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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-08
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Chameleons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 9:38
Viewed: 5424
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends,
I had intended to post another shot of the weevil I'd posted last week, but as it happens, today, after a spot of landscaping [seascaping as a matter of fact] I had some time to spend for a stint in one of 'my' patches. I came across this chameleon, quite by chance because I had not actually seen it but was attracted to this strange coil like shaped 'plant' that turned out to be its tail. I had intended the shot from directly overhead but it proved more difficult than expected because the chameleon was constantly turning away from my direction of approach.I could not juggle the camera through the twigs and hedgegrow so I used the live-view monitor and snapped off as best I could. The result is not as sharp as I would have wished but I managed to get some eye contact from the creature.
Chameleons were 'introduced' to Malta in the 19th century from North Africa and were very successful in establishing themselves in our countryside, so much so that today they are quite common although not often seen on account of their reknowned powers of mimicry.
Thanks for watching

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Hello Mark,
Your caption is very apt; the image evokes strong Jurassic associations in the shape of this lizard's scaly head and those penetrating, circular eyes.
Considering the diffuculties you speak of, you have managed an admirable macro image with fine details and colours. The focus may be a tad soft at the lower edges of the face but the overall picture is quite impressive.
Please accept my belated New Year's greetings.

Hello Mark,
This Chameleon keeps a watchful eyes on you. No wonder that you are not able to make a shot from directly overhead. This is an excellent close up. The sharpness and color saturation are great. The light and shadow also make this picture interesting. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2007-01-08 11:10]

Vivid colours, Nice DOF and details....Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-08 12:00]

Hello Mark,
This is a fine close-up of the Chameleon with an excellent view of the typical appearance of the eyes. This is pretty sharp and the lighting is first class.
TFS this shot and good note,
Regards, Ivan

Ciao Mark, avete i camaleonti a Malta?
Io li adoro, sono i miei rettili preferiti.
Bei dettagli nell'occhio.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-08 13:57]

Hi Mark.
Very impressive close-up.Superb POV - face to face.
Amazing colours,perfect light,great details.
Nice done and good interesting note
TFS and greetings Milos

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-08 17:42]

Hola Mark.- Un exelente Macro, con muchos detalles y grandes colores en verde, me agradan sus ojos que ven directamente al lente de tu camara. Luis52.

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