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Challenge: Signature Style II (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony Alpha 1
Lens: Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
Date: Nov 11, 2021
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2021

I waited too long to start this shot. I really would have liked to go up to Chincoteague and do one of my snowy egret shots, but that's 3.5 hours of driving one way, and I didn't have the time.

So I kept putting it off.

So I figured what I did have was the signature subject of squirrels -- even though it's been a really long time since I've done backyard squirrels.

Usually I need a couple of days to pull this off. It takes the squirrels quite a while to get used to things, so I introduce background first, then table, etc.

But it was the final day. So I put it all out at once.

It took about 6 hours to get the shot. Usually I sit in the kitchen reading or cleaning and watch what was going on. But that wasn't going to work that day. So I hooked my Sony up remotely to my ipad and watched it remotely! The software wasn't working correctly, so I had my handheld remote and used that.

Moriarty was relegated to another room and I had my backdoor open so I didn't have to shoot through the glass.

During the 6 hours we had three birds come in to the house. The first Carolina wren came in, perched on a chair for a short time and then flew out. The tufted titmouse was more conufused and had to be herded out.

Usually I do the squirrel shots on the deck railing, but I really wanted the camera to be turned at an angle and the squirrel partially behind, so I had to use this setup. So the background was hung over the deck railing and I brought a table outside and used that.

If I would have done it over multiple days, it would have been fun to have something in front of the camera that he was photographing.

The lighting was complete shade with no interesting light, so I had to do a lot of processing.

Thanks for the comments!

Place: 1 out of 37
Avg (all users): 7.2326
Avg (participants): 6.8182
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Views since voting: 504
Views during voting: 115
Votes: 43
Comments: 20
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11/21/2021 07:29:22 AM
Wow, a well designed image, perfectly presented, crisp, clear with beautiful colors. I love how you mastered this squirrel. On a scale of 1 to 10 this is a 15.
I voted 10 there was no 15. Hats off to you!
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11/20/2021 07:19:43 AM
Congrats on the blue, Wendy. Super-dooper!
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11/20/2021 05:27:32 AM
fantastic image Wendy. congrats on the blue!

Message edited by author 2021-11-20 05:27:50.
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11/19/2021 10:36:47 AM
No mystery as to who took this image, lol. Great shot and I really like the set-up. Congrats!
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11/19/2021 02:13:03 AM
The white borders and the Minolta confused me :) Congrats on the Blue!
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11/19/2021 12:20:06 AM
this was always going to be a winner ..
i cant imagine how you were able to photograph this little creature so wonderfully ..
this is up there are one of the most excellent pics i've seen here in dpc ..
i mean .. i love animals .. and i love cameras .. so what's not to like . !! ..

oh . and i have a feeling that little squirrel got a treat for his great 'performance' ..
this is AWESOME .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2021 11:02:10 PM
they should stop meeting like that.
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11/18/2021 08:31:51 PM
Gotta love it!]
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11/15/2021 08:57:34 AM
Nice setup and capture. Must be Wendy!
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11/15/2021 05:25:03 AM
The card is full Wendy!
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11/14/2021 09:43:58 PM
I think there's only one photographer at DPC who can pull this shot off! And was not her goal once to bring back a squirrel to her profile page? :-)
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11/13/2021 08:16:23 PM
Lovely! What a great model.
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11/12/2021 08:52:57 PM
The Squirrel Whisperer. ;-)
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11/12/2021 02:42:11 PM
Wendy, is that your new assistant?
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11/12/2021 10:27:22 AM
Not Wendy but very nice :)
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11/12/2021 09:57:22 AM
I suspect ' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' vawendy, because, obviously, it's a squirrel, and an uncommonly cooperative one at that. Really great image thanks to the model ... OK, and the photographer ;-)
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11/12/2021 09:54:28 AM
I guess this is vawendy although it seems more like an homage to vawendy than a shot in vawendy's style.
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11/12/2021 08:34:23 AM
Wow, I am guessing who this is, I will see if Iím right. How do you train squirrels? SaraR
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11/12/2021 01:00:18 AM
Presumably Wendy, but a MINOLTA? Don't you know they are allergic to peanut butter?
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11/12/2021 12:07:14 AM
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