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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, FL
Date: Apr 21, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2007

Yes, I know the shot has been in my portfolio for a while, but not like this! I finally ran the darn thing through Photoshop, and it turned out much better. I think these little guys are a hoot, and the shot is certainly unique. Hopefully I won't get clobbered by people who've already seen it.

Yes these are real meerkats and no, I didn't retouch the smiles or arm. They were grouped together at the zoo, and I had my daughter shake a water bottle which had a big chunk of ice in it. The odd sound got their attention and made them all stare at me. The arm around the shoulder makes the whole shot. ;-)

Processing: Why yes, lots of it. Slight crop, Levels, USM, Dodge & Burn all over, Channel Mixel for saturation, blur and darken the background, Noise Ninja, desaturate the cyan on the rocks & noses, and darken some white specks on the background wall. Hope you like it!

Statistics
Place: 113 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.4189
Avg (commenters): 7.6170
Avg (participants): 6.3865
Avg (non-participants): 6.5227
Views since voting: 2121
Views during voting: 562
Votes: 370
Comments: 61
Favorites: 13 (view)


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02/08/2007 04:47:08 PM
This should have finished in the top 10.
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01/28/2007 10:43:34 PM
hahaha - brilliant!
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01/26/2007 10:38:15 PM
I just had show this one to my daughter and then add it to my favorites. Now I have something to look at whenever I need to smile. This is hilarious, and I agree that the arm just makes the shot.
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01/26/2007 12:19:50 PM
this is so funny, and unique, great capture!
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01/26/2007 11:14:08 AM
no tricks?? hmmm are they live meerkats? they come from here ya know.
(with a name like that)
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01/26/2007 08:13:16 AM
This is one of the most hysterical animal shots I have ever seen! Fantastic!!! Nice framing too. :o)
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01/26/2007 07:31:19 AM
And they would pose just for you.
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01/26/2007 07:09:22 AM
Man, this is so funny! Great shot :)
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01/26/2007 03:47:43 AM
haha I love these little guys. Cant believe they posed for you like this.
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01/26/2007 02:01:54 AM
Shannon, your versatility astounds as always. Congrats on another great shot!

I wonder whether, in all your spare time, you could put together a tutorial and show the original?
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01/26/2007 12:59:16 AM
Meerkats, ok. Under-rated! The catchlight in all their eyes really underscored their relationship.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 08:28:45 PM
This is just the most amazing pose. Couldn't be anymore darling. Good Luck.
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01/25/2007 11:14:47 AM
they are extremely cute! almost like humans, great "poses" and expressions!
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01/24/2007 10:14:15 PM
1, 2, 3..."awwwww, aren't they cuuuuuute" kinda hard to knock an image like this, because, well, they are just too darn cute.
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01/24/2007 05:54:10 PM
Beautiful!!
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01/24/2007 12:55:26 PM
What a cute bunch. It looks like all of them are even smiling for you. Great capture!
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01/23/2007 06:51:57 PM
Great title.
Meerkats are so photogenic and fun to photograph. Well done!
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01/23/2007 12:30:15 PM
cute
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01/23/2007 01:46:24 AM
I love photographing this animals. This looks like such a natural family portrait pose.
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01/23/2007 01:33:35 AM
Hysterical the way these lemurs pose. Well done.
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01/22/2007 11:18:36 PM
It's like an actual family portrait! So cute! I really love it! If I stare at it long enough...it just amazes me and makes me laugh! What a lucky shot!
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01/22/2007 08:50:19 PM
really cute, nicely executed
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01/22/2007 07:12:31 PM
Charming. It looks like you arranged them for a Christmas card family shot. Nice colors.
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01/22/2007 04:51:28 PM
What sweet creatures perfectly captured.
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01/21/2007 09:01:16 PM
This is really one of my favorite shots. I love the arm across the right fore critter. Nice dof. Great texture. Very nice exposure.
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01/21/2007 07:43:58 PM
You've made me laugh. I love the one with it's arm around the other.
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01/21/2007 06:09:45 PM
they were totally posing for you... thats hilarious!
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01/21/2007 11:51:36 AM
Made me chuckle. Beauty shot.
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01/21/2007 05:33:41 AM
I seem to recall this one (but I'm old and senile, so I can't remember who's it is.) Absolutely delightfully wonderful!
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01/20/2007 06:59:49 PM
OMG, they are posing!
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01/19/2007 09:30:01 PM
All smiling!! This is such a delight! I hope you make it a print!
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01/19/2007 10:46:10 AM
Amazing how they are all posed for a family photo :) 10
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01/18/2007 09:11:33 PM
These expressions and poses are just roll-on-the-floor hilarious! Great title too!
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01/18/2007 07:32:52 PM
Awwwwww! How cute! Back to bump you up to 8 for a sweet, clean, well composed shot.
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01/17/2007 08:18:39 AM
Awwww sooo cute great capture 8
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01/16/2007 09:52:21 PM
What a wonderful capture! Bonus points for the arm around the pal's back!

Quite incredible how you got the subjects in focus and the background blurred.
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01/16/2007 08:13:08 AM
:o) what a great family portrait!! funny.
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01/14/2007 12:25:06 PM
This is just to cute!! They all smiled and posed for you! neat capture.
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01/14/2007 11:54:20 AM
very cute
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01/14/2007 01:26:56 AM
WoWw!!! they posed for you!!!
congratulations.. great Pic!
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01/14/2007 12:28:29 AM
It really looks as if these guys were posing for a family portrait. I lovce the smile on the one at the front of the group and the "arm" around the shoulder of the one on the corner. Wonderful capture.
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01/13/2007 10:45:29 PM
Too funny! Their expressions are priceless...
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01/13/2007 07:11:07 PM
What a capture of their personalities! 9!
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01/13/2007 04:35:28 PM
Very very cute! Why do they pose like this, I wonder?
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01/13/2007 06:18:02 AM
wish my family posed as well, Incredible composition, Love it-10
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01/12/2007 10:33:11 PM
Cracks me up.
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01/12/2007 08:30:39 PM
these things are hilarious. cute family portrait
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01/12/2007 08:05:28 PM
I had a Lemur shot I was considering. Very photogenic animal
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01/12/2007 07:29:26 PM
nice catchlights in the eyes! & detail in the fur...8
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01/12/2007 07:07:07 PM
Meerkat Manor... Great catch lights.
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01/12/2007 05:25:09 PM
These guys make such great subjects. Excellent shot and good luck!
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01/12/2007 02:44:33 PM
Nice capture. Did you direct them to stand that way?
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01/12/2007 01:41:56 PM
Best: The arm wrapped around is priceless
Worst: zoo setting sets it back slightly
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01/12/2007 11:13:48 AM
AHHHHHHdorable!

and

AHHHHHHH the dreaded back-focusing issue. Might have been a bit tricky to pull this off with a deeper DOF due to available light, its hard to tell.

Other than that, it's extremely well done. the expressions on their faces and the arm over the shoulder is pretty damned close to priceless.
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01/12/2007 10:01:38 AM
HAHAHA, perfect ... excellent , funny .... 8 from me for Merkat family
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01/12/2007 09:16:30 AM
sweet little guys. love these animals 7
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01/12/2007 08:42:52 AM
I love how they are smiling!!
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01/12/2007 08:22:27 AM
Very sweet capture and it pleases me very much.
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01/12/2007 03:09:32 AM
sooooooooooooo cute! good timing. and theyre all smiling :))))
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01/12/2007 03:06:16 AM
The cheeky bastards are posing...and smiling!
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01/12/2007 12:29:54 AM
ha! Looks like they're posing especially for you!
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