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    Mama skunk moving her nest

    I'm thinking I need to have the de-skunking formula on hand. The chances of my cat staying out of trouble with this mama moving into our barn is pretty slim.

    C&C appreciated but I'm pretty happy to have gotten these. First I had to catch the cat who spotted and headed toward the skunk, then I had to get the camera and then fired off the first few shots before realizing I hadn't left it in my normal "ready" settings. Must look at the settings EVERY time! geez.

    Mama skunk moving her nest

    Mama skunk moving her nest

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    beautiful captures

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Hi Terri. Nice captures of a beautiful animal. I would love to see them in a larger size. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Fascinating! I had no idea that a skunk ever stood up on its hind legs.

    Does your camera allow you to store your settings on a memory card so they can be uploaded at the outset of a shoot? If so, that's a sure-fire method of quickly knowing your settings are as you want them without having to check them.

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Great capture Terri, as others have written... fascinating. I never would have thought that would happen.

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Very nice.

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Nice work, Terri.

    #1 tells the story and does justice to both Mom and babe. #2 requires a little 'splainin and I dont' prefer that background to the first one.

    As Mike just alluded to, if your camera allows memory settings, it is well worth the little bit of time it takes to set them up. I have three settings in memory, so I can hit one button to get all the appropriate settings for each of 3 circumstances. And maybe best of all, I don't have to remember to reverse them later (I was notorious for not remembering that, esp. the IS setting.

    Excellent work!

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Great shots. When he/she understands you are no threat the chemical reaction may not come and you can get even closer.... ???

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Thanks everyone for your comments. She was actually running and these caught her mid air so she's not actually standing up on her hind legs. She also wet because the grass was wet.

    As to the settings, I do use my custom buttons for storing often used settings - none of which were particularly good for this scenario. I was using shutter priority and set the speed to a reasonable level but I thought the ISO was on Auto and didn't actually look at the exposure indicators. It's a bad habit I have of concentrating on the subject and not also noting the numbers in the viewfinder when I'm not on Manual.

    Since she's moved into our barn, I may get a chance to improve the shots but I'm not sure I'll chance getting closer.

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Quote Originally Posted by terrib View Post
    It's a bad habit I have of concentrating on the subject and not also noting the numbers in the viewfinder
    For some inexplicable reason, I notice the aperture indication (perhaps because I usually shoot in Aperture Priority mode) but I never notice the ISO value. Go figure.

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    I laughed when I read your commentary. I could just see the Keystone Cop routine going on. The first shot is really an excellent behavioral. I can't wait to see/hear future episodes of this drama Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Mama skunk moving her nest

    Mike, that makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one!

    Dan, I'm laughing with you. Keystone Cops is pretty much how it felt.

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