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Copyright: Rene Lortie (rlortie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Canada, Canidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-10 21:14
Viewed: 5328
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Canis latrans

Photo prise au Parc Omega à Montebello

The coyote, or "little wolf" as the Native Americans call it, is a member of the dog family. It is the topic of many Native American folklore tales. Its name comes from the Aztec word "coyotl." Its scientific name is "canis latrans" which means "barking dog."

The coyote has the appearance of a medium-sized dog or a small German Shepherd. Coyotes are about one and a half to two feet tall and between forty-one and fifty-three inches long.
Weight ranges from twenty to fifty pounds. They have a bushy tail that is tipped with black. Most are grey, but some show rust or brown coloration. Coyote tracks are more elongated than dog tracks.
This nocturnal animal is most active at night, but if not threatened by man they will hunt during the day. The coyote is omnivorous. They will eat fruits, grasses, and vegetables along with small mammals. The coyote has a bad reputation for killing sheep and other livestock, but studies show that livestock accounts for only 14 percent of the coyotes' diet.

Tech notes
Date/Time: 2004:05:22 16:14:08
Shutter speed: 1/90 sec
Aperture: 5,6
Flash: On
Metering mode: Evaluative
ISO: 100
Focal length: 320mm
Image size: 800 x 720
Color profile: Adobe RGB (1998)

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  • coyote (159)
  • [2005-01-10 21:39]

Great shot, looks just like me.
I like everything you've done but would also like the other ear to show better- but that is just a small nitpick. Color, contrast etc. is very good for me-
Kudos on my namesake-
Coyote "The Trickster"
(Great note also).

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-10 21:40]

Rene, I see you finally met up with J.J. "coyote." Excelent capture and a beautiful portrait. Well done on this, you even managed to get the nose drip.


Hi René
Sorry I missed the others, but this is really very nice, I like the over the shoulder look and the wet nose. Nice note too, did not know they get SO heavy, thaough of them always as jackal sized.

Good detail Rene. He/she didn't appear to be interested in you at all. Nice pose too and good DoF. Well done. TFS

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****

A master shot, great portrait.
Well done.

Cute :-) I would like to touch him and make him peaceful for people.

This goes into my favourites Rene. Excellent frame. Excellent post. well done

superb detail of the fur of the coyote, really successful photo,
In a friendly way Christophe

It's a beautifull portrait of this Coyote. I like the OOF body vs. the head in focus. (if only that ear was tilted a bit forward.. :) Great shot, Rene.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-11 15:24]

Composition serrée favorisant l'impact visuel. Une profondeur de champ accentuant l'essentiel.
Une excellente présentation: image et note bilingue éducative.
Merci René.

Good portrait René.
Details, colours and pose are great.
Very good work.

J'ai un (grand) faible pour les canidés à qui je trouve toutes les qualités! Et celui-ci ne fait pas exception. Vous l'avez magnifiquement photographié. J'aime sa tête de côté, son superbe pelage et surtout l'oeil à la fois doux et déterminé. Sa truffe humide d'où perle une goutte le montre en excellente santé. Bravo, René. Evidemment une photo favorite!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-11 22:56]

This is a stunning portrait Rene! The sharpness is excellent and I like the eye detail.

Great work and thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-19 18:12]

René, I like the way it looks, in both senses. Unless on pictures, I've never seen a coyote.

Great sharpness and POV.

Great clarity, though perhaps another stop down on the aperture would help keep the other ear in focus which you might be able to do since you have an IS lens. It's good that the background is not too bright or overpowering. Nice work

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