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Flower's family

Flower's family
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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: 2006-11-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 points, My photos @ Burgers' Zoo & Noorder Dierenpark, 60-69 points (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 13:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am sure we have all seen the Meerkat stories (Meerkat manor) on Discovery Channel or Animal Planet, where Flower is the ruler of the pack. Who knows he/she might be a far relative of Flower.

Anyway, I'm going through my archive again and found this one from my first zoo trip with the borrowed lens. When I saw the photo, I immediately remembered that this guy was all alone. Non of his family members was out and about. I guess it had to do with the temperature.

I'v been trying to find some original information on the Meerkat i.o. the regular wiki info. Then I figured that maybe some people do not know the show, so here some information about Meerkat Manor:

Meerkat Manor is a soap opera with a difference – the main characters are 12 inches high, live underground in burrows and survive on a diet of worms, insects and lizards.

This ground breaking series, narrated by Bill Nighy, follows a group of meerkats living in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. From family squabbles to love affairs, Animal Planet presents a detailed portrait of these curious and entertaining creatures as never seen before. We'll get to know each individual character as intimately as any human soap star but here the relationships, births, deaths and conflicts are for real.

In cooperation with Cambridge University, the story of the Whiskers mob is told from the perspective of the meerkats themselves. With no humans featured, film crews were housed in specially built sheds and, for the first time, successfully filmed inside a meerkat burrow using fibre-optic cameras.

Shot in RAW, adjusted white balance and exposure. Converted to JPEG. Levels and curves. Frame and USM.

JoseMiguel, pablominto, Silvio2006, jeanpaul, Luc, gallezeric, horia, mikou, kojak, coasties, vanderschelden, blakitan, manyee, valy67, Alex99, dew77, XOTAELE, SkyF, mlines, loot, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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Hello Niek,
I like a lot this portrait of the Meerkat, it seems he is posing to you in a very subtle and delicate way.
DOF works pretty well with this blurred background.
Colors, saturation and details are good ones.
Well done,

Hello Niek,
Or just bored by being photographed all the time..?
Anyway... Great little chap well depicted!
Pablo -

Ciao Niek, lovely photo, splendid colors, nice pose, very well done , ciao Silvio

Salut Niek
Beau portrait de ce magnifique animal,La composition et les couleurs sont tous réussies.Elle semble vraiment prendre la pose pour le photographe.
Merci et au revoir...JP

hello niek

superb photograph beautiful coposition one this direction observed cheer


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-08 15:36]

Bon portrait,ilsemble prendre plaisir à ce faire photographier.

Ha Niek,
een prachtig portret heb je hier van deze meerkat gemaakt. Mooi scherp en gedetaileerd. Deze beestjes zijn inderdaad erg dankbaar om op de plaat te zetten, waakzaam en nieuwsgierig.
Goede informatieve note.
Groet, Ruud

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-08 16:18]

Hi Niek,
I love Meerkats, this capture is sharp and well composed thanks for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-08 16:26]

Hi Niek

This is cute and fluffy. I love the backlighting. Lovely POV and perfect pose



How come everyone else get sweet meerkats, the only time I took meerkats they were fighting and didn't look cute at all

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-08 17:05]

Hi Niek.
Excellent capture in funny pose.Perfect focus,details are great.I like POV and very good DOF with blurry background.Colours,light are very nice too.Great work.
TFS and greetings.

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2007-01-08 17:53]

Hallo Niek, das weer een prachtige foto. Ziet er echt een lief diertje uit. Mooi scherp genomen en de perfecte compositie. Vakmanschap!!!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-08 17:57]

Hola Niek.- Que bella pose de este pequeño, muy atento al lente de tu camara. Bellos colores muy naturales. Saludos Luis52.

Hello Niek!
Beautiful expression of the meerkat on this picture! Great sharpness and the background colors fit to the composition. Usually I am not fan of frames, but yours is discreet and doesn't oppress the picture.

Hi Niek

A priceless shot! A typical pose of the Meerkat, but also very cute. Love the crop. Very nice wrk. Congrats!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-09 3:55]

Hi Niek

Sure i know Flower and her family and this photo definately reminds me of them :) I enjoy watching them and their interesting habits and behavior, just as much as i enjoy watching this picture :)
The composition here is simple but effective, the focus is impeccable and the details are clear and sharp (as always :) )
I like the DOF and also the colors, that, together, isolate the meerkat very clearly from the BG.
The exposure is great and the framing very nice, too!

Bravo and TFS

Hallo Niek,
Schoon kiekje.
Goeie compo.

Hello Niek,
I love Meerkat and I don't know why. Maybe it is because this very mischievous expression they always have. I think that they look very wise and intelligent too but I never had the chance to see one :-) This is a great capture of this cute and funny little creature. I like this eye contact and details.

I have never heard about "Meerkat Manor" but I'm sure that I would love this series; I really enjoyed reading your notes about it. TFS,

What a sweet portrait this is. One has to love meerkats. I'm not familiar with Meerkat Manor as I gave up watching TV six years ago. I am a "radioholic" though. I know we get the Discovery Channel so I'll try to check out your program. This uploaded lighter and softer than when I put it on my desktop...I HATE that. Electronic submissions to my photo club are to be 350kb. That might make the difference. I like your photo and note. Thanks for sharing both.

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,

Nice portrait and very cute! Good focus and nice blurry BG.

PC :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-09 23:54]

Hello Niek

A very good portrait of this meerkat.What a cute little fellow.The details and sharpness are very good.Nicely composed and framed.The DOF is very good and the BG is very nice.TFS


Hi Niek,
Cute guy! well captured.
Great DoF, sharp and very neat image.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-10 2:30]

What a cutie, Niek.
I wonder why its fur is all fluffed up.
Great eye contact, perfect exposure, and very sharp details.
This meerkat is chubbier than most others I have seen in zoos or on TV.
Great shot and TFS. : )

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-01-10 4:01]

Hi Niek,

what a great capture of this typical Meerkat pose! Lovely details in his coat and nice low POV.

Great stuff,


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-01-10 12:02]

Hello Niek !
What a cute Meerkat this is ! I always love to see them yhen they take this pose. Excellent details and beautiful natural colors. Also a wonderful composition and a nicely blurred BG which I like very much. Very well done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-10 12:51]

Hi Niek.
Nice shot of this cute animal. Composition of your picture is really excellent and suitable for your model so much. Nice pose, fine expression of the face, impressive low POV and excellent defined DOF. I like very nice BG perfect blurred and nicely coloured also as well as the skilful cropping and touching note. Perfect job and my compliments.

Beautiful portrait, Niek. Well done. I especially like the pose and expression. You can see why we think they are curious critters. It is a tidge soft, but I've found that 5.6 doesn't make for the crispest image, especially on longer lenses.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-11 8:23]

Hello Niek,
Funny capture.I liked warm lighting,POV,3D effect,catchlight in yes,pose meerkat,sharpness and composition a lot.Have a great day!

Bello animalito, que posa con resignación ante nosotros. Interesante nota informativa Niek. Los colores y detalles son magníficos.
Saludos, JL.

Oh my goodness! What a photo! a face only a mother could love! :o)
Great shot of this little guy/girl..love it!
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments and smilie on my photo "The sea is angry still " :o)

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-01-13 11:59]

Hoi Niek,

Wat een schatje is dit zeg, die oogjes, dat koppie!
Maar behalve dat ie zo schattig is, is het ook een heel mooi diertje. En jij hebt 'm mooi op de foto gezet vind ik.
Mooie scherp, goeie achtergrond en mooi gedetaileerd, vooral zijn vacht.
Echt een prachtplaatje!

Groetjes, Nel

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-14 8:42]

Hi Niek,
o yes Flower on the animal channel I think she stole every ones heart with her stories. Thisone looks like a star itself, poses very well and makes wonderful eye contact. Lovely capture, POV details and composition are great.

Great shot-- beautifuly captured !


Hi Niek, Very good capture of this bright-looking animal. They look very fun to see standing like this. Good clarity and colours. Murray.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-28 23:51]
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Hi Niek

I missed this photo first time around, but I definitely do not miss the continued saga of Whiskers and her mob from the "Meerkat Manor".

Although the clever people with the thin arms and thick spectacles says that the word "meerkat" is probably derived as a misnomer from the Sanskrit word "markata" which means "monkey", but you as a Dutchman obviously recognised that when directly translated the Afrikaans or Dutch word "meerkat" means "more cat". So probably the name says it is "more cat than dog". However, what makes this a little more interesting or maybe even confusing is the fact that meerkats belong to the Mongoose (Herpestidae) family which is a family of cat-like carnivores, but in Afrikaans a mongoose is a "Muishond" which directly translated would mean "mouse dog". So, after all; is it a cat, a dog, a monkey, or even perhaps a mouse? Talk about an identity crisis.

Anyway, I like this zany fuss ball assuming the typical meerkat pose. Personally I would have left a little more space on the right since the animals body is facing that way, but actually the composition is fine as it is. The colours are great and very natural and the details are sharp and well defined. I’m not sure if this little guy is slightly squint (did it make eye contact or is it looking past you at something on your left), but you captured nice little catch lights in the eyes. The BG is well OOF and complimentary and the exposure was spot-on.

Good work and TFS.

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