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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: 2007-04-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-09 7:27
Viewed: 4026
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed in captivity in a zoo in Olmen. There were two of them.
Cropped in ACR. Maked the image somewhat warmer through Kelvin adjustment. Brighten the photo a bit and adjusted the sat and vibrance a bit too.
Opened in CS3 doing the necessary USM sharpening in the Otter selection(using the lasso). Inversed the selection and moved it a bit to avoid a 'line' and blurred a bit the background.
Sharpening happened in the lightness channel in LAB mode.

Otters have a dense layer (1,000 hairs/mm², 650,000 hairs per sq. in) of very soft underfur which, protected by their outer layer of long guard hairs, keeps them dry under water and traps a layer of air to keep them warm.

All otters have long, slim, streamlined bodies of extraordinary grace and flexibility, and short limbs; in most cases they have webbed paws. Most have sharp claws to grasp prey, but the short-clawed otter of southern Asia has only vestigial claws, and two closely-related species of African otter have no claws at all: these species live in the often muddy rivers of Africa and Asia and locate their prey by touch.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
7/04/2007 13:09:11
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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very nice shot....

what a cute looking guy. good details and sharpness. i like this composition very much. a good expression on its face as well.
love the overall colors.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-09 9:53]

Hello Annick
Very nice portrait well in focus and very sharp.I like the details from the fur .Also BG colors is very nice , suit the subject weel.
TFS Michel

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-04-09 11:37]

Good shot. Fine details and well composed. Good POV and nicely saturated colors aswell. Well done & TFS!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-09 12:22]

Hi Annick,
I liked the pose and the expression on his face :o)Your POV and the soft colors are very good. TFS

Hello Annick,
Very nice close portait. Excellent details, sharpness, POV and DOF. Very well done and TFS,

Hello Annick, :)

Great shot, your sharpness is spot on! Love the detail in his whiskers and hair. Lovely earthen colours with excellent composition! Very well done, as always. Thanks for sharing :)


I am in awe of this capture.
Great shot!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-09 19:34]

Hello Annick,
Great portrait with sharp focus and very good color, thanks for sharing.

An incredible moment you captured.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-10 13:22]

Hi Annick

Lovely shot of this otter. I could watch otters playing all day. They seem to have such a sense of fun. Pin sharp shot and lovely light, especially in the eye. I love the colour tones as well



Hi Annick,

Very cute shot of this playful looking otter. Your pp work has left some kind of big blur circle at the top left. :)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-10 18:46]

Hola Annick,
bonito retrato de este simpático animal,
agradable pov,
y presentación...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-10 22:10]

Hello Annick

A beautiful portrait of this otter.I really like these creatures,they seem to enjoy life so much.Very good sharp detail with excellent focus.Very natural colours.The DOF and POV are excellent.Another wonderful animal portrait.TFS


Hello Annick!
I really love this animal! And your picture could not be better! It really underlignes the cuteness of this little fellow. Especially the sharpness of his eyes & nose makes this picture something very special!
Greets Iris...

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