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Could you resist this face ??

Could you resist this face ??
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Copyright: Graham Theobald (graz) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 26] (216)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-15 17:54
Viewed: 4055
Points: 8
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Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithcus rosalia )

This was shot at Marwell today and i was happy with the result. Av Priority @ 5.6 and Iso was 200.
Thanks for looking and please feel free to comment as this is how i can learn more.

In their natural habitat, the costal forests of SE Brazil, Golden Lion Tamarins spend their day foraging for food such as fruit, shoots, small lizards, and especially insects. They dig out insects from the bark with their sharp claws. Golden Lion Tamarins live in family groups, usually 3 or 4 in number. The fathers do most of the carrying of babies on their backs, the mothers tending only to the suckling of the young. Though weaned at 3 months, the young stay with the parental group throughout the upbringing of at least one subsequent youngster, to learn and copy behaviour patterns.

The Atlantic rainforest of costal Brazil, where the last wild representatives of this species survive, is being destroyed by agricultural and urban development. In 1974 when wild numbers were estimated at around 50, the Poco das Antas Reserve was established to provide a safe place for the remaining animals to live and breed. Supplemented by animals reintroduced to the wild from captive collections, the wild population is now growing steadily.

In Captivity
Since the 1960s when zoos and other animal collections were still very much dependent on wild caught animals, a greater understanding of social and dietary needs of these tiny monkeys has developed. Today the captive population numbers over 500, is more than self-sustaining and is able to provide animals for reintroduction in Brazil.

Around 100 individuals have been released into the rainforest in and around Poco das Antas as part of a carefully planned and monitored project. Although this ambitious programme has not been without its problems, continuing international cooperation means the future of the Golden Lion Tamarin in the wild is brighter than at any time in the last half century. In 1989, 2 young females from Marwell were amongst those released in Brazil, and more have followed since.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-15 19:07]
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Hi Graham,
Marwell has always been one of my favourite places to visit, a nice atmosphere there and the animals all seem pretty content. A nice shot here, good exposure and fantastic colours. Nice tight composition with a quarter-angle POV makes a great portrait shot. I think the detail is a little soft, perhaps from camera movement? I'd select around the face, feather the selection by 5 or so pixels and sharpen. Don't sharpen the whole thing as the light in the hair will get too contrasty and look bright and wiry. Great DOF and including just a little of the body out of focus has added great depth. A nice shot and good note.

Hi Graham,
Superb shot. Excellent close up picture of this cute creature. Amazingly sharp with great details.

Ben Lakitan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-16 2:39]

What an expression you have caught on this tamarin, Graham. : )
The details are quite sharp, and the colors are wonderful.
Too bad there is a patch of OE on the top of his head.
Nevertheless it is beautifully cropped.
TFS. : )

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-16 7:56]

Bello retrato con POV y colorido como puntos fuertes.
Tal vez el foco sea algo soft, aunque el DOF sea el correcto para realzar la escena.
Saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful portrait with POV and coloring as strong points.
Perhaps the focus is something soft, although DOF is the correct one to enhance the scene.
Greetings... Ricardo

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