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Camouflaged Lizard

Camouflaged Lizard
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-04 5:19
Viewed: 3575
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just have a look here please!

The color image on the left represent the Agama lizard in its natural environment. It is obvious that the missing color pigment can make it very easily distinguishable from the Yellow-Reddish rock underneath its body! Right!
But what about if you are color blind? The grey scale image on right is actually the same image on left turned around without colors. The Lizard completely disappear! Wow! The other change here is the missing shadows which I removed in Photoshop. ( Just shadows, let me repeat ). That is what you will see in a cloudy day if you are colorblind! Nothing but a Rock!!! Amazing isn't it?!

Camouflage is protective coloration that many animal species have evolved to avoid detection by predators or prey.

The image of this Agama ( I think ) was taken in RAW, ISO 200, Aperture priority mode and Evaluative metering system.

Thanks for visiting !!!

siggi, uleko, livius, jhm, jusninasirun, paolo49, Luis52, CeltickRanger, maaciejka, marius-secan, horia, flashpoint has marked this note useful
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To flashpoint: sERGIOmwmod99 1 12-07 12:34
To horia: Thank you Horiamwmod99 1 12-05 21:40
To sandpiper2: Thank you Chris !mwmod99 1 12-05 02:38
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Ciao George, great camouflage, good demostration with desaturated version, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-04 5:26]

Fine natural history work, I agree with you, we see color but many species don't. The act of disappearance is vital for the species for survival, well done. tfs.

An interesting work dear George. Top quality, as usual.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-04 5:31]

Hello George.
Fantastic study and photo.It surely is well camouflaged. Very nice picture of this lizard in its natural environment. Great colours, lots of details and very good dof. Very informative technical note too - thanks.Regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-04 5:32]

Hello George,
I'm glad I'm not colour-blind. It should be a boring world without colours. Very nice demonstration.

Hello George friend,
Certainly this is a great idea, not anyone thinks some like this! ... I think this kind of communion between the pictures and interesting facts of nature are an ideal complement to TN! ... Make use of post-processed to show them is already a plus ingenious! Congratulations and thank you! ... I have taken some photos of mimetic insects and now I will take this into account more to imagine how predators "see without seeing" these animals! ...

I reiterate my congratulations, you have an invention you know how to reflect in your pictures man!

Regards, TFS & Happy Sunday!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-04 6:05]

Hello George,
It must be obvious to everyone by now that you're technically very skilful and here you present the Agama lizard in a very interesting manner. I'd guess that it easily catches a moth or other insect being as well camouflaged as in the right version.
A fine presentation!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi George
Impressive work and beautiful photo.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Hello George
a very nice and particular composition: great colors and details.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-12-04 7:09]

Hello George,

Indeed a very good camouflage against the background, not one but two Agama lizards .
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.

I wish you a nice weekend,

This is an amazing presentation to demonstrate the camouflage and the b+w piece is superb. You'll make a very good teacher with this kind of creativity.
Thanks for the well thought effort and appreciated indeed.
Kind regards - Jusni

Hello George, fantastic image and fantastic the camouflage of lizard. Another very beautiful picture.Regards, Paolo

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-04 8:53]

Hola Jorge.
Excelent and fine photo my friend.
You did a great work here to show how the Lizard can camouflage hiself in the rocks
Great note too!!
Have a nice WE. full of photos on Your camera.

Hi George,incredible! What a idea and what a photographic experience!!Very impressive work,just a big big standing ovation,this is one of the most incredible surprises never seen on TN.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

hello George

great camouflaged shot, you did a great work
here with the left side without colors it bring
the camouflage to another level, the details are great,



Hi George,
You are right, it's amazing what nature can do sometimes. Very interesting note. Thanks for doing such nice and interesting photos,

Hello George,
Splendid camouflage. Exceptional focus and very good capture.
Splendid exposure as usual.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-05 1:13]
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Hello George,
this is a real nice scientific presentation with cause and effect shown and explained.
The sharp image of the lizard and the detailed pattern of the body are a wonder in nature, and you presented it so well.
some say that congratulating too much might be unreal, but this honest.


Hi George

An interesting collage. The question is how many predaors are colour blind?
A good way to show the effect of camouflage though.


Clever and interesting. Thanks. John

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-12-05 12:50]
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Hi George

Yet another absolutely fantastic post from you!
Not only you managed to show us a very cool and interesting subject here, but you also managed a totally original and terrific presentation - with the irregular (like the pattern) split between these two great pictures.
The idea to convert it to greyscale was excellent and it really gives us a nice insight of how a possible predator "sees" this well camouflaged agama.
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

ciao George!
a post really inspired with the cutting and desaturation up to the level of gray where the lizard magically disappears
ottimo lavoro!!! ciao sERGIO

great capture for a very wonderful lizard,

nice work too,

have a good time George and all the best,


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