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Spike Meanders

Spike Meanders
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 16:19
Viewed: 2502
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I took this photo, I put myself in the position that Spike would have to walk right by me. I wanted him in action, his paws moving. He can't see very well in the day, but I was close enough to see his eye. By the time I took this photo, I'd already spent at least a half hour with him, so he seemed fairly comfortable with me.

On my screen, even at this resolution, I can see the barbed quills under his coat; I'm not sure if anybody else can.

Spike didn't seem to be in any particular hurry, and for a porcupine, despite their prickly reputation, I found him to be laid back.

Once in a while, he nibbled on a piece of grass. I know they eat bark, so the grass surprised me unless there's a physical reason that's not hunger related? Does anybody know?

As far as cropping, I didn't do any; what you see is what I took. I love the golden hue behind him of the dying grass. Oh, as big as this critter is, he made very little noise. All I heard was the rustle of the grass as he forged a path, but then, I was listening for it. A couple of times we were close enough to touch, but I restrained myself. What I like most about Spike is that this wasn't taken in a zoo.

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hello Kathy

what great details on the subject,
the backlight in the background
it is giving a excellent contrast with the subject

and i like the very end line of your notes



Another interesting shot in the tale of Spike's exploits. :)
Very nice!

Hello Kathy.
Great capture! Beautiful animal!
Very good nuance and sharpness.
Excellent texture and POV.
Well done!
Best regards,
Josť Roberto

Great capture . I like the motion of his front paw . To answer your question , most guys like Spike are opportunists . They do like some grasses , but they are picky , as Spike showed . As long as you don't threaten them , porcupines are quit happy to ignore you . TFS , Kevin .

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-03 17:48]

Hello Kathy

A wonderful series of your walk with Spike.
He looks like he has picked up his pace somewhat.
The focus and details are wonderful.
I love the colour palette for this shot.
The composition is lovely,and the flow of the grasses and your spiky friend have a synchronicity.

Hi Kathy!

I like your shot a lot. You were very patient with him to take this picture and on the end it payed out.
His fur is wonderful, the perfect camouflage to this dry, brown grass. Excellent shot!

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