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Red Squirrel Leap

By teocali
This is a digital manipulation combining two consecutive action frames. I was 22.6m(tripod used) away from the Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) and focusing on the animal crouched on the perch, before it took off, hence the perch being the only thing in sharp focus.

The two squirrel captures are blurred and I have tried to sharpen them a little. I extended the canvas in front of the airborne squirrel to give him space into which to leap.

V2 and V3 are the original two frames, out of the RAW editor and untweaked, for use as mods, as I am sure there are those of you who can make a much better job of the manipulation and would love to learn alternative methods Smile

Tags: Action Wild Wildlifeandnature Digitally manipulated Mammal Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Leaping Cairngorms national park

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Mar 2013 1:03PM
A wonderful result, Sylvia, two great captures put together so well. Carol

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29 Mar 2013 1:08PM
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 Mar 2013 1:13PM
Absolutely brilliant Sylvia.I think it's
One of the best shots on the site.
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
29 Mar 2013 1:15PM
Very well done. Great timing on both shots.
johnke 5 223 15
29 Mar 2013 1:20PM
Fantastic Sylvia why would you do anything more to this image, superbly processed and a super super set...John
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 1:22PM
Clever work in V1, but V3 works best for me. Very impressive, and a classic moment-in-time capture; a leap into space, it reminds me strangely of some diving shots from the London Olympics!
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 1:27PM
Excellent manipulation in v1
V3 is my favourite though - the gap between the cut off branch and the squirrel speaks volumes SmileSmile
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 Mar 2013 1:32PM
Excellent work Sylvia. All very good. V1 and V3 are my favourites.......Sandy
29 Mar 2013 1:49PM
Excellent capture, a well timed image with lovely presentation too...

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 2:01PM
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
29 Mar 2013 2:01PM
Wow Sylvia, an excellent manipulation, love all 3 images, I would have given you my UA for this...super work and perfect as it is
mossy 5 46 1 England
29 Mar 2013 2:12PM
Works well Sylvia, i cant see the join. Grin
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
29 Mar 2013 2:14PM
Excellent work Sylvia and very well done. I really like the letterbox presentation and the layers work has worked a treat
Mike43 7 18 21 England
29 Mar 2013 2:41PM
What a really nice shot.
29 Mar 2013 3:16PM
Wonderful images Sylvia, perfect timing and great detail
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
29 Mar 2013 3:27PM
Excellent set! Very well presented!!
nicely done

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 4:38PM
Cracking shot !!
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 5:25PM
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Mar 2013 6:22PM
Two cracking shots of the leaping squirrel and so cleverly combined in V 1, Sylvia.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 7:30PM
A pity you weren't a tad closer, as V3 is a fine image in it's own rightSmile

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
29 Mar 2013 7:38PM
Well done,nicely put together,nope,not the sharpest images but you have made thje best of them.
The darker OOF tree is just about the only distraction/niggle,I would have had a bash at removing it to give a nice clean bg..the dof is lovely btw.
Colours are good,there are a few highlights on the stump so perhaps you could have afforded a very slightly faster shutter speed,not by much though but that may have given you less blur on the Squirrel.
You got yourself in the right place at the right time...good job done !
OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 8:08PM
Great timming Sylvia, love work.
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 8:26PM
At first sight, v1 is very impressive and has attracted loads of comment, as it should. You have made your own major criticism, the squirrel itself is a bit soft with the perch sharp. At this size, you get away with it, but large, I suspect it would be more obvious.

I'm not convinced it is a depth issue entirely. Could be a bit of movement too. Movement blur is very difficult to sharpen. You needed a camera position where the branch and direction in which the squirrel was leaping remained in the same plane to remove any depth issues.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 9:16PM
Fantastic jobGrin...... This would make a great postcard!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 9:24PM
Brilliant timing
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
29 Mar 2013 9:45PM
Not a bad manipulation.
I find the white frame with the drop shadow a bit overpowering, particularly as it's presented here, on a black background.
29 Mar 2013 9:48PM
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 9:49PM
Why did you disable awards
Quote:Brilliant timing
ah that will teach me to read all comments, its a manip but so well done I was going to ask Y you had disabled awards but maybe you asked for critique as well!
29 Mar 2013 10:01PM
Great captures !
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Mar 2013 10:32PM
These two images are wonderful in their own right and have both been timed to perfection, together they are brilliant and demonstrate your photoshopping skills so admirably
Ray42 10 3 England
30 Mar 2013 7:46AM
An excellent piece of work
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
30 Mar 2013 11:58AM
Thank you very much everybody for your comments and observations. Your time is really appreciated Smile
tommyld 7 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 3:07PM
Stunning shot's Sylvia, with perfect timing, lovely color and detail. Great work.
2 Apr 2013 12:18PM
I think the composition works very well - I do like these composite type shots. As you have pointed out above though, the squirrels themselves are a little soft.


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