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This little orange possum baby tonight allowed me to feed it a small piece of apple, and to cuddle it while it ate the apple, and hold the end of its tail.
I can’t quite capture the intense orange colour of its fur, and the flash washes it out quite badly. I’ve warmified this a bit, but it still is a poor representation of the real orangeness of its fur. Anyone who can help me on how to capture this more accurately, with a torch and a flash, please BM me!!!!
Balhannah, Adelaide Hills, September 30 2009

FEATURED in Animal photography, October 2009,
and chosen as the new avatar, early October

This image is included in The Possum Chronicles calendar


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  • lightsmith
    lightsmithalmost 5 years ago

    I reckon you’re doing pretty well!

  • Thanks friend – I would just like to be able to represent this little baby as accurately as I can – and I see orange, and the camera sees pale orange! It’s annoying!!!

    – Denzil

  • nannajul
    nannajulalmost 5 years ago

    Oh my word, Pumkin is way too cute for any words. I can try to get the photo right for you if you would like, although, I think this is pretty close.

  • Hi Julie!! Thanks for your very kind offer – I had a closer look last night in better light than just the torch and the flash, and actually I’m not too far off! Of course, who knows what the colour is like in daylight – I guess s/he’s tucked up warmly with her mum! Or I could just grab the little darling one night and run fast (joke) and take a PROPER pic!
    I’ll keep trying – if I can’t get it any better, I might email you the two versions and see what you think? Thanks again:)

    – Denzil

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 5 years ago

    ♥ Excellent capture !! :D ♥

  • Thank you Evita, glad you like it :)

    – Denzil

  • TubularBelle
    TubularBellealmost 5 years ago

    Pumpkin, or Sweet Potato! Gorgeous colour, I want to eat her.

  • You’re so right – it could be Sweet Potato! Shall we share her???

    – Denzil

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Lance – you’d better come over one night and be introduced!!!

    – Denzil

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosalmost 5 years ago

    I think this photo looks lovely as is……and what a beautiful little possum…..gorgeous……..
    we have possums in our garden and they are beautiful creatures…
    Pam :)

  • Thanks Pam – they are lovely – but smelly!!!

    – Denzil

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 5 years ago

    Your photo has been FEATURED in

  • Thank you so much!!!

    – Denzil

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful !!! Congratulations on your feature !!! :D

  • Thanks so much Evita, it’s great that s/he is so admired!!!

    – Denzil

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 5 years ago

    ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHY has chosen your photo as our New Avatar!

  • OH MY GOODNESS! Thanks so much, I’m thrilled and really pleased :)

    – Denzil

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    Pumpkin is gorgeous! You could try putting a tissue across the flash, doubled up even….if you can’t dial back the flash exposure….or try “night scene” mode?

  • Thank you Mel – I’ll try both options – if the little devil ever comnes back! Haven’t seen Pumpkin or his/her mother for 2 nights now …
    I’ll report in on the results – can’t wait to try :)

    – Denzil

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