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Arkanys 8 - Fancy rat

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This picture is featured in my rat photography book Fancy Rats - Portraits and Stories published by Amherst Media



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My cute little baby rattie boy yawning :heart: :love:

Arkanys, black irish dumbo rex rat, born April the 16th 2010.

He is the sweetest baby rat, the most cuddly, licky, playful and loving boy I've ever had (he can sleep on my boyfriend and I for hours then licks our hands when he wakes up, always asks for cuddles and adores to play with us).
I have always wanted to adopt black or agouti rats but I had never had the opportunity to adopt one as I do not chose my rescue ratties colors/coat/ear shape at all, I just take them home the way they are. Since Ægir is always asking for rattie friends to play, I thought it would be great to adopt young rats for once (my old ones are not playful enough).

Arkanys comes from an unwanted litter from a rescue doe, Harley, who had been abandonned by her previous owner. The foster family who rescued her didn't seem to know males and female rats shouldn't play on the same area together and the girl who adopted Harley soon discovered that she was pregnant...
I saw a video showing Harley's pups and my boyfriend and I just melt when we saw Arkanys cute little nose and white socks... So we adopted him and I must say this rattie is the cutest thingie ever and I can't believe such a small rat has so much love to give :heart:


Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens
Philips Living Colors lamp


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LightlyLexi's avatar
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Vision:
First of all this is so frickin cute it's almost too much for words :'D A little stretching rat is always adorable, but the way you angled the picture and got up-close added to the awesome.

Originality:
A yawning rat is not usual to come by, at least not for me..! This is the first picture of a little guy doing this I've seen so I'd say it's original. Of course, a picture of a rat isn't /original/ in that sense, being as everyone who has a rat and takes pictures is going to take a picture of their rat, but that's certainly not your fault XD

Technique:
I like how much you focused in on the whiskers, I was drawn right too them when I looked at this picture. Blurring all around the rat was a smart idea so the viewer wouldn't get distracted.

Impact:
Very very nice job! I can safely say this picture is one of my favorites!
Kellalizard's avatar
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Vision:
I think this photograph is already one of my favourites in your gallery. Not only does this follow your brilliant technique and style you display in all your photographs but you've captured a very lucky snap! I know I try hard to capture special photographs of my animals but it is rare to find ones with action and I think you've done very well to capture this one.

Originality:
I agree that taking photographs of pets isn't the most original thing in the world, but something about your photographs are so different from everyone else's, and I really love it.

Technique:
Whenever I look at your photographs I feel like you really do a brilliant and professional job on them all. From the focus to the backdrop, your photos are full of colour and interest, and unusually, your backgrounds are bright but they don't take the focus away from the model, which is what I see all too often on other artwork. Just as people have a style of drawing, I really love your photographic style.

Impact:
Overall, as I've said, this is probably my favourite picture. It has a great impact with lots of colour, cute appeal, and it really makes the pet rat seem much more playful and intelligent than some people might like to believe.

I think your photographs are brilliant and your style is so unique, and as someone said before, you really bring out the best in your rats, there are photos of rats solo, and there are group photographs which are always harder to take! Some people might not want to believe that rats are intelligent and loving, which I believe they are, but you certainly prove a good case with all your wonderful rat photographs. I'd love to see some photos of any other pets you might have, too!
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VISION
Unfortunately when most people think of "cute, fun pets," rats are not what they think of. Even for those of us who know what great pets they can be, we usually tend to focus on their more studious aspects, such as their intelligence and level headedness. So unlike, say, a ferret, rats are often treated as serious pets. That's why I love that you've chosen to photograph your rats in such a playful and fun manner. You're showing these animals in a way they're not usually shown in, and that's great vision.

ORIGINALITY
Okay, so pet photographs definitely aren't the most original thing, but somehow you've still pulled off this photo in a way that feels very original and fresh to me. Your awesome choice of presentation, with the green backdrop and white framing, is a large component to that. Capturing the rat in the middle of this unique pose is also a major factor. It's not your standard issue, stereotypical pet magazine rat pose.

TECHNIQUE
From the technical standpoint, you clearly know what you're doing, but a few things bother me about the execution. I wish the focus here was just a bit broader. I think it's a shame that the focus isn't clearer on his paws, since I feel it would really up the cuteness factor if we could more clearly see those adorable tiny paws. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart"/> And I find the heavily blurred foreground to be distracting -- don't get me wrong; I LOVE blur, but that's an awful lot of blur for a foreground, and it feels like it's vigorously competing with the actual subject of the image for my eye's attention. In short: try to be less heavy handed with your DOF. Waaaay easier said than done, I know!

IMPACT
Who could resist a photo like this? Anyone would be hard pressed to beat the impact of cute baby animals and bright colours combined! This is an all around very charming image and I hope it will help to change some minds about rats by showing people what cute pets they can be.
DianePhotos's avatar
Thank you VERY much for your indepth feedback, you actually summed up everything I thought about this photo :)

About the DOF, unfortunately I'll have to buy a flash or a brand new camera (I still have not saved enough money to do so) as I can't get enough light to make the diaphragm aperture narrower for now... I have to set the shutter speed quite fast as ratties move very fast and I just can't push the ISO values to 400 or it would absolutely ruin my pictures (there is already way too much grain for my taste using 200 ISO), so I try not to get higher than 200 ISO, which makes my DOF very very short (I really wish the paws were sharp too, I've got another shot where they are but the pose isn't as cute and funny as it is here, as I moved a bit to take my ratty's profile when he was yawning).

Thanks again for your critique, very much appreciated! :)
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Your emotions in your photos are improving. This rat looks like it has had a long day and just totally fatigued. I am not quite sure the neon colors was the best choice here again considering that the subject is so dull // dark ... I say this only because I believe to some degree it distracts from the focal point of this piece but it does brighten up the photo nevertheless. Another thing I'd like to mention is that I believe it would also be better if you try to tone down the sharpness of the photo. Your photos actually. A little softness//mainly smoothness is good so try that the next time and see how it looks.

Again, keep it up! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/t/t…" width="15" height="15" alt=":thumbsup:" title="Thumbs Up"/>
DianePhotos's avatar
Thanks a lot for your feedback once again :hug:
I tried to soften this image but I liked the sharp one more (it's not "oversharpened", I just sharpened it very slightly to get the same amount of details I had in the full-sized one :)), I'm a detail freak :blushes:

About the "neon colors", Arkanys fell asleep on this vivid background before I could change it (I wish I could have used a light blue or white background here), I'll try to make him comfortable on a lighter and softer colored background so he can fall asleep on it too ^^
acacin's avatar
oh okay, and about the colors.. you can always change them in photoshop if you have it very easily if you prefer blue. Blue's my fav color actually anyway. =D
DianePhotos's avatar
I don't really like to change colors using PS actually, although it's quite easy indeed...
I tried to keep this photograph "natural" (I played a bit with levels to lighten slightly it and make it look slightly softer on the darker areas), I'll take more pics with different backgrounds when I have some free time, maybe Arkanys can yawn for me again :)
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I think this picture is just adorable <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/m/m…" width="15" height="15" alt=":meow:" title="Meow :3"/> i want one of these in my house. the picture is realy nice i like all the detail and the 'action shot' is realy affective. also think the animaL in the picture is in the perfect position to see the detail and the beauty in its fur and the baby pink in its little hands. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/a/a…" width="15" height="15" alt=":aww:" title="Aww"/> on the animal it has the cutest ears and the photo that has been taken is one of those things were its irisistable to just say 'aww'. your amazing photography will make anyone jelous because this picture is amazing to just sit and stare at.

~a great pic~
DianePhotos's avatar
Aww thank you so much for your feedback! I really enjoyed doing these series, I've got plenty more pics of him yawning but I liked this one the best as both his little hands are showing :heart:
gingerbreadgir1's avatar
yeah my pet died a few months ago i never got good pics of her D:
confederate7kid's avatar
I had a rat once

It looked just like a Norwegian Rat, it was big and very smart

I got from the pet store right after it was weaned and for the first 6 months it was just him and me i would not let anyone see him

I could let him out for a half hour then call him and he would come to me

I miss him, but I will never have another one [ rats don't live long ]  Inside Out Reaction Icon: Sadness  

Love this picture
jupiterfanclub's avatar
its screming of pain
jupiterfanclub's avatar
i want to kill it but i will not 😾
IamNoOneSpecial1's avatar
I'm not too fond of rats but this is cute!
Naughty-b-Nature's avatar
YES! That´s exactly how my little ratty rascals wake up after a long rat nip! Heart Heart  

The only differences be that mine are nude, and all but one Dumbo female have normal ears.
Nice to see it in a pic, my camera is not good enough to portray this behavior, although I tried...
Utopya6's avatar
Such a cute little baby :hug Yuki Sohma Rat (Pretty Eyes) [V1] 
Wulfsista's avatar
Oh my, that is so cute. I am sure it wasn't easy to capture that, but you did it ;)
AutumnDayzzz's avatar
Are you kidding me?












I'M GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




it's so cute!
Archoldereign's avatar
Must have been a curly night of sleep. If the whiskers tell any tales.
Usagi-Atemu-Tom's avatar
Oh what a perfect moment to capture this. This little one is simply adorable, especially when yawning and stretching. Great capture you set this perfectly into scene!

Sincerely
pperelman's avatar
OMG...this is wonderful. Perfect capture. What a beauty! 
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