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this beast came up to me (the cheek of it) so I turned my camera onto him and began snapping.. This was probably the best shot as it has a little more character than the rest. Comments, good or bad are most welcome as this was my first foray into wildlife photography . Move aside Chris Packham

Camera:Pentax K20D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax DA 18-250mm
Title:the sod that nicked my nuts
Username:petemasty petemasty
Uploaded:30 Apr 2009 - 8:56 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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arhb Plus Member 82701 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2009 - 10:46 AM

Hi Pete, a great subject to start your venture into wildlife photography with. Focus on the eye is good, and I especially like the way you've captured the raised paw against the chest, as if to say, "Who, me?".
I do find the diffused twig/branches to the left of the image distracting, and being that the subject is looking centre right(from a camera pov), the left space is not really needed. If the squirrel had been looking into that space - ie more to camera left, then that space is more beneficial. That said the twig thing would still be better cloned out.
I like the bg to the right, as it shows the natural habitat.
I did some sharpening on the head and chest of the squirrel - worth mentioning that images need to be re-sharpened after re-sizing for epz/web, as the resizing process can render the image soft, so worth checking.
Generally speaking, for wildlife photography, you need to be shooting 1/500 at least, in order to minimise the chance of movement, so use ISO to up the s/speed if your aperture is wide open, and you haven't got the speed. This is especially important in areas of low light, as it's better to nail a sharp shot with some noise(high iso), than a soft shot without noise.

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petemasty  6155 forum posts England
1 May 2009 - 11:16 AM

Cheers arhb.

didnt want to crop too much put i certainly take ytour point about the directioon the varmint is looking.. and thanks for the tip on shutter speed too. I think I shot this with an ISO of 800 because I had been taking some indoor shots of the daughter and forgot to change.

Very helpful, many thanks indeed.

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