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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma AF 100-300/f4.0 EX APO, B+W 82mm UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Movie Oneliners [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-25 15:10
Viewed: 4693
Points: 53
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It were actually the photos of the wild rabbits put on TN by Miles Herbert (I know my photo doesn't even come close to the ones he managed to shoot!) who reminded me that there was a colony of wild rabbits in 'Het Streekbos', which is very close to my house.

I thought it would be a piece of cake to capture some Rabbits on my cmos sensor, but it turned out to be very difficult. They were extremely cautious and everytime they saw I came closer than about 75 metres, they took off! The Rabbit that spotted me would stamp his paws to the ground and thus he warned the others and they all took off. My gf and I found a good place to hide when we left the colony though and we hope to take some closer pictures later this year!

General info on wild Rabbits (of course from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):

Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae, found in many parts of the world. There are seven different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami Rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami Oshima, Japan). Rabbits are distinguished from the related hares in that they are altricial, having young that are born blind and hairless; many also live underground in burrows.

Rabbits vary in size and weight. As a lagomorph, they have 4 sharp incisors (2 on top, 2 on bottom) that grow continuously throughout their life, and two peg teeth on the top behind the inscisors, dissimilar to those of rodents (which have only 2 each, top and bottom). Rabbits have long ears, large hind legs, and short fluffy tails. Rabbits move by hopping, using their long and powerful hind legs. To facilitate quick movement, rabbit hind feet have a thick padding of fur to dampen the shock of rapid hopping. Their toes are long, and are webbed to keep them from spreading apart as they jump. Depending on the species of the rabbit, one can reach a speed of 15-20 m/s (35-45 mph).

They are well-known for digging networks of burrows, called warrens, where they spend most of their time when not feeding. Rabbits are also well-known for their advanced breeding rate. They can produce from two to eight live young per month, during the first half of the year, although a more common rate is half that.

You may hit me as hard as you can! Seriously; just write what you think, positive or negative. I can use the lesson and I can really take the criticism. Thank you very much for taking the time to look at and criticize my photo. It is highly appreciated!

Shutter Speed: 1/320
F-stop: f/4.0
Focal length: 263mm
ISO Speed: 400
White Balance Mode: Cloudy
AF Mode: One-Shot AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Partly cloudy
Time: 19:44:20
Tripod: no
Flash: no

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Pieter, beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Fantastic composition and great details. Superb colors. Well done & TFS!

Hi Pieter, this is a lovely shot, you had the perfect time. It has such a peaceful and quiet spirit, I like that.
Perhaps it could be a little bit brighter, I tried a workshop for you, hope you like.
Tot ziens
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-25 17:03]

Hi Pieter,
Very good shot!
Great scene, nice pose, very good colour.

Hello Pieter,
I like this shot a lot. The pose of the bunny is great. The low POV is good, Well composed and good sharp detail. It is difficult to get close to them as they're so quick. The low light was unfortunate. I like the way you've framed this. Great capture my friend.
Thanks for posting.

They are not easy... I tried today. :) You got it in a nice pose and in the environment.

The landscape works well here. The exposure might be a tad under but it's not a problem. You deserve points for trying this alone. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-25 18:45]

Pieter, the shot seems a little bit dark to me, but that's just my opinion.

Lovely pose. I tried shooting rabbits once. I didn't get not even a single good shot.

I like pose and composition.

Wow Pieter, what a lot of effort you went to in order to get this shot. I agree wild rabbits are notoriously difficult to shoot, you did a good job on the capture. To be honest, I'm not crazy about the thick black borders on top and bottom. Composition is good otherwise with nice color.



Nice shot, Pieter.
IMO it's little to dark. Well composed and good details.
But the frame, I can not say I like it. We have only 800 p and
I think we shall use it for the picture instead, but thats me.
Well done. my friend.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-26 3:00]

Hi Pieter!
Wonderful shot.I liked DOF,lighting and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

Great shot Pieter!
I can imagine how difficult it is to get close to these fellows, so I think you have really good shot here.
It's true that the photo is quite busy, but the main subject is shown well and it's very clear. I would even say that I like the fact all these bushes are there cause it makes very natural look of the whole.
Overall, I like it very much and I think the :) is well deserved here.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-26 3:41]

Hello Pieter!
Lovely capture.Details,POV,colors,lighting and composition are wonderful.I liked everyhting except framing;).TFS...:-)

Hello Pieter!
Very cute scane.POV,pose of rabbit,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-26 4:52]

Very difficult to shot subject. I love this scene and pose in connection with your title ;-) Picture is slightly too dark for me and left side slightly chaotic on BG but 2pts for your efforts - I know how hard is to capture wild rabbits :-)

Hi Pieter, Gotta go..Nice setting and upright pose here..

It's a nice starter, Pitere, I'm sure there are better to come, though! Lovely pose, and the surroundings help to show how timid they are, they usually don't stray too far from the undergrowth. It looks quite dark, but that's not a fault, I can see that it would be getting fark at that time of the evening. I think you should have zoomed in fully, though, to make the rabbit a bit bigger, while still keeping the surroundings.
p.s. Like the frame!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-26 7:56]

Hi Pieter,
I can imagine how difficult it is to get close to these rabbits, you did a nice action shot i'm certain that you'll get a closer one soon :-)
Dof, pov & colours are great not sure about the frame !

Have a nice week-end & thanks for sharing.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-26 14:03]

Beautiful acerbity depth this photograph. This small konijntje end up very nicely. What you in the Netherlands already not against can come. Groetjes Lia

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-26 14:35]

Wow ! I like very much this kind of photo where I feel the nature with wild animals. Your green compostion is very pleasant for my eyes. The stand up rabbit is nice. Colors and DOF are good. Congratulations Pieter and TFS !

Hi Pieter

Great capture. I love the typical rabbit pose. Good POV. A bit dark for my liking and I don't like the black borders much. Look forward to some closer shots. Thanks.

What a cutie, Pieter. You have captured that famous alert, curious pose! or is it mid hop? In any case, I can imagine how hard it is to catch one of these guys. At first I wasn't sure about the amount of BG, seemed a bit overwhelming to the subject at first. But I liked the sense of environment more. Have to say, not don't really like the black bar framing. Too segmented IMHO. All in all, I really like this photo.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-28 0:23]

What time is it? Only Alice can go near of them!
It is not too dark and I really like the DoF here. The Pov is good. These wild rabbits are always in alert mode. It is in their nature. They have no choice if they want to live long.
Even me, If I see someone whith an EOS 350D spoting at me...
Have a great Sunday, Pieter.

HI Pieter, it is a while since I looked at your Intro page and it is good to see Sandra. "HI SANDRA, Piete's other half, nice to meet you."
We don't see too many rabbits up here, but I'm sure there's no shortage of them in the Sth Island. You can see how easily they get hidden in the greenery, as your bunny tones in well with the surrounds.
I have done you a workshop to lighten up the scene, also cropping it so bunny stands out more. I hope you like it.

Hi Pieter,
Always a difficult chore to start photographing something your not used to. I have been trying to shoot hummingbirds, but not getting the results I am proud enough to post. This was some difficult low light, and it sounds like distance and time were also a big problem. You still have a good shot here. I would have tried to crop into it alittle more, but thats just my personal choice.

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  • Dom Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 4 N: 28] (94)
  • [2005-08-31 3:07]

Very nice image Pieter ! I like the fact that you don't use your flash on the nature , it's not stressful for the wildlife. TFS !
Dominic :)

This is a real nature shot Pieter, I'm glad you were not tempted to raise levels on this as I like the dark look. Good composition also. Its not a perfect shot but I feel I want to give it a good score because It holds my attention. 7/10 VERY NICE WORK.

Hi Pieter,

Pieter Rabbit looks cute. They are very spooky so, my compliments on your effort.
The image is dark and the focus appears to have missed the rabbit, abit of work to get it clear, well done on the p.p. work.
It is a very nice composition showing it's habitat.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-26 21:34]

Lovely colours, Pieter. Very interesting, evening shade of green. Great POV as well and a very good note.
Best greetings,

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-21 13:27]

Hello Pieter, nice composition, I like the space. I do think it is a little dark overall. But i think the rabbit looks great peeking into the bushes. Well done.

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