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Squirrel II

By marcsneddon
Yet another picture of a squirrel. My second one.

Tags: Wildlife and nature


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2085 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2019 7:59PM
This was taken just one minute after your previous squirrel image, Marc, so it would be impossible for you to have used the critique given to improve your technique.
The same comments apply: regarding shutter speed, straightening, etc.

The only difference in your settings is the aperture, which is f0.95 for this one, as opposed to f2.4 for the previous one. So, inevitably, your depth of field is even smaller. You have one eye nice and sharp, but that's it. Well done for focusing so precisely, but one sharp eye isn't really enough.

I like the fact that your subject is looking straight at the camera, and that immediately engages your viewer. Your squirrel looks really hungry and is obviously willing to pose, if there's food. I hope you get some more opportunities to practice with him, and use a smaller aperture/higher f-number, for a larger depth of field.
Large numbers mean large DOF. If you can master aperture, you put into your grasp real creative control over your phone/camera. Having said that, I have absolutely no idea how much control you CAN have with your phone.


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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 9:31AM
Grey squirrel are good subjects. they tend to be relatively tame if food is about. The problem here is depth of field as Pamela says. Much too shallow ad a problem with camera phones and many compacts where the users rarely look at the settings and leave it to the camera.

I don't use a mobile for any serious photography so have not researched the ability to control things such tiny sensors and lenses should give reasonable depth at f4 or 5.6.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4020 Canada
6 Aug 2019 12:02PM
Another decent shot, quite close too. Its a 51mm equivalent. Its still a very pleasant shot despite shallow depth.

The native Apple phone app has very limited control, but there are some very capable apps that allow more control you could experiment with, Camera+ being one.

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