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I Otter Be Over There......

I Otter Be Over There......
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS + EF 1.4X II Ex, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-26 12:11
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The otter (lutrinae) is a carnivorous aquatic or marine mammal part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, as well as others. With 13 species in 7 genera, otters have an almost worldwide distribution. The collective noun romp is used to refer to a group of otters.

Physical characteristics Otters have a dense layer (1,000 hairs/mm², 650,000 hairs per sq. in) of very soft underfur which, protected by their outer layer of long guard hairs, keeps them dry under water and traps a layer of air to keep them warm.

All otters have long, slim, streamlined bodies of extraordinary grace and flexibility, and short limbs; in most cases they have webbed paws. Most have sharp claws to grasp prey, but the short-clawed otter of southern Asia has only vestigial claws, and two closely-related species of African otter have no claws at all: these species live in the often muddy rivers of Africa and Asia and locate their prey by touch.

Diet Most otters have fish as the primary item in their diet, supplemented by frogs, crayfish and crabs; some have become expert at opening shellfish, and others will take any available small mammals or birds. This prey-dependence leaves otters very vulnerable to prey depletion.
To survive in the cold waters where many otters live, they do not depend on their specialised fur alone: they have very high metabolic rates and burn up energy at a profligate pace: Eurasian otters, for example, must eat 15% of their body-weight a day; sea otters, 20 to 25%, depending on the temperature. In water as warm as 10°C an otter needs to catch 100 g of fish per hour: less than that and it cannot survive. Most species hunt for 3 to 5 hours a day, nursing mothers up to 8 hours a day.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 13:14 p.m.
Date: 8th April 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM
Extender: Canon EF 1.4X II
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/100
F-Stop: F/4
Focal Length: 280mm
ISO: 400
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hello Pam
Wonderful shot of this otter,
Great details,lighting and BG,Welldone.


Wonderful shot with good details..

Hi Pam
It is a very nice portrait, and very nice otter, good composition and sharpness... all is good.

Hi Pam,a lovely portrait.Exxcellent shot,well done

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-26 15:37]

Hi Pam,
This is a lovely otter!
Excellent sharpness and composition.
Very well done and TFS

Hi Pam,
Beautiful Otter portrait with super bg and beautiful details, great composition too.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-26 17:51]

Hi Pam
What a beautiful portrait.That is what I call a sharp image whit wonderful details.Excellent POV and DOF and colors.Lovely BG and catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hi Pam,
This is a really nice portrait of your otter, a well chosen aperature brings this one front and centered and all with sharp detail. :)

Beautiful closeup of this otter. They are very cute but they stink. LOL.

Good sharpness and control of exposure.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-27 0:38]

Amazing shot! Wonderful detail and sharp, good DOF

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-27 0:48]

Hi Pam!

Great to see new post from you! Very cute animal, I like its funny face and pose. Detailed photo with high quality as always. Horizontal frame is nice idea in this case.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-09-27 2:32]

I've given up trying to get a good shot of these beasts!! They are so fast, and I'm so slow!
Excellent shot MF, he looks so clear, and the details are amazing.

Hi Pam
Great sharp portrait. I like the composition and good contrast. It looks a little bit strange with black belt at the top and on the bottom
Best wishes

Bonjour Pam
Une excellente photo en portrait de cette belle loutre qui a l'air d'apprécier de servir de model,elle prend la pose pour toi.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

Pun title! :) And a good portrait as well with a great pose! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-09-27 6:17]

selam Pam
you are presenting sufficient informations and beautiful portrait photo of this cute and handsome model
i like composition, posing, blurred background, colours and details
thanks for sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 8:30]

Hello Pam

A super portrait of this otter.It is very cute.The POV and DOF are excellent.The focus is razor sharp with excellent details.The colours are well saturated.Wonderful eye contact.TFS

Hello Pam,

What a pose. Looks like a human. Excellent sharpness and composition. Natural colors. Fine details. A bit out of focus on his breast. Nevermind. Very good POV and BG. Interesting notes. Thanks for that. Regards and TFS Bob

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