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"Portrait of Timon"

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Copyright: Cem Sozer (Comandante) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 841 W: 38 N: 430] (1408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-18
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-20 11:52
Viewed: 4156
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello,last Saturday I borrowed Şebnems (dew77) Nikon D70 for this summer.It’s amazing fast then my camera.This is my first shot with a DSLR and hope you’ll like it.
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Conservation status: Lower risk (lc)

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Herpestidae

Genus: Suricata
Species: S. suricatta

Binomial name

Suricata suricatta
(Schreber, 1776)

The meerkat (Afrikaans: lit. lake cat), or suricate, is a small mammal averaging about 2 lb (1 kg) in weight and about 20 in (500 mm) in length. A member of the mongoose family, it inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.
Meerkats have strong, curved front claws for digging and a sharply-pointed snout. They are brown with short, parallel stripes across their backs. They are known for standing upright to keep watch, search for prey or warm their stomachs. Meerkats have been known to engage in strange social activities, including what appear to be wrestling matches and foot races. More than one field researcher has reported witnessing meerkats in some sort of singing ceremony they compared to yodeling.
The meerkat is carnivorous, consuming mostly insects and spiders but also other small mammals. Meerkats are burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they only leave during the day. Colonies can consist of up to 40 individuals. They hunt in groups and protect their young.
Meerkat calls have recently been noted to carry an element of meaning, with specific calls alerting to the approach of snakes, birds of prey, or other predators. How these calls evolved is not clear. They are a clear demonstration that meaning is not solely the domain of human language, although no one would claim that the calls of the meerkat constitute a form of language.
Meerkats acquired some fame among the general public after David Attenborough narrated Meerkats United, a popular BBC documentary about them. In popular culture, the meerkat may be best known through the character Timon from the film The Lion King.
Nikon D70
2005/06/18 15:58:36
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens:(Sigma)70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Digital Vari-Program: Portrait
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1250 sec - F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO 400
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached

red45, carper, TAZ, Paulosousa, PDP, gerhardt, liquidsunshine, scottevers7, AndyB, tzeybek, dew77, marhowie, puffy, annagrace, zenitlady, Luc, ddg, Signal-Womb, bedford67, sam224, orme, logios, halki, Toni has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-20 12:06]

Yeah, Cem! At last new photo from you! Long time to wait ;-) Great gift from Sebnem and I think you'll make good use of her cam. Funny pose and face of this cute animal, very well spotted. I like its big eye!
Waiting for more from you!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-20 12:14]

very nice one Cem,
Very nice taken shot, the pov is good, the dof is great. Try to get next time a look in the lens of the animal.very nice job,
gr. Jaap

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-20 12:56]

çok güzel bir portre...
ve her yönü ile oldukça başarılı bir fotoğraf...
ellerine gözlerine sağlık...
sana da böyle bir makine yakışır demekten başka bir sözüm yok o zaman... :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-20 12:57]

Hello Cem,

The POV is brilliant; very different, very cool! Details are sharp, colors are nice and the all important catchlight in the eye is there. It's very nice of Sebnem that you're allowed to use her D70 during the summer, but I agree with TAZ ... I don't think you will ever return the D70 to Sebnem. ;) Well done & TFS!


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-20 14:47]

Someone wipe his nose! Very nice shot of this cute Meerkat. The focus is spot on and good DOF. Very nice catchlight in the eye. Well done!

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-06-20 15:09]

Lovely clear picture... I love the pose of this little fellow... I also like the clear look in the eye and the composition... TFS...Ina...

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-20 15:38]

Cool, excellent shot and well done on the composition.


Hi Cem, he is wondering what this photographer is doing. Nice close up of this Merkat. Very well done.

such a synical look of wisdom in his eyes. The sharpness and clarity is amazing since these animals rarely stand still when I've tried to photograph them. Super nice.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-20 17:29]

Beau portrait, les couleurs et la netteté sont parfaits.

Félicitations !

Great shot Cem,
Excellent POV, good sharp detail, colours and DOF.
Sebnem must be very kind, you're sure to have a good summer with a D70.
Thanks for posting

Hi Cem,

A very nice portrait on this Meerkat. The coloprs and detail look to be excellent. The nice colorful OOF backround sets your subject off very well. Nice Shot!


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-20 23:09]

Cem, this is an excellent debut with DSLR. I still don't know how it feels to shoot using one of them.

Excellent composition and sharpness; a very nice pose.


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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-06-20 23:35]

Muito bom retrato (portrait)!
Excelente foto.
Nitidez ótima.
Cores boas.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-21 2:59]

A great capture Cem,
Excellent composition and POV.
Very good detail and great DOF,nice catchlight in the eye.
Superb,well done!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-21 3:30]

I am happy to view a picture from Cem ! What a beautiful portrait for this nice animal ! For a first shot with a DSLR it is well done ! But it will be impossible for you to return the D70 to Sebnem ;-)

Güzel portre.Gözdeki yansımada hoş.Tebrikler..

Hello Cem!
This is really great to see your photo! You have big talent for that! Your photo is really nice - interesting eyes, great BG and superb pose!
Very well done!

Hello:) I was waiting for ur photo:) Really nice one:) great DOF and POV:) really I like it:) This photo is exellent for a passport:D

great one:)




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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-21 4:55]

Hello Cem!
Very nice portrait.Eyes and details are amazing.Well seen and composed.(Keep carefully my camera;))TFS...:-)

Nice portrait with your new camera. Fur details are well reproduced and good composition.

Excellent capture Cem! I like the POV most here - 10 points!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-21 15:43]

I agree with Greg, finally there is new photo from you! but the wait is worth it, excellent shot of Timon, look like you catch him while he is having his meals! Superb composition, DOF, sharpness and details... he is very cute with his two big round eyes. Well done my friend, thanks for sharing...

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  • alois Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
  • [2005-06-22 3:44]

Excellent portrait suceeds to capture the typical look of Meerkat. I hope I'll be able to see them in their natural habitat one day. Congrats !

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-22 4:18]

I've been waiting for you so post again Cem. Hurrah! Nice sister, nice camera too!
Great shot of this fellow, even with his grubby nose. Good pose, lighting, colours and details. Well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-22 7:20]

Hello Cem!
I like this nice portrait, very well composed great colours & razorsharp details dof & pov are great,

Very well done!

Fantastic capture, Cem! The POV and detail are absolutely perfect. I like the contrast against the green. I really must get a telephoto lens!

Thank you for posting.


Hello Cem! Very good portrait of this cute Meerkat! Wonderfully detailed notes, too! Good capture of the texture of the fur, and a great composition, taken from that angle. Well done! Hope for more! Thanks, Linda

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-23 22:15]

Hello Cem!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-06-24 6:36]

Bonjour Cem, trés bon shot de ce petit animal, j'aime bien son air pensif !!TFS Didier.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-06-25 6:10]

Excellent capture. Perfectly presented.

As I notice, all your photos are superB.
Cem, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-06-26 1:29]

Very cute capture and of course very cute Title:)Yes,He really looks like Timon:)
Nice sharpness,focus,pov,dof and colors.TFS

I find these little chaps very photogenic Cem, great pose and POV, lovely details. Well done.

Hi Cem,

Superb photograph! For a first shot, it's really successful. The composition is well successful like contrast and the colors. Cheer and thank you for sharing.

Superbe photo! Pour un coup d'essai, c'est vraiment réussi. La composition est bien réalisée comme le contraste et les couleurs. Bravo et merci pour le partage.

Cordially, J-Patrick.

Hello Cem

Wonderful POV. I love the expression on the face. Good OOF BG. Nice pose from 'Timon'. Excellent catchlight in the eye. Awesome shot. Thanks.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-07-11 5:14]

SO Cute look in his face. As if wondering what Meerkat waht Cem doing with D70 ;).Sharp details &good eye contact.

Taht's an excellent shot Cem.. The details are so sharp and the expression of the subject very cute. Good sharpness. Very well done!

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-07-24 9:10]

Great shot, Cem. I like the angle of this one. Excellent depth of field, creating a lovely hazy green background. The detail and expression of the animal are both excellent. Well captured.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-15 1:50]

Hello Cem!
Very nice capture!Colours and details are great.I liked expression of the timon.
Thanks for posting...

Hi Cem,
Cool shot! The detail is excellent. I like the curious expression on the meerkat's face. So cute! Well composed and a nice background too. Good job!

Excellent shot!
I'm wondering what is the Meerkat looking at so intensely? In some ways the Meerkat looks like an old man. I love the depth of field, also the colors in the background. The colors in the background make the Meerkat standout. I like the positioning of the animal against the background.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-06 13:39]

Very cute. Looks as cheeky as his cartoon homologue. Excellent details and contrasts. Could stroke him.

Cem! This is a most wonderful shot and I'm sure that after experimenting with this camera, you will borrow it more frequently from Sebnem!

TFS and awaiting more photos from you!!


Great composition and sharpness.


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