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This photo was taken in a bar garden in Cartagena Colombiaapril 2012. I took the photo because of the rare chance of seeing a red squirrel in the wild as this one was,the food tray was the only place that I could get it to stay still long enough to get a shot

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ9
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Apr 2012 - 3:49 PM
Focal Length:4.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Red Squirrel
Username:johnbryan6 johnbryan6
Uploaded:29 Apr 2012 - 1:01 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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NH_Snap
NH_Snap  4 Scotland
29 Apr 2012 - 2:06 PM

Agree with you on the feeding table not the nicest place but good to see a Red. Would it have been possible to have a lower angle so to reduce the view on the table and get a bit blurred Background in to reduce the impact of the table on the image? Not always possible but a suggestion for the next time

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Nils

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puertouk
puertouk  31083 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2012 - 4:17 PM

Nice shot of the rare red squirrel. Maybe the image would have been better if you could have taken the shot a little lower, rather than looking down onto it. I've done a mod on it, blurred around the squirrel and enhanced the shadows to bring more detail out. Hope you like it.
Stephen

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pamelajean Critique Team 8827 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2012 - 6:48 PM

I fully understand your desire to get a shot of the red squirrel, John, and you have said that the food tray was the only place where it stayed still.
It's always good to see pictures of red squirrels, and the sheen on its coat is lovely. I like the rich colour you have achieved, and seeing the whole length of the beautiful tail.
The light was in your favour and you handled the exposure well, but it appears that the squirrel's head is in the shade, and this is such a shame because it's the face, and particularly the eyes, that you want to be sharp. I know there is a lot to remember when taking a shot, and thinking about the direction of the light isn't always of paramount importance, but if you could have got it to look into the light, the difference would have been enormous. The image might benefit from lifting the shadows so that the head isn't so dark. Stephen's excellent modification shows what can be achieved in editing.
I agree with the other comments about a lower point of view, and would also suggest trying to get around the front of your subject so that the head is prominent.
I like your composition, with just the grass in the background and no distractions, and you have good detail throughout. All you needed was a more co-operative subject.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 30 Apr 2012 - 6:49 PM

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