squirrelly little buggar

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  1. Osmer_Toby

    Osmer_Toby TPF Noob!

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    this little guy was raiding our garbage for leftovers when i first tried to get his portrait. he was a little nervous at first, made me chase him across one yard and up a tree. then he settled in and posed for me.

    what can i do to bring him out more? i'm thinkin burn the sky/background, but he is already so dark....

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    Oh, he's cute - great shot, with lots of good detail. I can't give yo PS advice, I speak limited PS....but really, he just needs to be lightened somehow, the detail is already there.
     
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    Did you try a contrast mask? I think that technique does a very good job at balancing photos while still bringing out subtle contrasts.
     
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    Simple...
    PhotoShop
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    Option 1
    1. Dupe the original layer
    2. From the drop-down dialog box in the layer's palette, select SCREEN.

    Option 2
    1. Click "Create new fill or adjustment layer" icon in the layer's palette
    2. Select LEVELS from the drop-down- dialog box.
    3. Slide the slider at the right margin toward the center.

    There are many more options to accomplish your goal and nearly all of them offer more finesse and precision than the two down-and-dirty solutions above.

    The edited version in this post was accomplished with Option 1
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    Much better!

    What I love about this shot is the front on view - I don't think I've ever had the opportunity to look at a squirrel dead on before, when I see them they are either darting around a tree, between my tires, or lying on their backs - what interesting faces they have.
     
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    There you go! :D Now you can see all that great detail.

    I agree with Tammy - what's good about this shot is getting this head-on view. Nice work!!
     
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    canonrebel- man, that is fantastic. exactly what i was looking for. thank you!

    thank you :D

    it is kinda cool to see some of the detail you don't usually get to see with these guys. check out his ears- you can tell he's been in a few battles from the notches in his lobes!
     
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    Exactly - that's part of the detail that I was talking about. Plus, I like seeing the feathery bit of fur on the right side of him, AND I like that one long whisker that is glinting a bit in the sun. I say again: excellent detail. You can be proud of this one. :D
     
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    Where are you located and do you know what kind of squirrel that is? It either has very odd shaped ears or has been in numerous fights.
     
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    This variety of squirrel is commonly called "Fox Squirrel". The Fox squirrel is about 20-25 percent larger than the other varieties which include the grey squirrel, red squirrel, black squirrel, and ground squirrel (sometimes referred to as a chipmunk). Nothern Ohio has all 5 varieties, but the fox squirrel is the most prevalent -- by a margin of perhaps as large as 75-to-1.

    In the photo, the squirrel's torn ears are a result of fighting and/or mating.
     
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    his wife musta been talkin to mine....
     
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    I didn't know squirrels liked it rough.... :shock:
     

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