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    Now we are going back a long way, but sometimes it's not always about pixel size and the latest gear, get the techs right, well almost and with the development of software you can surmise even yourself in what you took 13 years ago! Shot in a location of a good friend and suburb Scottish Photographer, albeit he's now moved to Nikon, ooh dear...

    HH at 1/125 those were the days... BTW it's a shell beside the foot, pay peanuts, well Hazelnuts actually.

    Thanks to those who posted or viewed on the last posting.

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    Subject: Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
    Location: Cairngorms
    Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
    Lens: EF500mm f/4 IS II USM HH
    Exposure: 1/320s at f/4.5 ISO400
    Original format:Portrait, slight crop from the top
    Processed via: LRC 9.4 & PS2020
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    Steve, this fellow is so cute! Love the spiked ear hairs and bushy tail, and the oblique angle helped the DOF here. The colours are beautiful. I know the techs would be way different if shot now. A fun image. T F S.

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    You are correct Sir and so would the crop, a bit looser to take into account the final framing, but hey...
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    Was it really the 500 IS L II ? Would surprise me ....

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    Done, bit like the EF Andreas, thanks.
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    .... can happen , have you changed it with the gannet , too ?

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    I like it well detailed super colours, the limited DOF works well. .... Hey you can get sharp images with a shutter speed slower than the reciprocal of the focal length

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    Being younger Jon, hope you had a good Judging.
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    Without your intro, it would have been difficult to figure out that this image dates back to more than a decade.

    I liked the setting and your subject is so handsome looking with those stunning colours in its coat and that majestic tail.

    I absolutely agree with what you have to say when it comes to capturing it righ tin the field and with advancement in software and its proper know-how can definitely work wonders.

    Nice one, TFS !

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    absolutely agree with what you have to say when it comes to capturing it righ tin the field and with advancement in software and its proper know-how can definitely work wonders.
    Thanks Haseeb, I guess I'm posting twice Haseeb, one is as per what I said re advancements of software, but also just trying to illustrate that folk mustn't get hung up that billions of pixels will deliver the best, it helps, but as per the 1DX's & R6 21mpx is more than sufficient and often can deliver better results, this camera shot 8.2mpx.
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    The ear tufts are great. I like the pose and the setting. The background is another plus.

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    Wow, this is so pretty, Steve. Love the pose, so cute, squirrel nested among all the greenery! Nice clean BG too. Tack sharp and IQ looks good, just cannot take my eyes off those ear tufts

    This is lovely, and indeed you made a good point re. gear and also software. Like you said, what one does with the tools out there, getting it right 'in camera', is the first step - controlling exposure, paying attention to histogram, composing well to eliminate the need for cropping.

    Wish I had such nice images ten years ago, I am even afraid to look at those folders...Would have to delete, delete, delete
    Thank you Steve for sharing, a very enjoyable frame with so much to look at

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Hi Steve .... just cute as always when one can capture the squirrel in such pose and nice settings .
    Yes, old kit can deliver ....
    But no one would go back and want to shot with the old stuff .
    And a web image is not the right thing to show the quality differences .

    TFS Andreas

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    Missing the point Andreas, but not to worry. Thanks for commenting.
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    What a cute squirell Steve! I really like the beautifull detail in the fur, the bushy tail and those eartufts. The moss in the FG and BG makes a nice ring around it which draws the eye to it. And you are right its not so much the gear but more the brain behind it.

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    Thanks Dan, much appreciated.

    Hope all is good with you, when you have time can you drop me an update, no need for a novel.
    Post Production: Itís ALL about what you do with the tools and not, which brand of tool you use.

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