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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 16:57
Viewed: 4168
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
En: coypu or nutria
Fr: Ragondin
Lat: Myocastor coypus
Nl: Beverrat

This is a large, crepuscular, semiaquatic herbivorous rodent native to South America, but now also present in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. In most regions the coypu is considered a pest. In eastern Europe and Central Asia, however, it is still valued for its fur.
Efforts (hunting, trapping, poisoning)to stop the development of Coypu's in France were vain. Interesting to note: in south America (its native place) he's not doing so well as he has many predators there, including pumas, jaguars, anacondas and ... human.

I could get 2 meters close to that one. Then he got frightened by people passing by, 5 meters away, but he came back. Got 200 pics of him, some close-up's too, but "all body with reflection" was the best shot.

In the reflection the orange things in the mouth are the tooth.

PP work:
Crop above and below.
Hue adjustment for the water (which came slightly purple in the original). coypu itself and reflection were left untouched.

Thanks for looking.

hansh, mlines, Jamesp, gypsygirl58, anel, TAZ, horia, deblink, pilonm has marked this note useful
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To pilonm: zones blanches surexposées...Nephrotome2 1 05-01 11:53
To TAZ: "j'en ai jamais vu en vrai"Nephrotome2 1 04-23 05:16
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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-22 17:10]

nice pose, those bow ties are a pain, and good focus/colors. i'd increase contrast a little bit.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-04-22 17:54]

Very nice picture with a beautiful reflection. I like the DOF and POV. Very well done.
Gr. Hans

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-04-22 18:36]

Hi JeanMarie. Good close-up of this animal with an excellent note about it too. Good clarity and perfect timing to get him doing this cleaning of whiskers(?) and the reflection completes the compsotion well. Murray.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-22 18:53]

Hi Jean Marie

Great pose and reflection - an excellent shot.


Hi Jeanmarie,
This is lovely! Lovely pose of this Coypu, good sharpness and details, I love the reflections too! Does look like hes in a bit of a bother with his tie doesn't it!! LOL!!
Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-23 3:44]

Bonjour Jean-Marie,
C'est une image adorable de ce ragondin prenant le soleil. Vraiment touchant et plein de sérénité. Et en pluis le reflet dans l'eau! Bien vu.
Bonne journée et meilleures salutations

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-23 4:43]
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Hello JeanMarie,
Il est si mignon ce ragondin, j'en ai jamais vu en vrai. Sympa le titre ;-) Belles netteté et luminosité. Le reflet est un super bonus.
Compliments mon ami !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-23 6:26]

Hi JeanMarie

A very nice and interesting shot from you!
It's not everyday that we see an nutria on TN...so thanks for sharing :)
The composition you managed here is excellent and the reflection you capture from the water is outstanding!
The details are also very nice and sharp and the warm lighting made everything look great!
Exceptional POV, too, as well as DOF.

Bravo and TFS

Hi JeanMarie,
Even though this is a rodent it looks kind of cute. It certainly is enjoying the sun. I like the reflections in this image and the quality is superb. Nice.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-24 4:10]

salut Jean Marie,
un classique en France mais il faut réussir à le mettre en boîte. Bien vu ici, avec une belle composition que le reflet agrémente parfaitement. C'est un peu surexp par endroit mais ça ne gâche rien.


Bonjour Jean-Marie!

Ouf! C'est la première fois que je vois une photo de ragondin!!! J'aime la pose de l'animal et apprécie ta composition que tu en as faite en conservant la réflection entière de celui-ci! La lumière forte, par contre, a généré des zones blanches surexposées...

Belle prise et merci!


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