Cathy Barrows 2/7/2005 7:55:34 AM

Too cute! #213134

Kara L. Hendricks 2/7/2005 9:44:30 AM

I love this! How creative! We may see this one again.. #1089318

kathy wolfe 2/7/2005 11:06:41 AM

How the heck?? I love this! #1089423

Carla Metzler 2/7/2005 1:21:32 PM

Really cute, I love it! #1089635

Jill Flynn 2/7/2005 2:45:00 PM

Wonderful and so creative Laurie! LOVE IT! #1089769

Stephanie Lyons 2/7/2005 2:47:55 PM

Very cute! Tell us more of the details, please! #1089771

Mary Swift 2/7/2005 3:11:02 PM

This is fantastic, Laurie! Love the title, too! #1089800

Laurie M. Elmer 2/7/2005 3:40:56 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.
I'm not sure if you want details on the squirrel or the photo. So, I'll give you both. This is an orphaned baby squirrel that I'm raising. She's about 4 1/2 weeks old and just opened her eyes the day this photo was shot. I had to be careful not to expose her eyes to too much light. As a result, I had to settle for a shutter speed of about 1/60 at F11. Because she's constantly "on the go" when awake (with eyes open), 1/60 wasn't enough to prevent motion blur. So, I put her in the glass to keep her still long enough to shoot. I considered a little basket but then you wouldn't be able to see her whole body.

The backdrop is a large piece of fabric (from Wal-Mart) draped over a PVC frame I built for my "studio". For lighting, I used one of those construction lights from Home Depot diffused with a sheet of sheer white fabric over a second PVC frame. There was also some natural light coming in through a window. My flash (SB800) was mounted on a Stroboframe and bounced off the white ceiling. This helped eliminate shadows cast by the other light sources. If memory serves, I bumped the flash output up by a full stop.
I struggled a bit with White Balance. The shot ended up with a slight orange/magenta cast. Once uploaded into PS, I desaturated the reds. That fixed the problem. I also adjusted levels and did some selective burning. Oh ... I also used a tripod.
That's probably way more than you wanted to know! #1089837

Cynthia M. Anning 2/7/2005 6:52:15 PM

Wow - just as I was scrolling down the comments to find my space to leave a question of my own - low and behold you've already filled in the blanks. So, just want to say that this is SUCH an adorable capture and your careful planning and setup really paid off. Thank you for sharing all of the extra details as well. I found the info to be very helpful as I'm considering working on a home studio (just for personal use) of my own soon. I love it! #1090095

Stephanie Lyons 2/7/2005 7:45:48 PM

Laurie ~

Thank you for filling in the blanks ... we can never get too much of the details! It's definitely a one-in-a-million shot! #1090167

Kathy Shogren 2/7/2005 8:53:41 PM

Super job, Laurie! Sooooo cute. #1090239

Patty Razonable 2/7/2005 11:46:20 PM

Very creative!!! Wondered how you got that squirrel in the glass!! I bet he/she keeps you very busy!! Excellent capture!!! #1090356

Judy S. Fung 2/8/2005 1:53:45 AM

Terrific capture, Laurie! Very, very cute!! #1090426

Terry L. Ellis 2/8/2005 11:35:26 AM

Thank you, Laurie! Incredible subject, capture and education. I'm indebted. #1091486

Tammy McAllister 3/3/2005 4:52:52 PM

I seen this in photoflash and I just wanted to tell you that I think this is just amazing! You did such a wonderful job of presentation, I hope to see it again! #1146051

Sharon Day 3/3/2005 7:23:00 PM

I saw this in photoflash as well. How utterly adorable and well executed! Sooo cute! Great job!!! You must be doing a fine job of raising the baby too! It sure looks healthy :) #1146397

Costas Partassides 3/4/2005 1:52:00 AM

i love it too ! very well indeed #1146728

Sharon E. Lowe 3/4/2005 9:04:51 AM

Laurie - Great image and story - I love your orphan photos! You are quite the squirrel mom. #1147731

Terry L. Ellis 3/15/2005 7:58:52 PM

Congratulations, Laurie, on being a finalist! #1177537

Carla Metzler 3/15/2005 8:45:40 PM

Congratulations, Laurie! #1177906

Jill Flynn 3/15/2005 9:02:01 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Laurie! #1178012

Stephanie Lyons 3/16/2005 10:56:44 AM

Awesome! I knew this one would make it! Congratulations Laurie! #1181125

Judy S. Fung 3/16/2005 12:36:46 PM

Congrats, Laurie! #1181467

Laurie M. Elmer 3/17/2005 10:03:03 AM

Thank you all for your very nice comments! #1185053

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F11, 1/60, 105mm Micro Nikkor, ISO 400, Natural light, studio light, flash bounced off ceiling.

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