Raccoon (and some Comments on White Balance)

RaccoonTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

A cute creature high up a tree noticed us but decided it had better things to do than run away. This was shot with a 300mm lens and then cropped significantly. I shot with spot metering; so much of what was cropped out was over exposed, and was suffering from significant fringing. Moreover, the tree was a mess of branches, and the out of focus leaves were distracting, so cropping was a must. Once cropped I could see the white balance was off, the greys were not grey enough and the reds were faded. I tried using the white balance picker in Lightroom but that did not help, so I manually adjusted the balance and took some of the green out with the luminance slider. White balance can sometimes be tricky, if it’s off it’s very noticeable. Auto-white balance works over 90% of the time but when it fails you have to work to get it right.

31 responses

  1. Love this shot!


    October 28, 2015 at 1:01 am

  2. too cute, great shot


    October 28, 2015 at 1:24 am

  3. Great Victor !!!! Very pretty picture


    October 28, 2015 at 4:09 am

  4. OMG, he is adorable! Great job. I love the expression caught on his face. Even his furry details. . Great capture!


    October 28, 2015 at 6:21 am

  5. This is NatGeo material! Great shot, congratulations!


    October 28, 2015 at 6:35 am

  6. Love the texture and drama Victor. I hope you don’t mind but I copied the picture and posted it to my Facebook page with clear credit to you. I have tried linking directly to your site from Facebook before but the thumbnail never shows the image and a lot of people are too lazy to click in to see it.

    If this bothers you just let me know and I will remove it immediately.


    October 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

    • Thanks. I appreciate the credit. Especially if it pushes more people to my blog. All you have to do is ask.

      Liked by 1 person

      October 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

  7. Fabulous photograph!


    October 28, 2015 at 3:15 pm

  8. Greaat image! I love the way it seems to be looking right at us and so clear…. fantastic!


    October 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

  9. Sooooo cute!


    October 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  10. This photo is amazing because of the peek-a-boo of the racoon.


    October 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm

  11. Beautifully cropped Victor! Great portrait that really speaks of the curious nature of the raccoon 🙂


    October 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

  12. Great peek-a-boo kind of shot! In many ways, more compelling than a full on photo.


    October 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

  13. This is sooooo beautiful, so lovely 🙂 You did great shot. But he/she is great too! Thank you, love, nia


    October 29, 2015 at 5:52 am

  14. The composition here is really great. I love him peeking out from behind the tree.


    October 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

  15. I really feel the connection between the two of you! Good tip for wb adjustment!!


    November 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

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