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Old Dec 22, 2004, 7:56 PM   #1
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You may ask, why am I so excited about a squirrel photo. Well I finally got
some shots of a wild one in the woods. Well, unlike their urban/suburban
cousins, they are incredibly skittish. If they see any movement of something
bigger than them, zip, off they go to parts unknown. I've been trying to get
photos of them all year, and finally I got it. It was such a nice and sunny
50 degree F today (two days ago it was 10), I took a cruise in the woods.
Got to one of my favorite birding spots and just hung out. Saw lots of birds
but none of them were in a spot to get a decent photo. Then this guy came
along. Here's the pics. Both were taken with a Drebel and EF 100-400L IS
USM. Process was ACR to TIFF, 0.5,50% USM, then save for WEB for file size
of 100K.

ISO 200, 1/320 sec, f/6.3, 400 mm


ISO 200, 1/500 sec, f/8, 400 mm
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 10:07 PM   #2
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ohh, i'd be excited about a shot like the second one

nice work

well done! keep up the good work

and keep sharing the good work

Vito
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 10:45 PM   #3
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Yep, the second one is a keeper for sure. Background on the first is slightly busy but the subject is sharp, nicely framed, and the exposure is pretty darned fine. The second one takes the prize, though: sharp, interesting pose, and the light falls on him/her/it like a spotlight; exposure is perfect.
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Old Dec 23, 2004, 5:04 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments Norm and Vito, I really appreciate it!
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Old Dec 23, 2004, 8:24 AM   #5
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Congratulations on these nice shots, Ive only ever seen these guys in our city zoo. They are not caged, they were let loose in the zoo over 40 years agoand have been there ever since and never ventured out of the zoo grounds as it is in the middle of the city. I would like to get a shot of one sometime but even these ones are fast little guys:-)
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Old Dec 23, 2004, 11:30 AM   #6
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Both good pics, second truly excellent...composition, sharpness, lighting, exposure...everything.

Given your location, woodmeister, perhaps the second squirrel is thinking...

"Oh no, say it ain't so! Jo Pah is retiring???"

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Old Dec 23, 2004, 11:54 AM   #7
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I like the 2nd shot. Looks like one Normcar had posted a while ago.
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Old Dec 24, 2004, 3:12 AM   #8
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LOL digicamfan!!
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