Back at the end of November, I was driving slowly down a back road near the mountains, right after a fresh snow. I had been looking for arctic hare tracks and only seen a few. It was late in the day and getting dark. A small creek ran through a culvert under the road. Most of the creek was frozen over, with only small open areas. I saw a small dark object upstream of the road and stopped my Jeep. At first, I couldn’t tell what it was. Of course, I had to dig to get out my camera with the telephoto lens on it. I left the vehicle running because I didn’t want to have a change in sound that might spook the animal. I rolled down my window and started taking pictures. The mink pawed at the ice in a few places, then turned and trotted back up stream.
I got out of the Jeep, and stepped back a few feet, but still in the road, and took pictures as the mink rolled around on the ice. Then the mink turned and came back down towards the road, which is when I got this image. The mink kept coming towards me, and disappeared below the bank, and I realized it had gone through the culvert. The trees were thicker on the lower side of the road, so I didn’t get any good photos on that side as the mink went on its way down the creek. What a neat encounter.
Is the mink too dark?
Does the crop need to be tighter? I cropped it quite a bit from original, but I don’t know if the animal really shows up well enough.
Removed some noise, cropped and did some Shadow/Highlights in PS5, then resized and sharpened.
Canon 5d mk4, 100-400 L lens +1.4, at 450 mm ISO 2500, 1/500 sec at f8