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Moorish gecko

Moorish gecko
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Geckos 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 12:10
Viewed: 5954
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Tarentola mauritanica

The Moorish gecko, also known as Salamanquesa, is a small kind of gecko that lives in most countries of the Mediterranean area.

Adults can measure up to 15 cm, tail included. Robust body and flat head. Back, legs and tail with prominent conic tubercles. Its regenerated tail is smoother and doesn't have tubercles. Obtuse mouth, big eyes with no eyelids and vertical pupil. Fingers with big lateral growths and adherent division less laminae in the bottom face. Only the third and forth fingers end in union. Brownish grey or brown coloration with darker or lighter spots. These colours change in intensity according to the light. When they are active by day their colour is darker than during the night. It can be found on many construction sites, ruins, rock fields, tree trunks, etc.

Mainly nocturnal or crepuscular. Also active during the day, on sunny days at the end of the winter especially. They like to receive sunlight near their refuge. They hunt insects and in the warmer months of the year it can be found hunting nocturnal insects near light sources, street lamps, etc. They lay 2 almost-spherical eggs twice a year around April and June. After 4 months, little salamanquesas of less than 5 cm in length are born. Moorish geckos are slow to mature, taking 4 to 5 years in captivity.
(Taken from Wikipedia)

EXIF data
Aperture priority, Metering Mode=Spot
Focal Length=29,00 mm (in 35mm Film=128,98)

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  • Brodel (74)
  • [2006-11-11 12:15]

Curioso animalito que parece complacido al ser fotografiado.
Muy buenos detalles,
Gracias por compartir.

Buena imagen la de esta reptíl solazándose tan a gusto.
Una definición estupenda, la luz es también agradable.
Saludos, JL.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-11 12:26]

Hello Jose

A wonderful shot of this gecko.The POV is excellent and the details are crystal clear,the textures and colours are impressive.Good eye contact,and wonderful detail also in the eye.Good use of lighting. Well done.TFS


Hello Jose,
Good close-up with fine details!
Nice portrait features, well chosen point of view...
Well composed, and with good clarity in colours!
Pablo -

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-11 13:02]

Great eye and wonderful skin textues. Nice sharp details and good POV



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-11 13:23]

Hello Jose,
Funny capture.Eyes are amazing.I liked POV,colors,details,sharpness,framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-11-11 13:57]

Hi Jose,
A lovely image...I like the low yellow light with the shadows criss-crossing its back.Fantastic detail down to the veins in its hypnotic eyes.The texture of its skin is clearly felt.TFS and well done.
Regards, david

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-11 15:08]

Hi Jose.
Perfect macro-shot with fine details and very soft colours.I like used POV,accurate sharpness and very good DOF.Eye and take-off the sun is really amazing.Great work!
Thanks and greetings.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-11 16:42]

Hi Jose, nice shot. This is very intimate. I like hte nighttime feel to it. and the details in the eye are great. Very well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-11 17:21]

Hello Jose,
this one must have been hard to spot, it blends right into its surounding. Very well captured, Good POV and the details are nice and sharp.
Very well done.

Hola Jose,
Superb shot of this gecko. I like the eye of this lizard. Sharp, well focused. Great close up picture.

Ben Lakitan

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-11 19:45]

Hi Jose
Nice portrait shot. Good sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done Jose


Hello Jose,
Nicely composed and great sharpness and exposure. Skin texture and bright eye are perfect. Very well done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-12 3:41]

Hi Jose

This is a very beautiful portrait of this superb animal - the moorish gecko.
I really like the POV here - focusing all the attention of that wonderful big eye of his. Also great details throughout - including on its very "gripy" fingers :)
Lovely colors and light, well framed and composed.
Great work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Jose,
What a great capture of this usual animal! I like this POV very much and this excellent lightning. Details and composition are just great! He has great eyes too… This is very well done with excellent notes; congratulations!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-12 8:37]

Hola José, es magnífica esta macro...detalles y nitidez, realmente buena la luz y composición perfecta, Genial... saludos

great sharp close up, TFS Ori

Pues sí que estaba a gusto al sol que ni le importaba la cámara. Se aprecian muy buenas texturas, acompañadas de excelente foco, con la luz equilibrada a pesar de la sombra. Un cordial saludo

Hola Jose !
Beautiful picture of this gecko, with excellent details, colors and coömposition. I love the texture of the gecko's skin. Composition and POV are wonderfful, and you have a good eye contact with tha animal - he seems to be looking at you ! Very well done !

Hi Jose,
Great Capture.İmpressive colors & sharp. Nice POV and details.Well Composed.TFS.


A close-up image of extraordinary beauty and clarity, Jose. Superb details and colours.
The use of fill flash is just perfect.
Well done and thanks for sharing this great picture.

Hi Jose,
An excellent shot on this Moorish Gecko. A spot on exposure has the colors and detail looking amazing. Perfect DOF and the texture of the skin is superb. Well done.

Nice work Jose.
Very good sharpness and detail. Excellent us of ambient light, with natural color and great exposure..
Well composed frame and...luv dem' eyes ;)
Thank you mf.

Your notes are HIGHLY educative, Jose,
The Gecko is so well focused that it has "life" even
on my computer screen.
You are a MASTER at focusing your subjects.
Well presented & with excellent CLARITY.
Best regards,

Hola José, amgo mio.
What can I say? PERFECT! SUPERB! GREAT! Congratulations.
Saludos sinceros desde Tuequia.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-15 15:12]

Hi Jose.
I like your shot very much. The rich colours of your picture, details and sharpness of the animal are perfect. The cropping and composition are excellent too. The lights and darks are very expressive. Very interesting and skillful work. TFS and my compliments.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-15 20:02]

Hola Jose. Me admira mucho tu foto, es exelente en todos sus aspectos. Grandes detalles se aprecian en este trabajo. Felicidades Luis52.

wow! love the detail on the eye. Awesome image!

Hello José,
fascinating capture of that miniature dragon, with excellent details, perfect falloff in sharpness, and in light, shadows and colours that seem to be taken from a painting by El Greco.
Thank you! Best regards,

parece um lagarto pré-histórico! A nitidez está assombrosa! Bonitos detalhes e cores! Fica bem Ana:)

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-11-22 17:27]

Buenas Jose, perdona mi falta de tiempo para poder estar con vosotros. Me encanta esta fotografía tiene una calidad alucinante y además el ojo resalta mucho gracias a esa iluminación tan buena. Además la profundidad de campo es estupenda. Un saludo y enhorabuena por la captura.

Buenas José Luis
Como dice mi amiguete y tocayo tuyo, José Luis Ojeda, perdón por la falta de tiempo..... pero la verdad es que cuando he visto esta foto me he dicho pedazo fotón, que luz, que nitidez, que retratazo de salamanquesa.
Mis felcitaciones por tan bonita y buena foto.
Un saludo

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-23 7:18]

Una imagen donde ingresas en lo mayor intimidad del reptil Jose.
Me gusta el punto de vista que captaste, bien bajo a la altura del animal con buen uso de la iluminación disponible creando además, un fondo oscuro y el efecto de las pequeñas sombras de las ramas.
Buen encuadre y elección del recorte del original.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires.... Ricardo

bonjour josé
pas de lezard! c'est un beau portrait.
bien realisé.

Hi, Jose.
Nice gecko. Very beautiful light. Good exposure, POV sharpness and details.

Hola José,
Has hecho un estupendo acercamiento a esa salamanquesa. Los detalles de las escamas son impresionantes. También me gusta el encuadre y el color que se confunde con el del suelo.
Bien hecho!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-02 2:18]

Hi Jose,
Excellent Gecko close-up my friend.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,his head details especially his eyes,note and dark bg.TFS

you must read the commentaire.et you will see that any good passed well for....
this photo beautiful frog and thank you for partage André .

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-16 7:45]

Hi Jose,
superb photo of gecko.I like that the eye is perfectly focused.The brown tones of your photo are very beautiful and it looks good on the dark background.
Gecko looks so friendly.Good job.
Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-29 2:40]

Hola Jose,
Wonderful close-up shot of this Gecko with immaculate sharpness and nice colours. It is in fact nicely camouflaged. That eye looks gorgeous and huge. I like your low POV to portray it and the composition. Kudos.

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