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One of the many images taken yesterday at the WHF in Kent in the company of fellow epzers Lillian, Val, Bob, Moira and Elaine.
The fishing cat lives throughout southern and south east Asian, the Himalayas in Nepal and is scattered throughout India. It attracts fish by lightly tapping the water's surface with its paw mimicking insect movements. The young reach adult size at less than 1 year of age, but little is known about the details of their reproductive or social behaviour in the wild. They are threatened in the wild by habitat loss and by hunting for food and their fur. When swimming, the fishing cat uses its short flattened tail like a rudder. They are one of only four cats which cannot retract its claws, along with cheetahs, flat headed and Iriomote cats.
Thanks for looking and for your time. Comments and criticisms are very welcome. The image is very noisy (although it's been through the denoiser) as it was shot at ISO 6400 (should I have denoised it a bit more?).
A big thank you to Moira Mrswoolybill for her UA for The wooden cross!

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:31 Oct 2012 - 4:13 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:6400
Exposure Mode:Aperture priority
Metering Mode:Pattern
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:1 Nov 2012 - 10:22 AM
Tags:Cat, Fishing Cat, Pets / captive animals, Whf, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
1 Nov 2012 - 10:24 AM

Superbly captured,well done!
debu

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nonur
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1 Nov 2012 - 10:26 AM

Super timing and capture, Ann!

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CarolG
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1 Nov 2012 - 10:34 AM

A fantastic image, Ann, I feel as though the cat is going to leap out of the screen at me at any minute Grin Carol

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morpheus1955
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1 Nov 2012 - 10:42 AM

Superb shot Ann, excellent dof, superb detail and tones, I love the pose, excellent timing too SmileSmileSmile

Hugh

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1 Nov 2012 - 10:42 AM

Just love this image Ann...the eyes say it all! Ann.

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Badgerfred
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1 Nov 2012 - 10:43 AM

Some nice detail in this one Ann, love the eye contact,
Fred.

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Scottishlandscapes
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1 Nov 2012 - 10:47 AM

I'm glad I'm not a fish Ann, these eyes are set on something and if you were a fish you might well be a goner.

Superb details and crisp eyes. Grand work.

Dougie

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 10:48 AM

This is fantastic,Ann,like the detail and colour in this fine capture,
opsss the eyes contact is amazing too,very well done,
saeid

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Irishkate
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1 Nov 2012 - 10:58 AM

Such intensity in those eyes- a superb image Ann.
Interesting narrative - I don't know much about wildlife.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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NaturesHaven
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1 Nov 2012 - 11:01 AM

The concentration on the face is priceless............nice angle also.........GrinGrinGrin

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RonnieAG
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1 Nov 2012 - 11:03 AM

This is new to me, Ann.......a fishing cat....how clever, and what a wonderful shot, head on, those eyes taking in everything.
Ronnie.

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digital_boi
1 Nov 2012 - 11:09 AM

very fine capture Ann great eye contact

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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CaroleS
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1 Nov 2012 - 11:40 AM

A wonderful capture Ann
Carole

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andylea
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1 Nov 2012 - 11:58 AM

belting detail ann wonderful colour and tones a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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senn
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1 Nov 2012 - 12:05 PM

superb POV and edifying description (thanks)

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franken
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1 Nov 2012 - 12:36 PM

Superb image Ann.

Ken

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Ayoob
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1 Nov 2012 - 12:52 PM

Fantastic capture,nicely presented..........Grin

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Richsr
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1 Nov 2012 - 12:57 PM

A great capture Ann, the eyes are fun of intent
Good details too
Regards Richard

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Daisymaye
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1 Nov 2012 - 12:59 PM

A wonderful capture Ann. Ready to pounce.......Sandy

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WhiteRose1
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1 Nov 2012 - 1:06 PM

The downside of the denoise is it smooths out detail as well. Selective denoise on the background?? (but don't ask me how). Did you mean to use that shutter speed? The positives - it's a beautiful composition and pose, and sharp on the eyes. Lovely image, Ann.

Dave

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bobhowell
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1 Nov 2012 - 1:33 PM

Hi Ann, Fantastic photo with huge detail in the eys and face. Must admit when we were walking around these were my favourites. Very well taken on another great day out..

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danbrann
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1 Nov 2012 - 1:53 PM

Well photographed Ann showing such great facial detail.

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christinecilia
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1 Nov 2012 - 2:19 PM

lovely photo nice detail like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Deep_Bhatia
1 Nov 2012 - 2:21 PM

Seems to be very furious..... nice capture. Deep

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LynneJoyce
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1 Nov 2012 - 2:27 PM

Wonderful image that shows the cat's true predatory nature.

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Quote: The downside of the denoise is it smooths out detail as well. Selective denoise on the background?? (but don't ask me how). Did you mean to use that shutter speed? The positives - it's a beautiful composition and pose, and sharp on the eyes. Lovely image, Ann.

Dave

I was also curious about the shutter speed Ann unless it was moving very fast! To just use software to remove noise from background, use the program to take noise away on a layer mask, then paint black in just over the cat, that removes the denoise software from just the cat and leaves the background with the noise removed.

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Trev.

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ValSaxby
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1 Nov 2012 - 3:28 PM

Lovely image Ann - the eye contact is superb. It was a great day yesterday not sure how we are going to follow that one up Smile

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1 Nov 2012 - 3:33 PM

The shutter speed puzzled me as well. Maybe you were waiting for the pounce but even then 1/1250 seems excessive!
But meanwhile - the important thing is the capture of intense, single-minded concentration. In its heart of hearts, every domestic moggy snoozing by the fire is dreaming of this.
Moira

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1 Nov 2012 - 3:35 PM

A very intense kitty ann-- love the eye contact!

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M_squared
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1 Nov 2012 - 4:15 PM

A lovely image. Thanks for the write-up.

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AnnChown
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1 Nov 2012 - 4:37 PM

Thanks everybody for your comments about the shutter speed - obviously it's too fast and my ISO too high. I guess it's down to inexperience and the fact that I don't normally 'do' wildlife. I usually shoot manually and check each shot, but shooting in aperture priority it's a different matter, and I think I simply forgot. We were moving from enclosure to enclosure with different lighting conditions in all, and this was the last one - I should have been more aware. Ooops! Smile

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EAS
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1 Nov 2012 - 4:55 PM

Don't think there's much of complain about as this is a really arresting image. Those eyes are amazing and the headshot stunning.

Ann

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marktc
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1 Nov 2012 - 5:09 PM

All that said Ann, it's a magnificent image, clear sharp eyes, the focal point of any wildlife shot!

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JohnChambersPhotography

With eyes like those I could follow it anywhere. so clear and sharp nice shot.

John

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banehawi
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1 Nov 2012 - 5:51 PM

Isnt it odd that there are Catfish, and Fishing Cats!

This is a very good shot. The noise in the background is not at all bad. I downloaded this, and what I can say is that the white balance is a little cool, looks better a little warmer, and the cats face ONLY can be sharpened, as it lost a little from the noise reduction software. But wish I had taken the shot, or had the opportunity. I would be a lady for the day and tag along!



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Willie

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1 Nov 2012 - 5:54 PM

Wonderful Eyes captured here Ann, and very well placed in the Frame.
Glad you had a smashing Day.

John Smile

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1 Nov 2012 - 6:53 PM

Thanks for your feedback Willie!
Quote: Isnt it odd that there are Catfish, and Fishing Cats!

This is a very good shot. The noise in the background is not at all bad. I downloaded this, and what I can say is that the white balance is a little cool, looks better a little warmer, and the cats face ONLY can be sharpened, as it lost a little from the noise reduction software. But wish I had taken the shot, or had the opportunity. I would be a lady for the day and tag along!



regards


Willie

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mikbee
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1 Nov 2012 - 7:20 PM

Sounds a clever cat this one Ann !!
Good eye contact.
Good shot.
Mick.

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Tynnwrlluniau
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1 Nov 2012 - 9:06 PM

Looks great to me and the noise isn't really an issue on screen.
Alun

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bricurtis
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1 Nov 2012 - 9:11 PM

Great intense look in those eyes Ann.
Downside for me are the blue stripes in the cat - you could really warm this right up and then knock the saturation back - or go into curves and adjust the blue channel. It is noisy - you could have made a small feathered selection around the cats head for sharpening its quicker than layer masks - bg's rarely need sharpening though.Smile
Brian.

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1 Nov 2012 - 9:14 PM

You have really caught a great look here Ann. if you hadn't mentioned the noise I honestly wouldn't have realized.
Derek

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1 Nov 2012 - 9:21 PM

Ann,
OK so you forgot the ISO, but it was getting dark, and we were all exhausted and 'very happy' and these Fishing Cats were a bonus fron the lovely Andy!!
You have a great shot and I fully agree here with Willie..would be proud also to call it mine!
well done
lillian

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rontear
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2 Nov 2012 - 8:37 AM

Piercing eyes of this cat Anne, almost hypnotic. In answer to your question regarding South Luangwa, it was not ( our second week was there ) This individual was taken on Busanga plains, he had a brother too !!
Ron.

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Joline
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2 Nov 2012 - 2:18 PM

You have managed to capture his intensity and power beautifully, regardless of the iso or shutterspeed...well done!

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tonyng
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2 Nov 2012 - 9:01 PM

That concentration is intense. Great pov too.Smile

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Monnika
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3 Nov 2012 - 1:47 PM

Lovely image! Smile ..hope to see you on my pictures Wink

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4 Nov 2012 - 8:10 AM

You have caught the expression wonderfully Ann - like others I dont think the noise is much of a problem.
Jason

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ugly
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5 Nov 2012 - 7:39 AM

A great Face on image...
Eyes sharp...
That the main feature...
DOF I think is spot on...
B/G is well thrown out so you can not see if it in a cage or in the wild...
Great work...

Dave

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Misty56
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6 Nov 2012 - 12:01 AM

this is a stunner, he looks like he is going to pance at you, end to a wonderful day

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30 Jan 2013 - 11:33 AM

Wicked

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