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That's close enough!

That's close enough!
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): Rabbits, Mammals of the British Isles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 8:25
Viewed: 4213
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We had some lovely friends on our campsite in Abelour. They were always there and watched out over our property when we were on trip through the countryside. One even kept me awake for about 10 minutes. It was eating grass right next to my tent. I did feel the urge to capture at least one of them so that I would remember them forever.

While doing some research on rabbits on the internet I came across a site that is all about the language of the rabbit. The language this rabbits 'speaks' means a signal of unhappiness (or even some anger) is having one ear facing backward and one forward, or one ear down and one up. These usually indicate a rabbit that is less than happy, but sometimes for only vaguely defined reasons. I am sure it has to do with mee pointing a 400mm lens on him and getting rather too close to him. (or her)

Anyway for some more rabbit language visit: www.muridae.com

Tech talk: Sort of handheld. I used a pole that maked the border of a tent site. Shot in RAW, small crop, and conversion to TIFF. Levels and adjustment, USM, frame, resize, conversion to 8-bit and saved for TN

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Hello Niek !
He is soooo cute ! Just want to stretch out my hand and to touch his sot fur ! :-) He really looks a bit unhappy... But the picture is fantastic, with great details, nice natural colors, wonderful composition and POV. The rabbit stands out very nicely on the green BG. Very well done !

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-27 8:46]

Hi Niek,
so i'm guessing this ones slightly annoyed then?! Great colour in the grass and the Rabbit itself, also great catchlight in the eye too. Nice details also.
There seems to be a faint dark outline around the left hand side of the head area, but this could just be the fur sticking up? A great shot though, i like your low POV. Good note, very interesting!
tfs and have a good weekend

Hi Niek, nice capture and note to explain the circumstances, the short DOF and lovely exposure make a wondeful effect here. I was surprised with the information about "the language o rabbits" :)
Thanks and best regards, Felipe.

Hello Niek,
So they too talk with the ears, like some dogs do!
Interesting to see the phenomenon documented so well...
Excellent details in the little face, you can actually see from the eyes too the animal is not entirely happy!
Pablo -

Hello Niek, it has the air well on him this small lapin!Trčs beautiful photograph, thank you


Fantástica imagen Niek.
Bellos contrastes entre el verde de la hierba y el pardo del conejo.
Excelente presentación.
Saludos, JL.

Hello Niek,
This is a super fine and sharp macro!
yea, that is close enough alright!
excellent composition with perfect DOF, true colour and details all round
well done and well seen

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-27 10:01]

Hi Niek,
I just want to hug this little fellow. Lovely shot with excellent details and focus.
Well done. TFS

Hi Niek, good composition and just the right amount of depth to make the subject stand out. Detail is good and the eye looks alive. Best, Brat.

400mm lens????????? When did you get that? I had a Canon 400mm for about an hour and returned it. I didn't like it much. I so much prefer stabilized lenses so went with the 100-400. It is noticeably better than my Sigma 80-400 on the long end.

It gives me comfort to know that you were being watched over by such amenable companions. I think being kept awake by one of these guardians is sweet....better than being kept awake by a bear with only a mm of fabric between you... That happened to me. Have I mentioned that I love my camper?

Super focus right on the eye. That lens sure does have a shallow depth of focus. I've discovered that one has to be really precise. Nice natural color.

Evelynn : )

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-27 10:33]

Superb composition, delightful colours and details and wonderful notes! I shall remember that the next time I am chasing the bunny away from my crocuses in the spring!!

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-27 11:08]

Beautiful capture - and the shallow DOF is not hurting the image at all! Great focus where it needs to be! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-07-27 12:13]

Interesting face, colors, DOF, details. Your rabbit is really cute

Wonderful shot of this very angry looking rabbit Niek.
Excellent composition and lighting.
Details, the green of the grassess surrounding the rabbit and the frame are wonderful.
Beautiful work.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-28 0:10]
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Hi Niek

So now you have become an expert on "Rabbit speak", but it seems like you still need some experience in sexual orientation as far as it concerns these fluff-balls (chuckle). Great stuff as this just once again gives evidence of how we benefit from TREKNature. Not only did you learn some very interesting and useful facts about rabbit behaviour, but because you shared it with us there might be a lot of people who benefit from your learnings or research.

Of course with such cuddly and fluffy little characters there is always the cuteness factor that can derail ones objectivity and bring out the oohs and ahs, but there is certainly no fear of that with this excellent capture as whatever oohs and ahs might be forthcoming is based on pure merit. A lovely composition and I just love the beautiful evergreen haven this little critter is surrounded by. The colours are perfectly natural and the details are magnificent, even with a wonderful little catch-light in the eye that seems to reflect how close you really were to the wee little rabbit. Due to its size and even at 400mm focal length you probably were not much farther than a couple of meters from the animal.

Good work and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-29 10:59]

Hi Niek

A wonderful and close shot! Lovely POV and stunning details. I love the note as well. I am going to have to find out about rabbit language



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-30 1:19]

Hi Niek,
He's so cute :o) I liked your low POV and the composition a lot. Focus, sharpness and lighting are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-30 10:53]

Hello Niek

What a wonderful shot of this bunny.The expression you have captured is priceless.Excellent focus and sharpness.The lighting is well done and there is an atmosphere to the shot I am not sure how to describe,dreamy perhaps.Nicely done.TFS


This is so interesting. I have missed this one (like many other pictures from you :) This rabbit speaks indeed. How disturbed he seems! This is such a cute creature, always fun to see. I love this expression caught, excellent details and catch light. This is a lovely and interesting post. Thanks!

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