Porcupine in Tree 1

Porcupine in Tree 1

While visiting the Childs Glacier near Cordova, the VW van that Steve and I borrowed got a flat tire. In addition, the light was murky, so we did not get any sunrise pictures of the glacier. After we changed the tire and began driving back to town we encountered a porcupine foraging in the forest. Steve launched out of the van to photograph it so fast that he forgot to put on his Xtratufs. However, after looking at the bog he was immersed in, I methodically put on my boots rather than suffer cold, wet feet. The porcupine took one look at us with our big lenses and headed for the top of a small tree. It initially turned its back to us and raised its quills, which didn’t make a very good image, but eventually relaxed enough to make a few nice portraits. To create this image, I lined up the porcupine with some trees in the background that made for a nice out-of-focus background. I patiently waited until it turned towards me so that I could see its eyes. I created this image with my Canon 7D and 400mm f4 DO IS lens. This image is a single-exposure which required minimal processing using Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5.

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3 thoughts on “Porcupine in Tree 1

  1. This is beautiful! It’s great to see it so relaxed in the tree, and it looks really nice set off by the green evergreen needles.

  2. Thank you for your comments, Pat! I appreciate all of them. I am glad that you appreciate all of my hard work in Alaska.

  3. Porcupine is cute.The picture is really good.A photograph with good background is really important for the business.

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