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Fives A Crowd
Fives A Crowd

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Illinois Backyard
Date: May 7, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2009

I took this photo in early May from my 2nd story bathroom window which faces the backyard. The tree is only about 20 feet from my convenient blind, so it has provided me with thousands of wonderful opportunities to photograph the squirrels and birds that frequent this old Bur Oak. Actually, this photo captures only 5 of the 7 squirrels that call this hole home. “Mama” (bottom of pile), has been an excellent mother, having raised 4 young in 2008, only to surpass that this year with a brood of 6 that were born sometime in January.

This is my second challenge entry and I really messed it up. I waited to the last minute to process and submit the photo and didn’t realize until it was too late, that my computer monitor was badly miscalibrated. It came out way too blue and my Photoshop post-processing wasn’t that terrific either.

Thank you so much for the helpful comments!

Place: 78 out of 434
Avg (all users): 6.1691
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.1287
Avg (non-participants): 6.2857
Views since voting: 633
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 136
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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07/05/2009 02:25:51 AM
Is it just me or does the one at the top left look a bit like a hippo?
06/12/2009 01:32:21 PM
so cool!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2009 10:41:26 PM
Gorgeous composition.
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06/07/2009 01:39:03 AM
very cute...nice job
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06/06/2009 01:40:31 PM
just terrific
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06/05/2009 06:16:06 PM
wow!!! An unique shot! 10!
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06/05/2009 01:37:42 PM
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06/05/2009 09:33:19 AM
What a great shot! I might almost forgive this bunch for their kin constantly raiding my birdfeeders ;-) They're looking a little blue, which bled into the tree on the left side of the hole.
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06/03/2009 08:32:23 PM
Cute is what this photo is screaming!
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06/03/2009 08:11:26 AM
Adorable! What a find! Great textures, tones and colors!
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06/02/2009 08:53:02 PM
aren't they cute...excellent shot....very well done...good editing
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06/02/2009 08:23:06 PM
What a great shot, so cute!
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06/02/2009 07:49:20 PM
very cute. Nice textures in the shot. Great eye contact. If you look closely you will see a blue tinge/hue on their foreheads. I would recommend that you remove the blue hue and you would get more accurate colors. 7
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06/02/2009 02:35:04 AM
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06/01/2009 09:37:38 AM
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06/01/2009 12:48:42 AM
who is it mommy? just some nut with a camera. a nut?
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