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fire salamander

fire salamander
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-22
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon 20D, 100 macro
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Amphibians - Salamanders & Newts 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-26 5:22
Viewed: 8129
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The genus Salamandra consists of 6 species, 4 of which have defined subspecies. In europe these species are confined to specific regions. In central- and eastern Europe occurs the nominate species Salamandra salamandra salamandra, whereas in western and northern central Europe the S.s.terrestris is present. In the Pyrenees S.s.factuosa can be found. This one has an alternate colour, with yellow being the dominate colour suplemented by black lines.
I found this one underneath a trunk at an altitude of 900 meter in a dark and shaded forrest.
I'll put a sideview in the workshop.

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Quel étonnant animal. Magnifique couleurs.
Bonne journée.

Bizarre looking animal, great colour. I liked the workshop shot too. Well done

Great colours, DOF could have been a tad better.

Hi, excellent macro, pretty color. I like! Greetings.

Hi Jacob,
Very good capture!
I like so much the vivid and intense yellow of the amphibian's skin.
It's very good the pose catched also.
The workshop picture posted let us make a good idea of how it looks like.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-26 8:54]

Hello Jacob,
As you had poor lighting that affected the sharpness and DOF, it was a good idea to post another shot of the Fire Salamander in the WS.
So now we can have a more comprehensive view of it! Both shots are well presented and composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-26 12:43]

Hi Jacob

Another lovely herpeto shot from you, my friend! ;)
This is really beautiful and very interesing...nice to see another species that the "normal" S.s.salamandra - stripes not spots :)
The colors and the contrast here are really terrific and the exposure is also very good (considerring the poor lighting that one usually has in their habitat).
The details are also very sharp and clear and the pose is superb.
I'm only guessing that the poor light had you "fized" on a shallow DOF, because i think you already know that a bit bigger one would have helped :)
Anyway, both shot are very nice, so Bravo and TFS

Hello Jacob!
This picture is really nice! Salamandra is rather rare species in Poland and not easy to find. But of course there is only the nominative subspecies in C Europe. Your specimen looks fantastic - great colours and very good DOF.
TFS this unusual subspecies :)
Best regards,

The perspective from the top does not show the eyes of the creature, Jacob.
Other than that, it is a very sharp and clear image of this brilliantly coloured Salamander.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-26 15:20]

Hello Jacob,
How interesting to see a Salamander in this amazing bright yellow colour, fantastic! Nice focus and sharp details and nice to see the two shots.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Jacob , excellent colors , good sharpness and POV , TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-26 20:11]

Hola Jacob, bella salamandra colores maravillosos,
compo y detalles originales
buen disparo...saludos

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-26 21:46]

Hello Jacob

Wow,beautiful shot of this fire salamander.The colours are well saturated, bold and vivid.Excellent textures.Very well focused.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-27 3:28]

Good capture of this colorful salamander, Jacob.
Sharp details and good exposure that show off the leathery texture. The POV allows us to see the shape of the animal, and the designs on its skin.
TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-27 15:22]

Hi Jacob,
Nice creature that I never saw.
Great pose and colours.
TFS, José M.

Good colours and positioning gives a great sense of movement. TFS James

I knew one specy only and was very surprised to discover a new one. Interesting pic.
Plus, brilliant colors and crisp clear shot.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-03-01 11:02]

Hello Jacob,
you made it possible: finally I get to see a good picture of the Spanish Salamandra race. The DOF is excellent (except maybefor the head) , the background and the legs being out of focus helps to render the plasticity well.
By the way, I wonder whether it may not be a species apart (I am not a specialist). I saw a TV movie where they collected this Salamander by the dozens in the city center of Oviedo/Asturia. There is no open water there so it might have a different type of reproduction than S.s. terrestris. Maybe our Spanish TN friends will help.
My best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-05 17:14]

Hello Jacob,
Great illustration of this interesting subspecies Salamandra salamandra terrestris. I hope to see one like that once by myself :-)
Nice composition and good dim light - just like in the alpine forest :-)
Best greetings,

great pic, never saw this one before. TFS and greetings Ori

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2011-12-09 9:23]

Excellent shot.

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