Adrian Binney, LRPS  

Red Squirrel Enjoying Last Rays of Light by Adrian Binney, LRPS

June 2020 - Red Squirrel Enjoying Last Rays of Light

June 2020 - Adrian Binney, LRPS


About the Image(s)

This was taken in 2015 whilst on a nature workshop in Scotland - a week on a big old estate, not moving the car at all - fun! There were a number of squirrels about, helped by us bating them with peanuts! But I was keen to get a backlit one and a was pleased with this.

Olympus gear at 300mm (so 600mm FF) ISO 500, 1/500 f5.6. I got used to their habit of looking up for a second, before reaching down for the next nut and that’s when I shot this.

After cropping and making square, it needed quite a lot of localised work. I then decided to see what it looked like in B&W and I rather liked it! I like having two versions of an image!

Having converted it to B&W, I darkened the greens and yellows to improve the background and also to reduce the whites somewhat, as his tail seemed to look brighter than in the colour version.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Don Crow   Don Crow
I like the b&w version much more than the color. To me the color distracts. Even with it being backlit you still managed to maintain very good detail in the shadows. His pose is great. I see nothing I would change.
Very well done.   Posted: 06/07/2020 20:30:32

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
ifully done. The technique is excellent, but unobtrusive. You have captured the personality of this lettle animal. I like Both the color and the B&W. The B&W is somewhat surreal and thus is quite dramatic   Posted: 06/11/2020 17:50:12

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Very well done, Adrian. I like the backlighting, and the way you've filled the frame, the curve of the tail. There are no distracting elements. Great nature shot.   Posted: 06/14/2020 17:22:33

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
The back lighting is amazing and makes the photo for me. I really enjoyed seeing the red squirrel, as compared to the hardy grey ones we have here.   Posted: 06/18/2020 16:55:34

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
(Groups 41 & 44 & 91)
love, love, love, the backlit tail!!!   Posted: 06/21/2020 00:33:31

John Erve   John Erve
Adrian, This is a good capture of this squirrel and well exposed so that all his fur stands out without being over exposed. You also captured his personality in that he seemed to be very comfortable with you even though he was busy feeding. For me I tend to like the colored version as red squirrels are more exotic to me while the monochrome makes the squirrel similar to all the squirrels I normally see. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 06/21/2020 15:53:50

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I do not normally read the other comments before I type out my own. In this case I did and with all that the others have said, I could only repeat their compliments.

To me the whole scene is made by the backlit tail and the detail of the fur, yet maintaining the detail in the front of the squirrel. I do actually like the original as well. Both images worked very well for me.

A wonderful image Adrian - thank you so much for your sharing it with us.   Posted: 06/21/2020 20:45:53