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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-25 4:20
Viewed: 3398
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the end of each of a meerkat's "fingers" is a non-retractable, strong, 2 cm (0.8 inches) long, curved claw used for digging underground burrows and digging for prey. Claws are also used with muscular hindlegs to help climb the occasional tree. They have four toes on each foot and long slender limbs. The coat is usually fawn-colored peppered with gray, tan, or brown with a silver tint. They have short parallel stripes across their backs, extending from the base of the tail to the shoulders. The patterns of stripes are unique to each meerkat. The underside of the meerkat has no markings but the belly has a patch which is only sparsely covered with hair and shows the black skin underneath. The meerkat uses this area to absorb heat while standing on its rear legs, usually early in the morning after cold desert nights.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
15/08/2007 18:00:09
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 3
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0
Highlight tone priority : No
Color matrix
Color Space
Adobe RGB
File Size
11806 KB
Dust Delete Data
Drive Mode
Low-speed continuous shooting
GPS Data
Latitude : -
Longitude : -
Altitude : -
Geographic coordinate system : -
Owner's Name
annick vanderschelden
Camera Body No.

taken in captivity; the 'Olmense zoo'

PP workflow notes...
Changed the picture style in DPP in portrait instead of standard.

Thanks for looking.
Have a nice weekend...

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Hi Annick,

This is a beautiflu close-up of this meerkat. I love the sand on its face. Very good photography. Well done.


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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2007-08-25 4:58]

Nice photo with nice details, I also liked the color and the sharpness.

Hello Annick
Another great shot of a Meerkat,
Perfect compositio,focusing and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV, Superb shot.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-25 7:52]

Great animal and wonderful picture. I like your work.

Hello Annick,
You are good in capturing your animal photos with beautiful post always!
very sharp with details in this Meerkat especially with darker bg that makes it so outstanding!
well composed and well seen

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-25 10:56]

Hi Annick
Excellent presentation.As usual very sharp details and beautiful colors.Very sharp whit lovely colors.Also very nice BG.
TFS Michel

I am back.

Magnifiques détails, super Bg, quelle prise.

Lighting for the fur is really nicely done. The pose seems as if it was waiting for you. Very good photography!

I've been wanting to drop my two points here but I ran out yesterday.
Now I have my chance...
wonderful details...the texture of the little one's fur is captured. What a fantastic pose...perfect look over the shoulder. And the glint in the eye is the perfect finish!

Hello Annick,

It seems that I missed a few shots from you. This cute meerkat is just one of them. The composition is flawless, simple and with great impact. Just the subject and the background. It looks like a studio photography. The empty space is correctly placed in front of the meerkat. I can tell by the dust on its head what it was doing when you took the picture. The background is spectacular and isolates the subject very well. The same sharpness that you used us to. Very well done!

With Friendly Regards,

Beautiful capture this cute little animal. Well presented.
Best wishes,

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