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Water Voles (again)

Water Voles (again)
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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: 2008-02-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Small mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 6:12
Viewed: 4056
Points: 68
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Another one of my Water Vole pictures. The light is a bit harsh as it was nearly midday but I can never resist these little mammals.

Water Voles are endangered in this country but they seem to be doing well at Arundel. I was suprised to see a head pop up from the ground near me (see workshop ) as normally the burrows are on the far side of the river on a steep bank. They seem to be living on both banks of the river now.

I saw at least 4 of these lovely creatures yesterday.

uleko, fartash, cataclysta, Alex99, jmp, NinaM, Juyona, blakitan, SelenE, marhowie, dejo, Jamesp, izler, Debz, jaycee has marked this note useful
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Hi Karan,
If I could see those little cute ones, I couldn’t resist them too! This is a sharp capture with excellent low POV, great details and exposure. The picture in WS so funny! It is always strange to think that your day is almost finished as mine is just beginning :) Good night then ;)

Hello Karan,
Another cute animal you uploaded here.
The Water vole is displayed very well in its habitat.
Technically well done.
Excellent light.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-10 7:57]

Hi karen. ou have used the good light so well in this one to give fine natural colours. good detail in the fur . and catch light in the eye. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-10 8:13]

Hello Karan,
Amazing how you manage to find these cute little animals! This is an excellent view of it in beautiful light by the riverside. Excellent sharpness and fine colours too. I like the workshop capture as well!! Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Karan
Excellent shot of this Water Vole ,
Perfect details,BG and colors,Welldone my friend.


Hi Karan
A cute one. Nice OOF water background good compo nice natural colors
I like it
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-10 9:39]

Hi Karan.
I like your amazing low POV and wonderful picture of the cute animal. Great reproduction of the grass, dry leaves and twigs on it, outstanding image of the water voles and terrific BG. All is superb. And colours, and lights, and composition and... In a word, Bravo. Great job.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-10 10:11]

Hello Karan,
Very sharp image, great POV and detatil, nice composition and color

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-10 10:21]

Hi Karan,
I like the close-up so well illuminated and the perfect pose and composition. A very nice image!
TFS, José M.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-10 10:30]

Bonjour Karan
Superbe prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et cadrage, excellente gestion la lumière naturelle.
Très beau sujet.
Félicitations, amicalement Robi

Hello Karan,
Thank you once again for sharing this cutie with us !
Very good pov with perfect exposure and focus that brings so much sharpness, vivid colour and details on him
well done

Hello Karan,
Effective point of view and a very well composed presentation!
Excellent colours & details in the fur coat, and the funny little face has this happy expression...
The WS is great, different indeed!
Pablo -

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-10 12:18]

Yes, it is lovely, Karan, and I love the light, it gives such a nice dark background to contrast with the vole and the grass. It is sharp and bright, colourful and lively, that is a very nice shot, I like it a lot. Thank you!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-10 14:50]

Hola Karan,
simpática captura,
magnífica iluminación,
buen pov y bg.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-10 15:19]

Hi Karan,

Adorable picture, I love the composition, in a way the water vole seems so gentle and delicate. You've managed well the colours even with the bright light. Good details, nice natural colours and amazing background. Well done!


Hi Karan,

Very well focused, sharp, and nice details of this little mammal.
Great shot!

Ben Lakitan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-10 20:26]

Hi Karan,
Another excellent shot of your favourite animals. Great details on its fur and you have captured a fine pose. Superb use of natural lighting. I like your low POV and the marvellous composition. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-11 0:25]

Hi Karan,
In my screen the light looks good, I think you controlled the exposure well. I liked your low POV, the pose you captured, details and the composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-11 2:31]

Hello Karan,
What a perfect light on the Vole in this photo. Superb details and a very good low POV. Perfect composition. Wonderful dark BG.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-11 3:50]

Another lovely image of a Water Vole.
You are so lucky to be able to get so close to these little fellas!
Great detail and sharpness with superb clarity.
The lighting is quite harsh, like you said, but you have made the most of it!
Nice colours.
Great composition.
Very well done Karan,

Excellent image again Karan, I think the low/even POV works very well here..And the lights diirection is perfect, illuminating the vole with natural looking colors. Great BG, DOF, and sharp details.
Very well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-11 4:20]

Hi Karan,
lovely to see a return to these wonderful little chaps from you, as always everything is great, detail, DOF, composition, all very well done. And there's that certain something extra too, the character you manage to somehow get in your shots...impressive.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-11 10:37]

Hi Karan,
Cute little guy :)
I like the pose and the light on his fur,
great capture,
best regards

Hi Karan,
I really like this Vole shot. It some how made this little animal look much bigger then your previous versions. it must be from your extreem low POV and the fac that it is seperated from the ground in the BG. It might be even your best Vole shot, but that is a person oppinion.
I like the way the sun has illuminated its coat and brought out the colors of it. the totally relaxed eating pose is marvelous.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-12 12:30]

Hi Karan

The pose and detail here are excellent. I also really like the rich vibrant colours.


Hi Karan, Lovely portrait of a cute creature with splendid colors, wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-12 13:11]

selam Karan
wonderful capture of this cute vole while its busy
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note
thanks for sharing

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-02-12 13:59]

Hi Karen, I love the little water voles and you capture them so well, its an ahhh shot. Your photos are progressive in that they get better, you seem to be a natural in this media. Details and sharpness superb, lovely pov, great light and nicely composed. It is good that they are doing well in Arundal.
I'm tempted by the 40D and you make very good use of the 70-300mm IS lens.

I like your water voles ... good light on this one, good background to set the critter off...

Preciosa, con una luz y unos colores excelentes.
No tengo la suerte de tener este tipo de mamíferos por aquí.

Hi Karan

These are one of my favourit animals specialy when they are swiming. For me it is very hard to take any good shots from them. i still trying. You manage to take a nice shot with good details. I like two seperate line and smooth water Bg. Nice exposure and POV. well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-15 16:32]

Hi Karan,

I LOVE your Water Voles. They are the cutest little things - something I have never seen in real life. Wonderful shot with excellent colors, details and coat texture. I love the way he is using his hand.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-15 20:01]

Hello Karan

A beautiful shot with a wonderful POV.
The warm lighting is super,and has illuminated this shot well.
Excellent texture is showing in the fur.
Your low POV is great,and the OOF BG has a lovely fluidity to it.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-18 5:10]

Hello Karan, very sharp and clear picture of your furry friend! :-) Good pose and great result, very well done, thanks!


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