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Sniffing for food!

Sniffing for food!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-30 10:05
Viewed: 3154
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

It has begun to feel a little more like spring. Today. I am posting a photograph that feels very spring-like!
It is a photograph of a grey squirrel scurrying down a tree!

I captured this whilst on holiday in The Lake District earlier this month. I really hoped to see a lot of squirrels. There were notices warning of red squirrels but sadly, I didn't see any! In fact, this was the only grey squirrel that I encountered!

I know that grey squirrels are considered vermin by many people and I can understand why some people demand culls. However, they are extremely cute and and entertain many who watch them. Nature rewards the successful! Occasionally we need to help the less successful!

What do you think?

Many thanks for stopping by.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the shot.

pp cropped, sharpened, adj levels, added layer, added border, erased tiny section, signed

nglen, pekkavalo1, Jamesp, jaycee, CeltickRanger, eqshannon, gracious, iris, japiey, haraprasan, marhowie, Alex99, Heaven has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-30 10:20]

Hi Beverley. i do like the way you have framed this picture with the Squirrels head just poping out.You have captured good detail and colours. and a good typical pose. I like the moss on the tree . well done TFS.

Hi Beverley,

Very cute picture of Grey Squirrel. They are extremely greedy and will not stop until all food is theirs. I did have to stop birds this winter as they destroyed my feeders several times. Very nice composition, sharp details and beautiful colours.



Hi Bev, nice bit of timing to get this shot, The colours and contrasting shades of fur is particularly appealing. TFs and best regards h

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-30 14:17]

Hi Bev

You have really captured the moment here!! Great pose and excellent focus.


Thanks for you crit of 'Food Ahoy'

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-30 16:43]

Hi Bev,

Great shot of this squirrel coming down the tree. I love the way his head pokes thru the frame. How did you do that? Wonderful details and textures, nice natural colors and a superb composition. I love seeing squirrels because, believe it or not, we don't have them here.


hello Beverley

it is a very beautiful close-shot of the Grey Squirrel, with fine
POV and DOF, great sharpness and details of the foreground,
for the framing i would say i would give more space at the
bottom of the image, but the way you did a montage by giving
a frame to the image and giving effect that the squirrel
want to come out from the image, i will say i love the framing,



Very nice Bev. I think there is always room for creativity in nature don't you? the framing to me is very nice and of course in computerized cameras....as natural as it gets...Fine image..You add to the largest of the four leggers posted...as did I a couple of times or 3...maybe 4:-)

Hello Bev,
Your framing is the main attraction of this wonderful composition! you had made this cute fellow nearly out of the composition to look for more food!
a brilliant idea!
the image is sharp with good colour and details
a very pleasing presentation
best regards

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-04-30 21:42]

Hi Beverly,
That's a very interesting composition you have here.
I like the way you got the framing making it look quite 3D like.Nice pose, wuith the little one looking quite inquisitive..

Squirrels for us r a feature all around the year since it doesnt snow. They are seen running around whereever there are trees and plants.

TFS & cheers

Hi BR,

Another lovely image from you...
The little one is poping out .... good timing..
Fine tones and lights too.
All the best dear BR.
Enjoy life..


Hi Beverley,
A lovely capture of this beautiful squirrel. Very well composed, sharp details, Good POV and a nice frame work. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Bev, lovely squirrel in splendid pose with good colors and fine details, exceloent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Beverley,
a nice and fine shot of the squirrel, good sharpness and fine details.
It look funny when it look out of the frame, I did a similar
for a swan for a long time ago, here but I like yours better.
Well done.

Hi Beverly,
Cute shot. I like the way you've have the squirrel exiting my monitor..But you can keep em' there. I have too many here myself right now.
I feed them too well :)
Well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-05 9:23]

Hi Beverley.
What a nice shot of a very cute animal and fine scene. I also like funny and charming framing and presentation of the shot. Bravo. All is perfect, and great details of the main subject, nice perfectly exposed smooth BG, interesting cropping of the image. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-05-05 12:23]

Good evening, Beverley!

You are right, they ar cute, and certainly not vermin! It's incredible: as soon as "something" doesn't suit our way to live and to "progress", it's vermin...

I like your simple and so pleasant picture very much. You also have given it an original frame. The composition with the squirrel looking downwards is original, too.

I also would like to thank you for very encouraging words on my cloudy posting.


Kind regards


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-14 23:35]
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Hi Beverly,

A nice capture and the post processing is a great solution (when what was probably the case the space under the squirrel was not enough),well done and tfs this upload ,regards

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