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Changeable Lizard

Changeable Lizard
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-09
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-10 21:34
Viewed: 4263
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
[Thanks to Ivan Kruys for helping me with ID of this lizard]

This tree lizard can change their colors, quite rapidly, but not as rapidly as chameleons. Changeable lizards are usually a dull brown, grey or olive with speckles or bands, but can can be seen in other colors such as bright green. These color changes may reflect their moods.

During the breeding season, the male's head and shoulders turns bright orange to crimson and his throat black. Males also turn red-headed after a successful battle with rivals. Thus their other gruesome name of "bloodsucker lizard". But they don't actually suck anybody's blood! Both males and females have a crest from the head to nearly the tail, hence their other common name "crested tree lizard".

Changeable lizards are related to iguanas. Unlike other lizards, they do not drop their tails (autotomy), and their tails can be very long, stiff and pointy. Like other reptiles, they shed their skins. Like chameleons, changeable lizards can move each of their eyes in different directions.

Changeable lizards eat mainly insects and small vertebrates, including rodents and other lizards. Although they have teeth, these are designed for gripping prey and not tearing it up. So prey is swallowed whole, after it is stunned by shaking it about. Sometimes, young inexperienced changeable lizards may choke on prey which are too large. They are commonly found among the undergrowth in open habitats including highly urban areas.

Source: www.naturia.per.sg

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Hello Benyamin,
Very interesting the composition of your photo, with the lizard comming in by the right, instead down.
The head's details are very clear and well focused.
The background works pretty well, so soft.

hi benyamin,
lovely shot,
well compodsed with goo pov,
the bg is nice, the sharpness is good,
the scales look clear, lovely colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-10 22:35]

Hello Benyamin

A very good portrait of this lizard.Good POV and DOF.The subject really stands out against the lovely green BG.Good colour and texture in the skin.Nice eye contact.TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-11 1:58]

Hello Benyamin,
Very nice capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-11 2:09]

Hello Ben,
I don't think this is a Chameleon.
This is a fine portrait of one of the many agamid lizards that occur in SE Asia and Australia.
You could probably get an ID using the internet.
Sharp with fine lighting, comp and BG.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

Buen punto de vista y magníficos detalles Benyamin. Interesante captura y una muy buena presentación. Buenos BG y DOF.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Benyamin

Perfect low POV. Good composition. Nice colours with good clarity and sharpness. Nice work. TFS.

Hello Benyamin,
This is a fine profile portrait!
You capture the little fellow with wonderful colours, and the close-up work is very well done with sharp fine details...
Pablo -

Hello Benyamin,
Very nice portrait. Well focused and exposed. Composition and colors saturation are great. TFS.

Belle photo de ce lezard,les détails sont nets et de jolie couleur. Thomas

Hello Ben,
What a GREAT portrait of this unusual animal. I like this composition and POV a lot. Lightning, details, colors and this green BG are just fabulous. Congratulations for this little treasure!

Ben, what a great photo, and hes even looking at you with a little smile on his face...:o) He looks very much like the igana that I used to have roaming my house.....great POV and DOF, awesome color on this guy..nice work. TFS
Donna :o)

The Saga Continues! This is the 6th part of a story that still has a few parts to go! A story about a storm building on Lake Erie. December 1st, 4PM can be seen here ( If you go back in my gallery you will find five previous photos building up to this and more information on Lake Erie)I was going to make a collage of photos but felt they told a better story seeing them full size. Lake Erie is where I live . In this photo I am looking SouthEast, the direction the wind was coming from. The state across that 58 miles of Lake would be Pennsylvania USA.
At this point when I checked the marine forecast ( I find since we live on the Lake its much more acurate to read the Marine forecasts) Anyhow they had now upgraded our Gale to a Storm. When I first heard the word "Storm Warning" I didn't think much of it.. Back in Vermont that just meant you were going to get a bunch of snow, or lots of rain. Well here on the Lakes its as close to a hurricane as you can get without actually being one. The winds were they were expecting we were going to get would be 50KNOTS with higher gusts. (50 Knots is about 60MPH this is what can happen...(Whole gale trees uprooted; considerable structural damage occurs a hurricane is actually anything over 73 MPH...) AT this point I did walk over to the otherside of the road that is in front of my house , the water was now splashing at the banks which normally we have about 15' of beach inbetween the bank and the water. I was really glad at this point that we also have a 10' bank ..never would I complain about having to climb down the stairs to the water again! I was also happy that the wind was southwest and was going to turn west before approaching that storm and we have alot of protection from wind in that direction for our house...whew..if it had been south...oh my..the waves on the lake at this point dont' look that high from this photo because I live in a shallow part, you can actually walk 100' feet out and not get past your waist..the waves on the lake were now 12'....

Thanks for your comments on "December Storm - 6"

Hi Benyamin,
Very nice captured!! His eyes focused on your camera. :-)
Nice details and fantastic DOF and POV.
Well done, Benyamin.
Regards and TFS,

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-12-11 9:38]

Hi Benyamin,
good portrait, very nice colours and fine DOF. Interesting note. Good job. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-11 10:04]

Hola Benyamin, buen retrato y detalles,magníficos colores, y original pov. saludos

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-11 10:22]

Hello Benyamin,
Excellent capture.Well seen and composed.POV,colors,BG,details and lighting are also wonderful.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-11 10:53]

Hi Ben,
this looks great, very well composed with a excellent crop and great colors. The neutral BG does sho off your subject very well and the sharp details pop out very nice. Excellent DOF which works very well with the light/shadow situation.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-11 13:58]

Awesome POV, color saturation, DOF and exposure is perfect. I love the nice warm lighting.

Superb facial macro of this lizard, Ben.
Perfect details of its scaly skin. The eye is in sharp focus and the colours are quite natural.
I like your note; it is first-hand and original.
Thanks and take care.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-11 14:36]

Hi Ben.
Perfect close-up. It's really Sony Macro lens at work. Bravo. Excellent sharpness and details of the reptile and amazing colourful BG. My compliments and TFS.

amazing shot here!
ciao mario

Hi Ben
C'est une très belle presentation de ce lézard en portrait,les couleurs et la netteté sont très bonnes et la composition est superbe et félicitation pour to BG.
Au revoir et merci pour le partage....JP

Witaj Ben!
Piekny portrecik jaszczurki. Dziekuje za opis, duzo tam ciekawych wiadomosci. Zdjecie ma super ostrosc i wspaniale kolory.
Pozdrawiam, gratuluje - Roma

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-12 4:00]

Hi Ben

What an interesting compositin with this cute lizard. i ratherlike it! :)
The pOV here is...i would say unique, but that is, i think, what makes this such a special post :)
Also the DOF is great, giving you a splendid, almost monochrome BG. Nice details and textues of those scales and very good management of the exposure.
Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-12 8:00]

Stunning shot Ben, with great POV and framing.

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Very good presentation my friend.
I added this image to my Theme of Lizars.
Thanks and regards... Ricardo

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-16 1:11]

Hi Benyamin,
Great Head Shot of this cool looking lizard.
I like your colors,blurred bg,frame,note,his pose/expression,focus and sharpness.TFS

Hello Benyamin, this is a nicely composed shot, the pose is excellent as is the lizard looking back at you. I think perhaps there is a little bit of a yellow colour cast. I've done a WS to try and correct.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-05 21:54]

Amazing colours, well chosen POV, great work and composition, clear and cute!

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