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Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.0k 15 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 1.7k 3809 Canada
7 Feb 2009 2:02PM
Terrific shot Cheryl, - perfectly captured motion, crisp detail.

9 143 Wales
7 Feb 2009 2:14PM

excellent shot nice capture
NatalieKinnear 10 280 8
7 Feb 2009 2:27PM
Great capture. Smile
Carabosse Plus
14 41.0k 269 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 Plus
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 Plus
15 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.
This is good work.
NatalieKinnear 10 280 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 Plus
15 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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7 Feb 2009 4:06PM
wat perfect timing
arhb Plus
10 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 4:22PM
Very good capture Cheryl.
NatalieKinnear 10 280 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.
WOW, this is amazing, so well detailed and great dof,
7 Feb 2009 5:43PM
Lovely Cheryl... no mod needed in my eyes

albi Plus
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.
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 Plus
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 Plus
15 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 Plus
11 564
9 Feb 2009 10:02AM
still snowing then..
BarbaraR Plus
11 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 Plus
15 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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