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Challenge: If I Were an Animal (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Date: Jan 19, 2017
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2017

[Jan. 26th, 2017 08:53:14 PM]

I only had two choices: squirrel or cat, and I'd already kind of did a cat... Plus, I think I'm a little more squirrely than catty. ;)

I figured that people would be mostly looking for a blend of an animal and person face, but

1. I really didn't like any examples of this and

2. No way did I have a clue on how to do it!

So again, the lighting intrigued me. I saw these examples on pinterest, and thought the were absolutely wonderful!


I'm still trying to figure out how they get the wonderful vibrant yet sedate colors. Simply stunning.

So I started out putting my lights outside to see if I could get dramatic squirrel lighting. This is one of the out of the camera shots I managed to get with the light.

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It was about 5 hours of setting up and then waiting. He really didn't like a light with a big softbox. It took a long time before he came down.

He would flinch a bit when the light flashed, but it was so quick, he'd look around and not see anything wrong/different, so he'd stay around.

I made the mistake of editing the squirrel shot to how I wanted it: (obviously a different shot)

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and then I took the dreaded self portrait, thinking to edit that and then put the two together.


Big mistake!

It needed to be put together and then edited all at once. Crap.

And then my squirrels have brown heads but grey hands and feet! Seriously?!? Don't they know that it looks strange with you put it together with a person? I kept trying to add a little brown to get it to not look so disjointed.

Come on, squirrels!

I agree that the head looks small, but unfortunately, that really was the size of my head and body. Sad, isn't it? Or was Mariuca simply saying that she thinks I have a big head? ;P

Thanks for all the comments!

Place: 4 out of 19
Avg (all users): 6.5763
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.6667
Views since voting: 1237
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Votes: 59
Comments: 14
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01/28/2017 02:26:51 PM
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01/27/2017 05:06:42 PM
'Grats on the HM, Wendy Squirrel.
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01/27/2017 03:08:53 PM
But of course, this explains a lot! ;) Congrats on the nice finish, I love how elegant Lady Squirrel looks in this outfit :)
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01/27/2017 01:05:11 PM
This was a 10 for me. Very nice work
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01/27/2017 08:25:41 AM
Congrats squirrel lady!
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01/27/2017 01:32:48 AM
As if the image didn't already, your story cracked me up :) Congrats on the HM Wendy!
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01/27/2017 12:35:05 AM
of course. I continue to love your relationship with black....congrats on HM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2017 08:53:35 PM
Yes, of course! Well done, top 3.
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01/26/2017 06:25:31 PM
Cute vote 6
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01/26/2017 01:48:06 PM
Yes. But I imagined a bigger head. The rest is beyond my expectation. Quite an artsy fartsy look.
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01/26/2017 01:43:23 PM
Love it!
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01/26/2017 02:53:23 AM
Yes, we did - and what a very stylish squirrel you make!
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01/21/2017 01:28:58 PM
Very well done. My only reservation is with the use of the black background, which tends to obscure the black pants and to a lesser extent, some of the fur in the tail.
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01/20/2017 01:38:16 AM
Its the Tail that gives you away !
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