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The Model Wears Ermine

The Model Wears Ermine
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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: 2008-02-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *3, Animals of the BWC [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-25 10:06
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had to sacrifice a bit of DOF for more shutter speed as it was a very dull overcast day and Stoats are fast. This was taken at the BWC again and this fellow only popped his head up for a few seconds beore heading back down his hole. I focused on the eye and hoped for the best.

Stoat Information from Wikipedia:
The stoat's coat is a rich medium brown with an off-white belly. In winter, the coat is thicker and in cold winters, the color changes to clean white. This white fur is known as "ermine". At this stage the stoat itself may be referred to as ermine, or as being "in ermine". The winter stoat has been used in art as a symbol of purity or virginity. The white fur was highly prized, and used in the robes of the Lord Chief Justice of England. Both the animal and the heraldic tincture are symbols of Brittany. The furs would be sewn together making a pattern of black dots. A version of this pattern is used in heraldry as ermine tincture.

In all seasons the stoat has a black tip to its tail. The black tip probably serves as a decoy to predators, which would include almost any carnivore large enough to eat a stoat (e.g.foxes and some birds of prey).


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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-25 10:12]

HI Karan,
This one has the cute factor written all over.Just wish you had more DOF.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-25 10:12]

Hi karen. You have mastered your new kit already. this close up of the stoat is first class. great detail in the fur. the eyes are fantastic. well done TFS.

Hi Karan
Beautiful cute portrait. Good OOF background, great eye contact I like it very much
Best wishes

Hello Karan,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo of cute stoat with us!
very beatufiful image of him in total sharpness, wonderful colour and details in the shot
well done always from you!
best regards
friend Tony

impeccable shot, not an easy specie to capture...really nice image, great Dof and fine POV...,good notes as well!! TFS

Hallo Karan
What an adorable, endearing and cute little animal. This is definitely a photo to ooh and aah about. It has a high cuteness factor, with a real innocent "Stuart Little" movie character face (Although the character was a mouse). This is a stunning portrait and deserves a round of applause. I like the big black eyes, the longish whiskers and that round dark brown snout. I appreciated and enjoyed this one tremendously. This was a first for me. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-25 10:52]

Hello Karan,
Splendid capture of this little fellow in a fine composition! Great focus on the lovely face and the big eyes. I love the colours of its coat too. Nice contrassting background too!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Karan,
I like this one alot. Just the right DOF, with the eyes/nose/face clear and sharp. Everything else is right on the money :)
Very well done.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-25 11:14]

Hi Karan
this is very nice picture
very good sharp
well done.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-25 11:26]

Hi Karan,
it's really wonderful portrait and DOF is ehough to see how beautiful this animal is. Well done and TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-25 11:44]

Hi Karan

This is a BEAUTY!!!!
Splendid frontal portrait of this adorable stoat!
I actually don't mind that you used a very shallow DOF - you focused well on the eyes and they are definitely the key elements here! Wonderful contrast here between them and the rest of the white fur (but i also see he/she had put a little make-up on :))
Very nice soft BG, too to bring your subject out even better, great exposure and lovely colors everywhere!
Superb job!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Karan,
And the outcome was the best!
Outstanding capture of this stoat, the expression on his face is so candid.
The DOF works pretty well, I want to go for that lens also.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-25 12:37]

What a darling!! For such a quick shot you have captured him perfectly Karan. I love those large eyes too.
Yes he'd make a lovely fur coat, maybe only a patch on the coat - they must have to kill a lot to make one coat!! Sad, isn't it?

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-25 12:39]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, superbe attitude du sujet (très mignon) belles couleur et bonne netteté. Bravo Karan!
Amicalement Robi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-25 12:49]

hermoso retrato Karan,
bello specimen,
buena captura amiga y estupendo foco,

amazing portrait, TFS Ori

Ohhh Karan, he is so cute and perfectly captured
focus, colours and sharpness are wonderfull,
excellent composition,

Nice capture Karan, I was there on Saturday, the light was even worse but still managed some good images. They do move fast and although these are captive it is still difficult to get anything decent, so well done you. Did you manage to get any of the Weasels? cause they are even quicker, I'm sure they are on Red Bull..!!


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-25 15:57]

Hi Karan

Oh yes he's a cuty, I love his expression, seems that he would like a home and asking you to take him!

Lovely colours, great details and again everything is in his facial expression. Very well done!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-25 17:33]

Hola Karan.
Muy hermosa la foto de este ejemplar. Muy buen trabajo en el enfoque sobre los ojos. Muy nitida y de bellos colores.
Saludos Karan.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-25 22:43]

Hi Karan

Excellent composition/ POV with wonderful detail and well handled exposure. I often take things at higher speed than I would like - I would rather sacrifice a little sharpness etc - I may never see it again! :)



Hi Karan!
What a cute portrait of so nice and interesting species. I also hope that you survived meeting with this mammal without any "bad feeling" (as I know it can smell not very nice ;>).
All the best from Lodz,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-26 1:09]
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Hello Karan,
what a beautiful portrait of this little Stoat.
The eye-contact is splendid!
Excellent clarity and detail.
Great composition.
I must go to the BWC. You've got some stunning images from there!
Where abouts is it?


Hello Karan,
Surprised? Disappointed?
Anyway, a funny fellow has been captured!
Years ago I used to see some of those during the winter but not anymore, howvere that can well be because I don't spend so much time in their habitat now...
A lovely composition with great details!
Pablo -

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-26 4:00]

Hello Karan,
Good timing :o) This curious fellow looks so cute. I liked the composition and the pose you caught. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Karan,
Excellent portraite. what a lovely face. Great sharp details, composition, POV very nice. good notes. TFS, well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-26 7:41]

Hi Karan,

What a face!!!! I have never seen a Stoat before. So this is where ermine comes from. The eyes are fantastic. I love the whole face and the whiskers. This is HIGH on the cuteness scale.


bonjour karan
c'est un magnifique portrait,l'ernime est tres jolie est superbement presenté,details netteté et exposition impeccable.

What a cute face :) I like this composition a lot and beautiful details on this little one's face :) I like this strange/curious expression too. Well seen!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-26 13:47]

Hi Karan,
what a cutie, and a wonderful capture. Love the OOF back it shows the critter off very well.

hello Karan

superb shot with excellent timing shooting this cute animal
in the only few seconds that the stoat posed for you,
he is very curious and have a great eye-contact with you,

i always shoot at higher shutter speed for 2 reasons :
- my camera not having image stabilizer
- the birds and animals being always in movement



Hola Karan.
Un excelente trabajo con este simpático animalillo que se asoma con curiosidad..
Acertado encuadre y buena nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-27 9:33]

Hi Karan.
I cannot imagine more charming model. I love it as well as i like this amazing portrait picture. Great details of the animal snout, pleasant blurriness of the FG and amazing smoothness and colorfulness of the BG. My congratulations on so nice, touching picture.

Hi Karan, lovely portrait of this cute little creature with splendid pose and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan nice photo I like colors and this animals

Hello Karan,
Even with little sacrifice on DOF, the image of the subject is so stunning with good crispy sharpness. Excellent details around the head and I like the whiskers and the eyes. Very well pose behind the fallen tree and nicely presented here on TN.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-27 17:18]

Hi Karan, you are a great photographer, your pictures are always beautiful and interesting or fun to look at. You are very meticulous and caring and it shows in your work. This shallow depth of field is fantastic in this case, it puts the accent on the eye of this lovely creature. Very well done, it's a beauty! Thank you,


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-28 2:06]

Hi Karan,
he may have been quick, but you were just as fast here! You've certainly made the most of the opportunity and even though the DOF isn't massive, it's certainly there where it counts. Impressive portrait with wonderful detail of a creature most of us will never see in the wild.

Hi Karan:)
What a beautiful and lovely ermine friend! Super composition, good POV and lovely sharp focus.
TFS and Cheers,


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-28 12:22]

Hi Karan,
This is a really nice photo. I love it!
TFS and best regards, José M.

Simpática y excelente toma Karan. A la "inocencia" en la expresión del animal se une ese color tan bien captado que es realmente impresionante. Buena luz y encuadre. A mi modo de ver un buen trabajo ( y al de los demás viendo los votos que tienes jeje).
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor

Hello Karan,

Beautiful portrait of this cute stoat. Excellent focus on its shiny eyes. Very nice composition. Very beautiful luminosity and colours.

Hi Karan
Beautiful stoat. What a charming face and great capture of the animal. My daughter wish to have one on birthday ;).

Extraordinary shot! The way it peeks from behind its hole looks very cute. The sharply focussed eyes makes it very lively, and the nose and whiskers make it even more loveable. Thanks for sharing.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-04-26 2:00]

Hello KAran,
ıt is very cute species.what a lovely face!!! well capture with colours, great sharp details.
Best regard,

Many kudos, Karan, on a truly endearing shot of an ermine in mid-molt! The soft wetness of the eyes and the ever-so-slight green reflection add so much life and heart to this picture!

Miss Piggy: Don't be fooled. This little guy/girl may be cute, but he/she'd eat Stuart the moment he/she set eyes on him.

Janice: for King George V's coronation, he had a robe made of ermine fur. It took 50000 (count it - 5 X 10^4) ermine skins to make it.

Lizzie & Henryk Bilor: As cute and adorable as he/she is (can't tell the gender unless you know either the creature's size or its genitals), the only domesticated stoats must be hand-reared from birth. Otherwise. it's like bringing a miniature wildcat into the house: all hell will break loose, and woe betide any pets!

Cicindela: Stoats (and all other mustelids) only squirt as a last resort - after all, they have a more sensitive sense of smell than humans, so the stench would affect them even more!

(If ya can't tell, I like stoats! ^.^)

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