Loch Ness Monster

© Robert G. Stalnaker

Loch Ness Monster

Uploaded: March 12, 2008


At least that's what my wife called it, and I wasn't about to argue with her since from a distance, it did seem to look a bit like Nessie. The Latin name "Lutra canadensis" even sounds similar to Loch Ness--I think. Here is a closer view of a Florida River Otter.

f/6.3, 1/400, ISO 400, daylight, partial, +2/3, lens Canon EF 400mm L, handheld, Orlando Easterly Wetlands, 3/12/08.

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.67, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Jennifer Burt March 13, 2008

I love this picture, I'm so jealous you got an otter picture. Everytime I go out on the Ocklawaha or the Silver Rivers my brother always sees an otter and by the time I get a chance to point the camera in the right direction it's usually gone.
Great capture. The lighting is wonderful. Was this taken in the late afternoon/early evening? It just seems to have a wonderful golden glow. #876878

Robert G. Stalnaker March 13, 2008

Thank you so much for noticing that glow! I was so thrilled when I saw the otter and noticing myself how the light was just "glowing" from the low angle of the sun.

Yes, you are perceptive, Jennifer. It was taken at 752 AM, and with Daylight Savings Time just kicking in, that's like 652 AM just a few days previous. The color of the otter never would have been brought out under the harsher sun a couple hours later.

There were two otter, and it was difficult getting either one by itself or two in a framing that looked nice. Also, they were shy. I felt very fortunate to walk away with this and a couple other shots. #5639576

Richard P. Lussier March 15, 2008

I really like this shot, Robert, your framing, the wonderfully warm colors... I especially like the inquisitive expression that you captured, very nice! #5647547

Teresa Norris March 16, 2008

Wonderful image, Robert! Beautiful setting, beautiful light, beautiful otter! #5649184

Robert G. Stalnaker March 16, 2008

Hi Richard and Teresa. You know, this photo is an example of why "Rules" don't always work. Sometimes there is such a "requirement" that "fill the frame" and other "rules" play to the detriment of wildlife photography. If judges demand, e.g., that the subject "fill the frame", then I make the otter bigger and lose the beautiful marsh surroundings.

I believe that in wildlife photography, adding the animal's natural habitat makes the photo far more beautiful than simply making the subject dominate the frame.

Richard, it is like your photo "Sunny Texas". At what point do you pull the bull in to "fill the frame" and at what point do you lose those beautiful yellow flowers in the meadow? You chose to show more natural habitat (and ignore "fill the frame") and the photo to me is more beautiful that way; that's sort of what I tried to do here.

Thanks for visiting!

Pauline M. Tims March 25, 2008

Beautiful image . lovely light #5699147

Kristy A. Keene March 26, 2008

Great Capture! #5701411

Karen Engelbreth March 30, 2008

Wonderful image, Robert! #5719209

Robert G. Stalnaker April 04, 2008

Hi Pauline, Kristy and Karen. Everybody loves otters. It was neat to find this otter (actually a pair of them) and watch them. I was hoping to get a good photo and feared I would not as they would not cooperate, but finally I got the comp I wanted and was happy that it turned out well. #5746214

Candice L. Carter April 06, 2008

Brillant crop and title! I loved everything about this shot! #5751755

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