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Old Sep 30, 2008, 5:32 PM   #1
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My home office has a window looking out on my patio. There is a table on the patio, and I keep a watering bowl on it. Squirrels drink there regularly.

My son-im-law gave me several bags of walnuts he picked up on his yard. The husks are still on the nuts, and are rapidly turning dark brown and squishy. I know from my boyhood that the liquid oozing from the husks will turn your skin very brown if it gets on your hands. I plan on using the walnuts to feed the squirrels during the winter and will use rubber gloves when handling them.

I have been leaving one nut at a time on the patio table. It is not long before a squirrel shows up and carries off the nut.

Attached, if it works, is a photo of a squirrel picking upa walnut. The squirrel will sink its teeth into the husk and carry off the nut. I have no idea whether the nut is stored in a nest, buried, or eaten right away.

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I shot Raw, used Pentax Laboratory 3 to convert to highly-compressed JPG, then used Nero Photosnap to resize, crop, and slightly sharpen.

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Old Sep 30, 2008, 8:15 PM   #2
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Whoa!
That's a huge photo my friend! And I think it's probably a good one but, you seem to have used too much compression for the size photo you saved. That shows up a lot of the jpeg artifacts. Try this...
Save your edited raw file as a jpeg, and use maximum photo quality. Then use one of the free online photo storage sites such as "ImageCave.com" to upload your photos to. Once you have them uploaded to Imagecave, you can click on the "EZ code" and copy then paste that code into you forum post. It will shoe as a line of code that will look like this (((img]http://usera.ImageCave.com/myplace46/FORUM/cam%20mount%201.JPG[/img)))
I changed the brackets so it won't show as an image, only to show what the code looks like.
After you "post" your message it will show up with the picture. It's a good idea to keep your photo files no larger than 800 pix on the longest side. (forum rules) try that, if you need more help just holler!
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Old Sep 30, 2008, 8:48 PM   #3
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GW, Thanks for the help. I worked hard to get the photo down to under 150 KB, but failed to realize that did not necessarily get it to the needed dimensional standards of this forum. As I get older, I think I get better, but not fast enough.

Again, thanks........Old Engineer
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Old Sep 30, 2008, 10:03 PM   #4
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I'd like to see it resized down some too, and less compression. She looks like she's probably foraging for her family, don't you think?
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It's a nice one. What I did was I saved it to the desktop, opened it in PSE3, changed image size to 800 pixels on the high end, used "auto contrast" and used the "save for the web"-option. 30 seconds.

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Land of the Giants :-)

Nice shot, well done Engineer and Kjell.
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Old Oct 1, 2008, 1:29 PM   #7
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bilybianca wrote:
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It's a nice one. What I did was I saved it to the desktop, opened it in PSE3, changed image size to 800 pixels on the high end, used "auto contrast" and used the "save for the web"-option. 30 seconds.

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wow Kjell!
I'm surprised you could do that much with such a high compression rate to start with, very impressive.


Hey Old Engineer,
glad I could help, that's what we're here for.:-)
I'm not sure about getting any better with age... but I'm sure getting slower!
GW:bye:

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Old Oct 1, 2008, 3:53 PM   #8
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Goldwinger wrote:
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bilybianca wrote:
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It's a nice one. What I did was I saved it to the desktop, opened it in PSE3, changed image size to 800 pixels on the high end, used "auto contrast" and used the "save for the web"-option. 30 seconds.

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wow Kjell!
I'm surprised you could do that much with such a high compression rate to start with, very impressive.


Hey Old Engineer,
glad I could help, that's what we're here for.:-)
I'm not sure about getting any better with age... but I'm sure getting slower!
GW:bye:

Credit goes to the PSE developers, what I did was some clicks. I mean, how skilled do you have to be to click the "auto contrast" option? Starting with an uncompressed jpeg or even raw, giving it 10 minutes treatmentwould have taken the picture way further.

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Wow,
what a cutie! /fluffle --> thanks for sharing, Old Engineer!

I agree with Kjell, that working with the original RAW image would be the way to go, but I couldn't resist to at least sharpen/refocus a bit. I re-used Kjells image, because I was to lazy to do the histogram works again and tried to bring out some details around the head and the nut, because focus is spot on in the image, but things still look a bit soft/blurrish (maybe coming from the initial high compression?)... I hope you don't mind the further edit.

@mntgal
I agree with you here. At first I didn't understand your posting, but while doing the refocus stuff it became obvious that it's a SHE stealing the nut here

Have fun!


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Old Oct 2, 2008, 9:30 AM   #10
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1 click action.. basically auto levels and unsharp mask.
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