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Water lizard

Water lizard
Photo Information
Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-11 4:35
Viewed: 10092
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not any new species, just a Common lizard (Lacerta vivipara).

What is quite interesting these lizards can be usually found in wet habitats. The one from my picture belong to the big group of lizards that live on the bank of river in my village.

Most of the time they bask in the Sun sitting on a bank or hunt for small insects among vegatation. When you get too close they either hide among grass or run to the water and swim to find some shelter in other part of the bank or, more often, among plants grownig in water.

I must admit I've never knew they are such a good swimmers and in water they look preety much like swimming crocodiles because of very simmilar body moves. You can see a picture of such lizard in WS. It's not great because they are very quick and I didn't manage to get anything sharper or with better framing.

The lizard from this picture had just left the cold water and now it's basking in the sun trying to warm up the body.

Apart from lizard there is also a little bonus on the picture. In the FG you can see some tiny grey things. These are living creatures - Springtails. There were lots of them on the water surface.

Signal-Womb, Matt-Bird, Aramok, AndyB, elroyie, scottevers7, Fisher, Dando, firelord, aido, red45, eruyanik, marhowie, PDP, mogens-j, dkaved has marked this note useful
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Ooh! Monika that is a cracking shot. I am surprised you got so close without it running off. Lovely composition and amazing detail on the upper body. Exposure and colour saturation are spot-on. Very fine capture, well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-11 4:55]

Hello Monika!
Very nice capture.POV,clear details,sharpness,colors and composition are
wonderful.I liked eye contact also a lot.TFS...:-)

tout est superbe, la composition, la lumière et la netteté.... chapeau!

Very detailed photo. There is a lot to see here in the foreground but it doesn't distract from the main subject. Nice sharp image and a good DOF.
Good photo.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-11 5:20]

Hello Monika,
What a capture, I like the POV and it is a very sharp colourfull capture

I have to say that it is a lovely capture and a stunning picture. I love the notes they really help.


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-04-11 6:39]

Hello Monika,
A very good capture.
Good lighting and colours,excellent detail and pov.
I've never had the chance to get one of these,always too quick for me.
Excellent work.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-04-11 7:02]

Good shot Monika!! Nice POV and well composed. Colors are great and exposure is spot on. Sharp focus too. Excellent! Well done & TFS!


Ps-The workshop photo is great aswell. I never knew they were such good swimmers. You're so lucky to have such great photo-subjects in the neighbourhood. :)

Nice capture, excellent quality with very good compo, you've got great light for this picture.

Hi Monika,
An excellent shot on this lizard. The sunlight was not harsh, so your exposure looks great. Nice colors and sharp detail The DOF is good, with a nice gradual falloff. Looks great to me!

Hi Monike, Great photo, Pefect details everything is so crisp. Perfet colors, DOF, POV, BG just excellent. TFS Kyle

Hi Monika,

Excellent shot, sharp, detailed and well composed. A beauty.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-11 8:24]
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Hi Monika, I am amazed that you only use a compact camera because your photographs are excellent, so clear and sharp. Just proves that it is the photographer that makes the picture and not the camera. This shot is no exception. Excellent detail, colour, lighting and POV. Everything spot on, TFS.

Hello Monika,
Very good look at this lizard, and a very good look from this lizard as well. Good lighting and POV.

Hi Monika,
it's beautiful, such a pretty guy on this nice place, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-11 14:53]

Hi Monika,
You have some amazing wildlife in the area that you live. This is an excellent shot, perfect detail, lovely colours, DOF is spot-on and the composition/framing works very well. No green hue either :-) A lovely shot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-11 15:02]
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Hi Monika!
You're lucky! I never did good picture of this cute reptile. Perfect light, details, Spring colours. I like everything, your note, too. I was thinking about these dark, velvet looking spots on surface of water - are they Collembola or not?

It's a great model Monica! Beautiful and photogenic. You took it wonderfully. I like the especially feeling of the depth towards to the tail end. Congratulations...
Best regards,

Hi Monika,
I have a very busy couple of days. But I can make just enough time for a quick visit to TN.
Great capture, thanks for posting. Have a great week.

Sweet and lovely ;)

Hi Monika,
Wow, excellent capture of this lizard in its natural environment - Great setting. Perfect DOF and light. Very sharp and detailed, wonderful POV and framing.
Very well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-11 20:39]

Superbe composition!

L'éclairage est vraiment superbe et les détails sont excellents. Le bel environnement en font une belle composition et la pose du spécimen est parfaite.

Merci pour l'envoie.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-12 15:25]

Hi Monika!
Very nice close-up capture.Great details and POV.
Well done


Hello Monika,
A very nice photo, looks like from a paleozoic swamp. The picture has very good colours, focus and composition. I like it a lot! 10 points.
Have a nice wek end :+)

hi monika,
great capture, so close and clear,
and he´s smiling directly in the camera.
wonderful composition and details -
thanx for mentioning the little grey-black
things in front, i was wondering what they were.
well seen & done, thor.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-17 17:07]

Hello Monika, cool shot. Love the pose and the pov is excellent. Very well done on this composition!

Fantastic capture Monika. Excellent sharpness and dof with lots of details in the skin of thelizard. The colours look great and you handled the light perfect. Great composition too. Nice note too.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-20 19:10]

Witaj Moniko,

cudowna ostrość i kolory.

TFS :-)

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-04-21 14:34]

Hi Monika,
Wow what a beautiful image.The depth of focus is just perfect, so much detail and texture.You couldnt have caught a better pose.
i like the additional colour in the foreground.Well done.
Regards, David

Awesome perspective on this really cool lizard. The over all exposure is perfect and draws you right into a staredown match with this cold blooded lizard looker. Well done Monika. :)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-04-29 2:03]

superbe shot with great focus and very good details! very nice composition and a very good colors and natural ambiance for this lizard! excellent work. tfs

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