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Just Chillin'

By sabery
A hungry squirrel in Yosemite at lunchtime.

Trying to capture a high definition image of the squirrel with a slightly blurred background.

Tags: Nature Animals Hiking Wildlife and nature

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 12:26AM
A good moment well caught. Differential focus has made the squirrel stand out, but the only problem is that you are shooting into the light, consequently this side is in shadow. Using flash here would lift the shadows on this side, light the fur a little and give a twinkle to the eye, which looks a little lifeless here. You could maybe have included a little more of him, but as a head and shoulders portrait, I don't think it's bad.

Some of the stuff you can correct in PS anyway.


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jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 7:21AM
Like this Steph - the narrow depth of focus has worked well and the features of the squirrel are really sharp. Good off-centre composition too with the squirrel looking into the frame
drizzle 5 7 United States
6 Sep 2012 6:45PM
I like the crispness of the photo, though I agree with Sooty that shooting into the light may not have been the best thing--but it still looks quite good. Beyond that, I can't think of anything else that could be fixed! Nice job!
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 9:37AM
Composition is spot on. I would have considered burning in the branch as it is rather too bright.

The full aperture has worked well here, it is often the case with compacts, somebody will know why but not me. The apparent extra depth of field also happens on my compact and would love to know why.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 2:19PM
the apparent extra depth of field also happens on my compact and would love to know why.
Frank, see:
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 4:40PM

Quote:Frank, see:

Many thanks Ian

sabery 5
12 Sep 2012 10:48PM
Thanks for all of your comments guys - much appreciated!

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