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My New Lawn Mower!

My New Lawn Mower!
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-25 17:02
Viewed: 6254
Points: 36
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My New Lawn Mower

Marmota monax

Woodchucks are found over east central Alaska and across southern Canada to the Pacific coastal provinces, extending south to northern Idaho. They are also distributed in the eastern United States (south to central Alabama and Arkansas)and westward to the edge of the plains. * Source *

No good photos of foxes these days (clouds, rain with strong winds). Maybe tomorrow if the Bid Lamp helps. The foliages of the trees has started to grow up, so we need more light.
Thank you for looking.

marhowie, PDP, Janice, Fisher, TAZ, dew77, coasties, dantor has marked this note useful
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Bonjour Luc,

Magnifique gros plan de notre siffleux national. On dirait qu'il vient d'être pris la bouche pleine... J'aime bien les couleurs, elles semble bien naturel. Le fait aussi que l'arrière plan soit flou ajoute à la beauté. Le sujet se démarque bien . Bravo.


And it looks like he takes out the dandelions too. I like how you've captured him eating, it makes for a more interesting photo. DOF is good. Great clarity on his whiskers, well done.
Regards, Ryan

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-25 17:44]

Hi Luc, nice title and good shot. I love the chomping! I think it is a little soft in focus on the eyes but apart from that it's a nice shot.

Hi Luc,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and framing.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-25 18:42]

We could do with one of these mowers down here, Luc. Put him on a plane please, and I'll pick it up at the airport.
Cute animal, but reading the info on him, I think he might be a bit of a problem to manage at home. Good shot my friend,

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-04-25 19:53]

Bonjour Luc,

If a woodchuck could chuck wood, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck wood.? A tongue twister eh?

Well done on this capture and composition.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-25 21:35]

Hi Luc
Viva la naturale! I have seen people utilise goats or sheep for this purpose, but never a woodchuck yet. It surely would save a lot on the fuel bill though.
Nice capture; good composition, natural colours, nice details, excellent BG considering the low POV, and the exposure was spot-on.
Well done and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-26 1:00]

Hahaha, Luc.
You caught him with the proverbial cookie in the cookie jar.
Very funny shot, The marmot looks quite miffied by your interruption of his meal. Sharp details and great POV.
TFS. : )

Hi Luc,
Funny capture, superbly done!
Good POV on his level gives good portrayal qualities, surprised expression well captured!
Good natural colours and fine details...
Pablo -

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-26 3:28]

Hello Luc,
Votre marmotte canadienne semble bien nourrie et grasse ;-) Surc e cliché sympa, elle amusante avec sa feuille de pissenlit. Compliments et merci Luc.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-26 5:00]

Hello Luc!
Excellent capture.I liked details,sharpness,eye contact,framing and especially POV a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Luc,

Wonderful animal. Good detail and colour. Well done.



Hi Luc, great job, Perfect colors, POV, DOF, great details. Everything is so crisp. TFS Kyle

Hi Luc

Excellent capture. Perfect low POV. Good pose from your model. Nice clear details. Well done. Thanks.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-27 13:38]

Hi Luc,
as long he sticks to the dandilion you're ok!
Great shot, POV and colors are great. Nice composition.

I'd be perfectly satisfied with this fellow in my yard posing for his photo! What a lovely shot with the greenery hanging from his mouth, well done.

Bonjour Luc,
Magnifique image avec un DOF parfait.
QUelle netteté.

Parfait, Luc, comme tondeuse à gazon. C'est économique, silencieux et non polluant. D'après l'angle de prise de vue assez inhabituel, vous deviez être à plat ventre et la marmote en a été tellement surprise qu'elle s'est arrêté de mâcher.

Humeur à part, la composition est bonne, les détails sont nets, les couleurs naturelles et l'arrière plan neutre. Excellent!

C'est comme une récompense cette photo ! J'ai tenté d'approcher ces petites cochonnes de marmottes sur l'ïle st Hélène l'été dernier mais il y avait foule...ta photo est un peu ce que j'aurais aimé réaliser. bien joué !

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