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Lutra Lutra

Lutra Lutra
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals, Animals of the BWC [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 10:05
Viewed: 6133
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lutra Lutra otherwise known as the Eurasian river otter, European otter, common otter or old world otter.

Taken at the BWC in Surrey this male otter had been playfully swimming in the lakes when he suddenly came up on to the grass and posed beautifully for me. He is part of a breeding program at the BWC.

He is showing off his wonderful fur here. Otters have two types of fur. Waterproof guard hairs and dense fine fur underneath for insulation.

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Hello Karan,
Good morning my friend!
delighted to see a beautiful posting of Otter which is perfectly captured and shared!
superb pov in such closeness with perfect sharpness, wonderful colour and details
have a wonderful weekend,Karan!

Hi Karan
Beautiful shot. Great OOF background. Very good composition and perfect sharpness. DOF is perfect and creates a great image
I like it very much

fabulous details and a great pose...lovely work and a joy to see...TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-29 10:21]

Hi Karan,

I was just ready to sign off and spotted your post. What a beautiful close-up of this wonderful Otter. It is really picture perfect. The shades of brown are wonderful and looks so great against the green grass. Superb details of the face and coat. I love the eye and whiskers!!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-29 11:33]
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Hi Karan,
exceptional detail in that outer fur, this is really pin sharp. This sounds like a great place to visit, is it worth spending a day there? I might have to pay it a visit!
Thanks and have a great weekend,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-29 12:50]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise et netteté, couleurs et contraste. Excellente gestion de l'exposition, belle attitude du sujet, bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-29 12:55]

Hi Karan

Another fantastic portrait from you...that BWC must be a true pleasure to visit, huh? :)
He was indeed posing for you and you got the best of it!
Very beautiful and sharp details here, impeccable use of the shallow DOF and very well composed.
I like seeing that terrific fur he has - very well shown here!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-29 14:52]

Hi Karan

Great shot - I like the low POV and great detail.


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-29 15:05]

Hi Karan,

Maybe he found the water a little bit cold because he's showing a grumpy face, actually I love his expression.
Great moment that you've captured of the Lutra!
Beautiful natural colourss with great details in the fur!
Very nice low POV also. Well done!


Hi Karan,
your little friend seems to enjoy the modeling world. Great pose and the colors are wonderul.
Very nice close crop to get a close look ate is features.

Hi Karan,

Beautiful shot of this cute Otter
Great sharpness with fine details
lovely colors and POV

TFS Thijs

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-29 17:32]

Hola Karan.
Muy bella la foto de esta "Nutria" La expresion de su cara es muy tierna. Finos detalles se aprecian gracias a la calidad de la fotografia.
Saludos Karan.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-01 0:42]

Hi Karan,
Outstanding portrait shot with immaculate sharpness and colours on its wet fur. Nice expression captured. Superb lighting and exposure and I like your low POV to portray it among the green grasses. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-01 3:27]

Very nice shot of this cute Otter :-)
Great detail in the wet fur and superb clarity.
Perfect low-down POV and an excellent composition.
Brilliant DOF as well.
Another stunner from thw BWC... will be going there as soon as possible!
Well done Karan,


Hi Karan, lovely Lutra in splendid pose with fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Karan

great close-up shot, i love your POV at the level of the subject,
excellent luminosity of the image with
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Karan,
wonderful portrait of this beautifull Otter,
excellent focus, lovely colours and splendid composition,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-02 6:05]

Hi Karan.
I like your close-up picture of the wonderful specimen of the otter. Great pose for presentation. Amazing framing and composition of the picture. I like not the widest DOF and pleasant passage from crisp sharp FG and animal to nicely blurred BG. You have reproduced the beauty of the otter and its fur amazingly. Bravo.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-03-05 2:21]

Hi Karen, you have caught a classic and perfect pose of the Otter here. I do love Otters and this one is a perfect close up with fine datail and sharpness. Lovely profile with whiskers and catch ligth on the eye. Great composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-09 21:47]

Hello Karan

What a beauty!
Nicely composed in the frame.
The texture of the wet fur is very good,the shot is sharply focused with excellent detail.
Lovely eye catch light.
Nice green grass.LOL We have many feet of snow here,white is the predominant colour.


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