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Green Iguana " For Bayram."

Green  Iguana
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D70S, AF Nikkor 28-200mm IF ED
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1, Dedications to Bayram, Open Up....II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-18 18:12
Viewed: 7956
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From My files to the friend of all of Us.
Bayram Gocmen PhD "boreocypriensis"

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Iguana
Species: I. iguana

Binomial name
Iguana iguana
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus iguana native to Central and South America. The Green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay to as far north as Mexico, the Caribbean Islands; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida, the Florida Keys, Hawaii and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The Green iguana is a reptile commonly found in captivity as a pet and grows to 1.5 meters in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 meters (6 feet) and can weigh upwards of 20 pounds (10 kg).

Photo Taken in Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico.

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Goodness, I think he's grinning! Did you tell him a joke, offer him a treat, or a mate? The POV is awesome as is the DOF. The photo is sharp and I'm stunned to see the color of his eye so clearly. His feet seem like it would be awkward for him to walk. Thanks for posting this - he's a beauty - and I still think he's smiling. :)

This Green Iguana sure has a personality, Luis!
Fantastic portrait of this massive reptile with perfect details and natural colours.
Very reminicent of the Jurassic Age as we saw in the Richard Attenborough's films a decade or so ago.
Thanks for sharing this brilliant capture.

hello Luis

WOW ! wonderful portrait shot of the Green Iguana, i love it,
fine POV, DOF, framing, i love the density of the beautiful colours,
love the expression on his glance, great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-18 19:18]

Hola Primo,

Now this is an eye-catcher -- amazing shot. A perfect dedication to our wonderful friend and teacher, Bayram. A fantastic looking creature who looks pre-historic. You could not have gotten a better picture - colors and details are pefect. The neck sack, eyes, and skin are fantastic. Bravo!


Hola Luis,

That's a wonderful shot my friend. I love the detail of the skin you've captured here. The pose, lighting, DOF and POV are all great.
It's very nice of you to dedicate this one to Bayram. I think we are very privileged to share the same forum and learn so many things from his wonderful work. I always find his post very informative.
Thanks for sharing this shot Luis - it is a beauty!

Best Regards,


Hello Luis,
Very beautiful image of Iguana and a nice dedication to Bayram, he sure gonna likes it!
good side pose of it with great sharpness, nice colour and details all round!
perfect job well done

Well done, Luis.
Impressive animal.
Very well captured.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-18 23:16]

Hi Luis

Great shot of this magnificent iguana. Crisp detail throughout and excellent exposure.


Hi Luis,
Colors and scaly details of this iguana are captured very well. I liked the posture and laughing/threatening pose of the head. A nice dedication. TFS

Stupendo ritratto di questa iguana, eccellenti POV e composizione con il profilo che permetyte di apprezzare al massimo questo spettacolare animale, ottima nitidezza e straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, meravigliosi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Luis, my dear friend:)

Firstly Good Morning! Your dedication is great surprise for me. Realy I was thrilled when I saw this fine gift to me!
Thank you very much for your kind dedication my friend and also thanks for this perfect portrait capture of this beautiful-eyed, Green Iguana which has a row of spines along their backs and along their tails, also the neck sack (or dewlap) which helps to protect them from predators. I love the eyes of these lizards, enabling them to detect shapes and motions at long distances. They have an excellent vision!
Many thanks for sharing this beauty and indebted to you for this pleasant dedication for me!
Of course, I'm taking this in to my favorites:)!
With my best wishes & regards,


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-19 2:41]

Hello Luis, superb portrait shot of a green iguana with superb details. Also worth dedication to Dr. Bayram. TFS.
Regards, Mehmet

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-19 3:27]

Hello Luis, Just superb. Excellent and fantastic shot of this animal. I am seeing it for the first time. Great shot. Ganesh

Hello Luis
Great capture and great dedication. All are perfect! TFS. Regards, Bahadır

Hello Luis,

Excellent close-up of this amazing and beautiful green iguana. Great detail. Excellent light and colours.

Hola Luis

We saw these giants in Costa Rica, but couldn't get close enough to get a descent shot. They are a great lizard and your capture is superb.
Great sharpness and details. Good POV.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-19 5:29]

Hi Luis
Excellent portrait.Good POV and very sharp image.The details are amasing.Nice colors to.Good text to.
TFS Michel

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-19 5:52]

Hi Luis
very nice image
very good sharp and detail
well done.

Hello Luis,
Excellent capture with amazing details of this green iguana and great dedication. TFS. Regards, Deniz

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-19 6:31]
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Hi Luis

Yes, this is a very fitting dedication to our friend Bayram and it is great to see his surprise and appreciation of this gesture.

The iguana was immaculately captured with amazing details showing. Every little scale is visible and especially those in the facial region is pin sharp. It is a spectacular specimen with those extra long spines on its back, even a couple on the nose. The DOF was well selected making sure that the subject is well within the range of the in-focus area. This ensured the lovely gradual fading of the floor area into a well OOF area that served as BG to the iguana. The combination of the aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings, and exposure compensation also ensured spot-on lighting control which brought about great illumination on the lizard.

Well done and TFS.

A creature of very unusual appearance. If it were to board an airplane I wonder if ti would be on a no-fly list:-) It's carry on luggage is stored under it's mouth...Does it keep food there for later use? Or is it decorative? Very nice, sharp and well said so I can go find my answers...Good show Luis.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-19 13:47]

Very good shot of this Iguana!
I like the pose :-)
Those spikes are huge!
Very fine detail and great sharpness.
Excellent DOF.
Nice dedication to Bayram too :-D

Well done, Luis!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-19 13:52]

Hello Luis,
A top-photo! Everything in this photo is brilliant. Sharpness, details, colours, POV and composition are gorgeous.

Amazing picture....Colour, detail and very sharp shot...Beautiful portrait for massive reptile...Useful information and perfect dedicated for Bayram..Best wishes...Leyla

Cool Luis!
Excellent detail/DOF and a good POV of this monster with parted mouth..He's anticipating getting a hold of your finger for lunch :)
Well done!

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-19 21:48]

Hi luis , great shot of this Iguana , perfect detail , with great colors and textures , TFS

Que contento debe de estar Bayram, a uno no le dedican una obra de arte como esta cada día jeje. Como siempre admirando tu obra, pero siempre te doy calificativos positivos pero eso es lo que veo. En este caso me encanta la luz, las texturas y el volumen que has conseguido en el cuerpo del reptil.
Por aquí no tenemos este tipo de especies , que a primera vista echan pa tras" jeje.
Un abrazo y que tengas un buen fin de semana.

Por cierto, no se si eres fotógrafo profesional pero te puedes dedicar a ello en cualquier momento .

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-20 20:58]
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Hi Luis
Indeed a different post from your bird posts and you do this one in your very classic style.If your bird posts are one of the most elegant ones in TN, this one is magnificence personified.
What an image and a fitting dedication for our mutual friend Bayram....he deserves it in every way for this zoologist's contribution to TN has been outstanding.
The details of the texture on the body of your subject is amazing..the pose is quite intereting and that bag that hangs in front is a total show stealer.I have never come across one of this kind in my real life.And hence, my admiration for this capture is a lot.I cant take my eye off the texture of its skin, much like a loose bit of leather hseet spread over...i can see the way it wrinkles in palces.The environmnet in which it has been cpatured compliments the colours of the iguana itself.The open mouth and the eye does reveal some amount of action ...very well done.
TFS & Cheers


Hello Luis very nice detail so sharp great quality, it's an amazing looking Iguana, perfect adding to fav. Best rgds Necip

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-21 8:27]

Hola Luis,
preciosa iguana,
con excelentes detalles,
buen foco y pov.
Bayram alucinaría con este precioso regalo,
saludos amigo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-22 1:46]

Hello Luis,
What a terrific dedication for Bayram who certainly deserves it! Amazing close-up of this huge Iguana showing all details very sharply. I like its pose too and the light and colours are fantastic. Very impressive work!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hallo Luis
This is a genuine great capture of this lizard and a great close-up. I do not have much knowledge about reptiles like snakes, lizards and iguana's and because of that I prefer not to give my comments on these kinds of postings. I can however not let this beauty pass without me adding my little comment for what it is worth. A well composed image with good and clear details. I especially find the eyes very eye-catching in this image, and the texture of the skin is very captivating. A splendid portrait indeed.It actually looks like a character from a scary movie. Trek Nature is indeed a very motivating and most educational site. Not a day will pass that I don't see or learn something new. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-24 20:38]

Hello Luis,
What an incredible animal you have captured here Luis. The details and colors in his skin are superb. Great note as well my Amigo. Thank you for sharing my friend.

Hola Luis,
Magnífico retrato de esta Iguana en la que sobresalen la nitidez y textura alcanzada, con una luz excelente. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Hi Luis
What a gorgeous guy you captured here. He's prehistoric looking for sure. I'm glad to hear he is a herbivorous. Very sharp details and excellent colour. I would love to see his whole body. Well done Luis.
TFS Janice

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-29 8:56]

Hello Luis! Excellent shot of the Iguana! Great details, fabulous colors and textures, well done, thanks!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-01 3:29]

Hola Luis,
Great portrait of this beautiful iguana. Focus, sharpness, background, POV and composition look very nice. Gracias y saludos,

What a great lizard and its photo, congratulations!!! :)



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