Study Group 2

Maria Korab-Laskowska

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Title:   young raccoon catching flies

Goal:   I found raccoon family near their den and was waiting
long time for some action. 

Equipment / Source:    Canon7D MarkII, lens300 f2.8L
1/200sec, f/5.0 ISO 640

Technique:   used my heavy lens on monopod . I took quite few shots but this has more action than other.  

Processing:  some cropping ,local sharpenning and darken trunk to get more attention on the raccoon face

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Review by commentator Rick C.

I think the technical aspects of the image all look to be well handled. The facial area is nicely sharp. The out stretched tongue adds interest, though without your description I doubt I would have had a clue as to what it was doing. The uncomfortable aspect is the racoon’s sprawled out sideways position. It just feels awkward although if you rotate the image counter-clockwise you quickly see that it is correct. The bit of material between the eyes is also a mild distraction. I would be inclined to crop a bit more from the right, almost up to the edge of the hole in the stump. If you have some additional material along the top I would add just enough back to have a wood edge along that top side (Where the hole is touching the edge of the frame). Be careful when you burn things in. You appear to have run over into the paw that is behind the near one.

N-2, T-3, P-2 = 7 (N-2 Good action but lack of reference for behavior lessens the interest value. P-2 Crop to move it more out of center. Avoid burning in the back paw as the darker tone doesn’t make sense next to the lighter tone of the paw just in front of it.)

Review by Mike P.
A cute shot! Your patience paid off. I've seen lots of images of raccoons but never one on its side trying to catch flies! Everything is perfectly sharp and exposed. I also like your processing and the way you darkened the tree to draw more attention to the youngster.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Bogdan B.
Interesting image! Was the racoon really lying down when catching flies? Unfortunately flies are not seen. The face and the eyes of the racoon are very sharp. You should make not so tight crop, getting the whole curcle in the Trunk. And some hair on it's face seem to be overexposed.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, total-8

Review by Les L.
I think it is a neat image but it must be rotated 90 degrees. I keep looking and wondering whether that really is the way you wanted it? The picture is sharp and well exposed. I personally would like to see the raccoon moved slightly to the left giving a little more recognition to the rule of thirds (but I always say that).
N-2, T-3, P-1, E-0, Total-6

Review by Butch S.
Cute little guy! Nice shot with very good focus. Detail is quite good.

The interest value could have been better in my opinion if the little guy would have been engaged in an inter activity with an other coon or another species.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Dorothy P-R
Wonderful capture of this seemingly playful raccoon. The detail is wonderful, the composition is good. Maybe could of been a little more off centered, but works. I love the nails clearly seen in the image. Capturing the animal in a hollow tree adds depth to this image. I really enjoyed this image. 
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Manu R.
Good work Maria. Perfect environmental portrait of Raccoon. Nice clarity with catchlight in the eyes. Interesting posture with the tongue out. You may try showing the image in the vertical format by rotating.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9




My photographic interests started in Maryland, 2002, when I joined the National Institute of Health Camera Club. After moving back to Montreal in 2004, I joined Lakeshore Camera Club.

I am using a Canon 7D camera and the following Canon lenses: 24-100L IS f4, 70-200 L IS f 4, macro 100 L2.8, 17-35L f2.8, 300L IS f2.8, extenders 1.4 and 2.0. My post processing workflow includes Bridge or Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 and NIK and Photomatix software.

I came into photography with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. My photographic interests started in 2002, and since then I photographed many subjects, ranging from environment and architecture to animals and sports. In 2009 I graduated from a Commercial Photography Program at Dawson College in Montreal. I organize photo tours and workshops and enjoy sharing my regional knowledge and passion for photography.