I will precurse the photos with a disclaimer that I find it difficult to walk by the enumerated Eastern Chipmunk without taking a picture EVERY SINGLE TIME. That being said, below is a peak at my RAW conversion workflow for a new wildlife photo.
The above composite is a megacrop created only for the purpose of showing my 2 minute plunderings in the “digital darkroom”. Get the settings correct in-camera, expose to the right, and make sure the initial file is sharp.
1/80 F/8 ISO 400. Taken with the Tamron SP 150-600mm lens, the Canon EOS 7D, and a Manfrotto tripod with fluid head.
I got lucky that the chipmunk paused just behind a couple of vivid fallen leaves. To me, they are the icing on the cake and a fortunate happenstance.