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This is one of those lucky shots when you accidentally find yourself in the right place at the right time ! I enjoy a bit of stargazing and was experimenting with open shutter techniques to see if I could capture the Plough ( Ursa Major ) My Canon was mounted on tripod and only by Luck i had my speedlite Flash fitted. I was alerted by the sound of crunching. The badger has been a frequent visitor to our garden over the years and sometimes we throw out peanuts to give them a treat. Not wanting to miss the opportunity I very slowly inched the tripod towards the crunching sound until i could see him. As a point of interest it's amazing that an animal with a black and white stripped face is actually quite difficult to see in the dark !! I very slowly set up the camera and flash as silently as possible. The badger was aware of my presence and now and then he stopped munching to look up. The fact that he was more elevated and had an easy escape route back into the field I think led to him to feel safe until i pressed the shutter release and then he was off like a bat out of hell !!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:17.0 - 50.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 26.6 - 78.1 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Sep 2011 - 9:14 PM
Focal Length:38mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Auto, Fired, Red-eye reduction
Title:I Love Peanuts !
Username:Norman57 Norman57
Uploaded:5 Oct 2011 - 9:06 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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floxyz
floxyz  4 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2011 - 2:43 AM

what a cracking shot welldone Grin

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pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 10:45 PM

Under the circumstances, you did well, Norman. It looks as if your focus was on the plant to the left, whereas it needed to be on the badger, in particular the head. Not a lot of time to compose and focus well, though. Another point, as mentioned in your white horse picture, is that it would be better to have more space on the right side and less space on the left, because the badger is facing into that area. This applies to people, animals, insects, flowers and the like. No doubt you were pleased to capture such an elusive creature.
Pamela.

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Graham15
Graham15  6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 - 11:32 AM

Hi Norman, Great capture mate, you said it was a good capture and you are absolutely correct. Well done Buddy

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