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Jackson's Chameleon

Jackson's Chameleon
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-20
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles - Chameleons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-30 3:58
Viewed: 5175
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image has been taken in a dark enclosed area using a flash and through glass. Unfortunately there is some 'flaring' from the flash and reflection on the glass. Thanks for looking.

Jackson's Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii)

What type of animal? Reptile
Where does it live? Africa
What's it covered with? Scales
Natural habitat? Rain Forest
What does it eat? Meat

Found only in high altitude rainforests in Kenya and Tanzania, these reptiles have tongues as long as the whole of their bodies! Special bones and muscles attached to the jaw shoot the tongue out to capture insect prey.

Chameleons' skin can change colour when excited or as a reaction to changes in light, temperature and environment. This colour-change is caused by hormones that affect the pigment cells in the skin. A relaxed chameleon is camouflaged, an excited one is brightly coloured.

They also have eyeballs that can move independently making 360 degree vision possible. Males have horns that are used in combat. They also have prehensile tails, these are used to wrap around branches to support the chameleon's body.

The above obtained from http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/aucklandzoo/animal_search_detail_DB.php?animal_id=45


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:11 a.m.
Date: 20th March 2006
Weather conditions: Inside Rain Forest Display
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

loot, Signal-Womb, peter_stoeckl, ellis49, liquidsunshine, dew77, marhowie, wkshelton, Matt-Bird, elefantino, TAZ, scottevers7, firelord, Luc, RII has marked this note useful
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-30 4:20]

Hi Pam
Under the given circumstances and conditions this is an amazing capture of this very interesting horned Chameleon. You have managed excellently to minimise the effects of the flash and the glass.
Fortunately it has 3 horns because if it had 2 we might have called the female a chameleon cow.
The composition is great and the colours are absolutely stunning. The DOF came out perfect at f/5.6 and it captured all the lovely details of the reptilian. The BG is splendid and the exposure was perfect with good use of the fill-in flash.
Very well done and TFS.

Lovely shot Pam, you managed very well given the difficulties you mentioned. Great detail and amazing colouring, excellent note. I just love how you present your posts it just looks so professional. Well done.

Hi Pam,
it's a good picture under the circumstances.
What you can do if it's possible is to hold the front lens tight to the glass the the glass will act like filter.
Good detail, nice colours and well composed.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Pam,
Excellent shot on this amazing creature,
great sharpness and details.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Hi Pam,
Right on spot for this chameleon. Very good POV. Well seen. TFS

This is brilliant Pam,
He's giving you a big green smiley too.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-30 8:02]

Hello Pam!
Magnificent capture.I liked details,POV,framing,sharpness and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Pam,
That's one horny chameleon ;-}
Sharp detail and well composed. Great eye contact, color, use of flash, and POV also.
Great shot!

Hi Pam, excellent work, great colors,perfct details, BG, DOV, POV, perfect, excellent capture, TFS kyle

Hello Pam,
eye catching portrait of that cunning looking looking "little lion" - chamae leon, with excellent details and marvellous colours.
Well worth to be shown in spite of some mirrored flash light.
By the way, my impression is that closely cropping the picture by removing the 'flaring' parts might be possible and might even further increase the concentration on the animal's fascinating face.
Great notes!
Thank you, and best regards,

Hi Pam.
Nice colours and detail. This little Lizard is well presented.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-04-30 11:00]

Hi Pam, what an extraordinary guy, never seen this before.
I was wondering if you used a special filter to manage through the glass?
TFS Reina

Great colors and details.
Nice shot!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-30 12:39]

What an impressive shot ! You managed well throught the glass, and it is pleasure to see this strange Chameleon ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing.

Hello Pam,
Very nice capture of this beautiful specimen. You did an excellent job through the glass as the details and lighting are very nice. These guys are high on my list has favorites as they too somewhat resemble the triceratops dinosaur. Well done. :)

Hi Pam,
Very difficult conditions to shoot under. That said, you did very, very well with this. Fill flash exposure really brought out the colors and texture of his skin so well. Detail is very sharp. and the shallow DOF was perfect here.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-01 0:50]

What a face that chameleon has, Pam.
The details on the head are great, and the colors are fantastic. TFS. : )

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-25 5:38]

Hi Pam.
Jurasic park? excellent close up, very nice macro, great composition with wonderful colors and details.


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