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Slippy's Dinner

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Challenge: Never Seen on DPC II (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Jun 1, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2011

[Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:47:14 PM]



Yes! I know it's another squirrel! But so many people have been teasing me about my squirrels, I figured it was time to make fun of my own shots.

One of the favorite restrains in the forums has been about squirrel stew. So I decided to build from there.

First I put a pot of bird seed out on the deck railing. I hoped that the squirrel would sit behind it, and then I'd be able to take a picture and pretend he was in it:

Here's one where he was sitting behind the pot:

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After a little while, he climbed into the pot and started eating!!

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Though I loved his expression on the first one of those three, he fit so nicely in the pot on the entry shot.

Next I needed to cook him. I was going to do it on a camp stove:

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But I couldn't put it together so it would look right.

I almost gave up. But then I realized I didn't need it outside -- I could do it on the stove!

I brought the pot inside, placed it one the burner, and tried to get the same exact angle on the shot. (I'm not good at expert editing, so I wouldn't know how to adjust it if the angle wasn't right.) Once I got it aligned correctly, I turned on the burner to get the red glow. The reflection on the black stove top was a pleasant surprise.

I probably should have emptied the birdseed first. It smelled like roasted sunflower seeds in my house. :)

I'm still such a beginner at this. I really have no idea what I'm doing. It took about three hours to put it together. I'm sure others could have done it in about 15 minutes, since it was only two shots. But I am very happy with it, and all of the comments are great fun!!

I wish that the squirrel was facing into the picture. It would have flowed much better. But this is how he was sitting in the pot. If I put the stove controls on the other side, the handle would have been going the wrong way. I'm sure others could turn the squirrel easily. But if I knew how to do that, I wouldn't have to had a squirrel in my cooking pot! :D

[Jun. 9th, 2011 06:21:28 PM]

Last night -- 105 votes, 6.7658. I'm guessing I'll be lucky to break a top 10 with this score -- I thought there were some truly wonderful images in this challenge! I probably lowered my chances even more, because I felt the need to go bump some up, I liked them so much!

Well done, everyone! And thanks for all the great comments. It was so much fun.

Btw, the stew was delicious! :P

Place: 5 out of 80
Avg (all users): 6.7368
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.2439
Avg (non-participants): 6.9189
Views since voting: 3231
Views during voting: 425
Votes: 152
Comments: 31
Favorites: 6 (view)

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06/12/2011 08:20:55 AM
OMG, HAHAHAhahaha! Very tasty, indeed !
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06/11/2011 01:49:57 AM
Awesome shot! :)Congratulations!
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06/10/2011 05:16:05 PM
haha I thought this was great when I saw it, nice work!
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06/10/2011 11:10:55 AM
I was going to plan my next vacation to visit you...but if this is what's for dinner...::promptly faints::

Congrats to you, Wendy! Love all the squirrel images!

P.S. I'll take mine medium rare please...;-P
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06/10/2011 07:52:55 AM
I LOVE the squirrel shots! No need to apologize. In fact, if you had not mentioned, or received comments on, the thousands of squirrel shots you have apparently submitted :) I would not have likely checked out your other work, which is equally as great! Now that you have created a side niche on Squirrels, I think you should now proudly own that space. Keep 'em coming! I love them and I think you do a great job working them! (do the other stuff too)
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06/10/2011 07:26:16 AM
Wendy, your squirrel shots a just amazing. Another fabulous one.
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06/10/2011 06:49:56 AM
I am calling PETA on you....congrats on the top five finish you evil and horrible person, you!
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06/10/2011 04:02:43 AM
Haha fantastic Wendy!
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06/10/2011 01:50:12 AM
Got my second highest mark. Very well done image. And cute. Thanks.
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06/10/2011 12:59:36 AM
well lookit that! you got him eatin outta the palm of your... pot.
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06/10/2011 12:54:28 AM
You actually shot him inside the pot - that deserves extra points right there! Well done and congrats!
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06/10/2011 12:23:18 AM
You are WAAAAY to modest about your skills. Told you this would do well.
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06/10/2011 12:11:44 AM
very nice job on this! congrats!
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06/10/2011 12:06:12 AM
Go, Wendy! Well done!
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06/10/2011 12:05:41 AM
And you thought it would tank! It appears that squirrels are the new water drop.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2011 02:57:07 PM
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06/07/2011 11:01:18 PM
Dude, you are nuts, and this is awesome.
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06/06/2011 01:59:25 PM
Who's making dinner for whom? And in style.
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06/05/2011 05:03:25 PM
I really like the composition and POV.
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06/04/2011 04:53:47 PM
LOL! Well done... assuming this is Wendy... (not voting)
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06/04/2011 09:09:27 AM
very funny
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06/03/2011 08:55:14 PM
No squirrels were harmed in the making of this picture... ;-p
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06/03/2011 05:21:06 PM
Nuts, nuts, I'm in a rut. Always eating, eating, eating. Completely repeating. If I eat one more nut I'll burst, that will save me from voting this the worst. I need to hurry and finish this treat before the fire begins to cook my feet! I'll jump out and will never return, long before the heat has a chance to burn. (very funny image, made me laugh outloud)
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06/03/2011 02:56:10 PM
Haha, it's great that the stove is actually on
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06/03/2011 02:54:57 PM
better get the carrots on
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06/03/2011 11:52:01 AM
LOL, Wendy. I just love how it looks like he's having dinner in the Jacuzzi.
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06/03/2011 11:48:52 AM
squirrels are becoming the new wineglasses.
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06/03/2011 10:38:55 AM
ha ha ha - this is fab!!!
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06/03/2011 06:31:57 AM
Ah a dream come true, she has finally come to her senses. Wonderfully image nice and sharp, very effective and sure to do well.
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06/03/2011 12:37:18 AM
OMG! I'm cracking up!
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06/03/2011 12:33:03 AM
That's so not right :-) but I love it!!!! Great job here!
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