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Feeding Squirrel

By Peejayem
Squirrels in my garden seem to be getting braver, and coming ever closer to feed.

Tags: Urban Squirrel Garden Nuts Wildlife and nature

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pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2218 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2020 4:49PM
Hello, Pauline, and welcome to the Critique Gallery. You have been on the site for some years, but I think this is your first venture into this gallery.

It helps critiquers if you use the Description Box to explain your reasons for uploading here. Perhaps there is something you feel could be better, perhaps you want advice in a particular area? Do you have some questions?

The first thing I notice is that the image is out of focus and this is likely to be due to the shutter speed that you chose. Or, should I say, that your camera chose, because you used a programme mode instead of choosing your camera settings for yourself. Try using Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority.

This is a living, breathing subject that is not only eating, but which can move continually, and you therefore need a shutter speed that can cope with such movement and still produce a sharp image.
Is this a crop from a larger image? If so, this will have the effect of accentuating any blur that is present.

It's lovely to have these creatures come so close, but they hardly ever stay still.

One more point I'd like to make is that showing the squirrel feeding isn't always desirable, especially having the feeding tray inside your frame. Not ideal, but at least you got the shot.


banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4239 Canada
7 Oct 2020 4:53PM
Looks like a long zoom shot, and its using a high ISO.

With a compact camera and a small sensor it isnt bad. Using post processing to reduce noise a little more, and altering the crop to level the basket cam make a difference. It was a good idea to use + exposure compensation too.

I have applied the tweaks mention in a mod I have uploaded.


chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
7 Oct 2020 6:03PM
Hi and welcome Pauline.
The most important thing is, you got the shot so well done there.
Quality is not great tbh, the high ISO has contributed to the heavy noise here. At 125th sec you are going to struggle to get your moving subject sharply in focus and, if you didn't use a tripod or a firm surface to rest your camera on there may be some camera shake too.

Did you crop this ? as Pamela has said, that only accentuates any problems there may be.
Shutter priority may well be the way forward for you with this kind of image.

Willies mod is a good improvement Pauline and I suspect would only take a few moments.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
7 Oct 2020 7:09PM
And welcome from me, Pauline.

It's really helpful if you tell us all about what you were aiming for with the picture. Then we can pitch what we write to help you get closer to your aims - are you wanting the best record you can make with a compact or bridge camera, or do you have artistic aspirations?

+2/3 stop exposure compensation doesn't help exposure with an average subject. And clearly, you shot in poor light. It's possible to take wildlife pictures in dim conditions, but it's the preserve of people with highly specialised and very expensive equipment. With any ordinary camera and lens, good light is a prerequisite for good quality.

Given the shutter speed and focal length, this is remarkably sharp, though the mesh of the feeder, slightly closer to the camera than the squirrel, Again, as Pamela says, taking control of camera settings is a key to success (in this case, choosing precisely where the autofocus focusses on).

Yes - they're bold little so-and-sos...
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
7 Oct 2020 9:25PM
Welcome from me too.

All the technical stuff has been covered. I suspect quite a crop - you can upload the original as a modification here.
I guess it wasn't so bright given the high ISO and shutter speed chosen and that you were at the longest end of your zoom.

However, we can rule out camera shake as the feeder is sharp, so keeping the camera steady at such a magnification is very good. Little creatures tend to move and twitch a lot so higher shutter speeds will give you more chance of getting the animal sharp.

And we would like to hear back from you.

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