Saturday, June 4, 2011

Always have a camera with you..

.. even if it's "just" an N8. In my limited experience, chipmunks are incredibly hard to shoot. Normally they're skittish and don't come near humans. When bribed with a peanut, they don't stay long. And when they're on the move, they're fast. But yesterday a co-worker spotted this little guy while crossing the bridge that joins our building with the south parking lot.

The N8 was fully zoomed in (about 2x digital), and held about 10-15 cm from the subject. All the other settings were on automatic or default. I managed to get six shots off before I and not it(!) decided to move on. Miraculously, only one of those was blurry enough to warrant throwing away.

The above shot was enhanced in GIMP with a touch of unsharp mask (radius 1.0, amount 0.50, threshold 1) and cropped. Here's the entire set, shrunken by the upload process but otherwise unmodified:

Hat's off to @PhoneDaz and the rest of the N8 team!

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