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annevyhagen September 02, 2015
This otter are amazing.
sherrivandenakker November 24, 2015
I love otters! They're our favorite animals!
bridgetrendall January 09, 2016
I love this photo so much I have had to come back and revisit it - fantastic capture - thank you for sharing this with us all
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marcdewitt January 13, 2018
I always love an animal against a black background. It is such a powerful technique for isolating the subject. The sharpness and texture in this shot are very nice!
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tmtburke January 14, 2018
Thank you, I was lucky enough to be quite close to my subject at the time, it was very sleepy having just eaten.
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Behind The Lens


This shot of an Asian Short Clawed Otter was taken at a wildlife park in Cornwall, England


This was taken about mid-morning. The otters had just been fed so were preparing to take a nap, you can see this one is looking very sleepy.


It was a bright but overcast day so there was no glare from the sun which helps to bring up the otters coat.


My trusty Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. It's very light weight & easy to carry around all day


Otters are very inspirational. They have such cute faces & each one is a seperate little character.


I wanted the otter to 'pop' out at you so I have used a vinegarette mask to blacken the back ground

In my camera bag

I am a very lazy photographer & usually only carry my camera. I do keep a tripod in my car but this rarely comes out.


Have patience to sit & watch your subjects. Once they are settled with you being around they act much more naturally & make better images.

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