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Red Squirrel

By johnbryan6
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

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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29 Apr 2012 2:06PM
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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puertouk Plus
6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 4:17PM
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.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1984 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2012 6:48PM
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.

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