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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.0
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geckos, Reptiles - Geckos 1, Reptiles of Europe, Reptiles (Reptilia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 2:28
Viewed: 6661
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today short come back to something bigger than insects and totaly different that landscapes :)

This is a Kotschy's Gecko - Cyrtodactylus kotshyi (Steindachner, 1870) (Gekkonidae), one of only 4 species from this family known from continental Europe (the other are: Hemidactylus turcicus, Phyllodactyllus europaeus, and Tarentola mauritanica) - another 4 species are known from Canary Islands.

And here you have some basic facts about this species:

Distribution: SW Italy, SE Balkan Peninsula, Crimea, Western Asia.

Body size: about 10 cm (sometimes - rather rare - even up to 13 cm).

Life style: night active species.

Habitat: rather hot regions, usually with rocks and stones, very often in the villages and towns where it can be found on the walls (like this specimen), not rare next to source of light where night active insects are atracted.

And also some "technical details":
- period of day - late evening

- place - restaurant, next to WC where the light was turned on and night active insects were present

- distance to the object - about 50 cm

- additional "equipment":
- ladder (gecko was about 3 m above the ground level)
- torch (to "blind" reptile before it escaped)
- patience (before I took this photo gecko escaped 6 times!)
- understanding of the restaurant owner (really very important if you imagine that it is not very normal to see a person with camera, on the ladder, next to WC, who is trying to take a photo of a reptile...) ;>

As always thank you in advance for your time and comment!!! :>

horia, Argus, SelenE, Alex99, jcoowanitwong, ralfsworld, jazdzurka, Mike-Rix, eqshannon, fartash, uleko, PaulH, XOTAELE, Jamesp, haraprasan, marhowie, meyerd, ridvan, sily, JORAPAVI, izler, thiv56, avallaunius, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-24 2:56]

Hi Radek

Indeed something a little different that your last few posts...but something you know i like a lot :)
This is a superb lizard and one i still haven't seen in real life. Maybe, if all goes well, i might come with you next year in one of your trips and then get the chance to see one :D
Anyway, i really love the typical poze you captured it here in as well as the nice contrast it makes with the BG.
The details and textures on its body are wonderful and very sharp and the diagonal composition is a bliss.
Superb work! Great note, too! (very funny last part!!!)


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-24 3:18]

Hello Radomir,
Superb both technically and esthetically you have come up with a great shot of a Gecko, Kotschy's. The details and POV are superb and the general colouring would suggest that this species has some abilty to camouflage itself but colour changes in the skin.
Nice to see and thanks,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-24 3:47]

Hi Radomir,
Focus, sharpness and details are very good. I liked the POV and composition a lot. TFS
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-24 5:29]

Hi Radomir.
Brilliant composition. It makes the eye glad. Comments are interesting and funny. Quality of the picture is superb. I mean sharpness, details, exactness of colours, POV and pose of the animal. Bravo and kind regards.

Hello Radomir,
This one looks like house gecko that can be found here in Thailand. A crystal clear image. Lovely skin texture. I like this pov and the composition. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Radomir
You did really good work here by capturing tis little gecko. Details, pose and colurs are really nice.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-24 7:21]

perfect pic for details and colours,and thanks for help me,best whishes,LUCIANO

You choose your posts well. It is clear, crisp and clean. Beyond the essentials, it is a striking angle from the top. The background allows for good focus on the subject. It is so very well noted...and it shows your skills both in science as well as photography. Very very good.

Dear Radomir
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing,lighting and BG,Welldone.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-24 9:39]

Hello Radomir,
I love Geckos! They seem to like staying at hotels and going to good restaurants!! We've seen them on the walls in Asia and Africa. This is a splendid capture showing pattern and texture very sharply. It makes me curious to see the other 3 species in Europe!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-24 11:10]

Hi Radomir,
yep...this one's just as good as the others! Excellent detail as i would expect from you, but it's the exposure of that bright white wall i'm most impressed with, it could have so easily gone wrong...you've done a great job here my friend. We have few large reptiles here in the uk, the biggest being the Sand Lizard (i think)...and these are rare and not often seen. A great sight to see, thanks.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2007-10-24 11:50]

Zdravo Radomire!
Oshtrina,boje i svetlo su odlichni.
Sve najbolje iz Makedonije,

Hola Radomir.
Una encantadora imagen con este pequeño lagarto.
Buenos detalles y excelente nitidez.
Buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Doctor Radomir, superb gecko, I never see before this specie, thanks, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Buen enfoque, sobre todo en la parte central ( tiene dificultad :-) ) Disposición clásica y efectiva del reptil. Buena luz y naturalidad en los colores. Bonita. Un buen aliado para todos en las noches de verano.


Hello Radomir, lovely shot and splendid diagonal composition, perfect focus, excellent lighting and ver nice natural colors,
well done,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-24 22:22]

Hi Radomir

A wonderful shot with great exposure - which must have been difficult with a white BG. The detail in the gecko is excellent.



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-24 22:28]

Hi Radomir,
Splendid shot of this Gecko. Immaculate sharp details and a great pose captured. Good use of flash lighting. I like the top POV to portray it and the diagonal composition. Kudos.

Hi Radomir,
A beautiful capture of this gecko. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-25 2:12]

Hola amigo,
espléndida captura y perfecto foco...
buenos detalles y original presentación...
saludos un abrazo.

Good DOF, color, and nice detail Radomir. I like the diagonal composition, and the image is well exposed.
Well done.

Hi Radomir,
and here is your latest contribution, a perfect shot of a Gecko. I know that they are very nervous and don't like being flashed at. And you're right about the reaction of the people: in Iran I tried to do the same; the hotel owner wanted to be helpful but chased the animal continuously away from me. Well done!
My best egards,

Cześć Radek
Ile też trzeba poświęcić czasu żeby zrobić takie fajne zdjęcie. Jakiej wytrzymałości potrzeba, zeby znieść wzrok ludzi pukających się w czoło i myślących "czego on tam szuka koło WC" ;)
Ale poważnie.
Super fotka, zwierzak doświetlony, ale nie prześwietlony, co przy użyciu lampy błyskowej nie jest łatwe. Zdjęcie dobrze skomponowane i ostre - szczególnie grzbiet bardzo wyraźny, trochę na ognie ostrość "ucieka", ale to szczegół.
Jednym słowem - gratulacje

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-25 12:06]

selam radomir ; excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely lizard on the wall .nice pov and dof with splendid colours. well presented pose
Well done !
Regards ridvan

I did not even know that you could find this creatures in europe, you captured it perfectly, such a descriptive post!
Thanks for your words, and best regards too, Felipe.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-10-27 16:40]

HI Radomir!
ha,Nice story, I can't imagine guy's face watching you chase the little pest, but nice shot of this little fellow, so it payed of!

Hola Radomir,
Preciosa toma de bella composición, la nitidez, detalles y luz son excelentes, muy buena la información, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-11 3:52]

selam Radomir
i see successful using of equipments and well close-up working on this interesting reptile
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

Hello Radomir!

A clear, sharp and detailed scientific photo! TFS.

great sharp pic, TFS Ori

Hello Radomir,
Thanks for this nice gecko. I will add some gecko photos in near future as well.
Cypriensis Bayram

Hi Radomir,
Very beautiful gecko, thank you very much for sharing with us this beautiful shot.
All the best,

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