Steven Jungerwirth  

Squirrel by Steven Jungerwirth

June 2020 - Squirrel

June 2020 - Steven Jungerwirth


About the Image(s)

Deion: While quarantining on my back porch, this squirrel stopped and stared. I liked the appearance of his 3-point stance and broad shoulders/hips - conveying a strong/aggressive posture. I struggled with the background - and decided to replace with a tree trunk from my yard.

Technical: Canon 6D Mark II, 400mm (100-400 Canon F/4.5-5.6), ISO 400, 1/250, F/8.0. Lens correction, exposure/whites/blacks in Lightroom. B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro. Blending of tree trunk, sharpness/contrast, dodging/burning and vignette in Photoshop.

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9 comments posted

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Congratulations. What a nice capture without trudging through the woods all day. You recording him/her looking directly at you. There is good catch light in the eyes that give them life. The change in background has purpose beyond saying," Look what I can do." Nice crop. All in all, Very nice.   Posted: 06/01/2020 15:52:53
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Thanks Chan - I appreciate your thought/kind words. Interesting how that catch light really makes the face pop.   Posted: 06/02/2020 16:22:16

Graham Jones   Graham Jones
Steven, nice sharp capture on the squirrel. I like the change of the background but I can see some of the effects of the selection on the right side of the tail. That being said, I could not have done as well as you. My personal preference would be to blur the tree trunk, or possibly darken a bit to add some separation from the animal.   Posted: 06/01/2020 20:11:03
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Graham - you are absolutely correct about the squirrel's tail. I struggled with that - so much fine hair - truly impossible (at least for me) to select the image - so I resorted to selecting and then blending that wasn't perfect. You raise an interesting question regarding the tree bark - and whether the squirrel separates enough. The image is ENTIRELY gray . . . almost no black or white. Just shades of gray. Someone commented to me that the very different texture of the squirrel vs. tree gives good separation. I'm attaching the original image of the tree. I did blur the bark a little. You raise a good point - I could have blurred it more? Or darkened it? I also tried to do the tree in color (you'll observed green lichen on the bark) to help separate it from the B&W squirrel. My wife didn't think that worked - and I have learned to listen to her :)   Posted: 06/02/2020 16:29:33

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
image attached   Posted: 06/02/2020 16:35:42
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Gee! Terrific idea - my wife loves this!

Was wondering if a different BW version designed with less contrast would separate the squirrel from the tree bark - they seem to clash a bit - maybe its my bright screen.   Posted: 06/07/2020 06:27:48
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Thank you! I will work on finding ways to get better separation. Good point.   Posted: 06/08/2020 03:47:31

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Excellent photo! The composition is great and the squirrel's eyes are sharp and clear. From my computer screen the bright background appears to clash with the squirrel somewhat. Perhaps experimenting with a darker tree trunk would make the squirrel stand out. However, the background as shown is very creative and provides strong interest in the image as a whole! It appears that you can't go wrong either way. Nice work!   Posted: 06/07/2020 08:44:08
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Dale - thank you. You raise another option (darkening the tree) to get more separation. I will play with.   Posted: 06/08/2020 03:49:16