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the black squirrel

the black squirrel
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Copyright: ziggy Siedleczka (mumek) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/2.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-30 6:15
Viewed: 21874
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
That was one of most difficult shots I ever took. I was home lying on the floor and waiting for the squirrels. I took about 10 pictures. In my opinion this one is the best. She was mowing very quickly, when she finished eating the nut, she looked at me waiting for more and than I shot this picture using the flash.

Black squirrels are a variety of the eastern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis.

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Very good! We have one blackie in our backyard,but I find it to be much more shy than it's gray colored family. Is there a name for the black ones...I know there is a name for the white ones. Very nice close-up on this cutie.

Very cute Ziggy.
Is it old ? I can see alot of grey hair. :-)
Very good exposure, you handle the black parts very well.
Good details and compostion. It's only the white parts in the BG I don't like.
Very well done.
Happy New Year.

Great mugshot. Excellent detail and nice pose. Very well done. Happy New Year Ziggy

hey ziggy, very nice shot!i like the glittering in his eye!good details on the fur and good colours,compo.
well done!

Composition: ***
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: **
POV: ***

A good shot, I would like to see the full squirrel.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-12-30 10:18]

The Black Squirel and Albino are "Grey Squirels." These are their variety in color as you mentioned.

Ziggy, excelent capture for a fine portrait. The red eye from the flash could have been fixed in photoshop or similar.

Well done

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
  • [2004-12-30 14:47]

Hi Ziggy
Thhis is a beautiful little critter! Good work on the blacks
As you took this in house, baiting them you have some control over the BG, get yourself some coloured bord and use it as a prop for the bg, some neautral colour like green, brownor blue works well, Then put down the nuts where they can get it, wait and retry.
This is just to get is more pleasing BG and a tip for fiture reference, not meaning your BG is not nice!
The term for black is melanistic, as white is albino!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-30 15:40]

I never new about black squirrels, but now thanks to you, I do. You handled the blacks very well her.

Very well done and thanks for posting. May you and your family have a wonderful and prosperous new year.

Absolutely stunning capture Ziggy. Wonderful pose and brilliant handling of light showing so many details in the fur - lovely little creature. Well done and Happy New Year.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2005-01-01 22:27]

You worked hard for this one, Ziggy.
Callie's hints are great. The digital photo allows us to take tons of photos. You should not go without it. I often use the mode "raffales" when my subject moves.
A great post: picture and note.
Thanks and an Excellent New Year for you!

Hi Ziggy

Well worth the effort. She is a beauty. TFS

Firstly, please allow me to wish you all the best for 2005, Ziggy. I have been away for a while and missed some of your shots, I have a weeks vacation left and might drop off the radar again.

The subject featured is a first for me, never seen them before. This is a nice mugshot showing sharp details and nice eye contact. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-11 22:36]

Ziggy, it's a little funny to imagine you lying on the floor in order to shoot (just kidding...).

The effort was worthwhile. I like the picture. Great POV, DOF and composition.

Is it the flash reflected on the eye of the animal?

Great job.


Gorgeous work!

I wanted to let you know, that someone is selling your work as theirs, as part of a reference compilation. You can see so here: http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,46437.msg277239.html#msg277239

Have a field day taking him down.

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