Mary Walsh  

ALVIN by Mary Walsh

November 2021 - ALVIN

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While hiking through a local park, we came up this little chipmunk sitting on top of a tree stump. I managed to grab a shot before he ran away. Nikon Z7II, 24-200 lens at 110mm, ISO 250, F11, 1/60 sec

11 comments posted

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Very nice image Mary. Like the way the Chipmunks back leads you into the picture. Nice pose that shows the beauty of the animal. Like the front and back somewhat out of focus. Might crop just a bit off the right hand side still leaving room in front of his face. In some competitions anything man made is not allowed so you would have to remove the food. Other competitions it is fine. Well done.   Posted: 11/03/2021 08:36:11
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Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Tom. The stuff on the stump is complements of mother nature. I think it might be some sort of mushrooms that were growing out of the stump. Couldn't get anywhere near this little guy. Right after we saw him and I grabbed the shot, he ran.   Posted: 11/03/2021 09:29:16

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Nice grab. The chipmunk is sharp. I might add a slight vignette to the image.   Posted: 11/03/2021 12:11:07
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Lloyd. I'll try the vignette.   Posted: 11/03/2021 17:55:28

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I love how sharp the chipmunk is.
I must ask Tom why he thinks food is man-made? Much food can be gathered and it is natural (as Mary pointed out).   Posted: 11/03/2021 16:59:58
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Margaret   Posted: 11/03/2021 17:55:52

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
My mistake Mary. I thought the food looked like broken up vanilla wafers. As Margaret pointed out natural food is accepted in PSA competitions but man made is not.   Posted: 11/03/2021 19:51:43

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Hi Mary. Ah, a Chipmunk. One of my favorites. We once had 2 living under our deck. Someone once told me I always had to follow the rule of thirds with subjects. I think your composition is an example of why that is hooey. I like your composition. It is pleasing to the eye and has balance. Your exposure is good. Nice color. The light and color is balanced also. I do see some softness. I don't know if you used a tripod or not but my personal rule of thumb is if I shoot below SS of 200, I use a tripod, especially with wildlife. In my opinion, SS of 60 is rather slow. Just a tiny bit of camera shake or animal movement can produce softness when shooting that slow. If I am doing walk about kinds of things with my IS lens I always use SS of 400, just a comment. That softness really doesn't show much or even matter unless you are entering a contest however. I still like the shot a lot!   Posted: 11/07/2021 07:46:17
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Hi Gary,
Thanks for the tips. I appreciate you taking the time to make suggestions. I was walking around shooting handheld. I'll try 1/400 sec next time.   Posted: 11/07/2021 07:50:44

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
When you come upon a darling creature like this chipmunk, one does not have time to think! I think you did a super job focusing on him in the small amount of time you had before he took off. Love the color in him and the green leaves. They are very sharp too. Those soft leaves in front are only a slight distraction. I think I like your crop best.   Posted: 11/15/2021 19:18:30
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Jamie   Posted: 11/15/2021 19:54:20


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