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Rocky Racoon

Rocky Racoon
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Copyright: Rene Lortie (rlortie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Canada, !Masks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-28 15:44
Viewed: 6709
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Procyon lotor

The racoon lives from southern Canada through Mexico and Central America.

The black mask and black and yellow-white ringed tail make the racoon unmistakable. The color is a mixture of white (or yellow-white) and dark gray hairs. The length of the racoon varies from 18 to 28 inches with the tail adding another 8 to 12 inches.

The racoon lives primarily in forests, particularly along streams and lakes. With the expansion of the suburbs into larger and larger parts of the Eastern Deciduous Forest, the racoon is now a regular part of the suburban environment. Although racoons can be relatively common, they are nocturnal and not normally seen.
I had one in my backyard in Montreal two years ago.

Racoons are omnivorous and will eat just about anything including fruit and berries, insects, frogs, crayfish, bird eggs. They are commonly seen washing their food in streams and along the shores of lakes and ponds. In the suburbs they are notorious garbage can thieves.

The racoon is nocturnal and is rarely seen in the day time. Each animal has a home range varying in size, but usually about 1 mile in diameter.
Racoons are normally silent, but when angry racoons may snarl, grow, or hiss. Racoons do not hibernate but spend their time in hollow trees or logs, rock crevices, or burrows.

Racoons have one brood per year born between April to June. The number of young varies between 2 to 7 with an average of 4. The young live with the mother for about 2 months and then leave her in the fall.

This racoon was taken in Parc Omega near Montebello, Quebec. Though the park is fenced, racoons live free in this area.

Technical notes:
Handheld at 3m.
Sharpened in PS.

milloup, Lesley, JeanMichel, Luc, Janice, pompey, red45, Signal-Womb, willie, mogens-j, sandpiper2, LCannon has marked this note useful
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Aw, cute ;-)))
Great capture, excellently sharp and clear, great details and nicely set off against the bg. I just love the alert pose ;-))

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-12-28 16:12]

This is probably one of the finest shots I have ever seen of a racoon. I hope you didn't get too close to it in the daylight...around here we have too many rabid racoons. Great note and fabulous image.

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2004-12-28 16:13]
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Great shot René
Very high cute-factor.
Excellent sharpness, very good composition and colours.
Good and informative note.
Great work.

Vous avez saisi ce beau petit animal dans une très belle pose, René. Quelle tête expressive! Les tons de gris sont très bien rendus avec une excellente exposition. Très beau cadrage. Une excellente photo!

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-12-28 17:20]

Fantastic photo,beautiful composition.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-28 21:08]

Vraiment magnifique, ce raton-laveur.
Je crois que tu maîtrises avec brio et ta caméra et PS. (en passant, Intellisharpen II semble un excellent 'plugin'. Il ne m'est pas encore familier mais je crois que je vais en devenir accroc.)
Un excellent ouvrage: image et note.
Merci René.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-28 22:57]

Hello Rene, I haven't seen a racoon here on TN before, and I enjoy his presence. Your composition is very good. He is sharp and clear, and real cute. Can they become pets? TFS, Janice

You take the best wildlife photos! He is perfectly posed, and the photo is very sharp and clear. The rocks really compliment the color of his coat. Just a lovely photo!

Beautiful shot Rene, this racoon is a real beauty, you have caught it very well.
Great texture to the fur, good depth of field and excellent note. Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-29 6:44]

Wow, one of most cute animals, hero from cartoons :-) In Polish - Szop Pracz. Very nice picture with high quality and high cutness factor.

Yes, an excellent shot Rene. Great pose and composition with impressive detail. Excellent note.

Ve3ry good shot rene. No nits. Absolutely perfect. Good job

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****

Perfect, straight in my favorites

This is really a second to none racoon shot Rene. The attitude is a clear winner itself. Added to this the picture has excellent colours, lots of details and perfect handling of the light. Great job Rene - congratulations and Happy New Year.

A classic pose of a familiar mammal. The composition and POV are stunning. The light, sharpness and colour are perfect. Very nice shot.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-30 11:41]

This little thief is about to steal your heart! Thie composition is stunning and the focus is tac sharp accross the whole Racoon.

Excellent job and thanks for posting

What more can I say that hasn't been said about this little guy? I would have to agree with everyone else, this photo is perfect, you can be very proud of this one. Sharp and clear, and perfectly posed, how did you get him to do that?
The last two nights at my house, I've turned on the porch light to find a racoon stealing the cat food they didn't eat during the day. He was WAY fatter than this one, maybe I need to feed my cats less??
Excellent shot! Well done.

Another great animal portraiture comming from you, you did best but this wouldve been even better in less dull & grey weather, ideally shouldve happen at morning sunrise.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-20 13:10]

René, cute and rather funny shot. I like the expressin upon his face. Very good composition, pov and dof. Great sharpness too.


very nice and cute, TFS Ori

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