Another Cute Critter Candid

I’m still running across photographs that I’ve taken in the past and never processed, including the ones from our last camping trip.  I came across this shot of a little squirrel at Woods Canyon Lake (I kept calling them chipmunks, but I’ve since learned they are a species of squirrel).  Anyway, I liked the way the depth of field worked out on this one, especially after I played around with it in Paintshop Pro X3.  I was able to make some adjustments using Levels to really enhance the 3D effect.  He’s a cute little fellow, don’t you think?

And I have a special announcement–I’m self-publishing a calendar for 2011, featuring thirteen of my favorite nature photographs from the past year.  I’ll be posting details soon on how you can order your copy, so stay tuned!

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Hey, Alvin!

Ok, I just can’t resist the “cute animal” shot.  When we were camping at Canyon Point last week, we were visited by a variety of wildlife during our stay, including squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, horned toads, and an assortment of birds and insects.  The chipmunks are my favorite.  They are a little more shy than the squirrels, but they are inquisitive enough to sneak up under your chair if you’re eating something that they think you might share with them.

Hey, Alvin!

This guy had found a safe burrow under a tree stump that had been burned during the last wildfire that came through the area two or three years ago. He let me get close enough to get a few shots with the telephoto zoom, but he was definitely keeping a close eye on me!

The photo was shot in raw NEF format, then processed to JPG in Paintshop Pro X3. I bumped up the contrast, used some Local Tone Mapping, and saturated the colors a little bit, as the raw file was just a bit washed out.

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