#1301_Coon kit

© Bunny Snow

#1301_Coon kit

Uploaded: January 06, 2011

Description

Re-worked using all the techniques learned since taking classes at BP.com. I've improved tremendously since the image was captured in 2004. Masking helped enormously.

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/200 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, red-eye reduction mode, ISO: 3200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 81.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 20D

Comments

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic January 06, 2011

The focus and detail are incredible! Very cute! #1341829

Bunny Snow level-classic January 06, 2011

What a lovely comment to make. Thank you, Melinda. #9146453

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 06, 2011

Absolutely darling wildlife capture Bunny! Nicely done! #9146508

Michele Peterson level-classic January 06, 2011

Wonderful!! Such great detail, and a cute look on his face. Great capture! #9146702

Joy Rector January 06, 2011

love this shot #9146781

Bunny Snow level-classic January 06, 2011

Thank you Michelle, Donna and Joy.
This has always been my favorite. It won at EP a long time ago.

But since then, I've learned much more about masking, and darkening to lighten or lighting to dark, and using the gradient tool; and correcting the tonality of its coat, so I thought I'd try it again.

This original started out as burned out highlights and the only way it worked was to double process the image. Eventually, as my techniques improved, I saved those highlights and learned to add just enough contrast. It's been an ardous process. But, definitely worthy of a second try.

Your vote of confidence will help me. #9146838

Kathy Salerni level-classic January 06, 2011

What a superb raccoon image, Bunny! He is looking right at you! #9147350

Bunny Snow level-classic January 07, 2011

Thank you for your comment, Kathy. She is looking right at me because I was in the bathroom with the window sash up with my camera on a tripod and talking softly to her.

This "sugar plum coon kit" came every day that year with her brothers and sisters and at first with their mom, to feast off the bird seed. As they became more creative scavanging all the seed, we became more creative.

The seed was removed and in its place an aerial (standing) watering device was retrofitted to hold a peanut wreath filled with raw peanuts. The hungry coon kits can to the wreath every day/night for about a month with their mother out of sight but nearby.

After the kits left about 8:30 p.m., I'd bring the peanut feeder into the house because the Norway rats would come out and contaminate everything. But, late the next day, the peanut feeder would be back in place.

The kits and I had a working relationship. They would receive free peanuts in exchange for portraits.

I miss them. #9148471

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 09, 2011

Delightful and wonderfully sharp, Bunny. #9152640

Bunny Snow level-classic January 10, 2011

Thank you, Nikki. This was captured when my eyes (or brain) was sharper. Now, I'm trying to learn better what I can do to add composition to this image, and work the coloring better in DD.

Any suggestions would be welcome. #9153506

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic January 17, 2011

So sharp and clear! Great work Bunny! #9168751

Bunny Snow level-classic January 17, 2011

Thank you, Amanda. #9168958

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