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Fox Squirrel
Fox Squirrel

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Illinois Backyard
Date: Oct 31, 2008
Aperture: 6.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160 sec
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2008

[Nov. 6th, 2008 03:20:31 PM]

A DPC member for 18 months now and finally I decide to enter my first challenge. This is one of several squirrls that live in 3 large Bur Oak trees in my backyard. Bur Oak's have the largest acorns, up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. So my backyard is a virtual squirrel smorgasbord.

After I submitted the photo, I realized that I didn't take advantage of Advanced Editing much. Other than cloning out a couple of stray hairs, this was processed using Basic Editing rules. In retrospect, I should have taken care of the blown-out highlights in the corncob (topleft corner) and on the chest of the squirrel. Oh well, I'll work on my PS skills.

Thank you for the comments. I'm very happy with the score on my first challenge.

Place: 74 out of 394
Avg (all users): 6.1417
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1364
Avg (non-participants): 6.1538
Views since voting: 991
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 127
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/08/2008 12:23:21 AM
I thought this was really cute. It reminds me of a woman who's wearing a long train and then she swoops and turns to pose. It's a fun character portrait of an animal :)
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11/08/2008 12:22:53 AM
I just read your comments. On my (calibrated) screen the chest and corncob are not blown out. They are fairly bright, but certainly not blown out.

Great job on your first challenge. congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2008 08:33:06 PM
They don't call them that for nothing, beautiful tail on that squirrel. I feed one regularly and his coat has turned gray for winter and he almost doubled in size too. Great capture of a common subject.
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11/07/2008 10:41:20 AM
You gotta love these guys. They are so fun to photograph. I really feel you have captured the true essence of his/her personality here
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11/04/2008 07:56:33 PM
Lovely shot. Looks like a prima donna posing for the camera. 9
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11/03/2008 06:51:57 PM
awe, too cute
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11/03/2008 12:18:57 AM
great focus. composition is lacking
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11/02/2008 02:51:05 AM
nice light, well done
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11/01/2008 08:48:40 PM
nice shot ! love the pose , 7
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