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Face-to-Face In the Snow
Face-to-Face In the Snow

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Challenge: Free Study II (Classic Editing)
Collection: Outdoors
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: franklin square park, washington dc
Date: Dec 8, 2002
Aperture: 4
ISO: 1/125
Shutter: 80
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2002

squirrel in a park in the snow in washington was very curious about me, probably hoping i had food (I didn't :( )

Place: 12 out of 67
Avg (all users): 6.7253
Avg (commenters): 7.2353
Avg (participants): 6.6290
Avg (non-participants): 6.9310
Views since voting: 12750
Votes: 91
Comments: 39
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/20/2002 06:43:48 AM
Critique Club

Initial thoughts
Nice square composition and quirky angle.

Composition/ Content
Has the cute factor and itís great that the squirrel is looking right at you Ė that eye contact definitely adds impact. I like the square ratio and I also like the diagonal of the tree in the foreground, which is balanced by the squirrel with his tail leaning the opposite way.

Some of the snow seems to be a little blown out and without detail though itís good that the detail shows around his feet Ė kind of anchors him.

Camera Work - Technical
Well captured Ė great to get such good composition when you only had a moment to take it incase he moved.

Digital Processing - Technical
His nose and mouth area (the pink and yellow) seem very saturated to me Ė is that the real colour or is it pumped up a little in post processing. Since I donít often get close to squirrels I am not sure!

Fits The Challenge
How could it not?

Your Opinion On The Photo
I do like the image, I think itís composition is particularly strong. Itís not one Iíd hang on my wall but I would think about buying and sending it as a post card. Especially in the square format.
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12/16/2002 12:36:48 AM
wow! i loved this, mag! i cant believe it didn't score higher! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 06:18:31 PM
Cool shot, and what a cute little pink nose! None of "our" squirrels would ever let us get that close! I like that you kept the tree in the shot instead of having the little guy just out there kind of "floating" in the snow. 8
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12/15/2002 08:18:07 AM
This is a really great capture. Not every technical aspect of this pic is perfect. The perspective of peeking out from behind the tree is excellent and makes this photo as great as it is IMO. The squirrel sitting there all fat and looking like he's responding to the photographer is adorable. Like he stopped to say "cheese" like a kid. Nice Capture - Inspzil
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12/14/2002 05:14:15 PM
Seems a bit over sharpened but a cool picture!
12/14/2002 08:38:33 AM
I really like the perspective of this shot. It would have been a totally different photo if you hadn't had the tree in it. The "expression" on the squirrel's face is priceless!
12/14/2002 04:14:31 AM
aww, i love this, it makes me smile! what a great capture! the composition is great, and i love the tree framing it, it sets off the snow and squirrel perfectly. great work!
12/14/2002 01:19:34 AM
Thats way cute! Give me the nuts , and no one gets hurt!
A little oversharpening. 6
12/14/2002 12:19:54 AM
I love this image.
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12/12/2002 11:12:14 PM
Wow, cute!!! It looks like you have a low res camera or you cropped this a lot, but that doesn't worry me. What an adorable, pink little nose :). The composition couldn't be any better, the DOF works well to blur the tree trunk and draw your eyes to the squirrel. The snow in the background has just enough texture and colour variation to avoid being stark, but isn't a distraction. Very good work :). I'm giving it 10 for pushing all the right buttons so well.
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12/12/2002 06:27:51 PM
cute little fella.. how\'d u get so close? maybe a bit oversaturated and the tree is a bit distracting.
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12/12/2002 05:04:48 PM
Funny shot! Looks a little fat! I love the tail, it looks spooked, but the end is so ratty! Killer funny. The mouth and nose seem a little to red/rosy/pink, but the rest seems very well colored. 8 Swash
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12/12/2002 08:33:06 AM
Great catch- love that pink nose!
12/11/2002 08:57:12 PM
Cute little fatling! Good color capture here. Although the color is minimal, the pink of his nose and mouth are evident, as well as the golden browns of his ears and face. The tree being out of focus bothers me a bit. I want to see the detail in the bark, but I understand how quickly you must have had to capture this moment.
His tail is quite interesting. I've never seen one like it in all the many squirrels i've seen.
I love that I can see his feet and toes. You really captured a lot of his detail. Good job!
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12/11/2002 03:02:05 PM
Great head-on shot, and the DoF on it is good. However, it feels like the shot has been over-sharpened, and that some of the detail has been lost because of it.
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12/11/2002 12:54:22 PM
very cute critter! This is quite a nice catch... I think this shot *may* be even stronger if you cropped out just the squirrel and left the tree trunk out maybe? Just a thought... great shot :) - setzler
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12/11/2002 12:34:20 PM
Cute :) Nice cature - great details here. = 9
12/11/2002 11:57:44 AM
Something just does not seem right here. Speckles, or something. Like little purple spots on his back, around his eye, and on the tree bark. The photo its self is adorable. I like the angle and framing/cropping are good too. Focus seems a tad off, but that could just be a product of those speckles. I really like the angle though. He's looking at you like "dude, get out of my tree" lol. Is that a squirrel?? He looks so huge and has a funny tail? Good luck in the challenge.
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12/11/2002 08:46:57 AM
best squirrel shot, but wats going on with his tail?
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12/11/2002 05:13:52 AM
This shot seems a little too saturated. The color of his nose is kind of funny.
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12/10/2002 11:31:38 PM
lol is that a blue tint on his nose? cold blue nose? lol... superb capture! perfect!
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12/10/2002 10:48:35 PM
Look how fat that squirrel is!
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12/10/2002 10:00:04 PM
Good photo. The white of the snow isn't over saturated. Great expression. I don't know who was colder, you or the squirrel. Nice shot.
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12/10/2002 09:26:06 PM
A very difficult shot to get, I have tried too, but never with such great results as you have achieved here. 8, no, le's make it a 9 because it makes me laugh.
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12/10/2002 09:16:01 PM
Love that cute little pink nose! It's like he's saying "Please, sir, may I have more?" Awesome!
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12/10/2002 12:58:47 PM
Wonderful picture, too bad I cannot vote
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12/10/2002 11:48:53 AM
The choice of prespective is excellent; this image makes you relate to the subject and the environment. The detail and colour are perfectly preserved, and do give out the wibe of a playful winter day. Great job!
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12/09/2002 11:22:00 PM
He is the cutest. What did you bribe him with to get him to look at you like this. :) The color seems a bit off like there is a red tint to it because of the tale color and nose color. This would have been perfect if you could have got just the squirrel and left out the tree.
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12/09/2002 09:44:39 PM
Adorable! What a great capture and lovely colours. Not sure about the tree, but it does show him in his environment. Good Luck
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12/09/2002 09:40:31 PM
The color might have been upped a little too much, it seems to have blotches of really bright colors where they shouldn't be. also a bit grainy, but overall not bad.
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12/09/2002 09:21:07 PM
Ha! I love it. How did this happen. Did he attack you. Good job. Jacko 8
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12/09/2002 06:54:50 PM
very nice composition and good exposure. i like that the tree is included. it looks like there is some kind of white effects around the claws and the two things on top of the snow, but it's not real bad. i wonder if the tail got that way because you startled the squirrel. good color with the pink nose and white snow. goodtempo
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12/09/2002 02:47:17 PM
A great shot, and a wonderfully captured moment. The tree in the foreground is distracting, and I can't figure out why the squirrel's fur is so washed out. The tail especially looks like there was a lot of sharpening and/or color correction and it looks unnatural. Way to grab the moment, though....this is a great capture.
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12/09/2002 01:46:55 PM
Very cute. I love how his little nose and tongue are so hot pink. The little piece of leaf or bark to the left of him looks like a curved arrow pointing at him....which is odd.
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12/09/2002 11:23:46 AM
Such a good composition nad well caught with him looking at camera.
Is colour jacked up? Nose and area around look over saturated...
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12/09/2002 11:22:16 AM
Wow! Great shot.
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12/09/2002 10:57:25 AM
Cute capture, I hope he got some more nuts. The composition is very nice but the colors are 'odd' and it looks a little too over sharpened.
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12/09/2002 08:04:16 AM
What a fabulous portrait!
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12/09/2002 01:31:04 AM
This is so cute and great photo, too. Maybe I would have cropped it a bit tighter, though??
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