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Having A Nibble.......

By teocali
Continuing with another picture taken whilst on holiday on Cape Cod last year, here is a Chipmunk (Tamias striatus), busy nibbling away at a leaf. Unfortunately I can't remove the pale green shadows on his back, as these are formed by out-of-focus grass in the foreground(ie shooting at F/5.6 gave me a shallow dof both front and back), but if you look closely at his eye, I think you can just see the fairly sharp reflections of blades of grass above his head (but not in the frame)
This image is virtually full frame - I was able to get very close but didn't dare hold the offending foreground grass back!!
Settings: F/5.6 1/800sec ISO400 manual handheld @420mm (lying flat in the grass and inching forward as close as I dared!)

Many thanks for your C&Cs, hints and tips on my last upload - very much appreciated as always

If you have time, here are some interesting facts about Chipmunks, taken from Wild Birds Forever:-
If you feed birds in your yard, chances are you will attract the very entertaining chipmunk. It's hard not to marvel at these frisky dynamos as they scurry about with their cheeks full of gathered nuts and seed. There are 21 species of chipmunk in North America, and they are among the most common and adored species of all backyard wildlife. Historical records show that chipmunks were well ingrained in American Indian Lore. The Chippewa Indians, called it "chetamon", from which "chitmunk", and finally "chipmunk" evolved. A Navajo taboo is: "Never kill a chipmunk, because it will lead you to food and water." The Latin name for the chipmunk, Tamias Striatus means "striped steward," one who stores and looks after provisions, referring to its habits of hoarding food. That habit, however, has made it popular in Russia, where "chipmunk nuts" fetch a higher price on the market than those gathered by people, for while to err is human, chipmunks never give house room to second-class nuts!

Tags: Close-up and macro Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: saeidNL, Shroomer, johnjones and 43 more

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saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
28 Feb 2010 12:21PM
A superb captured and verywell taken.
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
28 Feb 2010 12:25PM
You've caught the intimacy very well here Sylvia and retained its environment in amongst the grass spot on. Wonderful detail and exposure
28 Feb 2010 12:28PM
great shot brill
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
28 Feb 2010 12:40PM
An enchanting capture, Sylvia. Carol
Stace 13 2 2 England
28 Feb 2010 12:42PM
Wonderful image great focus on the eye

colmar 14 42 35 Scotland
28 Feb 2010 12:59PM
A wonderful detail and captue well presented as ever Colin
motorsportpictures 13 289 23 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 1:03PM
A fantastic shot, well detailed and timed.

pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 1:47PM
just a shame about the reflection of the glass (explained) this is a beautiful shot with fantastic detail
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
28 Feb 2010 2:21PM
A very lovely and detailed image of the cracking little creature Sylvia. OOF grass does not impair the shot for me; it merely adds to the authenticity of the image.
teocali 13 442 18 England
28 Feb 2010 2:30PM

Quote:Just a shame about the reflection of the glass (explained) this is a beautiful shot with fantastic detail

?? No glass involved Ann - as explained, it is due to OOF grass. However, there is a great write-up on this subject by Cheryl Surry on her Merlin - Full Frontal upload. Do have a look as it is very helpful.
Many thanks for your C&C Smile
lianna 11 13 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 2:50PM
what a lovely image, this is really cute! the way he is holding the food and the detail is fantastic. really like this x x
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
28 Feb 2010 2:55PM
Such great exposure and detail in this wonderful capture Sylvia.
Graham_P 14 1 19 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 3:14PM
Lovely natural image Sylvia,
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
28 Feb 2010 3:18PM
Very cute shot..........Sandy
12 10 10 England
28 Feb 2010 3:18PM
Excellent detail in this very good shot.
Gezina 15 3 6 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 7:29PM
Very well captured in natural environment - making the best of the challange without scaring it off - delightful little fella and interesting narritive - Ina
Suehh 14 39 6 England
28 Feb 2010 7:34PM
Captivating capture. Susan
Ray42 13 3 England
28 Feb 2010 8:51PM
If only wild life was easy!!! I think its a good shot - in its natural environment with a good eye. Need and invisible gardner to move the grass in the fg!!!!
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2010 7:47AM
Fantastic capture Sylvia, such a lovely wee guy! Mossy Oak's upload is probably the "Olympic" species, Wink
LukeParkinson 11 30 3 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2010 11:00AM
Excellent shot Sylvia. Very well captured
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
1 Mar 2010 3:15PM
Superb detail here Sylvia and improved even further by the sharpened mod from Richard,
1 Mar 2010 4:00PM
A really superb shot - very well done! Almost as good as mod 3!! Smile
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2010 4:36PM
That is a fantastic shot, love all the detail and agree that mossyoak/Richard has done a great job with his mod.
beautifully captured
1 Mar 2010 5:20PM
A fantastic shot love the detail,gray.
teocali 13 442 18 England
1 Mar 2010 7:19PM
Thank you all so much for your comments and votes and a special thank you for the 3 mods - to Graham for so skillfully removing the offending "mushy" grass and to Richard for his sharpened version and above all for my favourite, again from Richard - the "Olympic" Chipmunk - obviously my favourite LOL
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
1 Mar 2010 9:08PM
Its not Olympic...Its Alvin
teocali 13 442 18 England
1 Mar 2010 10:16PM

Quote:Its not Olympic...Its Alvin

Ooops! Sorry Alvin...LOL
Pegon 16 78 1 England
1 Mar 2010 11:06PM
A lovely and cute capture Sylvia.
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2010 4:21PM
Beautiful shot Sylvia and so very cute, superb details and I love this pose sniffing the grass (!!!)
But I'm a little surprised at the stuffed toys that Richard has lying around ready to photograph Wink

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