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Handsome :)

Handsome :)
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 2, Reptiles of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-08 8:42
Viewed: 5157
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all ia would like to wish you all a belated Happy Easter! and happy holidays (for all of you not working or free from school) :)

On this last field trip that we went on, we managed to do our work with newts, but unfortunately because of the rather strong and cold wind, we didn't manage to find too many reptiles...except this beautiful lad - a nice, big, full-grown Sand Lizard male - Lacerta agilis. (and also a juvenile grass snake).

He was sunbathing on this big old cut tree trunk and, when we approached him slowly, he was kind enough not to run away :)
I actually managed to circle around it (from a safe distance, of course) and get more shots from different POVs.

Since i've posted some shots of this species before, i'm not going to bore you again with general biological information, but instead i'll post another photo showing a tick from near his eye - please see the Workshop

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Additional lens: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 194mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Exposure Bias: -0.66
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 100
Flash: Yes (power: -2)
Support: handheld
TOD: about 2 PM
Weather conditions: bright sunny

PS: I’ll be leaving again for a small trip (from tomorrow to Thursday) and hope i’ll get back with some nice shots :)

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Hello Horia
Excellent shot of this Sand Lizard,
Great composition and colors,
Superb shot.


What a beautiful looking dragon it is :-). The colors of the body , eyes are amazing. The brown top is to merge with the rock i belive, good picture
Goutham R

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-08 9:17]

Hello Horia,
Cool lizard. I like the pov, the looks and particularly, the contrast created by the amazing green. Well done my friend.
Best wishes,

Hi Horia,
Happy Easter! Great looking sand lizard. Beautiful and vibrant colors in this guy. Texture of the skin and sharp detail look excellent. I have never noticed a tick on a reptile before. (I have caught alot of them) Great workshop photo.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-08 9:32]
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Hi Horia,
The composition and POV is very good. I liked the pose and that vibrant green! Well done and TFS
Happy easter :o)

Hello Horia,
Fantastic shot on this sand lizard. POV and composition are great. Perfect color contrast and sharpness. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Horia, splendid lizard with wonderful colors, great details, very well done, Happy Easter to you, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

Awesome colors and the POV is nice.
Sharpness and details are clear as well.
Good job,

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  • janda (4)
  • [2007-04-08 10:32]

hi horia, amazing colours of lizard. good work
King regards

I was surprised with this shot, the texture of the stone, also looks like some sort of anphibian skin :)
Nice capture of this hansome and green subject, I like the composition with the vertical crop, and the OOF BG. Great exposure and details too.
TFS and regards.

bonjour horia
la couleurs dominante sur cet animal ferait rever bon monbre d'amateur de tunning!
on pourrait presque croire qu'il est gros mais vu les lentilles close up utilisées on se doute qu'il est de petites tailles.
bon dof et netteté.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-08 14:19]

Hi Horia,
This is a marvellous lizard.
Nice colors and details.
The point of view is great.
Very well presented.

Hi Horia,
Very good picture!
I like so much your low POV, we can almost have a same level view of the lizard.
The bright green on the skin stands out, and makes an important colour contrast with the upper brownish skin.
I like so much also the DOF, you put away the background so softly.
The image of the workshop is just great! You know I love portraits, and this close approach to the head is magnificent.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
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)
  • [2007-04-08 21:50]
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Hello Horia,
Indeed spring is some weeks ahead in Romania compared to Poland. It's quite cold here now. Anyway, this is a very nice portrait with the bowing shape dissapearing in the blurred background. I think which one I like better, this or the one in workshop and still I don't know. Both are cool :-)
Concerning ticks, yes they're quite nasty to sand lizards. I have those suckers photographed as well in my archive.
Best greetings,

Hi Horia

Wow... what great skin colour this wee fella has. I like your POV as it shows his whole body right down to the tip of his tail nicely. Excellent workshop too. Congrats my friend! A two stunning shots. :-)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-09 4:34]

Hi Horia

Great shot of your Handsome Lizard, nicely composed with a great pose and POV, I like the way the Lizard is moving into the frame and you can also get the impression of its winding movement too, very nice details and excellent colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Horia,
This is such a superb specie, I like its color a lot :) I'll be honnest with you, I think that the portrait in WS is more impressive by its proximity. This is a great capture with excellent exposure and details. This is a superb post anyway, even if I prefer the portrait :))) Well done and TFS,

Hi Horia!
This pictures (including workshop) are really very nice. Colours are vivid, and the portraits very nice :)
I like natural poses of these lizards too.
Best greetings and I hope to see some new picture after you will come back!

Hi Horia,
Thanks for wishes. Unfortunately no free time for yours truly.
Very good composition as always.
It is great you have the knowledge and the opportunity to find these animals in nature and photograph them in an excellent way.
Well done…

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-09 8:41]

Hello Horia,
Super photo the colors are phantastic. Great focus and nice low POV. I like the composition and the way the sharpness ebbs towardds the BG.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-09 10:13]
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Hi Horia.
I like perfect detailed, illuminated and colored image of the lizard. Your low POV is very interesting as well as vertical cropping and composition. Remote, well being made out background is looked perfectly. Excellent done, my compliments and best wishes.

P.S. For your note. Actual write speed of the CF Sandisk Extreme III and Extreme IV is almost equal (about 12-13 Mb/s). Only actual read speed of CF Sandisk Extreme IV is above 30 Mb/s (not 40 Mb/s for read and write).

Bellísimo lagarto.
Colorido excepcional, con detalles magníficos (el ojo, la piel...).
Perfecta Horia.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-04-09 14:19]

Hello Horia , A Great shot ,beautiful compositie colours sharpnes pov and dof , ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-04-09 16:41]

Hi Horia,
He is indeed a handsome dude.....such a beautiful shade of green.A perfect composition with the focus at foreground and then tailing off along his body.A good cut to add the blurred distant greenery for depth.Well done and good to see you again.
Regards, David

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-09 18:17]

Hola Horia,
maravilloso pov.
bello lizard y preciosos colores...
buen disparo amigo,

Olá Horia

Que imagem bonita desse bichinho de cores marcantes...bonita composição Horia, bom trabalho, meus parabéns!


Very nice capture Horia with good exposure and excellent detail. I may have pulled back alittle so as to place the subject slightly "more" off center. Anyhow its just my gut feeling on opening the image. WS is also very good revealing minute details. Well done.

Now that is an unusual . Great view of the eyes. I like the composition.

Hola Horia,
Bonita toma muy bien detallada, parece que estaba muy atento a la cámara. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-10 13:32]

Hi Horia

He certainly is handsome in his fine green outfit. The colour here is wonderfully jewel-like. Excellent POV and stunning sharpness. Perfect framing as well IMHO.



Gran enfoque y belleza de la imagen en conjunto. Bien encuadrada. Muy interesante el entorno, que nos permite conocer el entorno de ese animal; yo valoro mucho ese detalle.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-10 16:08]

Excellent close-up capture of this colourful lizard.Good point of view and fine details.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Horia !
This is really a wonderful lizard, I wish I could meet this species soöe day ! Its bright green color is quite stunning. Excellent details, colors, composition and POV. I love how the lizard is looking directly in your camera. Very well done !

Salut Horia,

Scuze pentru faptul ca raspund atat de tarziu la critici! Imi ia foarte mult timp sa analizez o fotografie si sa scriu critica. Deja sunt cu o pagina in urma. Promit sa ajung la zi cat de curand! Merci pentru intelegere!

Se pare ca deja au iesit si reptilele sa se incalzeasca la soare! Si daca stau sa iti pozeze cu atat mai bine! Calitatea fotografiei tale este foarte buna. Iti scriu mai detaliat cate ceva in cele ce urmeaza:


Imi place compozitia ta pe verticala! Si pozitia soparlei este foarte buna si confera fotografiei o perspectiva foarte buna! Aceasta perspectiva este accentuata de profunzimea campului vizual care are grija ca totul in spate sa fie neclar. Ce parere ai avea daca ai taia din partea de jos pana la 1-2 cm de piciorul reptilei si de sus pana la 1 cm sub marginea pitrei? Ai exagera perspectiva si mai mult. Ai crea impresia ca soparla imediat iese din cadru si intra in obiectiv! :) O sa iti arat intr-un workshop la ce ma refer. Din pacate asta nu este o imbunatatire a pozei ci doar un punct de vedere diferit.


Culorile sunt foarte frumoase si naturale! Imi amintesc bine de un exemplar din aceeasi specie pe care l-am vazut vara trecuta pe dealul cetatii din Rasnov. Foarte bine ai reprodus culorile soparlei!


Contrastul intre verdele acesta crud si negru este excelent! Atrage atentia asupra subiectului foarte bine!


In ciuda faptului ca soarele era destul de sus pe cer ai reusit o expunere corecta! Detaliile s-au pastrat chia si in umbrele mai pronuntate fara a supraexpune nici o parte a corpului! Umbrele sunt suficient de moi ca sa nu taie fotografia. Bravo!


Este evident faptul ca ai focusat pe capul soparlei iar controlul profunzimii campului vizual a fost foarte bun. Te-a ajutat mult la perspectiva!

Este o fotografie cu deosebite calitati tehnice si artistice. Si informatiile pe care le dai referitoare la modul in care a fost realizata fotografia sunt folositoare pentru cei ce vor sa invete cate ceva! Eu am invatat ca si soparlele au capuse. N-am stiut si n-as fi crezut! Multumesc!

Numai bine,

Hello Horia,
wonderful encounter! Excellently chosen point of view from close distance, that makes this meeting appear almost intimate. The perfectly placed focus with the well dosed fall-off in sharpness to the rear adds a dramatic punch that I like very much. The restriction to just two colours is strikingly effective, demonstrating the conspicuous green colours of attraction against the subdues grey and brown shades of environment.
You make me get out with my cameras to look for some Lacerta in mating mood, too!
Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-13 14:15]

Hello Horia ! What beautiful one ! Very sharp, well composed with a great background and setup ! Well done my friend,thanks !


L'angle de vue est parfaitement original. Belles couleurs.
Bonne journée.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-14 21:34]

Hello Horia

A very nice crisp well focused shot of this sand lizard.The colours are very good.The details are sharp and the textures in the skin are very evident.Well done.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-15 12:36]

Hi Horia.
Beautiful capture.I like great point of view and very nice composition.Amazing colors and very good details on skin of this lizard.Very good managed DOF with accurate sharpness.And superb detail on head with perfect sharp details in Workshop too is splendid.Great work,thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-04-16 4:22]

Hi Horia,

Great picture of this lizard.
Great color, background, sharpness, position and lighting.


Well this bright little fellow has earned you some well deserved points! he looks as if he belongs in the tropics. The color is super. I like the point of view. A tad bit more depth of field would be nice but I suspect f8 is the smallest aperture you have on that camera?

Evelynn : )

Hi Horia,
Excellent sharp photo where the flash realy helped to bring out the details and the intens green color of the lizard. The rock on where you captured the lizard makes for a very clean photo and gives the perfect focus on the lizard. The softness of the BG helps with it as well. I do agree with Evelynn on the aperture, but that might also have caused the BG to show too much detail. It all depends on the distance of the subject from the lens. Hyperfocal distance. Anyway, it surely does not make the photo less beautiful.

Hi Horia,

This guy made me smile! Just relaxing on that stump, wish I could sunbathe right now instead of all this coursework I have to do!

Technical Quality:

Most prominent in this photo is the outstanding greens on the body of the lizard, they are so vibrant! Love the sharpness you've got here and the image on the whole is clear. Depth of field is about right for me, I understand that f/8 was a wide as you could go but I don't think it's a problem here: the background is still blurred enough and it gives us more of the lizard in focus.
The light is bright and yet you've coped with it well choosing a position that causes an interesting shadow to be cast underneath. Exposure is also handled well with nothing over or under done. Across the whole photo the colour tones are natural and are a nice contrast with the lizard.

Perfect viewpoint. By looking down on him a bit we don't get a boring background, instead we see more of the environment. I like the placement of the lizard in the lower third of the frame, it is nicely balanced and logical. The background itself is simple and uncluttered.

Emotional Appeal:

Yes, this certainly stands out. I think you've done a great job of recording this moment. The skills you have as a photographer are fantastic and when you get your hands on a DSLR you'll be in heaven! The note is interesting and I think your fieldtrips are a perfect excuse to take photos! I'm about to start a geography assignment on how photography and images can be used in the primary school - should be fun!

All the best,


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-18 9:50]
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Hello mister, time for some update on your pictures. I'd seen this one already a couple of times briefly but was only short moments on TN. A nice capture. This L.a. seems heavier than the one we have here? Do you know if that's the case or is this just a large specimen. It also seem to lack the black dots on the side. It's nice to take pictures from this pov. You get to see the whole animal and also have good eye contact. A nice one!!
Regards, JAcob

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-18 10:42]

Hi Horia,
Impressive to get a so close frontal approach to a lizard. That must means you know them quite well!
Perfect pov and perspective and great portrait in the WS.
TFS, José M.

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