Pondrader wrote in post #18279374
Like Why is this image getting so much attention on Flickr and is it justified in the image or do people just relate to it in someway. It has been invited to explore and 21 groups and is still going after 1558 fav's !!
Thought it would be interesting here the success of other images and the Photog's thought's..
Jeff, in my opinion, this is the best photo I have ever seen from you.......by a long shot. .It is no surprise at all to me that this image is getting a lot of attention on other sites.
You apparently got down nice and low, so that the background is completely blurred out. This creates a very dramatic look and feel, which is "striking" to most viewers.
The thing that makes it so striking, to me, is the fact that there is a juxtaposition going on. The squirrel is so completely sharp and detailed, with every hair rendered distinctly. The background, on the other hand, is so completely blurred out - not even a little bit in focus, just complete blur. This is all due to the fact that you appear to have shot from eye-level with the subject. It is the juxtaposition of the very, very sharp and detailed against a completely detail-less background, which gives this portrait a most dramatic feel.
Not only is the background completely blurred, but it is a very cool shade of grey. This coolness, combined with the falling snow, combines to communicate the cold of that moment - the viewer feels the cold just from looking at the image.
By the way, f8 was a great decision. Any smaller, and the tail would be more in focus, which would cause you to lose the isolation of the squirrel's head. Any bigger, and some of the key parts of the squirrel would be too soft, and the falling flakes of snow would be too blurred and indistinct. F8 was absolutely perfect for this particular opportunity!
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