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An experiment with backlighting. I adore showing rats in a unusual way, they make such wonderful cute little models :heart:

Ęgir, American blue self dumbo rat, born january 2010

He is very cuddly little boy who adores sleeping on my knees or in my sweater (he seems to have a sweater-sleep fetish :slow: )
He's a doll ! :heart:
He comes from an unwanted litter, I couldn't resist his cuteness and adopted him. My boyfriend named him Ęgir after a Giant from the Norse mythology.

Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF-S 60mm macro
Philips LivingColors lamps
black cloth


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Critique by jinchuriki2 Aug 31, 2010, 11:20:11 AM
My goodness, this is a fantastic picture! I absolutely love the lighting. The contrast between the dark background and the light outline of the rat really pulls the rodent into focus.

It's also very nice to have made the rat almost fade into the background along the edges; this pulls the rat's head into even more focus. In two words? Great composition.

The only thing I could really say to help you improve and perhaps create a better picture next time is to bring the whiskers into focus. Being slightly blurred, they appear a little "off" near the sharp focus of the fur on the head; although I suppose it must have been tricky to get this little guy to sit still for a photo ;)
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jmdohert Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
this is rat!
MymiTsume Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
So beautiful!! <3 <3
IrinaWhite8 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artist
Reblz93 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
this just so pretty :D
ur animals is just too cute ^w^
Ch4r Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible...........
Crazy4Wonderland Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So cute!
Ratgirl610 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
This picture is stunning. There are no words to describe what this image captures! THANK YOU for sharing :]
NemiSlaura Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I love your photos! I love your rats! Wish my rats would behave themselves when I try to take their pictures. :P
codeedar Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Perfect!! This would make a beautiful piece of art to hang on a wall. You are very talented.
CherryCStaff Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the light on this one.. fantastic
Red-Cha Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Waow amazing!...It looks like a painting...
AmyinWonderlandofOz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wonderful portrait.. just love what you have done... beautiful rat... thanks.. Z
SacredJourneyDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is such a great picture. The back lighting is great. First time I've ever seen this done with a rat.
Huggishunter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
we also have a blue dumbo his name is barney. i love the lighting in this pic going to have to get round to trying out this technique :)

Ghost-Toast-ABC Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
the lighting is so beautiful! it's stunning! what was the shutter speed to get such a still photo of such active critters? was there any after-shot editing?
Delta-Foxtrot Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great photo
steppythegirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ooh crying little dumbo :)
TheSnickers545 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
sorry i keep adding all of your photo's to my favorites... all your rats are so cute!
Chueyluver Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
sweet littl rat... <3 Is it okay to have a single rat? or is it mean to keep it alone??
Maarel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I draw it?
cyndycooper Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
An amazing picture. Not only does it convey personality, it also has terrific lighting! You don't normally see that in pet portraits.
CallMeDie Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful rat :)
LindelCaine Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Brilliant, wonderful, superb image !
... and a great little guy too ! 'Love your fancy rats.

Beautiful work .
DreamEyce Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Very handsome boy!
MelvisMD Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Oh my goodness, he's so sweet <3 I'm gonna be getting a couple rats soon so this pic makes me really excited C:
zevl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Beautiful light :nod:
dandypandy12 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Akefiakat228 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is amazing! how do you get them to stay so still for your pictures? mine are always on the move so i can never get any pictures like this
not just a fancy rat, a superstar rat!
theorin-Photo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011   Photographer
The light is just amazing!
to he hones I;m not very fancy about rats in general, but this picture could change my oppinion on them. ^_^
MyCephei Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
This... looks absolutely stunning! :wow: The light is amazing!!! And he himself is soooo adorable!!!
CamiiW Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha no but seriously, adorable :D im a big rat fan myself and you have really captured the... noseness of the rat :P
DisneyPhan01 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like it could be from a movie about rats (a sort of Guardians of Ga'Hool type of movie, but with ratties instead of owls. :XD:). :3
Tricia-Danby Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Artist
I featured this lovely artwork in my journal: [link]
Haluun Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
I would SO love to have a poster of this wonderful picture...
da-tigger Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Photographer
That lighting is beautiful!
theicegarden Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
I really like the lighting in this! And the little cutie looks quite a lot like my deceased sweetie :)
warriorsoul79 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
excelent pic!
feawen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Omg this one is awesome! But really I could fav them all!
forsakensoul26 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just so beautiful. I never thought I'd see ratties portrayed in such a way. Wonderful job!
Rosella-of-Daventry Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowwww, what an interesting photo! I thought it was a digital painting at first! XDD Great work! :rose:
The-Starcow Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The backlighting and composition really make this look like a painting. And he's such a precious little guy, too!
Ssmy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Wow. It's like that rat was waiting for the exact moment to pose. Wonderful lighting and adorable rat.
A-kija Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
My goodness, this is wonderful. Amazing detail on the fur.
Febrilis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Juste ciel il est magnifique ! Très belle photo, la lumière dessine parfaitement bien le contour, et met en valeur le poil de ce si beau rat. Cela me rend cependant un peu triste, j'ai toujours désiré avoir un rat, mais mon entourage a une sainte horreur de ces animaux, ce qui ne facilite pas les choses. , _ ,"
Bref, encore une magnifique photo! =)
JeSuisSortie09 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
this is truly an AMAZING shot. well done!
k0op4 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
this IS very cute! one day ill have one...
cricket00fur Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like your lighting experiment! Reminds me of lighting they cast on rats in movies (which i still think look cute XD). I enjoy the contrast between the low-key yellow backlighting and purple-ish blue glow in his fur from the foreground.
JKamrath Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
The lighting it stunning!
Coraki Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
I do not have the option to critique, but I just wanted to say in contrast to what jinchuriki2 said. Though I would like to see the same shot with the foreground whiskers in focus, to see over all preference. However, I kind of like that they're soft in this image. There are no hard white lines cutting through the face. Allowing the face to be the focus, which being so up close and personal with your lovely rat.

The image gives me a sense of nobility and courage. There is also a strong sweetness. This image could certainly accompany a story about a rat with such qualities. Or I bet Eddie and Jeff would have this image follow up their song "Rats." (A song about how rats are better than people. Homage to Micheal Jackson's "Ben").
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Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
60 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 12, 2010, 3:48:13 PM