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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/3000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-14 5:47
Viewed: 2941
Points: 6
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Hi Folks, this one was a bit of a happy snap for me , a common porcupine may have the name common, but seeing them in the woods is not in my experience all that common at all. the porcupine is a rodent , about the same size and shape as a Canadian beaver , its diet is vegetarian not being to picky about what type of plants it eats, but it prefers the inner bark of trees, especially Aspen Poplar, willows and spruce in our area. this was my first sighting of a porcupine and I was pretty happy to get a shot of it , even though it was through some shrubs.

thanks for having a look

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Hi Art,

even here in Italy we have porcupines (Crested porcupine-Hystrix cristata), but Old World porcupines differ quite a lot from New World porcupines and among other things even here they are difficult to observe in nature.Your low POV, while not showing the whole animal's body, put the emphasis on its almost amazed expression.The composition is a little penalized by the presence of plants in front of the subject, but i think it was a "take it or leave it" photo in view of the conditions.But the focus is good and there is also eye contact.



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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-06-14 19:56]

Bonsoir Art,

Nice enconter you got, and of course you were equiped to take its picture.The shallow DOF brings attention on him. It looks more like fur than like spine, but I wouldn't pet him. Selective focus, good exposure. Nice work and TFS.


Great photo of this scarce animal. Personally I have not yet been as fortunate to photograph one.
Nice shot!

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