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Western Gray Squirrel
3rd PlaceWestern Gray Squirrel
brianlh


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Textures III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro AF for Canon
Location: UCLA Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles, CA
Date: Jul 13, 2005
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/160s
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2005

Okay.. I cheated!

And by that I mean that I fed the squirrel some nuts despite the "Please do not feed the squirrels" sign. I hope that's not grounds for a DQ. This textures challenge coincided well with the acquisition of my new macro lens (although the Macro challenge was a tad early) - so I had to submit something. I expect this shot to outscore most, if not all, of my past entries - but I'll have to wait and see.

Shot in RAW. Slight contrast boost, slight color saturation, heavy sharpening then converted to JPEG by CaptureOne Pro (demo). Channel Mixer (Monochrome), Levels, Grayscale, Duotone(Quadtone), Levels, USM, USM, RGB, Image Size, USM, Convert to sRGB, Save for web.

Post Challenge: WOW! Thanks to all of you for voting and giving me the yellow ribbon in this GIGANTIC challenge. I was only hoping to possibly outscore my previous personal best, but this certainly did it by far! Also, I want to say thanks for all of the wonderful comments - I truly appreciate them. :D

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 614
Avg (all users): 6.7257
Avg (commenters): 8.7000
Avg (participants): 6.6931
Avg (non-participants): 6.7879
Views since voting: 8872
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 288
Comments: 57
Favorites: 27 (view)


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06/02/2009 05:45:18 PM
Fantastic close up!
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08/13/2005 08:08:27 AM
Nicely composed with awesome tonal range and detail.

I can't wait to add this lense to my bag.
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08/03/2005 12:47:44 AM
This is a really awesome photo!!! congrats on your ribbon... It should've been 1st!
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08/02/2005 01:44:33 AM
Wow, Brian! So glad to see you made the top 3!!! How exciting. Amazing photo, feel and tone!
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08/01/2005 11:42:28 AM
It is an excellent lens, that Sigma 105 Macro. I have it for my D70 and love it. Very nice shot.
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07/29/2005 06:09:26 PM
congrats Brian on your first ribbon, you've had it coming for quite a while now. You know the ol saw about comp, it it ain't good you ain't close enough, and you've proven that closer is better :)
Good luck in future challenges.
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07/28/2005 01:07:46 PM
Congrats on Third!! This should have gotten first though.
Beautiful shot, well done.
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07/28/2005 06:11:08 AM
Congrats on your well deserved ribbon Brian. This is such a wonderful shot!!
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07/28/2005 05:23:56 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, and your highest scoring pic. It is a great shot, well done.
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07/28/2005 12:22:24 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! Great job catching the details of this little nut nibbler!
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07/28/2005 12:15:50 AM
Congratulations. What a stylish way to score a ribbon. An image with directness and great texture. Congratulations on your YELLOW!
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07/27/2005 11:33:07 PM
Brian, congratulations on your first ribbon! Amazing shot and sorry I didn't get to vote.
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07/27/2005 03:31:05 PM
Great shot...
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07/27/2005 01:44:59 PM
I think I see you in her eye reflection!
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07/27/2005 10:38:52 AM
I wanna know who gave this shot a score of "1" of 10 ... that is hillarious! This is a great image but I can't believe you cheated :) ... Regrettably, I didn't have time to score all the images and I missed this one. I definitely would have given it at least a 2!!! Oh my ---! Seriously: 9

A quick story: I was golfing once and a guy in my foursome saw a squirrel and started chasing it swinging his golf club and yelling "tree rat!" .. By the time this man was half in the woods, the squirrel had outwitted him and was standing back on the tee-box. He seriously had a problem with squirrels for some reason (I am an all-animal loving almost-vegetarian for the record) ... but it was funny to see that weirdo get out-smarted by a squirrel! Anyway - thanks for the great image.

Message edited by author 2005-07-27 13:20:11.
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07/27/2005 10:28:31 AM
Congratulations for your first ribbon! A lovely image!
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07/27/2005 09:50:21 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! I'm a squirrel nut (no pun intended - well, maybe a little). (o: I'd added this to my favorites the second I saw it - terrific shot!
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07/27/2005 09:27:11 AM
Congrats! Well deserved! :)
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07/27/2005 09:19:15 AM
Congrats! You certainly have great texture in that shot!
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07/27/2005 08:21:53 AM
Way to go Brian! Congratulations on a personal best and your first ribbon with this beautiful squirel portrait.
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07/27/2005 07:36:18 AM
Great capture!!! Love the sepia! Congrats on your 1st ribbon! I wish you many more. Glad to see the Sigma 105mm raking up some ribbons! :-)
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07/27/2005 07:13:41 AM
Great texture in this one!
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07/27/2005 05:09:02 AM
Congrats....well deserved !
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07/27/2005 04:44:49 AM
Excellant Job! Congrats, truly adorable!!
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07/27/2005 04:17:25 AM
Congratulations! Very sweet image and well done..
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07/27/2005 03:01:20 AM
Right On! I was rooting this one for first!! Great job!!!
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07/27/2005 02:15:40 AM
nice, ur the only non-Icelander to ribbon in this challenge. way to represent the rest of the world :)
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07/27/2005 01:37:33 AM
YEAAAA BRAIAN! Good job! :0)
er uh, that would be BRIAN... lol

Message edited by author 2005-07-27 01:39:01.
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07/27/2005 01:18:43 AM
Fantastic Brian!! Congratulations on your well deserved Yellow!! :-)
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07/27/2005 12:24:42 AM
Hey, way to go on your first ribbon!
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07/27/2005 12:15:02 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Brian!
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07/27/2005 12:14:23 AM
Congrats Brian! Great photo. Lets go shoot soon!
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07/27/2005 12:09:27 AM
Congrats! Great shot!
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07/27/2005 12:02:33 AM
Yippee. I loved this one and gave it a very high score. Congrats. It is well deserved.
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07/27/2005 12:02:32 AM
Cool! Way to go Brian!
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07/27/2005 12:02:24 AM
Way to go!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/26/2005 09:05:43 PM
Perfect!
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07/26/2005 07:25:22 PM
Cute, fuzzy little fella - lovely tones and great framing.
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07/26/2005 06:12:04 PM
Adorable with those tiny hands! Nice details on the fur and whiskers! :)
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07/26/2005 02:16:46 PM
Superb shot, lovely.
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07/25/2005 10:59:41 PM
Nice capture and presentation! This pic should do well. 8
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07/25/2005 09:01:59 PM
Good job!!!
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07/24/2005 09:34:10 PM
Ah, this is ribbon material... Glad you put it in b/w
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07/22/2005 07:34:39 PM
great picture and glad its black and white,,, suits it so well...
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07/22/2005 05:18:26 PM
very good, good use of DOF.
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07/22/2005 09:12:54 AM
This is a fab shot! Great detail and composure. Plus your subject is such a cutie! 10
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07/21/2005 05:11:54 PM
Awesome! This is the first shot I've seen so far that just struck me as "Wow!" The sharpness is incredible. 10
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07/21/2005 11:31:22 AM
excellent squirrel fir textures. Sharpness and shades very good.
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07/20/2005 11:18:59 PM
Great closeup and good color choice - A 10 from me and into my favorites
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07/20/2005 09:18:08 PM
Great crop, clarity, and DOF. Wasn't crazy about the B/W at first, but it's grown on me the 2nd pass. Really nice shot. Bumping up.
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07/20/2005 03:14:26 PM
oooo... NOT FAIR!!!... you're messing with voters emotions.
I'd give it a 10 if she was a bit lower in the frame, I'd like to see just a little more of the top of the head.
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07/20/2005 10:47:18 AM
Excellent work, this.
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07/20/2005 10:37:02 AM
GREAT MACRO! I love the use of the mix of black and white and sepia. The angle of the shot is very effectibe. 9
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07/20/2005 10:27:03 AM
Awwwww. .. .I love this shot! Great texture in that little face!!!
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07/20/2005 02:46:43 AM
Excellent DOF. Shows the texture nicely. Good capture.
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07/20/2005 12:45:37 AM
top notch contrast and toning. it's funny how you know you've got a great shot without anyone telling you. just in case you don't think so, i'll tell you. great shot.
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07/20/2005 12:26:33 AM
good macro.......

Message edited by scalvert - No reason to make everybody scroll.....
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