Image taken Thursday, May 24, 2012. Posted Friday, June 1, 2012
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A Spotted-Tailed Quoll up close.


Queens Park, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I was too sick to work so we went to the park. Normally this Spotted-Tailed Quoll is asleep and out of the way, but we were lucky to see it today. I should have used a polariser to shoot through the glass, but I was caught on the hop. Processing it was a special challenge in de-emphasising reflections. There still are some reflections visible but I've cut out the major ones.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15/1mm
Exposure: 1/800" @ f/35/10, ISO 1600 ((No polariser but I should have used one))

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Presence: Highlights +45, shadows -35, whites +35, blacks -10, clarity +50, saturation +15
  2. Noise reduction: Luminance +35, detail +100
  3. Graduated filter: Top right hand side, exposure -1.2 stops, saturation -45. This was to de-emphasise the reflection of my blue shirt
  4. Spot adjustment #1: In the dark area underneath the quoll, clarity +100, to emphasise the parts of the rock that have some detail
  5. Spot adjustment #2: In the bottom left area, exposure -4 stops, highlights -100, shadows -100, to remove a reflection of the bright area behind me

The wash-up:

Using a polariser would definitely have made this a lot easier - but the loss of light may have been too much. This guy was moving around a lot.

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3 Responses to “Spotted-Tailed Quoll”

  1. Al

    I have spent many a minute down there trying to get a decent shot of this little bugger. None of mine have been even a fraction as good as yours. Get well soon 🙂

  2. Mary Styles

    You’ve got a real nack. It’s adorable and a joy to see. YOu never get to see the quoll from that angle.


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