Processing: dodging/ burning to reduce high contrast. Sharpen using high pass method.Cropped.
Appears to be sharp with good depth of field rolling off in the background. Nice shot.
N=2, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=6
Review by DanC., Jan 25, 2014
This is an appealing shot that has a cute nature story but unfortunately, that story is not immediately obvious. The interesting moment in the family life of these squirrels is not very easy to see because there is no real shape, texture or color contrast that makes it easy to distinguish one squirrel from the other. The only thing that tells the viewer there are two squirrels is the two tails. You might be able to make it more apparent the youngster is nuzzling the adults ear by cropping tighter and enlarging to full allowed width. Overall the lighting on the pair is nice but the deep shadow on the tail of the adult squirrel hurts. You need to do a bit more burning and dodging to reduce that shadow even more. Your sharpening technique worked very well. If you try the cropping and resizing mentioned above, go back to the layers you had before you did the sharpening, and then apply the sharpening technique after resizing. Hopefully you were able to get additional images of this behavior where the youngster's eye is showing. That will also help others see the story you saw. The pictorial quality score is low because you cannot clearly distinguish between your two subjects where it matters. Otherwise it is a very appealing image.
N=3, T=2, P=1, E=0, Total=6
Review by TomP., Jan 30, 2014
This is a very amusing image, but it takes a bit to see that. I find your focus, background & composition good. I wonder about your white balance and I'd like to see more contrast to help distinguish the two squirrels.
N=2, T=3, P=2, E=0, Total=7
My photographic interests started in Maryland, 2002, when I joined the National Institute of Health Camera Club. After moving back to Montreal in 2004, I joined Lakeshore Camera Club.
I am using a Canon 7D camera and the following Canon lenses: 24-100L IS f4, 70-200 L IS f 4, macro 100 L2.8, 17-35L f2.8, 300L IS f2.8, extenders 1.4 and 2.0. My post processing workflow includes Bridge or Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 and NIK and Photomatix software.
I came into photography with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. My photographic interests started in 2002, and since then I photographed many subjects, ranging from environment and architecture to animals and sports. In 2009 I graduated from a Commercial Photography Program at Dawson College in Montreal. I organize photo tours and workshops and enjoy sharing my regional knowledge and passion for photography.