SciurusNigeron Oct 06
Just LOVE those pink feet. :) And overall this is a nice capture.
I finally quit using my Nikon's autofocus except for some of the critter shots just because it usually wacks over to "closest subject" rather than staying set at single area (no idea why it changes from the menu setting; may name the bugger Mephistopheles after all). And even if it stays at single area, it bops around the various points of the circle at will sometimes, too.
Vandana Ramanon Oct 05
wow, so much to see and read here too :)nice pose and like those tiny little toes you've managed to get sharpest of focus or not! glad you're in smugmug ! I too learned most of my tricks here in the daily community - certainly one of the most active 'communities' of smug!
KurtPrestonon Oct 05
Thanks! Unless I am viewing a thumbnail on the computer screen or at 20 - 30% range (no higher), there was noticable blur in every shot. This one was the best of the lot. While doing some test shots today of still objects in a cluttered environment (pine cones and all the needles) that the auto focus on the Sony H5 was very quick to refocus at the slightest camera movement in those conditions. That may be a contributing factor as well. Light was horrible today so didn't get a chance to experiment with higher shutter speeds.
sherstoneon Oct 05
Wow 12x optical zoom - That must be equivalent to 300 or 400mm on a traditional SLR - I too see a few focus problems on this shot but I tend to agree with Thusie here it's probably shutter speed related. I know when you are 'pixel peeping' at 100% and higher you can see alot more stuff and this may be what your agonizing over?
I am happy you joined the smug community as well - the more people willing to share the better :D
nice SQ shot btw,
KurtPrestonon Oct 05
Andrea, it is simply amazing how well balanced and strong a squirrel is pound for pound. I couldn't believe he could hold that pose for so long. Imagine an Olympic gymnast with that kind of strength and balance :)
Andrea Kaus (ChaosGraphics)on Oct 04
This looks pretty sharp from here. I love the feet braced against the branch. Hey, there's a bunch of us that are not as steady as we used to be, at least I am. Luckily a lot of the lenses are forgiving now, with image stability and all.
KurtPrestonon Oct 04
Thusie, I think you may be right! I was using 1/125th second and it may very well be that I need to push it to 1/250 or 1/500. All my reflexes are still based on what I could get away with 20 years ago.
On a side note, I am really glad I joined smugmug and found this community. I love the feedback and the fine photography all of you share that I am learning from.
KurtPrestonon Oct 04
This one actually came out from behind the tree to make sure he could keep an eye on me while he ate some pine cones. I was at the limit of the 12x optical zoom on the camera. I turned off the digital zoom because I couldn't get reliable shots with that on. The big problem is that it looks sharply in focus on the LCD screen when I take the shot and when I review it on the camera. Download it to my PC and it's blurry. I'm just getting back into photography again after 20 years. I used to be able to consistently get sharp focus with my film SLR and manual focus. Laugh .. but now my eyes are bad, my hands shake where they used to be rock steady, and my camera lies to me ... heh heh
Thusieon Oct 04
Nice one..Looking at your exif I think 10/800 shutter means 1/80?? If so that is pushing it with squirrels since they are always moving even if you don't see it:-) I have nabbed some credable ones at 1/125 on burst mode,that is pushing it.
Very good color and natural setting, good going.
Mom4squirrelson Oct 04
Not bad, Kurt. These little guys can be quite elusive...especially when you want them to hold still for a photo! This one isn't bad at all. I don't know much about your camera...though Zeiss lens' are good quality. Could it be that you are at the limit of the zoom when you take your pictures? The photos get more grainy when you get into the digital zoom because it just increases the pixel size to amke it appear larger/closer...so your soft focus may be due to that instead of something you are doing while taking the picture.