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Copyright: Hollie is an SLR novice (slrnovice2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 31 N: 344] (1197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, EF100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): British Wildlife Centre - 12 July 2006, Peek A Boo [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-13 11:50
Viewed: 5382
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Polecat from the British Wildlife Centre where I met up with some TN members yesterday to photograph wildlife. It was great to meet everyone on this little day out, great to chat photography with like-minded people and great to share our interest in wildlife. I hope we can do something similar again, it was fun :)

Regarding this image: it is a shame about that blade of grass in front I know but I like it for the lighting and for the pose of the Polecat peeking through the grass. The day was hot, bright and brassy so getting any image with nice tones was a challenge.

Well I found out a few things I didn't know before while reading up about Polecats. For starters males usually have a range of hundreds of acres. Our domestic ferrets are descended from polecats and they can interbreed. Polecats eat amphibians as well as rabbits, mice and other rodents and they will stockpile them for hungier times. They will live happily in a variety of habitats but show a liking for wetlands and old farm buildings, drystone walls and logpiles. Apparently, they often take over old rabbit burrows for their dens which you might think is adding insult to injury from the rabbits' point of view. They are very effective predators, killing quickly and cleanly with a bite to the neck.

I think they have a very attractive appearance, if you go and look at them yourselves you'll find it hard not to like them.

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Hi Hollie, great shot with amazing details on the eye. Great light and colors.
It's nice you met other TN members, in Italy sometime we meet in a marsh area near Venice and spend a great day taking picture together, doing some birdwatching, and talking about nature and TN.

(are you sure to be a novice?)

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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-07-13 13:04]
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Hi Hollie,

Very nice to meet you again. Thanks for arranging a very enjoyable trip, It was great to meet and chat with a very friendly bunch of fellow TN'ers. I hope everyone got some nice shots.

I like the natural frame created by the grass and the narrow DoF works well to isolate the Polecat from his surroundings. It really does look like he's playing with you.



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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-13 13:28]

Hi Hollie,
I agree with Andrea, you're going to have to drop the novice tag :-) A good day out and I'm already looking forward to Arundel. A great shot here, excellent detail and colours on the Polecat. I think the vegetation here is fine, it adds a very natural feel. I've taken a few shots like this and my opinion is that if the eyes and nose are clearly visible it usually works well. Great shot.

Nicely captured Hollie,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good, the grass hiding the polecat add to the shot.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-07-13 15:06]


thanks for a great day ok... it was great to meet a few more members .

Your picture has some really soft colours in it which is quite surprising given the weather yesterday and I love the angle and that 'got you' feel to the picture.


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  • graz Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 26] (216)
  • [2006-07-13 16:19]

wonderful capture, i too think the grass works well and doesn't detract from his sharp eye and wet nose.!!
well done,

Hi Hollie,
I like the natural framing of this Polecat with the grasses. The detail is very sharp around the face with a nice falloff in the DOF to give a more artistic composition and feel to this shot. Great catchlight in the eye adds alot.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-28 15:04]

I will have to get to the British Wildlife Centre at some point. I live so close to it in terms of distance but I can't drive so I have never been there. Photos like this make me think the bus/taxi combination will be worth it. The light in the polecats eye and where it is catching the wet nose is lovely. The setting is very natural. Colours are beautiful too. It sounds like you had a lovely day

Hi Hollie,
Very nice, I like it...perfect title :)
Excellent sharpness and detail, lovely color & light..Makes you feel like you're right there in the brush with it..I don't think the OOF grass is distracting, but rather provides great natural framing for that cute face ;)
Very well done.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-31 7:52]

Hello Hollie, I'm glad you had a good day out there. It was good of you to organise it - I know these things take more time than imagined.

Well done on the picture, I think it could have worked really well with the grass framing the head if there was a little head to be seen. It does have plenty of cute appeal. Well done.

*I've turned off my points, I cannot recieve and I cannot give. I'm sorry for the latter*

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-03 10:35]

Good shot Hollie. I like the way the subject is hiding behind the oof grass. Colors and exposure are very good and the all important catchlight is there. Well done & TFS!


Hi Hollie !
I love this shot ! This little head peeking through the grasses is wonderful ! Colors, light, details, composition, POV, DOF, everything is excellent here. Looks like you had a great day with other TN members ! :-) Very well done !

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-08-11 17:38]

I love the POV of this shot. Very sharp and I do get the sense of the title, "Peekaboo" Seems he is strying to be stealthy. Very cool shot. Not an easy shot on auto focus. :)

Hi Hollie,
Fantastic shot!
Again beautiful otter.
TFS Malgosia

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