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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-04 5:59
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After three short business trips which have followed one after another I have an opportunity to return to you, my friends.

This picture was taken in the small town Alushta located at southern coast of Crimea. The town is located on coast of Black Sea in gorge among the low old Crimean mountains covered by low woods. The border between city and a wood is practically imperceptible.

Even in a sunny day it is dark enough in a wood. Therefore it was necessary to use powerful flash. Fortunately, squirrels are almost tame there and not be afraid of people at all.

Add. info:
Flash: Konica Minolta Program Flash 5600 HS
Teleconverter: Kenko AF 1.4x TelePlus Pro 300 DG

Exposure program: Shutter priority
Metering mode: pattern
Exposure time: 1/200 s
F-number: 1/4
ISO: 400
Focal length: 98 mm

Sciurus vulgaris

Geographic Range
Sciurus vulgaris, also known as the Eurasian red squirrel, can be found throughout the forests of Europe and northern Asia. Over the past century S. vulgaris population densities have changed greatly. The species has remained very common in central Europe, but on Great Britain they are now extirpated from much of their range.

Sciurus vulgaris lives and nests in deciduous and coniferous forests. These squirrels prefer to live in large, mature trees that can provide them with an abundant supply of food in the form of seeds or acorns. Trees chosen as nesting sites usually have hollowed out cavities or large holes in their trunks which can be used as nests. A high quality nest may be used for several years, and individuals always maintain several nests to which they can escape when being pursued by a predator.

Physical Description ...

Sciurus vulgaris

See also:
Red Squirrel
Sciurus vulgaris (Russian)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-04 6:21]

Hi Alexei

Nice to see another picture from you! It's been a while :)
And what a great shot it is :)
I like the pose of the little squirrel very much!
Excellent POV, nice colors and great sharpness.
Also great framing and a well taken composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Alex!
It's a really funny capture with a great title to go with it. The squirrel with its pose looks like a cartoon character. I wouldn't worry about the flash, the shadows can hardly be seen. Congratulations,

what a cutie! great shot, alexei! :-)
wonderful pose of the furry little friend.
good sharpness, nice colors and well composed.
it seems you were pretty close to him.
terrific job & take care, thorsten.

Hello Alexei !
This is an excellent and funny picture ! I love the pose of the squirrel, he looks so curious ! Sharpness, details, colors, composition, everything is excellent, and you made such a good use of your flash. very well done !

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-04 6:58]

Hallo Alexei,
a really beautiful picture. You captured the squirrel just in the right moment. Colours, light and sharpness are excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

Great shot of this little cutie, the flash worked well.
Good composition and sharpness.

Great job. would have some complaints about the flash.... but it is not a studio photo -:)

Hi Alexei,
This is a very nice capture Eurasian squirrel. I like your title; it looks like a ninja actually :-) I like its ears, they don't look the same here... The details, lightning and the animal's pose are very nice along with good composition. Well done!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-04 8:00]

Hi Alexei,

A very cute pose of this squirrel,you captured it and composed it very well with lovely colors,well done mf,


Hi Alexei,
A funny pose from this cute little squirrel. Nice shot and well composed. Very well done.

Les écureuils ne sont pas rares dans trek nature, mais la posture de celui-ci est particulièrement originale.
Bonne journée.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-04 10:13]

Jajaja... o es un ninja, o es un loco con todos los pelos parados!.
Excelente captura con una escena muy divertida, con bello colorido, agudeza y perfecto POV.
Buen control de la luz, que permite apreciar todos los detalles del animal y su entorno.
Cheers Alexei!

Jajaja... or it is a ninja, or it is a lunatic with all the hair stopped!.
Excellent capture with a very amusing scene, with beautiful coloring, sharpness and perfect POV.
Good control of the light that allows to appreciate all the detail of the animal and their environment.
Cheers Alexei!

Nice image, but lighting is flat. It would have been better to have the flash off to the side or relected light. Good detail, color and composition. I might crop a little off the left, IMHO too much empty space.

Hi Alexei,
What an adorable pose! He looks like he's ready for martial arts indeed :) I love how his ears are pointed straight up in the air! Very funny shot. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Spl (8)
  • [2006-10-04 12:29]

Hello Alexei! Fantastic photo. "Squirrel ninja" is an innovative step in the field of fighting arts and self-improvement. I hope, that on a way of this squirrel there will be contenders of its level. Excellent quality of a picture. I wish successes.

This picture is so hilarious. Its standing position, its expression and like TheUnknown has said.. its ears! I looks like it got shocked by something and like those in the cartoons, it's ears flew up! Really adorable! nice sharpness of the picture. I like the warm color tones of brown through, compliments your brown subject.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-04 13:18]

Very clever capture, he is very cute and looks as if he doesn't know which way to turn. Very sharp, good light and nice colours.
TFS, Ulla

hi alexei
genial,vous l'avez surpris en train d'imiter les humains.jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.bien detaillée.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-04 13:41]

Hi Alexei

Superb capture and what great ears she has with those big tufts, lovely composition and a really excellent funny pose, the details are nice and sharp with lovely natural colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-04 14:18]

Privet Alexei,
Wonderful shot.Exposure is spot on.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!

Hi Alexei, it realy looks like bruce lee, well the younger now say Jackie Chan :)
You put a big smile on my face, and I apreciatte it.

Great shot. You are right. It is a Ninja Squirrel !

Hi Brother Alexei,
Great timing and very nice shot. Your title is so suitible to. But I wonder that how much hazelnuts have you bribed him to take this pose? But really good job my dear friend. Very natural but as perfect as the pose. Thankyou for sharing it.
Sincere greetings.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-04 19:48]

Excellente photo,la pose du spécimen est superbe.


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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-04 21:41]

Hi Alexei,
Funny and good picture! I like the title. I hope he doesn't attack you! ;-)
Regards, Francois

Lovely colours and superb composition. Using the flash was undoubtedly the right decision, although I think it was a touch too strong.

Hello Alexei,
what a character, what a funny picture.
Excellent details, perfectly well chosen composition.
The use of flash is apparent, and it adds to the funny impression of somebody entering a cozy dark room that turns out to be the stage of a theatre in front of a large audience. Applause to Ninja and her photographer who made her become a unique and unforgettable actor in a charming Crimean comedy.
Wonderful shot. My best regards to you,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-05 22:42]

Hi Alexei
Great shot.He is giving you a pose. Good colours, sharpnes and POV.
Well done mf


Hi Alex,
Funny to see pose of this cute little guy. Very nicely composed picture. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-06 1:15]

Hello Alexei,
For your return, you show us a cute "ninja". He wanted to fight with you ? ;-)
Sharpness is good, the flash seems a bit present but no problem the picture is nice.
Congratulations my friend.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-09 8:08]

Hello Alexei,
talking about cute, this one sure is a winner. What a pose , such timing. Wonderful capture with very nice sharpness, great colors and very good lighting.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-10-10 9:42]

Wspaniale ujecie. Rewelacyjne szczegoly.


Hi Alexey!
Really really great and good shot but one question why didn't you crop closer?
I'll try to post a workshop!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-11-06 11:17]

This is one of my favorite squirrels. You have captured it in a great pose. Looks like one of my sons cartoon characters. Nice composition, good colors, and very good sharpness and detail.

Hi Alexei,

WoW what a fantastic action shot
everybody is kungfu fighting even this squirrel.

Perfect timing, composition, colours, details, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-08 18:18]

Hello Alexei,
A great shot with a great title,really made me smile :)
Nice lighting and excellent detail.

indeed cute ninja. TFS Ori

Hello Alexei.

Very good details an colors.


Hi Alexei,
What a lovely pose! Excellent capture of this very cute image, good lighting and great detail.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Alexei,
This little pal is captured in a great pose!
The Karate Kid... hehehehe!
Wonderful composition, great colours and super details...
His expression and pose are priceless!
Pablo -

VERY VERY sharp indeed.!!!
Here too in Canada this creature is very tame; so too
other wild life. NOBODY HARMS THE WILD HERE. Peace
abounds in Canada.
love this well presented compostion because of the balanced contrasts, the ground, the dried grasses, the
leaves & your "Ninja" ready to do battle.!!!
Well done. Conratulations, Mario.

Hi, Alexei.
Small nasty bandit. I think pose here is the main thing - original and funny. Good sharpness and color too.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-03 13:15]

hello alexei
i agree with you about its pose. composition, point of view, colours, lighting, sharpness and details are great. furthermore here is successful using of flash and teleconverter
thanks for sharing

Hi Alexei,

This little guy does look like a Ninja about to do what Ninjas do :-).

TFS, regards, Kiran.

privet, Alexei!

I have no idea how do you deal with this squirrel, but this animal is a great actor :)
very very nice photo, well captured moment!


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-05-05 20:03]

Hi Alexei, Very fine composition with the little red squirrel in such a good pose. The clarity and colours are good. TFS. Murray.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-03 10:49]

Hello Alexei
What an adorable capture you did here!! Ha,ha, and what a fitting title!
I love it!
I can't almost imagine a squirrel that is not afraid of people. How much I would like to see it!
Magnificent job!

Very cute photo!

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-11-14 0:41]

Hi Alexei,

I was browsing your gallery to see your older shots and I noticed this one, which is one of the cutest squirrel shot I have seen on the TN. Your timing and everything technically related are just perfect! We are lucky to see it indeed!

Best regards my friend.

Hello Alexei

Funny photo of this squirrel, shot with fine POV and framing, great focus,
sharpness, and details, beautiful eye-contact with the catch-light, TFS


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