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Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 1:59PM
Love the movement in this really shows the conditions well

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7 Feb 2009 2:01PM
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
7 Feb 2009 2:02PM
Terrific shot Cheryl, - perfectly captured motion, crisp detail.

IFIMAGE 10 143 Wales
7 Feb 2009 2:14PM

whiteswan01 10 13 England
7 Feb 2009 2:22PM
excellent shot nice capture
NatalieKinnear 11 280 8
7 Feb 2009 2:27PM
Great capture. Smile
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
7 Feb 2009 2:41PM
I agree with the above - it's an excellent capture. I really like the nut carried in the mouth and the snow detail. A good sense of motion.

Just some minor tweaks in the mod I've uploaded for you. Firstly, a crop of the top of the pic, getting rid of the relatively featureless detail. Secondly, a curves adjustment to pull back detail in the snow on the branch. Finally, an adjustment, with the hue/saturation slider and photo filter, to remove a very slight blue cast and to bring out the squirrel's colour a bit more. Hope that's useful. Smile
harrattp 11 11 4 England
7 Feb 2009 3:02PM
A fantastic image Cheryl, love the snow being kicked up by his back feet and the nut in his mouth.

csurry 16 9.2k 92
7 Feb 2009 3:08PM
Thanks all.

Only one problem, all red squirrels are different colours, the one in the mod looks nothing like the one that I photographed.

As I said yesterday, when working on the laptop I only ever do minor adjustments as the screen is not good enough to make final decisions on. If I print or send to a magazine then I work on a calibrated monitor and will make more adjustments than just for posting on here. A blue cast is quite natural when shooting in snow Wink Especially given the overhead conditions at the time as it will reflect the colour of the sky.

As always I try to shoot full frame and in this instance prefer the 3x2 ratio and feel that the crop constrains the squirrel too much.

So thanks for the mod, personally I would not have marked that as constructive as I dislike almost everything about it except perhaps the curves which I never do on the laptop as it always looks under-saturated compared with what others see, so I always shy away and stick to standard tweaks. If I play with curves others tend to see an over-saturated result.

But each to their own.

Thanks all.
PeelNStick 13 4 United States
7 Feb 2009 3:40PM
This is good work.
NatalieKinnear 11 280 8
7 Feb 2009 3:51PM
Every time I click on the mod to have a look, the Jessops advert totally gets in the way. Is anyone else having this problem, or is it just me?
csurry 16 9.2k 92
7 Feb 2009 3:57PM
I had problems loading it at first Natalie, but I'm on a slow dial-up so put it down to that, closed the window and tried again.

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rogues 14 4 India
7 Feb 2009 4:06PM
wat perfect timing
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 4:22PM
Very good capture Cheryl.
NatalieKinnear 11 280 8
7 Feb 2009 4:33PM
Yes I'm logged in. Am downloading some photos at moment from card, so will turn off and on again later, see if that helps.
7 Feb 2009 4:38PM
WOW, this is amazing, so well detailed and great dof,
7 Feb 2009 5:43PM
Lovely Cheryl... no mod needed in my eyes

albi 13 68 1 England
7 Feb 2009 6:33PM
I would say it needs a slight tweak on the highlights if anything, snow looks a bit grey to me, other than that it looks good. The mod looks to have a magenta cast on it....

Nice capture Cheryl, like the motion in the back legs and the bits of snow flying about...

7 Feb 2009 7:14PM
Superb capture, lovely sense of movement, great colour and detail.
The original is just fine.
themefrom 10 1 Scotland
7 Feb 2009 7:59PM
Ahhhh a real squirrel at last. Come to southern Scotland and photograph proper squirrels instead of the north american tree rats most of the country is infested with
8 Feb 2009 10:51AM
You must be so pleased with these Cheryl, superb set of images.

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
8 Feb 2009 1:54PM
a wonderful bit of motion captured and flurry of snow being kicked up here in this excellent shot
csurry 16 9.2k 92
8 Feb 2009 5:57PM
Thanks all.

Hopefully get another couple of hours tomorrow with the squirrels Grin

Going to get that jumping shot!
49er 12 564
9 Feb 2009 10:02AM
still snowing then..
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
9 Feb 2009 12:34PM
This is very lovely.
Different to see Squirrel Nutkins in motion.
Very well done.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
11 Feb 2009 3:17PM
I have seen your forum comments re this image - it's my favourite from your Award winning pics too.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
16 Feb 2009 2:40PM
Thanks all.

Described the crop to a group of wildlife photographers as I was showing this image and they all said "NO!!!". So I think that was pretty clear - the crop is a no no.


Have some other action shots, but they may have to wait a while if any other species is to get a look in.

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