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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: 2007-08-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 6:45
Viewed: 6751
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The otters (Lutrinae) are carnivorous aquatic or marine mammals part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, as well as others. With 13 species in 7 genera, otters have an almost worldwide distribution. The collective noun romp is used to refer to a group of otters.(wiki)

Photographed in Planckendael.

Thanks for critiques! And a sunny day!

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
8/09/2007 14:24:24
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
AI Servo AF
Picture Style

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To Bufo: Hallo Jacob,vanderschelden 1 09-12 12:01
To wishnugaruda: Great feeling to make you smile, Sabine:-)vanderschelden 1 09-12 11:54
To pirate: hi Tomvanderschelden 1 09-12 11:51
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  • Great 
  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-12 6:47]

One of the most wonderful pictures I've seen this month. Great sharp and detail, excellent DOF and background.

wow amazing shot
the timing is amazing
very nice detail and focus
good colours
very well done

Hi Annick
Cool shot of this otter.

hello annick,
this is a fine capture of the Lutrinae, the image has been composed well with nice point of view, looks like the Lutrinae was wet when the shot was taken, image is very sharp with good details, liked the pov, you got a good pose here,
well done as usual,
tfs & regards

Hi Annick ,
nice POV for the otter and BG,the details are very good on the coat.
lovely portrait.

Hello Neighbour :-)
Very nice shot of this Otter,
Perfect focusing,composition and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-12 7:22]

Hi Annick,
a gorgeous shot of this Otter.
Excellent sharpness and details.
Brilliant timing to capture the Otter's mouth open.
Superb capture.
Very well done,

Bonjour Annick
Très belle photo, parfaite netteté et le fond bien flou, qui fait ressortir l'animal.

Hello Annick
Very beautiful photograph, perfect clearness and the quite vague bottom, which emphasizes the animal.
Well done

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-09-12 8:28]

hI Annick, Gooodd
Perfect focusing

Hello Annick,
Great close up of the otter!
very sharp with details in good exposure and focus!
well composed and well seen

  • Great 
  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-09-12 8:45]
  • [+]

Dag Annick,
prachtig! Het lijkt wel een persoon. In dat geval zou hij druk in de weer zijn en anderen vertellen wat ze wel en niet moeten doen (stel ik me voor). Wat zou de otter doen?
Erg mooi vastgelelgd vanaf een lage invalshoek.
Groeten, Jacob

Hi Annick,
amazing picture.
Very nice POV and colors. The timing of this shot is great.
Perfect sharpness and detail, too


Give me five - he seems to say ;-)
I love the moment, fantastic, thanks, you made me smile
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-12 10:15]

wow Annick what a pose! Fabulous capture with great timing and pin sharp details. Lovely DOF and perfect exposure



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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-12 10:25]

Hi Annick,
What a cute little fellow! I love the way you capture him with his mouth open. Great sharpness and composition and TFS.

Hi Annick
imho I would have cut the left empty part

Hi Annick,
Love the DOF with the lighter warm colors for the background, the otter really pops out of the screen. Very nice exposure. Well done. :)

Hi Annick, wonderful flower with great pose, splendid details, excellent sharpness and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-12 19:47]

Hello Annick

I want to get a photo of an otter.I have seen them a few times in a river north of here ,and one day I watched one play in the river and I did not have my camera.This shot has razor sharp focus and details.The texture of the fur is amazing.Excellent POV and DOF.The OOF BG is beautiful.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-09-12 23:10]

What a fantastic pose, Annick.
The facial expression with the mouth open, and the position of the front paws, are wonderfully captured.
Fantastic sharpness and exposure.
TFS. : )

Fantastic capture Annick, and well composed excellent detail just beautiful, cheers Rick

Hi Annick
Nice dynamic shot. Perfect compo. Nice colors (brown on brown but great contrast)
I think that you could chnge the compo (crop more from the left or do a vertical composition and crop it from both sides)
Best wishes

bonjour annick
mais comment faite vous pour trouver toutes ces especes?
ici j'adore l'expression de la loutre,comme si elle criait apres quequ'un.
je trouve cependant qu'il manque un peu d'espace devant l'animal.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-13 5:52]

Hello Annick, that's a very good portrait that Otter. Perfect background, good pose of the animal, the wet fur is great and you have done great with your lens and the 1.4x. Thanks !


bonjour annick
belle présentation de cet animal, couleurs nettes, bon cadrage,merci a toi

Man - you are good! These critters are so hard to catch - and you manged it with superb detail and a great pose!Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-13 6:39]

Wow! What an attitude he has!
Superb capture, with outstanding details and excellent composition -- what a moment!!!

Hi Annick,
Nice take! Thi animal move fast... I like the compisition and the pose of the animal

Excellent pic taken at the good moment!
In spite of the movement,the sharpness is very good and this focus taken in three back quarters is a good initiative.



Hello Annick,
What I like most of all is how you've managed to capture the animals character and expressive posturing here mf..
Excellent work!

This is a wonderful capture Annick. I love the immediacy and action in the image. Sharpness and exposure are perfect again. I especially love the soft colors in the out of focus background.

Evelynn : )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-17 7:06]

Hi Annick.
I am simply in delight. Terrific picture. You managed to catch fantastic scene, pose and expression. Quality of the picture is outstanding. Bokeh is superb. That is what cans great photographer and the beat equipment. My congratulations and thanks for next my favorite shot.

Hi Annick,
a gorgeous shot of this Otter.
Excellent sharpness and details.
Brilliant timing to capture the Otter's mouth open.
Superb capture.
Very well done,

Bellissima questa immagine sembra quasi che questa lontra stia tenendo una conferenza. Bellissimi i dettagli e l'esposizione.
Bravissimo hai immagini spettacolari.

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  • Victor (75)
  • [2007-09-27 10:12]

Hey, Annick.

This is outstanding. Sharpness, details, paws (never seen them before :-) all is excellent!

Thanks for sharing.

Good light! (do you really need a good light with a 2.8 400mm lens? just kidding :-)

Take care.


Amazing shot!

Hello Annick.
What a fantastic pose you've taken, Annick.
Very stand out this little fella against blurry BG.
Wonderful focusing with excellent details.
I love this shot very much! :)
Very well done as usual,
TFS and warm regards,

great sharp portrait, TFS Ori

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