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Smile as Monalisa, please...

Smile as Monalisa, please...
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ecomuseum [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-19 6:32
Viewed: 5541
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 59
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Smile as Monalisa, please... Keep the pose, please... Clic... Thank you very much, Racoon!

Northern Racoon
Procyon lotor

Geographic Range: Raccoons are found across southern Canada south to northern South America.
Habitat: Raccoons are extremely adaptable and continue to thrive despite the encroachment of civilization on their range. Woodlands near water are their preferred habitat, although raccoons may also be found in farmlands, suburban or urban areas. Raccoons prefer to den in trees, however, they may also use woodchuck burrows, caves, mine shafts, deserted buildings, barns, garages, rain sewers, or houses. Living in a burrow actually increases the raccoon's chances of survival by making it harder for its predators to find it. Hunting dogs have an easier time treeing a raccoon than forcing it out of a burrow.
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Photo taken yerterday at the Ecomuseum. Always a wonderfull place to go from time to time... for people who live in Montreal or near or even very far of Montréal.

Thank you for looking.

dew77, marhowie, carper, chiliu, angybone, radz, milloup, hummingbird24, thistle, red45, liquidsunshine, ddg, coasties, TAZ, rosana has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To hummingbird24: "Adorability":...Luc 1 08-20 00:23
To manyee: To photograph often gets big enjoyments...Luc 1 08-20 00:15
To luvsdogs3: Many thanks...Luc 1 08-20 00:01
To milloup: I wish that the Big Lamp...Luc 1 08-19 22:40
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-19 6:38]

Hello Luc!
Wonderful model and capture.Yes cousin of Monalisa,her mystic smile and master Leonardo;).Expression on face,details,sharpness,lighting and composition are amazing.TFS...:-)

Luc, No time this am to comment, but well deserved :-)

Very nice Luc,
I love it. Those eyes are wonderful, the details are good, good pov and you made a good crop, very good job,
gr.. jaap

Hi Luc,
Great portrait!
Very good details and colour.

Have a nice weekend!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-19 7:36]

Hi Luc,

Excellent shot. The pose of the racoon is priceless and her eyes are estremely lovely. Wonderful, warm light completes the picture. Well done & TFS!


Awesome! What a great pose! Great photo! It's priceless. :)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-19 9:13]

Cute shot,great eye contact.Liked the composition.

Soo, you were sucking up to her, calling her Mona Lisa, just until you had your photo. And then she was back to being just "racoon"?? Typically male behaviour ;-))
Anyway, it's an excellent shot with very high cuteness factor, great colours and sharpness and good POV.

It's a great picture, Luc, the cute-factor is very high.
She looks very cool and peaceful with the arms crossed.
The look in the eyes are also very nice.
You did a great job.

And so, I see that your day at the Ecomuseum was not without some found treasure!

Excellent pose, and adorability factor is high on this one, Luc.

Well done, and TFS.

Lovely shot Luc!
This fellow is really cute and his pose is superb (my dog sometimes sit in simillar way)
Details, lighting, POV and composition are perfect.

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  • annica (48)
  • [2005-08-19 11:42]

Hi Luc.
Very cute, great portrait of MonaLisa.
The colours and the pose are very nice.

Ho! He's so cute, such a nice face expression! And his paws crossed over. He was really waiting that you took this shot. What a great moment.

Very clear, good comp and dof. Great close-up. Take care, Yan

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  • pathy (73)
  • [2005-08-19 15:22]

je le préfere a mona lisa ! magnifique portrait !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-19 15:31]

I want this racoon Luc, and I want it now :-))) He is ultracute! Pose, face, big smile - superb! Should be in everybook about nature.

Hi Luc,
this is lovely - together with the headline - just perfect. I like it so much, excellent DOF and POV and the right moment for this shot.
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-19 17:14]
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Okay, Luc. Time to confess. Did you really tell that little raccoon to cross his paws just so and pose for you. That is just too adorable. Wonderful POV, stunnng details and light and colors. Great catchlight. Congratulations and merci bien pour ce partage trop mignon. : )

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-08-19 17:32]

Magnifique portrait. Le regard et la position des pattes font penser qu'il l'a fait exprès pour toi. La netteté est superbe.
Salutations Toni

Very endearing, Luc. The paws are priceless! I had a lot of trouble getting the exposure correctly on my raccoon photos and you did it wonderfully. The detail of the fur is very sharp and the color very natural. Very nicely done! :-) Thanks for sharing one of your Ecomuseum friends.

A rushed weekend critique I'm afraid.
Great pose, great title. Great capture Luc, thanks for posting.
Have a great weekend

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-20 3:31]

Bonjour Luc, votre photo de Racoon est superbe. Ce sont de petits mamiferes trés peu craintifs. Un soir, toute une famille est montée dans mon motor home prés de Calgary !! Félicitation , Didier.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-08-20 3:38]

so cute
thanks for sharing

Hello Luc

What a cute face. Looks like a bandit with that beautiful mask. Lovely clear eye. Good detail, sharpness and catchlight. A perfect shot. Thanks.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-20 4:02]

Wow ! Il a une bonne tête et sa pose avec les pattes croisées est cool ! Merci Luc pour cliché agréable et réussi.

:) What an amazing pose! It has its arms folded, looking so relaxed. Beautiful. Well done on capturing that moment, Luc. Technically the focus and DOF is good. Very nice shot.


Patte croisée, souriant à l'objectif, la pose est superbe. Elle doit te considérer comme un faillier pour te faire se plaisir.
Beau travail comme à chaque fois

Wow, Luc, what an amazing capture. I just loved the crossed paws. This must be a girl. Fabulous POV and focus.


Hello Luc I see that you went to this beautiful place the Ecomuseum, and you managed to get this little friend to pose for you, colors are magnificient and the pov is excellent.
ciao Ros

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-08-31 6:50]

very original title! the "arms" of Monalisa are great! as in "original". very well seen. tfs

Maybe the reflection in the eyes of Mona Lisa could be nicer. Not much you could do about it, and I don't really mind anyway. The pic is great.

Hi Luc,

Very good close-up of this cute little fellow! The pose and the way he holds his hands make it look like a studio photography of a human (female) subject. Nice comparision with Monalisa. :) I like the colors, details and sharpness but at f/3.5 I expected a much shallower DOF. Even at this apperture there is no fall-off in the sharpness on the racoon's body. However, the subject is very well isolated from the BG and draws attention. Eye contact is also great and so is the catchlight in the eyes. It was a good ideea to fire the flash during exposure! A great post with a good note! Well done! Thanks!

Best regards,

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