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Water Vole

Water Vole
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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: 2008-03-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-24 12:01
Viewed: 3559
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today it snowed, then it rained heavily, it came out in beautiful sunshine for a short period and then began to hail. Despite the weather I found this little Water Vole by Arundel riverside. He looked a nice healthy size and had obviously found lots to eat.

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Hi Karan, I don't mind a rodent or two, not enough on TrekNature, so this fine fellow is especially welcome. You have captured some lovely details to this, the paws and the eye contact are excellent. TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-24 12:28]

Hi Karen. A bit of a mixed bag as far as the weather went today. You did well to capture this little fellow. I love the way they eat with their tiny hands. good detail in the fur and big eyes. with natural colour. well done |TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-24 12:34]

Hello Karan
Nice closed up image.Good POV and sharp image.Fur detail is excellent.Also nice natural colors.
TFS Michel

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-24 12:34]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle capture, excellente netteté et couleurs, très belle expression du sujet!
Amicalement Robi

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-24 12:36]

Hi Karan

Great capture of the Water Vole, its a lovely pose with the vole eating with its cute little hands, good details in the fur and whiskers, good well saturated colours and nice light captured in the eyes.


Hallo Karan
You managed to capture this big eyed vole in a lovely pose in its natural environment. I really like the huge almost squint eyes, and the clear visibility and detail of the paws is really amazing. Interesting full frontal point of view. Good focus, good sharpness and good framing. Image presented in a delightful manner. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-24 13:08]

Hi Karan,
excellent shot to portray this little Vole in his natural surroundings. DOF is perfect and you have some superb detail, very well done.

Hi Karan,

Very nice shot of the vole.
Lovly pose with hands in front to bring some food to the mouth.
Wonderful glance in tne eyes.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Looks like the weather in whole Western Europe is the same S............At the moment it's still snowing overhere in The Netherlands and temperatures are below zero celcius.

Kindest regards, Harry

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-24 14:00]

Hello Karan,
The weather here is the same as in England. More Winter than Spring.
Great sharp focus on the eyes of the Vole in an excellent composition. Beautiful natural colours. Great DOF.

hello Karan

great shot of this funny wild animal, excellent POV and framing,
excellent DOF, and great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Karan,
Splendid shot of this lovely watter vole with superb clarity, wonderful DOF, POV and nice sharpness. TFS.

Hi Karan,

Very good capture of moment. I can imagine it was only a narrow window of opportunity to shoot. Result is excellent, good detail and composition.

Thanks for sharing


Hello Karan,
Adorable lttle guy, good composition and point of view, good sharpness, nice details and beautiful natural colors.

Hello Karan,
Thank you again for sharing my favorite Water Vole!
very cute looking fellow which captured in good sharpness, nice colour and details
well done and best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-24 18:21]

Hola Karan.
Exelente nitidez y finos colores los de este pequeño Raton. Se le ve con mucho hambre. Me agrada la pose y su fondo.
Saludos Karan.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-24 18:59]

Hi Karan,

They are so cute - I love seeing your shots of them. Great details - his hands look so human. I love the eyes and the shades of his wonderful fur. Great picture.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-24 22:28]

Hi Karan,
Wondeful shot of your favourite animal and you have captured it in a fine pose. Superb eye contact and expression. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and perfect lighting. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-24 22:50]

Hi Karen
Wonderful capture
Superb sharpness and details
He looks so cute with his beady little eyes
Nice composition and pose.tfs jon

Hello Karan,

What a great picture of this cute water vole. Excellent composition. Very good sharpness and beautiful colours.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-25 3:27]

Hi Karan,
your portfolio is full of interesting critters.
This one again, not an usual guest here on TN.
Looks great, had an excellent POV to capture it in this nice pose.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-25 3:56]

Hi Karan,
What a funny fluffy little fellow :o) Pose you captured is very nice, he looks so cute. Good POV, composition and details. TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-25 4:55]
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What a plump little Vole!
You've captured a classic pose and the eye-contact is fab!
Sharp with great detail and clarity.
Nice composition as well.
I like the slight ripples in water.
I'd love to have a go at photographing these little Voles. It would be another creature on my list of British wildlife. I have set myself the target of photographing all the major British animals by the time I'm 30 (I don't know how I'm going to do it though!) :-)

Great work Karan.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-26 3:43]

Hi Karan.
You managed to catch a very cute animal. I like scenery a lot. Vegetation of the left side and smooth calm water surface create an amazing surroundings for this charming creature. Wonderful framing, vivid colours and lights. Bravo and TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-03-26 9:28]

Hello Karan , Fantastic shot ,great compositie {his Hands } and his lovely eyes ,sharpnes details colours ,I like it ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-26 11:36]

Hello Karan

Another exceptional water vole capture.
The clarity is sharp with spot on focus.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Well captured in a natural setting.The slight ripple in the water is a lovely accent.
Great job.


Hello Karan,

You have photographed some very interesting animals and this is definitely one of them. He is displaying a wonderful furry coat and immense whiskers, sharply captured for our pleasure!
I always find voles a little comical, possibly because their hands are so human and quite unlike the rest of the body.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'A first for me!'

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-27 2:24]

Hola Karan,
bella captura,
simpático momento y pov.
ojos y color agradables,
saludos amiga,

Hi Karan, lovely cute creature in nice pose, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Karan,
Oh isn't he funny, this chubby friend of yours!
This curious pose, the coal black eyes reflecting surroundings, lovely...
A fine composition, as the subject is half hiding behind the grass!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-13 5:48]

Hello Karan,
You're really brilliant at finding little mammals and this one is soooo cute! I love its pose at the water's edge and those little eyes are gorgeous. Great sharpness and fine natural colours. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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