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Red Squirrel

By a15trv
This shot was taken in the North East of England. The aim was to try to get a clear and sharp shot with as shallow a depth of field as possible. Any constructive critique and advice on how to improve the Image would be helpful.

Tags: Wildlife Trees Native Nuts Pine trees Red squirrel Wildlife and nature

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TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2017 9:48PM
Lovely shot, Trevor.
Tooma Plus
5 2.2k 3 Scotland
3 Aug 2017 10:16PM
What's to improve! It's balanced, it's sharp, it has good dof, it's nicely posed, and I know what its coat feels like. It could have a little more contrast, but that's just down to personal taste with this shot. Well done. Smile
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4238 Canada
3 Aug 2017 10:18PM
It is a very nice shot.

I would encourage you not to use Spot metering as a meter reference using one spot on the scene; it really is meant to be used on a range of neutral tones and a calculation made on metering afterwards. Its invariably results in underexposure, and in this, the Squirrel is underexposed by at least -2/3; this is likelt partly Spot and partly due to a bright background which would need a positive exposure comp usually.

Apart from this its great. I did load a mod with the exposure altered, and a small amount of sharpening.

Well done,


Robert51 12 7 122 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 8:05AM
Nice shot of a beautiful animal, a few more pine martens and we would see far more of these.

The shot itself has been fully covered by Willie. The mod I have corrected the underexposure and cut out the squirrel to allow a further blur to the background. I hope to soften this area and added a slight vignette. I hope this was what you were after.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 8:12AM
A super shot, but entirely with Willie. You should not use spot metering with automatic modes without great care. You are just a touch under exposed but that is easily corrected in software.

a15trv 17 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 9:06AM
Thank you all for your advice. It will be taken on board.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 9:35AM
Just my tuppence-worth - I have uploaded a modification with broadly similar results to the others - I lightened and brightened and did a bit of very gentle dodging and burning to bring out the textures in the fur.

I didn't touch colour saturation - it's worth noting how enhancing light can improve colour quite considerably.

I also flipped horizontally, to have the squirrel facing to the right, simply for comparison. It's what we intuitively expect, somehow it does seem more comfortable on the eye. Though there's no reason why photography should be comfortable...

Somewhere in the North Tyne to Kielder Forest area? I live on the Tyne Valley, the greys pushed the reds out several years ago here.
a15trv 17 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 9:53AM
Thanks Moira
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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
4 Aug 2017 10:08AM
I don't have anything to add, except, perhaps, 'Welcome to the Critique Gallery'! You've been a site member since 2004, but this is yoru first request for Critique...

I hope the experience has been helpful.
a15trv 17 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 7:05PM
As you will have seen I have not posted images for a few years but now retired I will be using the site a lot more along with the critique team.
Thank you all for all help with this image.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
5 Aug 2017 10:27AM
Looking forward to the next picture!

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