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Young Rat

Young Rat
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 Apo EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Wish List (British Wildlife) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-03 13:26
Viewed: 8894
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the result of a chance encounter yesterday, as I was driving home I stopped in the middle of the road waiting to turn right, a movement on an area of hard standing used by the farmer to get into his field. i could see a young rat feed on grain spilt by the farmer when he was fill his machinery to to sown the field with winter wheat. As there was not much traffic I turned onto the verge close to the rat and watched to see if he was disturbed by my presence, he carried on feeding so I reached into the back seat of the car and got the camera and 70-200 lens together and wound the window down and got the lens out the window with-out disturbing him, As I was about to take the 1st image he was joined by several brother and sisters though they were more nervous and ran away when I clicked the shutter, though it was not long before they came back. I had about half an hour taking shots of them though the light level was very low, before it started to rain heavily and all but this one ran for shelter, who kept on eating and by the time the rain stopped he looked very bedraggled in fact he looked like the proverbial "Drowned rat".
This of course is our native Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) can be a common site at this time of the year as the population it at maximum from the summer breeding and the abundance of food. Rat are omnivivious, which means they will eat anything thing going though they have a preferance for starch rich foods such as the gain here but even things like slugs and snails have been found to be part of the diet. though in cities they tend to scavange on things like dropped fast food like chips or kebabs.
I chose this shot because i liked the cute look of it holding up its front paws while gnawing and a wheat grain.
Shot in Raw and converted to Tiff in Rawshooter
Adjusted in PS(CS)
Cropped over 50% even with the sigma set at 200mm it still looked small being only 150mm in length
Sharpened with USM
Saved As to preserve the Exif shooting Data
post to TN and hope you like

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-03 13:52]

I don't normally like rats but he looks very sweet. Excellent capture. Nice POV, pose and details



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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-03 14:09]

Hi Robert,
a very good compositionbof this brown rat. It's very often not easy to take pictures of small mammals. There is however some noise (or jpeg artefact in the picture.
TFS, Jacob

I have to be honest here and state that your recent postings have a very similar "look," with very limited dynamic range and low contrast. I can't understand why this is happening, but if you look at the "levels" histogram for this image, there are long flat spots on the baseline both at the highlights and shadows end of the scale, which is very suspicious. I have done a quick workshop just clipping these flat spots from the histogram. Maybe your monitor calibration is out (mine is carefully calibrated) - or are you using a laptop (that might explain a lot)? On this occasion, the image is also badly degraded by jpeg artefacts.

It's a nice photograph - but something is not right here..

Best wishes,

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