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Head Above Water

Head Above Water
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Marshy Point Nature Center [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-06 14:47
Viewed: 1108
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This afternoon was a great one for wildlife activity at my favorite nature preserve, and I literally had the place to myself once the school bus left. As I was standing on the pier, I saw this fellow off in the distance, swimming toward me. I usually don’t make the same mistake twice, and the last time this happened it saw me way too early for a good shot. I immediately hit the deck, pointed my camera and waited for it to get closer. It swam right up to me before it noticed me and then dove underwater to swim back in the opposite direction. Thank you to Serge and Mario for identifying this as a Muskrat.

Shot in raw, cropped, curves, gamma adjustment, saturation and USM.

Thanks for viewing.

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Hello Werner
Nice shot of that Musk rat swimming in the setting sun if I judge by the warm light that hits its fur. the image is sharp and the mirror effect is interesting.
Nicely done

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-05-06 15:25]

Sharp image of that Muskrat Werner! I like the warm color of the light and the good reflections in the water. Very well observed and shot, thanks!


Hello Werner,

Une capture incroyable prise sur le vif en effet.
Belle opportunité que ce choix d'image, avec d'étonnants reflets du museau moustachu.
Super mouvement d'eau! Merci pour ce partage aux couleurs séduisantes.
Amitiés sincères. Yolande

Werner, GREAT capture of this muskrat. Yes, they are very sensitive creatures and can vanish in a millisecond if they detect any sort of danger. Not that you're a dangerous photographer, but, hey... What's the muskrat know? Great photo! And good footwork!

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-05-06 22:09]

Hi Werner,
beautiful shot.Full of action.Beautiful moment you catch.Beautiful harmony of the colours and nice elegant framing.TFS.Necla.

Bonjour Werner
Très belle capture avec un très bon focus et un jeu de lumière excellent sur la tête du rat musqué et surtout dans les vaguelettes qui sont sur son dos.Bravo Werner pour cette belle image et TFS.Catherine

Werner this is one creature i have always wanted to photograph you have made me envious with ths excellent image the timing is grt and details very clear and you have presented it well to us
regards bryan

Lovely sharp capture of this beautifully lit beaver in action. Lovely reflections and wonderful Dof to capture this great nature shot- well done and TFS!



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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-05-07 8:07]

Hi Werner,
Great wildlife shot of this little critter, beautiful and sharp with great details colour and lighting. The little bit of reflection on the head end and the waves it is creating all add up to a superb picture - nice one. Best wishes

Hi Werner ,
A beautiful decisive moment shot with nice focus and good details,well captured and good use of light plus its reflection is well shown here.
Best Regards

Hi, Werner. The warm colors and the movement in the water and the musk rat putting his head above the water looks beautiful. The reflections also add to the composition. The rectangular format is very appropriate. Cheers.

Hola Werner
Buena imagen de esta rata almizclera nadando en la naturaleza , excelente momento captado con gran acierto , color y luz muy natural , encuadre apropiado , una buena composicion , gracias por compartir

Buen fin de semana
un saludo

Bonjour Werner
We have such muskrats in the river Loire, or maybe myocastors.Difficult to have them with the googd dof.It is done here.The high speed freezes the movement to give sharpness to the nose , but not too much so that movement can be felt.
Well done

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-05-12 3:41]

Hi Werner,
Beautiful wildlife shot! Great moment captured. Nice natural colors with good details and lighting. Well done on this. TFS Julie

HI Werner..nicely captured. The sharpness of the whiskers is perfect..well done.


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