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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-30 20:57
Viewed: 4236
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This year is rich in hedgehogs. Every evening one or two individuals of this charming species had visited our garden. My granddaughter and I were very glad to watch them. Only my wife was not so happy with their visits firstly because they visited her beds of a strawberry regale on berries.

It was so nice because earlier we can see these animals near our gardens maximum once a year only.

Naturally, I have taken few shots a hedgehog in different situations. This one reflects a morning meeting on a path among our gardens and I like an effect, which had been made by this meet on an animal face.

It has been said that no other exotic animal has caught the attention of the public quite like the pet hedgehog has. Their spines, friendly and curious nature, as well as that ever-smiling expression have endeared them to millions of confessed hedgehog lovers around the globe (Introduction to Hedgehogs).

About hedgehogs see also here.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-30 21:02]

Hi Alex
Wonderful shot of this lovely and funny hedgehog.
Great details, colors and light!

Hallo Alexei,
a fantastic capture of the Hedgehog taken from an excellent low POV in a marvellous posture, superb sharpness and lighting, splendid bright colours, a very pleasant composition with a very beautiful neutral BG.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-01 2:15]

Hello Alexei,
It is unusual to be able to take such a fine shot of a hedgehog with its head nicely stretched out in surroundings that are not busy.
The low lateral POV is great and its features are shown with excellent sharpness and lighting that includes a fine catchlight in the eye. The bare sandy BG is ideal too.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-01 3:07]

Hello Alex,
Great moment to photograph a Hedgehog in this curious pose. Pleasing eye-contact. Very good low POV, sharp details and colours. Nice composition and matching BG.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-07-01 3:14]

Hi Alexi,
Little hedgehog, so cute ...
This composition is very lovely with hedgehog.Very good capture.Excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei,

this one i saw this week in real life but it was to dark.
Great low pov and sharpness, exellent details.
Fine colours.
Have you flashed or is it light.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2010-07-01 4:08]

Hi Alexei,
We also see a loth of these hedgehogs here in the evening. Unfortunately also in a different state (run over by a car) than yours.
Very nice low pov with good colours and sharpness.

Ciao Alex, great capture of lovely creature, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

That eye contact is a remarkable registration!!!
Please ask your wife to forgive them.... hunger, in nature, has no conscience. EVEN PEOPLE STEAL FOOD when hungry.
Best regards from your VERY dear friend in Calgary.... M.

Hello Alexei,
Top quality image taken with fine details, natural colors and excellent sharpness and POV. Well done!

Ciao Alex. Top sharp and detaisl with very good playing of light. Great presentation for the cute friend.


Privet Alex,
Good to be back again to TN and to visit Your gallery. Great shot, simplistic but this is what needs in this case. Sharpness on the hedgehog is excellent, and the pic is very effective with the shadow. Maybe a tighter crop at the bottom would have been better in order to rid of the oof part of the foreground + a little stronger blur on the bg, but the main subject's perfectly captured. Tfs.
Friendly regards, László (Vladyslav)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-01 10:56]

Hello Alexei,
A beautiful capture of this Hedgehog strolling along in the sun! It's ages since I saw one here!
Great focus on the eye and very fine sharp details as well as lovely light and colours. I hope it left some strawberries for you!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hello Alexei
this hedgehog have so a nice face, he looks a bit curious but also a bit afraid, he stand out very well thanks the light environment
excellent details and light and natural colors,
Have a good night

Hello Alexei!
Top quality Photo! Great, low POV, perfect focus, exceptional details. But, don't forget... This curious, funny animal, who has so much attraction has a dangerous potential... They are so irresistible that many children try to fondle them, which can be a painful experience... :)) And, among this, we should never forget that, due to their slow movement and their spikes, they are carrying ticks, which are quite dangerous spreading a lot of diseases like Lime-disease, encephalitis etc.
Good shot, but never let your granddaughter to close!

Bonito, delicado y oportuno trabajo Alexei. Buen manejo de la luz, con una clara preferencia en el enfoque a la cabeza. Bien encuadrada y un acertado fondo que hace que uno concentre toda su atención en el animal.
Estas especies estaban casi desaparecidas en mi zona y últimamente me han dicho que se empiezan a ver más ejemplares, siendo esto una buena noticia.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-01 15:06]

Hello Alex,
Very good catpure of this lovely hedgehog with great sharpness,colors adn perfect details.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-01 15:26]

Hi Alex,there are a lot in ly country too but is very difficult to take one....ehehe..you was lucky whit this friendly one,very perfect pic,sharpness and colors at the top.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

great portrait, TFS Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-02 4:25]

Hello Alexei,
It's quite a long time since I saw the last time this cute animal. Funny that this one likes the strawberries of your wife..
You caught it in a very vivid pose and we perfectely can see its head. Good light and excellent sharpness.
I wish you a nice summer
Kind regards

Hello Alex friend,
It is a beautiful animal, very interesting. You are lucky that these animals get into your garden, aside the fact that eat the berries! :)
The photo, as all you post, is well handled technically, displaying high brightness and contrast right, also the thorny details of the coverage of this animal, are well recorded. Good work, this is a beautiful gift from your garden! TFS, Regards and nice WE for you!

Hello Alexei,
Exceptional capture with superb clarity and outstanding details.
Lovely composition and POV.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-03 6:55]

Hello Alex,
what a sharp view of this hedgehog. I like its dark eye looking at the lens. Very well detailed spines and you have exploited the angle of light very well.
Very simple but effective composition.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-06 10:53]

Hi Alex
What anice closed up.Excellent low pov and razor sharp image.Ther detail is amasing
TFS Michel

Hi Alexei,
nice species and excellent capture!
TFS, regards

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2010-07-11 15:34]

Hello Alexei
Wondeful shot with good and natural colors, sharp details.The composition is wonderful, this animal is very lovely.
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-14 17:08]

Hi Alexei,

This is the first time I am seeing a Hedgehog! He is so cute with such an adorable face. An excellent side view with the shining eye. Beautiful colors and fine details of the face and body. I can understand why people would want him for a pet. I would love to pick him up and hold him.


Hello Alexei! Very fine guy. Good scene. Good capture and exposure, superb sharpness. Ideal natural colours. Well done!

hello Alexei

excellent close-up photo of the Hedgehog, fine low POV at its level,
also fine DOF, great focus sharpness and details, beautiful light,
beautiful expression on his glance, TFS


Hi Alex

Waht a great shot of this hedgehog. Great composition and brilliant sharpness. So nice to see him on a plain background rather than in tall grass. Well done and TFS.


Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful hedgehog. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-04 11:12]

Hello Alexei.
Congratulations you have the 20000 score reached!Great shot! Very cute and very sharp details. Well exposed and good POV & DOF. Well done & TFS!Best regards Siggi

Hi Alexei. You made this pretty baby looks so cute in the frame. The details are so well defined under warm tone. A great subject and shot as always and I appreciated your effort. Well done. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day shooting. Jusni

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2011-01-26 20:55]

Great portrait!I love it, they are always rolled up on the photos and this one is complete.

hello Alexei
I missed this great capture of cute hedgehog. I have tried many time for its photograph. As you know, it is hard since it closed and rounded with spiny skin. You are lucky to capture it in open case and under good lighting. great sharp focus and POV/DOF. coloration and composition also great. thanks for sharing.
friendly regards and have a good night

Hello Alexei,

Those fellows are quite charming actually!
I remember when I was a kid we had some in the garden, that used to come out for milk...
This guy is well framed with fine details, good eye contact and a cute snout!

Pablo -

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