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Otter portrait...
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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: 2005
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-22 16:09
Viewed: 3913
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this shot was before i started using raw images and i can now see the difference that makes.It was at the Cotswold wildlife Park. adjustments in ps.
Thanks for looking and please feel free to comment,as always your help is much appreciated.
Many thanks
Graham.





Otter - Lutra lutra

The otter is a large member of the weasel family (mustelids) with an amphibious lifestyle. In the wild they are elusive, secretive animals and live in undisturbed rivers, streams and estuaries. In the early 1960ís they were on the verge of extinction due to river pollution, habitat loss and hunting. Now with full legal protection, cleaner rivers and managed habitat it is returning to its former haunts, although its distribution will always be limited by the availability of fish
The male otter is called a dog and the female a bitch. They have large lungs and can stay submerged under water for 4 minutes, often swimming 400 metres before resurfacing. They can reach speeds of 12 km/h under water and can outrun man on land.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-22 16:32]
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Hi Graham,
I like the picture, The sharpness on the head upperpart is perfect, and I can see his wet chin. About the colour, it is a bit blue.
Well done and tFS

Hi Graham,
Nice portrait of our friend here. I agree with Karin about the colours, but you explained it already.
I like the composition, details and framing. and also the espression of the Otter.
Good seen moment.
Regards, Ruud

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-22 20:47]

Hi Graham,
Great portrait, excellent use of a shallow DOF and I like the composition/framing too, very nice. About the colour cast, a quick and easy way to remove it in PS is use the colour balance palette and move the third slider down away from Blue and towards Yellow (can't remember if it's left or right :-))
Cheers,
Adrian

Another way to have a go at the colour caste would be to go to "colour and saturation" and play with the hue slider a little to see if that gets rid of it...

Hi Graham,
I will ditto the rest on the blue hue. Besides that, I like the close up and the shallow DOF. The details look great.
TFS,
Niek

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-23 14:47]

That is just stunning.

Beautiful portrait, the eyes are just wonderful. Amazing details and a lovely POV.

Really wonderful

Karan

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2006-08-24 16:29]

hello Graham,
lovely animal portrait.Publishers will have to bring out a new edition of Traka the Otter just to use this.Sharp and I quite like the blue tinge.
bev

Hi Graham,
Brilliant capture of an otter with the sharpness perfect. WELL DONE
Nick

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