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Himalayan Marmot; for Loots

Himalayan Marmot; for Loots
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D-200, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-10 7:14
Viewed: 3776
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this handsome marmot close to Tso Moriri lake (Altitude 14,000 feet ASL) & dedicate it to my friends from South Africa; none other than Loots.

The Himalayan marmot is a marmot found in the Himalayan regions ranging in elevation from 3000 metres to 4,500 metres. They can be seen in the Deosai plains in Pakistan and Ladakh in India. They are about the size of a large housecat, and live in colonies. Marmota himalayanus is closely related to the woodchuck, the hoary marmot and the yellow-bellied marmot. It has a dark chocolate-brown coat with contrasting yellow patches on its face and chest.

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hello Subhash

beautiful photo of this marmot shot with a fine POV and framing,
fine focus sharpness and details, here a beautiful
eye-contact (or glance) with you, but i think the photo
would be (for me) superior if you should waited
the marmot look the same way is sit and shoot the photo,



Hi Subhash,
Very nice photo of this marmot with a sharp focus on the head. Beautiful natural colours and a good POV and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-10 19:34]

Hi Subhash,

What a great capture of this Marmot. I love the position on the rock - he seems to be posing for the camera. Nice details of his face and coat and wonderful natural colors. The setting and composition are very pleasing.


Hi Dr. Subhash,

Lovely, a wonderful nature shot. Really stunning, you positioned this cute marmot perfectly. Very nice color contrasts and the background bokeh is excellent.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hallo Subhash
Thanks for this lovely dedication to Loot and myself. My apologies for only now responding to this kind gesture which is greatly appreciated. Until Loot have the time to stop by I speak on his behalf as well when I say:
Now, this is a cute creature, with its plumpish built and furry body. One of the reasons I like this picture is for its beautiful details and very interesting point of view. I like the way it is looking at you and from where its sits on the rock it gives a message like "I am the king of the castle". These little ones are such sweet animals and this image as a high cuteness factor. Thanks for sharing and my best regards.
ps. Please pardon Loot for not stopping by soon as he is very, very busy with a project at work and they are working towards a deadline. I hardly see Loot myself and the times he is at home he is really tired. I am sure you understand, but I can assure you he knows about your kind gesture of this dedication to both of us.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-10-01 20:52]

Hi there my dear friend the busy "flying doctor".

Better late than never (or so they say), but it can sometimes makes one feel
rather sheepish. However, I hope in this case you would accept my apology.
I've been so busy (at work) with the project I am working on and knowing that
I was going to the Kruger Park (for most of October month) I had to put in some
extra time to get ahead with my work. I don't have the luxury of anyone standing
in for me, while I'm gone, so I had to make sure my work won't be holding back
the project. Talking about "feeling sheepish" that would have made me feel like
a whole herd.

Anyway, enough of excuses and time to focus on the cute little rodent presented
here as a dedication to me. I'm not at all that sure, but it does look like a female
and she is probably carrying some young. Otherwise that mountain grass has got
some amazing nutritional qualities. I just love the positive & curious eye contact
and the side on pose of this plump little marmot on its mount. I can't see what the
focal length was, but it do seem that the 500mm Tamron lens was right at its edge.
My experience with these long lenses seem to suggest that they're normally not as
sharp on the extreme zoom so the sharpness of this image implies that you really
did well. For this distance the image has a nice, clear and soft background and one
can clearly see the fall-off in the DOV.

Good work MF and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.
Best regards

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