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Agama - for Bayram

Agama -  for Bayram
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1, Vanderschelden's herptiles in Kruger [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-01 9:53
Viewed: 4997
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you very much for the critiques you provided yesterday, my dear friends.
Today’s post is less abstract
compared to my previous upload.

Another image in my Kruger National Park travelogue displaying this specie can be found here. This one displays the whole animal though. It is the same “creeping animal”.
In above link you can also find more in depth info, moreover in some of the critiques.

I’m not a seasoned herper. Nevertheless I wish to dedicate this Southern tree agama
to my friend professor Bayram. Maybe this herptile can be published in one of his textbooks some day;-).

Annick Vanderschelden Photography

Shooting conditions
Monopod. IS on.
Weather: sunny.

Post –processing
Subsequently Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

File info
Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
23/10/2007 10:15:30
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

crs, Jamesp, nglen, zulfu, bahadir, boreocypriensis, xTauruSx, Dis. Ac., nkasot, cicindela, gannu, SelenE, horia, goldyrs has marked this note useful
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To horia: Thanks a lot, Horia.vanderschelden 1 05-02 12:19
To bahadir: Nice to meet you, Bahadirvanderschelden 1 05-01 12:14
To zulfu: Hello Mehmet,vanderschelden 1 05-01 12:07
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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-05-01 9:59]

Hi Annick,

This is a very interesting photo. First of all I do find the colors of this reptile amaising. I do appreciate the way you used DOF having a blurry background as well as the forground. It looks very nice as the subject is entierly clear. Not the least shadows and lights are doing an excelent patern well suited to the vivid colors of the animal. You did a really good photo.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-01 10:10]

Hi Annick

A great shot - wonderful composition from a great, low POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-01 11:36]

Hi Annick. I am sure are good friend Bayram will love this colourful one. You use of the light plays so well on the colourful body. I like the pose with its head held up high . well done TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-01 11:59]
  • [+]

Hello Annick, superb capture of this agamid speceies and nice dedication to our supervisor Dr. Göçmen. I am sure he will love this:). TFS for this beauty.

P/S. Today he has so many educational obligations (in both diurnal and nocturnal program. Therefore this shot would be become to him a remedy:)

Hello Annick, What a beautifully coloured agama? and nice dedication to an expert on herptiles, my supervisor Bayram. TFS. Regards,

Hi Annick,

Will be back later...


Hi Annick,
very beautiful shot.
I like the illumination effects on the ground.
The reptile is captured very sharp and detailed.
Colors are very beautiful.
TfS Tatjana

Hi my beloved friend Annick!
This is really a big surprise for me.
Thank you very much for your kind dedication
and also thanks for this splendid and influential capture of
a beutifully coloured agama species which we have not got it in Turkey.
TFS and indebted to you for this pleasant dedication for me!
I'm taking this in to my favorites! My friend.
With my best wishes,


hello annick.amazing colour,wonderful picture. well done. yasemin

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-01 21:37]

Merhaba Annick,
Nice shot good focus and dof I like the smooth background contrasting nicely against the sharp detail. Regards. Hüseyin

Hello Annick, wonderfull capture of a beutifull agama and nice dedication to a good teacher, researcher of herpetology. TFS.

Hallo Annick,

Mooie compositie en goed gevangen met uitstekende pov en dof.
Mooie achtergrond erbij.
Goed gedaan.


Hello Annick
Splendid capture and nice dedication. TFS.
Greetings from Cyprus,

Hello Annick!
I really believe that not only this picture could be published in books! Your pictures have not only very good quality but - eg. in this case - present interesting objects with very nice POVs. And the POV is one of my favourite elements of this photo - low, almost from lizard's level :)
Bravo also for sharpness and details, in the shadow it was not easy to keep, I believe.
TFS and best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-02 1:24]

Good morning Annick!
This is superb! :-D
You must have been lying flat on your belly to have captured this super-low POV :-)
Excellent composition that must have been quite hard to get right (at least for me!) :-D
Very nice colours and great light.
Superb DOF.
A nice dedication to Bayram!
Well done!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-02 5:34]

Hello Annick, What a shot and I like the composition of keeping the little fella in the frame at a distance. Lovely focus and superb clarity. Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-02 5:48]

Hi Annick,
Colors of the reptile are beautiful. Well composed and exposed with a very good low POV. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-05-02 12:15]
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Hi Annick

As a herp lover myself, i can always appreciate such posts - that show the real beauty of these amazing animals: the reptiles.

This is really one of them: a great post, a wonderful dedication to another reptile passionate here and surely a splendid shot!

I think the exposure was the key here really - you had to get as much details and possible and to retain all those lovely colors both from the bright parts and the shaded areas...and you mastered it!
Also the low POV works great here, while the shallow DOF creates a very harmonious depth effect.
Truly superb job, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

I am speechless, Annick.One can only say that much about something beautiful, but what does one say about perfection?Only have goosebumps, and feel small.

Great colours, nice contrast from the backround, nice pov

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