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Squirrel is surprise star of holiday photo
The Telegraph ^ | 12 Aug 2009 | Our Foreign Staff

Posted on 08/13/2009 1:51:40 AM PDT by Daffynition

Melissa Brandts and her husband were surprised to find a squirrel posing with them in a photo taken on holiday.

The couple had set the timer on their camera while posing at a lakeside in a national park in Canada.

Just as they were about to be captured on camera the cheeky squirrel popped up in the foreground and stole the show.

The picture was taken at the side of the stunning Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada.

Mrs Brandts said: "We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot."

The picture was submitted to the website of America's National Geographic magazine.

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(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: alberta; banff; banffnationalpark; canada; classicfreepthread; freeperart; iloveyou; lakeminnewanka; napl; nationalgeographic; photoshopfreep; squirrel
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1 posted on 08/13/2009 1:51:41 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

It looks photo-shopped.


2 posted on 08/13/2009 1:53:46 AM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: Daffynition

It could be .... still wins for cuteness factor ....I believe it could happen though.


3 posted on 08/13/2009 1:58:10 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition
Maybe but I doubt it. The camera focused on the squirrel and the people in the back ground are out of focus. That said It's obviously a plot with the bears and raccoons from the other thread to take over the world!
4 posted on 08/13/2009 2:09:07 AM PDT by BigCinBigD ('Evil white devil since 1960')
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To: Daffynition

"Say, have you seen Bullwinkle around?"

5 posted on 08/13/2009 2:13:20 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: BigCinBigD

Auto-focus camera...whatever the sensor sees first get focused on. Most cameras are auto-focus now a days.

Cute picture. I suspect it will make many appearances on the intraweb.


6 posted on 08/13/2009 2:21:20 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: BigCinBigD
Actually most new cameras have autofocus capabilities ....there would be no reason to have focus lock on, if the couple were unaware of the squirrel's surprise pose. I say it's a real possibility.


7 posted on 08/13/2009 2:22:42 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: windsorknot
LOL ...........


8 posted on 08/13/2009 2:23:36 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Tainan
You beat me by a minute!


9 posted on 08/13/2009 2:25:53 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

10 posted on 08/13/2009 2:26:57 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: Tainan
Yup. I would also bet it had face detect mode. I nominate this for photo of the year so far.
11 posted on 08/13/2009 2:27:06 AM PDT by BigCinBigD ('Evil white devil since 1960')
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To: Daffynition
Now thats funny!
12 posted on 08/13/2009 2:28:00 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Daffynition

If you remove the squirrel from the photo, the composition of the picture does not look like a planned picture. The people are off-centered and distant. Not typical for a greeting card photo IMHO.


13 posted on 08/13/2009 2:29:56 AM PDT by will of the people
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To: Daffynition

Careful with that “Squirrel Nuts” thing...there is a very famous pic lurking on the intarweb about that....


14 posted on 08/13/2009 2:30:38 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: wastedyears

15 posted on 08/13/2009 2:32:43 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: will of the people
One of the first things you learn about photographic composition is to use the rule of thirds. The photo with the couple to one side would have been a very good picture. Especially given the scenic location.
16 posted on 08/13/2009 2:34:39 AM PDT by BigCinBigD ('Evil white devil since 1960')
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To: Daffynition

The squirrel is such a surprise that it’s right in the plane of focus.


17 posted on 08/13/2009 2:39:25 AM PDT by meyer (It's 1938 all over again - the democrats are the new NAZIs and conservatives are the new Jews.)
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To: BigCinBigD

I have felt photog is like gardening......If you got it you got it if you dont you dont


18 posted on 08/13/2009 2:40:26 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: will of the people

I think the photo has been cropped and therefor the comp would be just fine. Remember that’s one BIG lake they are sitting in front of for the pose.


19 posted on 08/13/2009 2:44:51 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Tainan

20 posted on 08/13/2009 2:48:00 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: t1b8zs
The squirrel needs to work on his aperture settings. :o)
21 posted on 08/13/2009 2:48:43 AM PDT by BigCinBigD ('Evil white devil since 1960')
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To: wastedyears

22 posted on 08/13/2009 2:53:11 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: meyer

23 posted on 08/13/2009 2:54:44 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: BigCinBigD

Chuck Schumer strikes again!


24 posted on 08/13/2009 2:55:50 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: Bullish
Sorry, post #3 was for you! I goofed.

Photo of the Day - NatGeo

25 posted on 08/13/2009 2:58:32 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Meow-ping.


26 posted on 08/13/2009 3:19:07 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

You noticed that picture was taken at Lake Minne-wanka?


27 posted on 08/13/2009 3:23:15 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: paulycy
I did ...ROFLOL ...just didn't want to be the first one to say it! Alohahahaha! ;-P


28 posted on 08/13/2009 3:28:26 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: JoeProBono; paulycy
Pauly said, "Minne-wanka"!


29 posted on 08/13/2009 3:30:40 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: BigCinBigD

My Canon doesn’t focus like that with the timer. Remote shutter release yes, Timer no.

Could be that they were going to get a crappy out of focus picture and they got a lucky shot of a rodent.


30 posted on 08/13/2009 3:31:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Daffynition
just didn't want to be the first one to say it!

It's too early for my sense of shame to kick in.... ;0)

31 posted on 08/13/2009 3:34:26 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: paulycy
Shame? What shame?


32 posted on 08/13/2009 3:36:23 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

Forrest Gump the squirrel.


33 posted on 08/13/2009 3:37:40 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: cripplecreek; All

All auto focus cameras - both digital and film models - focus before the photo is actually taken. Generally, the focusing takes place when you press your camera’s shutter release button halfway down. That causes the camera’s lens to focus on whatever is in the center of the frame when you begin to press the button.

So here’s how you use focus lock. Before you actually take the photograph, place your subject dead center in your viewfinder. Press halfway down on the shutter button, but just halfway down, so the shutter doesn’t go off.

By pressing halfway down, you’ve locked the focal distance on your subject even if you move the camera, as long as your finger continues to hold the shutter button halfway down. As long as you continue to press the shutter button, the focus stays set at the distance you’ve “locked in,” which is the correct distance to your intended subject. So now, with your finger still holding the button halfway down, reframe the picture in your viewfinder the way that you want it, with the subject placed off center. When you have the composition set the way you like, you take the picture by pressing the rest of the way down on the button.

Presto! Your subject is fully in focus even though you placed it off center in your picture.

Works that way on my Nikon ... yours could be different.


34 posted on 08/13/2009 3:42:01 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: cripplecreek
“My Canon doesn’t focus like that with the timer”

This is my theory...

One of out couple set the focus on the other while they were sitting their. he/she then set the timer. This persons body coming back in to frame set the auto focus off all over again. The sound attracted the aforementioned rodent who insinuated it's self in the foreground again messing with the cameras mind. The camera then focused on the nearest “face” and SNAP! A star is born.

35 posted on 08/13/2009 3:42:07 AM PDT by BigCinBigD ('Evil white devil since 1960')
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To: Locomotive Breath
He's EVERYwhere!


36 posted on 08/13/2009 3:43:14 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition
Maybe the shame is in who you associate with...


37 posted on 08/13/2009 3:47:04 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: Daffynition
He's EVERYwhere!

Not yet. Still waiting on the pics of him with WTC/Tourist Guy and NOLA/Looter Guy ...
38 posted on 08/13/2009 3:56:53 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: paulycy
Perfect! I love the smirk! ;D


39 posted on 08/13/2009 3:57:50 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition
LOL!


40 posted on 08/13/2009 3:58:51 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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41 posted on 08/13/2009 3:59:03 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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42 posted on 08/13/2009 4:00:02 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: will of the people

In Canada/UK, holiday = vacation. I have a Canadian gal I work with right now and she says I am on “holiday” this week (I have taken a week of vacation time from work).


43 posted on 08/13/2009 4:03:27 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: Daffynition

44 posted on 08/13/2009 4:05:45 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: Bullish

Yup.


45 posted on 08/13/2009 4:10:19 AM PDT by djf (The "racism" spiel is a crutch, those who unashamedly lean on it, cripples!)
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To: paulycy
HAHAHA! That's worth $64K at least!!!


46 posted on 08/13/2009 4:16:44 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: djf
You shouldn't be skeptical! Honest!! ;)


47 posted on 08/13/2009 4:19:35 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: BigCinBigD

Big, as an amateur photographer, I agree. The photo would have been pretty good, but now its even better with Rocky in the pic!


48 posted on 08/13/2009 4:21:51 AM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: Daffynition

bttt for funny thread!


49 posted on 08/13/2009 4:22:03 AM PDT by petercooper (GOP: Big Tent Party??? Not if you are a CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for a good morning laugh!


50 posted on 08/13/2009 4:22:13 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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