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Chris & Kim | all galleries >> Gatlinburg 2008 Play Time >> Day One: Settling In > Ricky the Raccoon
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Ricky the Raccoon

A sign on the wall told of Ricky the Raccoon who likes
to visit late at night. Mostly it stood as a warning not to
get too close to wild animals, but it also encouraged leaving
scraps of food on the deck. On the menu this night: a few fries
and a black angus burger that fell off the grill.

Sequence of events leading up to this shot:
I had set up the tripod next to the windows a little after midnight when everyone
went to bed. Then I sat in the dark and waited.. and waited... and waited. The sign
said he usually shows up not long after 10pm, so I just knew he'd be along
any time. Eventually I gave up and changed plans.

I moved the tripod back to the kitchen counter and set the camera for a long
exposure to capture the living room shadows and distant city lights. An hour and
a half after waiting for Ricky, he showed up 10 seconds into my first long
exposure shot, triggering the outside motion detector light.

Ricky is a big raccoon.

Canon EOS 30D
10s f/2.8 at 16.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
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