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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, Digital RAW, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 11:21
Viewed: 3451
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot from London Zoo's 'Into Africa' shows a Meerkat on alert. They had heard the keepers nearby and suddenly rushed around trying to spot them.

This guy climbed all the way to the top of a tall rise giving me the perfect angle with which to shoot him and place him out of the zoo context with a natural background.

Light was favourable and he gave me great eye contact with a classic pose.

Image Data:
Camera: D200
Lens: 70-300VR
Focal Length: 300mm
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter: 1/200
ISO: 220
White Balance: Auto
Metering: Matrix
Time Taken: 3.01pm 01/03/07
Weather: Bright

Crop, levels, highlight/shadow tool, sharpened for web, frame added.

Thanks for looking and any critiques you offer,


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Hi Simon,
Very good meerkat shot. And it is a beautiful meerkat in good condition...
I photographed them myself more than once; I'm a bit seasoned;-)
Everything is fine technically spoken...
A beauty as well!
No nitpicking...

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-04 11:54]

Joli cadrage et belle attitude.
Bonne journée.

Hello Simon
Very nice shot of this Meerkat,
Excellent composition and BG,


Great background and details! Superb lighting, a very nice shot.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-04 12:33]

hi Simon,

olala quelle jolie petite frimousse, magnifique position verticale, détails, lumière.


the quintesential classic pose, of cuteness but what I do like is the perfect exposure, sharpness and focus, even down to the light in his eyes.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-03-04 14:57]

Hi Simon,
The ultimate pose of a Meerkat and beautifully captured.The detail is excellent with individual hairs on its chest easily seen.A good exposure with just the right amount of contrast and a neutral background to make it stand out so well.That lens is doing you proud!
Regards, David

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-04 16:01]

Hi Simon,
This is one of my favorite animals, thanks for the great capture with colors and details being great. I always think they look crosseyed.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-04 16:13]

Hi Simon

Another splendid capture from you!
The pose of this cute fellow is indeed terrific and you were quite lucky with his climb - it sure did blur that BG nicely and isolated him from it, too.
The natural colors here are lovely and well saturated, the details on his face and fur are exceptional and the light from the side is wonderful.
The verical composition work very nicely and the note and framing are great, as well.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Simon,
Solid shot. Good exposure, lovely clean BG and well timed eye contact.

Hello Simon,

How beautifully captured! This is a wonderful picture with a great composition and a very appropriate frame!
I love the way you placed the meerkat in the left side of the picture leaving plenty of space in the right for the guy to look into. The large aperture allowed a shallow DOF which keeps the meerkat in focus while blurring everything behind. This makes the subject stand out perfectly and draws attention to the perfectly sharp details in the fur, which contrast with the softness in the background.
The natural and good-looking colors are highlighted in the warm sunlight. The excellent exposure is a result of a skilled camera work. I only prefer there was a little bit more light in the meerkat's right eye. The excellent and easy to read pose is a great asset as it clearly shows the aroused attitude of the meerkat. Very well done on this one, with great and useful notes. Congratulations and TFS!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Simon,
I don't know why but I love this animal :) Like I often say, I think it is because of their mischievous look. They always look like planning something ... This is an excellent capture with superb details, pose, details and POV. I also like this nice framing. This is very nice and I like this eye contact and blue BG :))) Thanks,

Hi Simon,
You captured this Meerkat perfectly, in the perfect watchfull position. Great work on the details and the eye contact. The DOF and low POV are awesome.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-08 10:10]

Hi Simon,
Very funny and lovely pose of the meerkat. I liked the composition, the light and the color tones. background is very good. TFS

This is absolutely adorable! You caught him at a very very good time! I love its pose and posture! Good colors, details and sharpness! This guy looks really cheeky! :)
Haha, and if Annick says it's a good pic, it IS a good pic! LOL


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