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American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrel
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Copyright: Hisam Saker (Hisam) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 22] (215)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: NikonD200, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm DX
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 9:17
Viewed: 2910
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The North American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) is one of two species of tree squirrel currently classified in the genus Tamiasciurus and known as pine squirrels (the other is the Douglas squirrel, T. douglasii). It is a medium sized (200250g) diurnal mammal that defends a year-round exclusive territory. The diet of these tree squirrels is specialized on the seeds of conifer cones. As such, they are widely distributed across North America wherever conifers are common, except on the Pacific coasts where they are replaced by Douglas squirrels. Recently red squirrels have been expanding their range to include primarily hardwood areasFrom Wikipedia

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Hello Hisam,
Subject could be a tad sharper; maybe through postprocessing.
That said all other aspects are well done for example the composition.

nice pose with the animal looking toward the camera. a bit more contrast ans some sharpening might be nice.

Hello Hisam,
The curve in the branches makes a perfect place for this little lady to sit and gives perfect composition for your shot! The tree seems to have a sharper focus than the squirrel but it is still a lovely shot.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

did not know you had red squirrels nothing like our cute ones that almost got wiped out by this lot. i have a grey one in my garden and it is a destructive pest, tree rats we call them. lovely shot.

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2007-07-04 23:05]

Deliziosa foto, Hisam!
Belli colori e particolari.

Ciao e grazie.

The tree provides a natural framing (no pun intended) and there's nice DOF. The squirrel is clear (but could be a tad sharper), one can make out individual whiskers, and though he seems posed in fright, there appears to be some curiosity included in that. Wonderful capture.

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