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Thirsty Mr Rat

Thirsty Mr Rat
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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 Nikkor 18-70mm DX, Digital RAW, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-10 4:37
Viewed: 3849
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hey guys,

Something a little different today! After looking through TN I noticed there aren't many photos of rats. This is probably because they are difficult to photograph, aren't that nice to look at, and aren't always in the nicest environments!

This specimen was located in London Zoo's BUGS area and this rat was in an indoor display with a sea theme discussing the history of rats at sea and the disease they spread.

This chap was not diseased! His friends were all asleep and he was moving around and suddenly jumped up to this tankard and started drinking from it. Think this is a first on TN, a beer drinking rat?!

My lens was not really suitable for low light and it was hard to get this shot. I was using ISO 800 and a a shutter of 1/15!!! Was literally holding my breath to keep as still as possible. This was the only one that came out sharp enough what with him constantly moving.

In Photoshop I cropped, removed the noise and sharpened.

I have just purchased a 50mm f1.8 which would have been far more suitable in this situation, next time eh!

Thanks for looking,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-10 4:42]
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Tipsy rat. A nice novelty indeed, Simon. You must have pretty steady hands as it looks sharp enough to me. Great composition, too. May I ask what WB setting you used? TFS

Hahaha, Simon, that's so lovely, you catched a wonderful moment, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-10 8:10]

salut Simon,
une image originale que l'on ne voit pas souvent effectivement. La qualité n'atteind pas des sommets mais l'image à la mérite d'avoir été prise dans un environnement original.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-10 9:47]

Hello Simon
A funny and well captured image. I like a lot the scene. Excellent colors, sharpness and composition.
My compliments and TFS.

Pretty smart looking chap, this rat, Simon.
Beer seems to have done him good :-)!
This is an unsual picture for TN, and highly entertaining, I must say.
You have done a great job with your camera settings and PP work. The atmosphere is just great.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-10 19:35]

Hi Simon, beautiful shot of Rattie taking a drink! I love the colour tones. Outstanding sharpness and detail. All to make up a wonderful composition.

Good timing on your part,just perfect capture...
Well photograph...

Hi Simon,
Good effort for what seems like challenging conditions. The exposure looks good and the compo is strong. On my monitor there is a colour cast that has been introduced by the white balance being fooled. Try reprocessing with a tungsten setting or flouro setting to see if the colour is more natural. I use Capture NX and find that the white balance control is way better than Adobe Capture RAW. You can download a 30 day trial from the Nikon site.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-12 5:52]

Hi Simon

Good pose. Considering the difficulties a good shot - it isn't too sharp, but that would be virtually impossible at that speed.

I am not that found of rats - my house has river frontage so they are always around - if you look - but I have never thought of photographing them.

dans la vie , faut pas s'en faire, alors allons y!!!
bonne capture au bon moment, bravo et merci de nous faire partager ce bon moment

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