ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/800; 100 mm 8:16am 6/2/2010 (no tripod)
This is really a difficult image to capture and I do think that I pushed the camera to get it. That black eye belongs to the camouflaged ground squirrel.
I saw this round tail ground squirrel running through the desert — actually I heard his high pitch squeal, which made me look. Then he stopped to “hide.” Effective except that he left his big, black eye open.
To make it so that you can see the squirrel better, I tried a couple post-processing tricks, starting with a cropping the image. I then blurred everything except the squirrel and the driftwood stick. I painted the ground squirrel with contrast and painted the driftwood with definition. Lastly, I added a strong vignette.
Still can’t see the squirrel? That’s because he’s hiding! (Jeesh, I crack myself up.)