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Posted by blackfox: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 16:43 1st Post
time for a new section

one from today a wild red squirrel from the isle of anglesey

the perfect day by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

 


Posted by Robert: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 17:58 2nd Post
Wow, what tufted ears!

No doubt celebrating the cancellation of the nuclear power station.

Keep e'm coming.

Cluny House Gardens in the Tay valley, not sure if it's actually Glen Tay.

https://www.gardenvisit.com/gardens/cluny_house_garden

They have a large population of red Squirrels, apparently they leap from tree to tree, visiting photographers have been seen lying on the drive in the hope of seeing them leap between the trees. Some spectacular images have resulted.



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Posted by blackfox: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 18:26 3rd Post
this ones virtually motorway A55 high speed dual carriageway bar a mile either end from my house

 


Posted by blackfox: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 20:49 4th Post
and another from today birds will follow over the weekend

mr tufty guy by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

 


Posted by Eric: Fri Jan 18th, 2019 18:48 5th Post
No red squirrels on my last trip, but.....

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Posted by blackfox: Fri Jan 18th, 2019 20:20 6th Post
Cool shot

 


Posted by Iain: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 14:10 7th Post
A old pic but something you don't see often.

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Posted by Robert: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 17:12 8th Post
Mr (or Mrs) Mole?

Like you say, a rare sighting.

There is a Badger set within a mile of here, I have access to the land but I have never yet seen a Badger. I can see where they have been trails in the wood but the actual Badgers seem to be invisible. Is there a 'better' time to visit the vicinity of the set? Like late at night, or early in the morning? I have seen deer browsing nearby but only briefly.



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Posted by Iain: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 20:49 9th Post
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Mr (or Mrs) Mole?

Like you say, a rare sighting.

There is a Badger set within a mile of here, I have access to the land but I have never yet seen a Badger. I can see where they have been trails in the wood but the actual Badgers seem to be invisible. Is there a 'better' time to visit the vicinity of the set? Like late at night, or early in the morning? I have seen deer browsing nearby but only briefly.

Try going a bit before twilight Robert and take some peanuts with you. If you know where the set is put them close to the set and sit and wait.

Good luck.

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Posted by Robert: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 21:24 10th Post
Thanks Iain, salted or plain? LOL

Are they likely to be bothered if they see me? I have seen Badgers in the lanes, they amble along and don't seem too stressed, just get out of the way once there is room to go through a gate or up a side road.

See way too many of them on the side of the main road, hit by cars.



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Jan 20th, 2019 09:08 11th Post
another red squirrel shot from the other day

the inspector general by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

 


Posted by Robert: Sun Jan 20th, 2019 10:19 12th Post
I like that, it's doing something, nice pose.

Does the shutter noise bother them?



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Jan 20th, 2019 13:29 13th Post
nope not in the least rob, I know a few spots for these now but this is the best so far as its in a steep valley the food/bait is put out on logs /feeders a few feet up so when they come down your literally at eye level with them as here :-)

 


Posted by Iain: Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 20:30 14th Post
Robert wrote:
Mr (or Mrs) Mole?

Like you say, a rare sighting.

There is a Badger set within a mile of here, I have access to the land but I have never yet seen a Badger. I can see where they have been trails in the wood but the actual Badgers seem to be invisible. Is there a 'better' time to visit the vicinity of the set? Like late at night, or early in the morning? I have seen deer browsing nearby but only briefly.

Sorry Robert just got back to this. Just peanuts you put out for the birds.

There eyesight is not too good, bit like mine, but keep down wind of them as they will smell you long before they see you if you don’t.

 


Posted by Robert: Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 22:11 15th Post
Thanks Iain, just joking really, I went up to the set this afternoon, there are muddy paths around the set so there must be some activity.

The set is very close to an un-made lane (rough and muddy!) I can park within 30 feet of the set, don't know if that's up or down wind, I will have to get a weather vane, like a bit of string hung on a branch, that should tell me.

Hmmm time, where DOES it go. I have no ideas how I found time to go to work! LOL



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 17:21 16th Post
another red squirrel shot from anglesey ,

this is nutty by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

 


Posted by Eric: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 19:27 17th Post
Saw this one a little further south than the Norfolk coast.:lol:

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Posted by Eric: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 19:27 18th Post
I think it’s a Suffolk red squirrel.:lol:

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Posted by jk: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:06 19th Post
Long necked Suffolk squirrel.
I saw one near my granddad's farm at Beccles.
:lol:



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Posted by Eric: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:07 20th Post
jk wrote:
Long necked Suffolk squirrel.
I saw one near my granddad's farm at Beccles.
:lol:


Did you ever see the Suffolk Ostrich?

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Posted by jk: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:19 21st Post
That is Theresa May. I recognise those print kitten heels from TV.



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Posted by Robert: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:40 22nd Post
:lol::lol::lol:



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 09:57 23rd Post
return to the red squirrels yesterday

on a mission by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

cache hunting by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

PEEP O' by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

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Posted by Robert: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 10:05 24th Post
Nothing wrong with those Jeff, Love #3.

If I may say, a tad less saturation but I realise you like your red squirrels red, and why not! LOL

I'm going to have to visit Wales again soon... It's been too long.



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 10:13 25th Post
Rob I have looked at the photos from the two canon users ( may I spit on the floor in disgust ) :lol: that were with me and theres are identical .. while there were a few darker ones there this is pretty close to there natural colour .. this small area of woodland seems to have a very good breeding stock .. yes you do need to get yer bum down here again m8

 


Posted by blackfox: Mon Feb 4th, 2019 08:59 26th Post
another squidgy shot , ooh the shame he's flashing his widgy

dingle ling a ding dong by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon Feb 4th, 2019 22:19 27th Post
Great Eric and you got the colour balance right!



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 09:44 28th Post
Jeff you are a good photographer and take well seen, well composed and pin sharp images why keep spoiling them with very poor colour balance? Any serious wild life photographer would laugh at you and your super pixs are up here for the world to see.

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 11:15 29th Post
Well I think we need to balance here.
I think Graham's picture is truer to reality but it looks a bit washed out compared with the red squirrels I have seen in Spain.

I will need to go dig out my massively inferior pictures and post one now!



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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 11:35 30th Post
Spanish Red Squirrel.
D3S with only sharpening applied.

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 11:38 31st Post
I would say that my picture was taken in lower light than Jeff's as it was in a pine wood.
I will say that the quality of light also makes a huge difference to colour rendering.

However that said the red squirrels I have seen in Scotland are redder than my spanish one!
Probably something to do with the Scottish ginger gene.
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Posted by blackfox: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 12:12 32nd Post
I totally dis-agree with graham on this the squirrels in this spot are virtually the colour in my photo ,I might have enhanced it a bit but not by that much ,, we have two main colonies in this part of the world one at formby where they tend to be darker much along the lines of jonathons Spanish one .. where as the ones from anglesey are a real olde English ginger red as shown especially when you get them with sun on them ..
on Saturdays trip I did notice a couple of the darker ones there to and there was one that had grey sides but definitely a red .. but definitely none like grahams golden example o.O

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:03 33rd Post
JK I would say you were in dull light and colour temp too high and blue. I have been naughty again and fixed colour. No doubt your one from Scotland is darker red colour than the Cumbrian ones.

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:47 34th Post
Thanks for colour fixing, Graham.
I wanted to post an untouched image but if I had been showing it normally I would have added some Clarity as well as Vibrance and Saturation.
So my image would normally have been adjusted to be somewhere between yours and Jeff's but probably closer to Jeff's image if not quite as red!



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Posted by Robert: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:50 35th Post
How about a Martian version?

I better get back to my paving... :devil:

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:52 36th Post
Robert, I think that you have just breached UKGov regulations namely showing an intelligent being from another planet.
:lol:

Oh no regulations says showing beings more intelligent than an MP. That cant be so difficult these days.



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Posted by Iain: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:57 37th Post
I have to say that the ones we have up here in good sun light are close to the colour of Jeff's not quite as red but close.

 


Posted by Eric: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 15:28 38th Post
Robert wrote:
How about a Martian version?

I better get back to my paving... :devil:


:lol::lol: that’s clearly a Cumbrian, north facing, squirrel

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 17:18 39th Post
Eric wrote:
Robert wrote:
How about a Martian version?

I better get back to my paving... :devil:


:lol::lol: that’s clearly a Cumbrian, north facing, squirrel

Raised close to Sellafield. A be seen in the dark squirrel.



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Posted by Eric: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 20:39 40th Post
oh dear, it heard something in the bushes ...just as I clicked the shutter.:whip:




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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 13:09 41st Post
Hi - I'm new here, my interest is horses (I own one) and photography of horses - here is one of my girl - any tips for getting the best photos? I have a D90 - this pic was taken with an AFS Nikkor 55-200G with VR




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Posted by jk: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 13:43 42nd Post
Welcome chrisbet.
Image looks good to me. Maybe needs a little extra sharpening which can be done is any of the post processing softwares.
Be careful not to overdo it otherwise you get haloes around the highlight areas.



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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 14:05 43rd Post
Thank you - I use Gimp under Linux - sharpened 50% it looks like this - not sure what you mean by halos ? Would it be better to shoot in RAW mode?


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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 14:37 44th Post
Welcome chrisbet.

Horses are such magnificent creatures and great to photograph. I am sure you know a lot about what not to do already (like never shooting from head with wide angle lens unless you want a horse with a tampered bum)

As Jonathan said your image isn’t as sharp as it could be. Maybe that’s shutter speed? Even with VR I always like to double the focal length and make that the shutter speed especially for moving subjects which VR can’t help. Eg for a 200mm lens 2x200= 400 > 1/400th shutter speed.

I don’t know if you photograph any jumping? For me, it’s then that you can capture the power of the horse. Some years ago I did some eventing photography. It’s all about timing in these situation but a long lens (I think I used 100-300mm) not only means you can stand back but you can also zoom in to detail head shots as well. The 70-300AFS is a good lens for this as it’s an FX lens....so you get 105-450 on your DX D90.

As with all things you can get more performance from newer cameras. But that’s down to how much you want to spend. There are now lots of newer DX bodies (preowned would keep cost down) that would improve on image quality and especially speed of focusing of the D90. You might want to consider that as an alternative to the 70-300mlm lens.

If you are doing jumping, crouch to enhance the dominance of the horse. Try to get at least 2 feet on the ground at once....or crop. It just give the horse more solidity when it’s attached to the floor.

Here are some shots that demonstrate some of these points which hopefully might give you food for thought.









And not forgetting to be ready for the unusual.........











But they don’t have to be jumping. Positioning yourself to get a different perspective works too.....







Good luck

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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:02 45th Post
If you don’t mind, I’ve added some contrast and exposure adjustments to your image and a bit of sharpening on the horse itself. Can’t do much as it’s a low res posted image rather than the hi res original.

I’ve also cropped off the electric pylon that was a bit distracting.

Shooting with a larger aperture might exclude (defocus out) some of the background and through more attention to the foreground subject. This alone can make the subject seem sharper.

Hope that helps.

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:04 46th Post
Eric,
Thanks for the tips - great photos, good to be in the right place at the right time - I am a jump judge & timekeeper and I have seen photographers getting into some "interesting" positions!
The photo  was taken at f4.5, 1/4000sec, ISO 1600, Spot metering & 98 focal length.



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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:10 47th Post
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Eric,
Thanks for the tips - great photos, good to be in the right place at the right time - I am a jump judge & timekeeper and I have seen photographers getting into some "interesting" positions!
The photo  was taken at f4.5, 1/4000sec, ISO 1600, Spot metering & 98 focal length.


Ah ok then you know more about this sport than me. It’s always difficult to judge people’s knowledge and experrise first off.

If those were your setting then Iam surprised your image is as soft as it is. You may want to try shooting at different focal lengths to see if there’s a soft spot. Zoom lenses are a compromise and often are sharper at different parts of the zoom. The 70-300 I mentioned is a very good lens...sharp throughout the range.

Another option is the focusing speed and accuracy of the D90. I am good at spending others money :lol: but later bodies were much faster at locking onto and holding focus on moving subject in AFC mode. Wotrth a thought.


Also ...worth editing your profile to say where you are (at least country) as it may have a bearing on future replies. For example I was going to say the picture ‘Beijing Bound’ was was William Fox Pitt preparing for Olympics. But you may not know who WFP was. I sent him that image and he asked if he could use it on his Christmas card. I said ok. The bugger didn’t even send ME one of the cards. :needsahug:

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:24 48th Post
But you may not know who WFP was. I sent him that image and he asked if he could use it on his Christmas card. I said ok. The bugger didn’t even send ME one of the cards. Lol - meanie!
Yes, I wondered about the effectiveness of the autofocus but as the horse was traveling at right angles to me I thought it would have managed to grab it.
I will try different focal lengths when I am next out in Italy ( that's where I keep my horse) in March.
Don't worry about spending my money, I haven't got any - I own a horse!



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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:33 49th Post
chrisbet wrote:
But you may not know who WFP was. I sent him that image and he asked if he could use it on his Christmas card. I said ok. The bugger didn’t even send ME one of the cards. Lol - meanie!
Yes, I wondered about the effectiveness of the autofocus but as the horse was traveling at right angles to me I thought it would have managed to grab it.
I will try different focal lengths when I am next out in Italy ( that's where I keep my horse) in March.
Don't worry about spending my money, I haven't got any - I own a horse!
. I’ve heard that goes with the territory.

It may just be there was not enough contrast in the centre of the image (black horse) for the focus to be sure.

I would try stopping down to f8, shutter speed of 1/1000 should be good enough (VR doesn’t work well at high shutter speeds anyway) and set it fo AFC continuous focusing....keeping shutter half depressed till you fully depress. Also if you were panning...it can take a bit of ‘getting the eye in’. And remember to continue panning AFTER taking the shot....as the tendency is to brake our action too soon and in that moment the subject has moved.

:whip:

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 16:13 50th Post
More good tips, thank you.
I generally use short bursts of continuous rather than single shots - horses move quickly!
Yes, I tend to pan with the horse before and after the bursts.
This one was taken at f4.5 1/640, 100 fl, ISO1600, spot metering and looks much better but in the shade rather than strong light.

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