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Juvenile Ground Squirrels at Play by LC Boros

July 2021 - Juvenile Ground Squirrels at Play

July 2021 - LC Boros


About the Image(s)

This was shot from my office chair looking out into the north garden a few years back. We no longer have many ground squirrels close tot he house due to targeted culling. (This is a good thing as ground squirrels are very destructive and if they have burrows near the house and abandon them in the rainy season rats will move into them.)
Pushed the image through Sharpen AI, adjusted the saturation levels, applied a gradient filter to darken down the background, healed out an irrigation pipe and then cropped
Canon 5D Mark II with 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS I USM

6 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I love the antics and action you captured of the squirrels. The one looks like he's going to have a knot on his head! I'd suggest thinking about darkening the background further to help separate the subject from the background.   Posted: 07/09/2021 14:38:11

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
What a fun image. The squirrels are playful and sharp. In Photoshop, if you use it, I would use: Select>Subject Subject>Select and Mask>Inverse to select the background and darken it. This would isolate the squirrels and draw more attention to them.   Posted: 07/09/2021 17:46:55

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
I smiled when I viewed this image. I too have a family of squirrels, and the babies are in seemingly endless motion. It is difficult to capture these rumbles, and you did a good job. Their expressions, the detail in their "fingers", the catch light in the top eye, together with the motion blur in the middle romper combine to tell a fine story.   Posted: 07/11/2021 15:26:18

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I had to look close to realize there were three of them! It is easy to see who is dominant! At the very center of the action where the two heads are close together appears to be a bit soft. I am guessing a little faster shutter speed combined with a bit higher ISO might have made a difference, but that is just a guess since you have not specified your settings. I think the suggestions as to futher darkening the background would improve the image and help tell you story.   Posted: 07/12/2021 12:11:08

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I don't know if this is two against one or one against two but the poor squirrel on the bottom is taking the brunt of the fight. I like that the squirrels are mostly sharp but yet there is just enough softness to to show the fast action. It would be nice to know your camera settings.   Posted: 07/13/2021 17:15:24

Ally Green   Ally Green
I am beginning to like life in your office! What a great capture and it tells a fun story, very comical..hope the squirrel on the ground got up to fight another day! Good job in post of darkening the background and maybe add a slight vignette to enhance the squirrels further? Nice detail in the squirrels with good use of the light.   Posted: 07/15/2021 15:43:39


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