Two Raccoons in a Tree

Two Raccoons in a Tree

Minneapolis Photographer Mitch Rossow presents daily photos of Minneapolis. Cityscapes, People & Perspectives: Mitch explains composition and techniques.

I wanted to add some color to this gray morning, so I went back and found this little guy and his brother. One morning in August, I heard all this commotion coming from out my widow and went out to investigate. Something from the night got caught up a tree when the sun came up. I watched these little devils for an hour and took over 200 pics — gotta love digital. They shuffled around the tree and eventually came down on their own and high-ring-tailed it back to the woods across the street.

Processing this picture was unusual. Because of the harsh morning light, they were in high contrast and with the shadows all over in the tree I had to reduce the contrast & saturation and brighten the midtones. All the things I normally, only backwards.

Thanks for all the great comments over the holidays, I was out visiting family the whole time. I got up early each day and posted, but after that, had little time go looking at other photo blogs. Hopefully I’ll get some time this week. If you aren’t familiar with the daily city photo blog concept, go check this out and see the world!

4 replies
  1. Strangetastes
    Strangetastes says:

    Your Photoshop skills are a couple of steps above mine. Dappled light and shadow is really hard to work with. It’s gray, damp and cold in the NYC area today. Some people think very bright or dull days give you nothing to shoot. There’s always something to shoot. Part of a photographer’s job is to go find it.

  2. Gerald
    Gerald says:

    Love the racoon shot – more than forty-odd years ago as a teenager with new camera I recall taking one of a racoon at London Zoo and warming to the animal. Nearest I’ve ever seen since is probably a pole-cat.

    Landed here from the link at your 100th post so I’ll not pop back there now but say here – well done on post #100.


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