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Gnash your teeth

Gnash your teeth
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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: 2007-02-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-12 12:58
Viewed: 4564
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Weather conditions were sunny here. Thus the amount of light was no problem.
These animals are very alert; nevertheless there are moments they don't move for a while. The problem is often the eye; the sunlight angle has to be correct.
So the keeper ratio is quite low.
Here I was quite lucky with the teeth, it makes the picture a bit more extraordinary, I think.

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob" or "gang".
More about the meerkat here

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
3/02/2007 14:36:27
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
70.0 - 200.0mm
Focal Length
Postprocessing as usual. Cropping has been done.
Taken handheld, IS on.

Necipp, nainnain, Alex99, stevkds, SelenE, Debz, anel, fartash, dew77, marhowie, ScottHale has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To simon182: Hi Simon,vanderschelden 2 02-12 14:03
To nainnain: Bonsoir Edith,vanderschelden 1 02-12 13:25
To gallezeric: Ericvanderschelden 1 02-12 13:20
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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-12 13:01]

Magnifique portrait, l'oeil est vif et la dent longue.
Bonne journée.

hello ANNICK
adorable cettepetite bête et peu connu, de moi surtout
bonne image en portrait , détails super excellent et couleurs parfaites
bravo eyt merci encore

bonjour Annick,

très belle prise de vue bravo belle composition

on a presque posté le même sujet en même temps désolé je n'avais pas vus le tiens


Hello my friend!

Cool shot this is really good timing getting him looking a bit silly. Wonderful warm colour and contrast. You've got the depth of field spot on leaving us with the whole Meerkat is sharp all over and nicely textured in the coat.

My two niggles/critiques are this:
i) I think the composition could be improved by putting that space on the right to the left instead as that is the direction he is facing and would allow some breathing room.
ii) I'm not sure if this is just down to compression/PP but I can see a strange effect around the Meerkat about 2 cm deep, looks slightly speckled and noisy. Hard to see, but it caught my eye. Any ideas?


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-12 13:54]

Bonsoir Annick
Méchant le look !!!
Très beau portrait, cadrage, luminosité et netteté
Je pense que tu as à nouveau fais une sortie avec Eric ;-))
Amicalement Robi

Great pose and very good capture, very good details and very good quality.

Hello Annic,
So expressive mammal!
I like pose, compositoin and lit.
The sharpnessof mammal and blur of BG are good too.
Congratulations and TFS,

Well, at least he isn't snarling at me or at you. The expression adds so much to the image. It implies a story which always adds to the appeal of a photo. I read your response to Simon. I find that using an adjustment layer to blur the background works pretty well. I used to do all that intricate selecting and so often it doesn't look natural.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-12 15:02]

Hallo Annick , Een prachtige portret foto van de Meerkat , leuk dat hij zijn tanden laat zien ,hij wilde zeker niet op de foto , mooie warme kleuren en scherpte bg en framing , Groetjes Teunie .

Very nice shot Annick.
Perfect details and colour presentation.
Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Very well done.
tfs. Stev

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-12 15:26]

Hi Annick,
His tooth is great :o)) He looks really funny like this. Great timing! TFS

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-02-12 17:34]

Great shot. Very unusual for a Meercat to show his teeth! Pin sharp and good contrast against the nice soft background. Composition perfect. You did really well with camera and lens hand held.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-13 3:31]

Hi Annick

Uuu..aren't we ferocious...:)))
Another terrific capture from you and another superb timing!
This pose you caught here is indeed extraordinary and it makes this photo stand out so well, even as a thumbnail :)
The techtalk is again fantastic, with excellent exposure and DOF, super sharp details and lovely natural colors.
I read your notes and i must say the in this case i can see what you mean with the catch-light in it eye...i belive if he had turnes his look towards you, the reflection would be a bit strong.
Anyway, a splendid post!

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-13 3:44]

Hi Annick,
Est ce qu'il a une dent contre son voisin? Image très drôle est bien photographiée.
Meilleures salutations

Very nice shot Annick lovely light and colours detail is sharp and what good timing for the teeth on display superb work tommorrow Rgds Necip.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-13 5:54]

Hi Annick,
Lovely details ,the teeth do add a lot of appeal to this image.Looks like he brushes them everyday!
Badruddin Ali

Hello Annick,
LOL, I always find those animals very cute and funny... I must say that in this portrait it looks a little angry :) You caught an incredibly good moment and details and I like this composition and exposure. This is very well done! What a little attitude :) Thanks,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-13 10:56]

Hi Annick.
Perfect captured moment of this excellent composed and expressive shot. I like the attractive pose of the animal and great DOF allowing to get sharp and excellently detailed image. BG is perfect too in its blurriness and richness of colours. My best wishes and TFS.

Hello Annick
Very nice shot of meerkat,
What a teeth ,Wooowwww.
Perfect composition and focusing.
Excellent work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-13 14:43]

Hello Annick,
Excellent portrait.Colors,lighting,BG,sharpness,clear eyes and composition are wonderful.

Hi Annick,
Nice toothy look for your "vampire meerkat"..
You've discovered a new sub-species from the underworld? ;)
Well done mf.

A very good potrait, I liked his agressive posture. The exposure and sharpness are good. The only nit is i feel is that the framing is bit tight ( but that's a personal choice )
Goutham R

I like the textures here. The teeth are very well captured.
The catch-light in the eyes make it complete.
Well done,

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