Thorro Jones  

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel by Thorro Jones

May 2021 - Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

May 2021 - Thorro Jones


About the Image(s)

This photo of the Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel was taken September 9, 2019 at Olmsted Point in Yosemite National Park. I tried to capture the squirrel eating before it took off. I used Lightroom “Auto” to adjust the Tone along with changing the Clarity to +10, Sharpening amount to 50 and the Masking to 70. I adjusted the Tone Curve to enhance the warm colors of the squirrel. Lastly, I added a Radial Filter to darken the bright granite and highlight the squirrel. Any suggestions to improve this picture are appreciated.
Image photo data: Nikon D5300 camera with NIKKOR 55-300 lens at 300mm; 1/125 sec at f11, ISO 200, no filters, no tripod.

3 comments posted

Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
Thorro, I like your edit and the limited tonal range, as well as the shallow depth of field directing our attention to the squirrel and the contrast of textures. But the squirrel seems somewhat lost. Another point of focus for me is what appears to be a midden behind the squirrel of discarded food. A suggested crop brings the squirrel and its midden more into prominence.   Posted: 05/03/2021 13:04:15
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Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
I like what you did there Stanley. Most of the backdrop is unnecessary in telling the story. Bring everything forward, and we better narrative in front of us.   Posted: 05/04/2021 01:43:09

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Thorro, I agree with Stanley and Steven. I cropped it and made the background even darker.. It is a very tough photo to edit. Sorry, but I am not able to offer any other suggestions. Maybe next time use higher speed and lower F stop for better bokeh.   Posted: 05/05/2021 18:26:34


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