[singlepic id=173 w=320 h=240 float=left]Original shot taken on November 14, 2009 at Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington Illinois with Nikon D60. A Coati, also known as a Brazilian aardvark, Mexican hog-nosed coon, and snookum bears are members of the raccoon family. I often wonder where some of these extra names come from. This info was provided by the Coati-Wiki. Sookum Bears must have been derived from a mildly sappy scientist in love. With a nose like this it makes me feel for the person it was named after. In this shot I love the overall ambiance I was able to capture. The feeling portrayed was very strong and that’s what made this piece fun to work with.
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[singlepic id=172 w=320 h=240 float=right] Taking a step back to redevelop this piece was the right thing to do. While the composition and color balance of the shot is good, taking the time to develop the shot properly breathed a new life into it. I love my Nikon D60 and know that it in and of itself takes great shots, however I have learned that final development is as equally important as the shot itself. Taking the time to analyze colors, shadows, light and to dodge, burn specific areas is a fun challenge that really is fun to address my creativity and technical knowledge.