4... Soooo why can't I shoot em if I can see em.. LOL
BIG Congratulations!!!!!
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06/06/2011 12:04:20 AM
I told you so! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2011 11:21:09 PM
Love these little guys; nicely processed. Keeping as a favorite. (voted earlier)
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06/05/2011 05:42:29 PM
Great capture and nicely processed.
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06/05/2011 12:38:34 PM
What a catch. This one certainly has the "cute" factor in spades.
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06/03/2011 08:27:53 PM
Lovely sharp capture and cute too!
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06/03/2011 07:02:48 PM
Double trouble! What great detail and curious if you used flash on this.
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06/03/2011 04:15:27 PM
top 3- great shot
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06/03/2011 03:47:47 AM
Very cute!
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06/02/2011 09:56:35 PM
Entirely too cute!
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06/01/2011 08:04:00 PM
awwwwwwwww
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05/31/2011 11:47:01 AM
Hahahaha! Oh how adorable. Great shot.
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05/31/2011 11:33:30 AM
Real cute.
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05/31/2011 09:45:00 AM
Oh My goodness!!! That's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I have a squirrel that comes down when I call her. I put out sunflower seeds and she scampers right down within a foot of me. SO CUTE.
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05/30/2011 02:11:23 PM
Absolutely delightful capture. Priceless. 10
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05/30/2011 11:06:06 AM
So cute!!!
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05/30/2011 09:07:48 AM
Great shot...being at the right place at the right time really helps.
10 in my book!!
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05/30/2011 05:50:33 AM
Definitely a ribbon. Good luck!
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05/30/2011 03:24:16 AM
So cute!! This is a great capture! I love it.
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05/30/2011 01:20:08 AM
OMG toooooo cute and great photo to boot... I guess I'd better give this one a 10
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05/30/2011 12:40:01 AM
Just too adorable.
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05/30/2011 12:12:50 AM
Excellent squirrel shot, and I know it is not Wendy's this time!
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