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Copyright ©2008, Chris Cooke HoF ¤1

I just met this little fellow this afternoon at my Grandaughter's school summer fete.

I had been concentrating on the reactions of the audience to an amazing guy with a magician's hat of a car, rather than the animals themselves. But when his handler made the introduction, what else could I do?

I don't think I've got the best out of him yet, but I'm off to bed and couldn't resist posting him as he is.

All suggestions for improvement will be most appreciated.

By the way he isn't the type of hedgehog native to the UK, I'm not sure but I think the audience was told that he was an Africa pygmy variety. The point being his colouration was very much lighter than I'm used to seeing.

Photographer: Chris Cooke HoF ¤1
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Uploaded: 2008-Jul-12 19:14 EDT
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Camera: Olympus E-3
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 250
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Focal Length: 54mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
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so cute, very nice image.

Rina Kupfer Win ¤ at 20:19 EDT on 2008-Jul-12 [Reply]


Very pathetically Chris, i love it ;-))

best wishes

Igor Tarasenko ¤ at 01:00 EDT on 2008-Jul-13 [Reply]


I keep coming back to this image because this is the sort of simple straight forward image I very much enjoy. Something here bothers me visually though, and I think I know what it is after studying this for some time.

I have to ask if you added a slight vignette? The edges of the critter (hedgehog?) seem to be darker than in the center. If a vignette has not been added, the lighting must have been such that those spines were in shadow, but that is not what it appears to be on inspection. I think this would be more visually successful if the value of those spines on the edges were brought up to more closely equal the other spines on the rest of the beast. Just my thoughts, so do with them as you will.

E. Edwin Ennor ~ (E³) HoF Win ¤ $ at 01:12 EDT on 2008-Jul-13 [Reply]


This image has a deja vu impression on me. I'm sure I've seen an image like this before. A little more space around the hog (particularly left and top would be good. Like Edwin I wonder about the perimeter spines - looks like they got darkened with dodging? Also, and it's a minor point, the person's hand is not so appealing and that dry looking thumb does draw ones attention away from the hog, so why not try to blur it a bit?

Nigel Armes HoF Win ¤1 at 11:32 EDT on 2008-Jul-13 [Reply]


this an extremly cute shot, with 95% of it perfect for. Just to bad that his face is a bit soft - surprising actually as DOF is so deep that the fingers in front of him or her are sharp as well as the spikes on the top of the head. B/w works very well here.

Klaus Er HoF Win ¤1 at 16:27 EDT on 2008-Jul-13 [Reply]


Thanks for your input Edwin, it’s very much appreciated. Yes I have darkened the background (using a levels adjustment layer) and then I had a quick flick with the burn tool on a light coloured shirt just above the top of his head. But you’re absolutely right I have been somewhat clumsy / impatient in the application. I really must give it another go!

Nigel, I very much suspect you’re thinking of this . To be honest I had an idea it had been done before but it took you to move me to check my suspicions out.

Yes Klaus, I too am disappointed about the face, I’ll try to see what I can do about that when I have another go.

Coincidently I was messing about with my E3 in the garden today; I’ve got it programmed so that it’s only supposed to focus using the central point, however it clearly didn’t work “correctly” every time on this particular object I was pointing at today. I wouldn’t normally notice as I usually just believe it when it “tells” me it has focused.

I’m not saying this is what has happened with the above shot, I just thought that I would mention it in passing.

Thank you all, not forgetting Rina & Igor, for taking the time to comment.

Chris Cooke HoF ¤1 at 20:16 EDT on 2008-Jul-13 [Reply]