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eastern chipmunk


eastern chipmunk
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Copyright: bruno lazzoni (cooper) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 46 W: 2 N: 38] (640)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: 5D Canon
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-07 15:26
Viewed: 3608
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tamias striatus eastern chipmunk tamia rayť
This interesting little inhabitant of Canada's eastern forests and fence rows is a favourite of young and old alike. Cottagers and campers have found that, if unmolested, it soon becomes bold enough to accept food held out to it, much of which is hoarded for the future.
Chipmunks construct extensive burrow systems, often more than 3.5 m in length and with one or more well-concealed entrances. In addition to the main chamber, blind storage tunnels are constructed to accommodate the winter food supply. The sleeping quarters are kept scrupulously clean -- shells, husks, and faeces are stuffed away into refuse tunnels.
Chipmunks eat a wide variety of seed, fruit, and nuts. They are also fond of corn and sunflower seeds. In the autumn they may store as much as seven litres of food for winter use. The scientific name, Tamias, means 'steward' in Latin. Preyed upon by hawks, foxes, and weasels, they may also fall victim to domestic cats

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Lovely composition. I'd like to see the chipmunk a tad sharper though, really bring out his fur. The OOF BG works especially well, but I think if a bit of contrast is added, the subject will really stand out.

However, I also like the softness of this piece and doing the above won't take away from that. His pose is delightful and you've captured the catchlight. Both are terrific. This is a terrific photo that can be enhanced to be an attention grabber. I've never workshopped a photo here, but many have and they are great at it. I still love him though.

Actually, I just did my first workshop photo and while it's not the best, I tried to make it so he's a little more attention grabbing.

Hi Bruno,
this is a nice subject and you have good colour and point of view for this shot but your focus is a bit to soft and I think that is mainly because of the aperture used.Instead of the f/5.6 you used, you could of stopped down to f/9 or 8 and had more of the photo in focus and still had a fast shutter speed for hand held shooting.A likable photo just the same and thanks for sharing. Bob

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-05-08 3:33]

Great composition and colors, nice background, very good pose of animal

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