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Red Smiley

Red Smiley
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Squirrels [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-13 1:44
Viewed: 8534
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though I try to avoid posting lots of images of the same species one after the other, I couldn't resist this one! I promise not to bore you with more shots of red squirrels in the near future.

This is a red specimen of the European Red Squirrel and if we are to see him with anthropomorphic eyes, he is smiling!

This shot was taken while he was on our lawn on the way to our bird feeders where he plunders the sunflower seeds.

This was taken at a distance of about 5 meters with the camera hand-held and is hardly cropped. After size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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förbaskat fin bild!
very nice lightning and perfect
sharpness and exposure in this
very beautiful pic on the squirrel!
very nice!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-13 2:12]
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Hi Ivan,
in no way is this boring! Superb portrait of a one of nature's most endearing looking animals. Excellent detail, colours and perfect DOF, very well done.
(I am going to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour this weekend, where we have one of the last Red Squirrel colonies left in the UK. Any tips on how to catch one of these on camera??)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-13 2:17]

Hi Ivan

A beautiful shot - excellent POV with outstanding colours and razor-sharp detail. Well observed and captured.


Hello Ivan,

Excellent picture of this very cute squirrel. POV, DOF and focus are very good. Perfect sharpness and wonderful colours.

Hi Ivan,
lovely colours with perfect WB this time ;-)
The pose is lovely and ekorren is very cute.
Very good sharpness with fine details.
I like the nice composition and the low POV.
Well done.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-03-13 3:32]

Hello Ivan,
Well this is an interesting one...the anthropomorphic way of seeing a smile, i shud learn that , there are so mnay of those little squirels here scampering on trees and and the ground,i wud then what is it going thru..wow...
A shot with lovely colours lighting.Its skin seem to be gleeming in the nice sunshine.The busy tail spread at the back is nicely kept in frame.A really cute "red smiley" shot.
TFS & Cheers

Excellent shot. Very sharp and good DOF. The guy is really smiling. Hopefully the grey American cousin does not take its place in the future.

Hello Ivan,
What a lovely-cheerfull capture of this beauty:-). Great shot my friend! TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-13 4:19]

Sharp and clear Ivan! The pose of the Squirrel, the composition and the great technique are all fantastic, well done, thanks!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-13 4:24]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding shot of this charming Red Squirrel with immaculate sharpness and colours on its fur. Fantastic lighting and exposure and you have captured a fabulous pose here. I like the glint on its eye and the facial expression. Great DOF and POV and the composition is majestic. Kudos.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-13 4:52]

Hello Ivan,
Magnificent capture.Lighting,crisp clear details,sharpness and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-13 4:58]

Hi Ivan,
you must pay your models well... 4-5 peanuts?
an they sit so nicely for you, and even smile!
Wonderful shot, the sharpness and colors are fabulous.

Hi Ivan

Very cute, not boring at all. Great POV and shrapness. Your lucky to have such cute mammals in your garden. As you know we have no small diurnal mammals in Australia. Afetr seeing them in Central America, i wish we did, they are fun to watch.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-13 5:23]

Wow! What a shot Ivan!
You captured incredible detail in the fur of this Red Squirrel.
Razor-sharp with superb clarity.
Excellent low-down POV and a brilliant frame-filling composition.
Nice, natural colours and perfect lighting.
Superb DOF as well.
Very, very well done,


Beautiful shot of this lovely red one Ivan.
Wonderful how the red/brown color of the fur does stand out against the green of the grass.
Exposure and sharpness are perfect, but I did'nt expect anything else from you :)
Real joy to look at.

Best regards, Harry

Increíble enfoque y colores Ivan, con una gran limpieza de estos en toda la fotografía. El encuadre es más que correcto y la luz sobrada. Preciosa y atractiva toma.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi

That's soooooo cute, Ivan, I love his smile so much.
Excellent sharpness and a perfect light, thanks and many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-13 8:40]

Hi Ivan,

That is one promise you don't have to keep. Not if you see another one like this. The expression is priceless. I love that look on his face and the position of the ears. The pose is wonderful. Beautiful lighting, razor sharp details, fantastic colors. Great composition and very high on the cuteness scale.


One of your finest, everything about the squirrel says wonderful...focus, composition POV...faultless...and it shows such an amazing character as well....

regards h and TFS

Hy Ivan
He is really smiling!! Very good colors, sharpness and POV.
TALFS!! (thanks a lot for sharing)

There is that silly looking squirrel again. First time I saw it was a image by jeest and I thought it was peculiar then..and still do. It is almost as if when God created these, it was a last minute thought and he threw in some spare ears from another creature he was planning...I could go on..but it is odd...VERY good colourings in this one Ivan. you are a master knower of natural world..and pretty darn goop photographer as well,..

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-13 10:08]

Bonjour Ivan
Superbe prise, excellentes couleurs et netteté, très beau sujet, j'adore, mes félicitations!
Amicalement Robi

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-13 10:17]

Ola Ivan
elissima fot deste esquilo, a luz solar deixou a fotografia muito bem iluminada e natural, a nitidez esta excelente, e a composição também

Hello Ivan,
The title could be 'optimism'. The squirrel seems to have a lot of fun for some reason. Look at those ears:-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-13 11:59]

Hello Ivan,

What a lively picture, exactly an model for you.
Colours and sharpness be superb.
This is a picture for with a great image hanged in my living room!
My compliments I take this picture as favorite.
Very well done.

Best regards,

Hello Ivan,
You shared with us the most beautiful and cute little fellow with a big warm smile! it's makes my day with good feeling!
very sharp image with the best pov also in perfect colouration and details
many many thanks for sharing this quality photo!
best regards

Stupenda immagine, straordinario il momento colto, ottima composizione, eccellenti POV e DOF, superbi dettagli e magnifici colori. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-13 13:56]

Hello Ivan,
What a perfect photo! The pose, low POV, DOF, sharpness and colours are amazing!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-13 14:02]

Hi Argus. Its easy to see why you could not resist this one. Its his face he is so pleased with fis food. a very well timed shot . as for detail and colour first class. and good use of the light to make the fur shine and a glint in the eye. well done .TFS.

Hi Ivan,

Fantastic shot of this cute red squirrel
Compo, colors, sharpness and details are PERFECT
POV, DOF and pose are excellent

TFS Thijs

Hi Ivan,
Excellent and superb shot..! Great job Ivan. TFS.

Hi Ivan.
Outstanding image of the beautiful (may be the best) specimen of the squirrel (or may be the best shot of the squirrel). Splendid colours, marvelous sharpness and details of the tiniest features. Pose of the animal is sweet as well as the wonderful blurred BG and crisp sharp small areas of the FG. Only one point is minor (it seems to me). It is horizontal orientation of the image. May be I am wrong. In any case shot is extraordinary by subject and by quality. Bravo and congratulations.

These European Squirrels with the long ear fur are too cute and you nabbed this one with wonderful clarity and light. Super pose and low POV also.
Tfs and have a great weekend! Richard

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-14 8:18]

Hello Ivan,
Cute squirrel!
Nice composition!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-14 10:00]

Ivan, WOW what a colorful squirrel. Excellent pose and great details. Ganesh

hello Ivan

you did well to post this image, what a lovely shot of this cute animal,
excellent POV and framing, excellent luminosity of the image
and density of the squirrel's colours, he seems to smiling,
i love to see his ears, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Ivan,
This is brilliant. Good light and sharp focus. POV and composition are wonderful. TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-15 1:11]

Hola Ivan,
Outstanding pose, composition, details, dof, pov, colours and light. A very good portrait!
TFS, José M.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-03-15 4:27]

Bonjour Yvan,

Une superbe présentation,tout est parfaits. Bravo pour la grande qualité d'image.

Hello Ivan!
Sorry for delay with writting a detailed comment :)
This is one of the best pictures of squirrel I have ever seen! When I am watching this cute creature I can feel like observing alive specimen! Your work with details, DOF and light is very professional! Bravo and TFS!
Friendly yours,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-15 21:49]

Hello Ivan

The clarity is exceptional.Razor sharp focus.Incredible quality.
Excellent lighting and superb colour.]
The POV is well done.
A text book quality shot.


Hi Ivan, lovely portrait of this cute creature in nice pose, splendid sharpness, superb details and wonderful colors, a beautiful photo, bravo, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Well, this image begs for posting Ivan, another of your series of perfect tele-macro captures executed brilliantly from a looow POV (you were laying down on the ground face down, I think). The finely rendered squirrel looks a little ashamed for plundering your sunflower seeds! TFS and best regards my friend.

Dear Ivan,
wonderful pose, very charming, very lively! Perfectly precise details add to the lively presence of this cute red squirrel. Wonderful light, so much warmth and pleasure radiating from this image. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-17 0:32]

hello Ivan,
Nice visit you had from this very cute squirrel. You caught it in a perfect pose, in the best light possible, showing every detail of its fur. Bravo
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-17 4:26]

Hi Ivan

Sorry i haven't had any time for TN recently and i only found a small break today to attend to some of the superb posts i missed lately...

I couldn't overlook this one even i wanted to :) It's just too great!
The love the details you managed to get here as well as the fantastic pose from this little fellow. He looks adorable!
The very low POV is also exceptional and it also allowed you a very nice and even BG.
The very shallow DOF you chose here is terrific - i wouldn't have thought that an f/5.6 would be enough to keep so much in focus, but you did great to take that chance here and the result is great - with also that very nice bokeh in the BG (as i said before).
The natural light on your subject is lovely, too, and it brings out the best in all those colors...what more to add? A splendid shot in all aspects!

BRAVO, my friend and TFS

Hola Iván.
Excelente captura y hermosos tonos los de esta ardilla. Buen bg y gran DoF.
Interesante comentario.
Saludos, JL.

Bonjour Ivan

Une bonne prise de vue de cet écureuil roux qui se laisse pousser les oreilles, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs.
Merci et Bonne soirée...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-18 17:46]

Hi Ivan, I have missed many of your pictures and among them, this one that is so cute with the smiling little squirrel. Not only does it smile, it raises its ears too! Here, they don't have those long hair on the tip of their ears and each time I see a picture on TN, I think it is so funny and cute. Your picture is bright, colourful and so sharp, I don't think you are boring anyone with such a picture! Thank you,


Hej Ivan,
Squirrel is probably one of the most photographed animals in TL!
Seeing this little fellow it is easy to understand why, since the charm in unrivalled...
And the capture is perfect, excel,lent colours & sharpness in the fur coat and a great pose!
Pablo -

Lol! You squirrels have those kinds of ears that are just wonderful! In my opinion, they can never look serious with those ears! I wish ours were like yours :) This is an excellent capture of this smiling fellow, he looks so happy just to be alive! Details, low POV and exposure are outstanding! Well done :)

Hi Ivan!
Ha! Looks like you surprised this little squirrel! I love how his ears stick up! Cute shot! great color and nice low pov! TFS

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this red squirrel. Very well composed with excellent details. Sharp focus. I will say Mr. Steady Hands. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful image! So sharp, so detailed and so cute animal! A very nice job, my friend

Just marking your post for now...will be back presently.

Hi Ivan,
great color and sharpness!
Superb pose the squirrel had...
Nice DOF!

very cute and very sharp, TFS Ori

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-11-24 7:43]

another great shot!


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