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“The Squirrel Cowboy”

“The Squirrel Cowboy”
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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-13 21:45
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eastern Gray Squirrels.

Eastern Gray Squirrels are very active, especially in the morning and evening. During these times they are constantly moving. Usually, they are looking for food.
Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live in forests, but they are also seen in yards, gardens, and city parks. Basically, they live anywhere there are large trees.
These squirrels live in trees year-round, either in cavities or nests they build out of leaves. Cavities are often old woodpecker holes. Nests are usually high up in tree crotches. Nests are hard to see in the summer, because they are made with green leaves, and are hidden by foliage (leaves on the trees). They are easy to see in the winter, when the nest leaves have turned brown and tree leaves fall to the ground.
You can often see males chasing females up, down, and around trees. Once mated, both the male and female build the nest. These squirrels have two litters each year. The first is in the spring, the second in late summer. Two or three young are in each litter. The second litter spends the winter with their mother. Gray Squirrels breed at the same time of year, nest in the same kinds of places, and eat the same foods. They usually live to be about five years old. They survive with their good sense of vision, smell, and hearing. Gray Squirrels also have incredible balance. They rarely fall from trees and hurt themselves. They can run headfirst down a tree trunk. Eastern Gray Squirrels are also excellent swimmers.
The diet of Eastern Gray Squirrels includes: acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, beechnuts, maple, Yellow Poplar blossoms, American Hornbeam seeds, apples, fungi, Black Cherry, Flowering Dogwood, grapes, sedges, grasses, American Holly, insects (adults and larvae), baby birds, bird eggs, and amphibians.

This shot was taken in the back yard of our house and this squirrel happens to be one of our resident squirrels.


Thanks for visiting me and thanks in advance for your comments/critiques


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Hello Jorge,
What a lovely shot you've captued!!
Excellent details with lovely Gray Squirrel, fantastic DOF and POV, framed nicely, the composition is also great.
You captured very nice moment, Jorge.
Thanks for sharing and happy holiday season!!

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2006-12-13 22:43]

Hi Jorge, you've done a great job on the capture of this guy. You have him very well composed in the picture on the feeder, with great depth of field to exclude the background. Your colours are good and your detail of this guy is excellent.

Thanks, John

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-13 23:33]

Hi Jorge,
The color, exposure, and detail are eye catching!
Very nice!

Tres belle photo,les détails sont bien net,les couleurs très jolie,la pose extra. Thomas

Hi Jorge,
Great capture!
Composition is great. Exposure is accurate. Perhaps a little more light could help. Details are also very good.


Hi Jorge

Lovely shot of this cute little critter. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. Lovely to view. TFS.


cute image,
great details and wonderful comp,
nice job,


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-14 10:21]

Hello Jorge,

Very nice picture and great POV used to take that squirrel! Great bg enhancing the excellently exposed animal! Very sharp too! I like also very much your composition...!



Hi, Jorge.
You have got him in good place and pose. Well composed shot with good exposure and sharpness.

Hola Jorge,

Una toma simpática con bonita composición y de gran nitidez. Saludos

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-15 2:48]

Hi Jorge,
Cute Squirrel capture with nice pov,dof,focus,sharpness,blurred bg,colors,note and framing.TFS
Have a Great Weekend,

Hello Jorge,
This guy is having fun exploring the room of this small wood house. A moment well seen and documented. Nice composition and good light control. TFS

Hi JC,
You've caught a beautiful moment and you composed it perfectly. Your low POV and the DOF, makes the squirrel come out perfectly. You do need to adjust you color balance a little, you have a blue color cast over the white/grey of the coat of the squirrel.
Beside that, great sharpness.

very nice shot..great focus on the balancing squirrel, nice pov and good dof..cute shot!
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comment on my photo "The sea is angry still" :o)

Well done Jorge.
Cute shot! I like this POV and comp very much.
Very good detail, sharpness, color, and exposure. F/5.6 has helped to produce a great BG as well :)
Happy Holidays!

Hello Jorge,
Was a superb shot in action for this squirrel; i really like it! I especially like this great exposure, contrast, colors, POV and this nice pose from the animal. This is very well done! All my best wishes and thanks,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-19 15:28]

Hi Jorge,
this little thief is very cute, guess you caught him red handed ;-). POV, colors and sharpness are excellent.

Salut Jorge

Jolie photo! Belle pose de l'animal! Netteté excellente. Les couleurs ainsi que la lumière sont très belles.
Merci de partager et a l'an prochain...JP

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