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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.2
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 2, Reptiles of Europe, Reptiles (Reptilia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-08 11:21
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good evening my Friends!
Today short break from pictures with rocks and mountains! It is time for something much more mobile ;>

This is a very young specimen of Common Wall Lizard - Podarcis muralis albanica (Laurenti, 1768) (Lacertidae Lacertinae), photographed on the bank of the Great Prespa Lake near Stenje village in Galicica National Park. It was about 4 cm long, including tail of course :>

Even if this lizard is really a very common species in this region it was rather difficult to take this picture. Adult lizards are very fast but the youngs - even faster :) Fortunatelly I was lucky because this specimen started to escape in the wrong direction and very soon it met the natural barrier: waters of lake (please see the BG).
And here you can see it when it is thinking "what to do?" after not very lucky jump on the stone which was surrounded by water :)

A Common Wall Lizard is wide-distributed from W Europe to W Asia, and can be easy to find in hot, sunny habitats (usually with some rocks - please note the English name) from lowlands to mountains. It hunts for every kind of small invertebrates like insects, spiders, chilopods and even earthworms.

There were some words about the object so now a few words about the area. Galicica National Park is one of only 3 national parks localized in Macedonia (next to Pelister and Mavrovo NP). It protects moutain areas and two lakes: the Great Prespa Lake and Ohrid Lake, and covers about 227 sq km. It was proclaimed in 1958 and till now 10 amphibian, 18 reptile, 124 bird, and 18 mammal species have been noted in this area. Number of plant and invertebrate species is of course much bigger.

Among reptile species which are common in this area there are: Testudo graeca, Natrix tesselata, and Natrix natrix persa.

Thank you in advance for your time and comments :>

PS. I just created a new theme entitled "Reptiles of Europe" - please feel free to add your pictures there :)

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Czesc Radziu
Ale jestes szybki. Bardzo ladne zdjecie i ciekawy obiekt. Fajne kolory i cieple swiatlo. I jak na gada to niuezly kontakt wzrokowy :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-08 11:42]

Hello Radomir,
This is a real beauty! I love the way the tail is curled up to fit into your frame! ;-)Great capture from a low POV showing sharp details and fine colours. I like the beautiful light too and the wet stone that must be an unusual environment for this one. Perhaps it needed cooling down. :-))
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-08-08 11:53]

Hello Radomir,
An excellent capture of this lizard.
Its not easy to get such a reptile in the whole frame but its curved its tail and give you a great pose too.
Great colours and excellent sharp detail.
Excellent work and a good informative note also.


Hello Radomir.
I could see you did not loose you time in Macedonia :)
What a beautiful capture, clear, well exposed, pleasant and descriptive pose with wonderful composition in this wet enviroment. Skin is a joy to look at and the texture of the wet moss on the stone looks really natural.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-08 12:52]

Hi Radomir. A excellent shot of the Lizard.you have captured the detail and colours so well.good light in the eye. it has nice markings. with a nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS. good notes too.

Beautiful combination of colors. Very fine detail. Well noted.

Hi Radomir
A great shot with super detail and colours, super composition

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-08 23:45]

Hello Radomir,
What a beautiful shot, he is looking directly at you
Beautiful BG, great POV and sharpness
Very well composed picture my friend.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-09 0:21]

Hi Radomir

A great shot - it looks so clear it could jump out of my screen.


Hello Radomir,

A well deserved break after all those pictures of rocks. This is a great macro photograph! I've never seen such a small lizard.


This great composition makes your lizard look huge. I could never have told it was only 4 cm long. The little stone also looks like a big rock and I appreciate you included such a big part of it in your composition. The gradually decreasing sharpness towards the water surface adds good perspective to your composition. It also isolates the foreground nicely. I find the green algae very interesting. Eye contact is also very good!


The colors look natural and are well saturated. Green is all this picture needs to add some chromatic diversity. The brown textures and patterns on the lizard's body are well shown.


The well adjusted contrast defines the details better.


Exposure is spot on! The details were preserved in both shadows and highlights and even the areas where light reflects from the wet stone look outstanding. The flash did a good job by lighting up the shadows a bit.


Good focus on the lizard and a well controlled DOF to blur the background. I like the way you use the deeper DOF of your camera to your advantage. Sharpness is also great! I can see every scale in the lizard's skin.

As usual, an outstanding presentation with well written notes! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-09 4:25]

Hola Radomir,
preciosa captura,
sensacional pov, texturas color y magnífico pose, buen trabajo,

Excellent DOF, color, light, POV, and sharp details Radomir.
The mossy stone and curled-up tail adds to your composition nicely.
Well done!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-09 5:34]

Radomir, Very nice shot and lovely eye contact. I like the composition. Ganesh

Okay, Radomir...
A very good one!
No doubts whatsoever.
To mention a few examples: the overall Lizard sharpness, the tail is in the image (most images have a problem concerning the former), the depth in image (3D) is outstanding, etc.

Hi Radomir,
you have captured a small but beautiful lizzard.
Well composed with curled tail, good POV and nice colours.
The sharpness and details are also very good.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-09 12:38]

Hello Radomir,
Great capture of a young Common Wall Lizard! Not only is the technical quality of the shot excellent, but you caught him in a fine pose on the alga-covered stone in fine lighting. Beautiful shot of this tiny lizard.
Thanks for sharing this and for your kind words on my first anniversary on TN!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Radomir,
After several nice landscape photographs, a great juvenile Podarcis shot. Nice details and scale texture. plantation very nice for BG. good notes. TFS
well done

In fev days I going to Dobrodja (in Macin Hills, Danube Delta and Nord-Eastern Bulgaria) and I hope to found me to this subspecies (albanica) :D.
Beautiful POV, light and ANIMAL.
All the best,

Hello Radomir,
emotionally appealing encounter, making me feel closely related to this creature. Excitingly well reported textures. The wet rocks offer a fascinating back ground.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-08-12 6:00]

Great one, Radomir. The lizard fills the frame and the focus is spot on the eye. Lovely colors all over. Regards,

Hello Radomir !
These lezards are very common in my country too, I love them ! And you captured this one perfectly : the details on the skin are amazing, beautiful patterns, and the pose of the lizard is wonderful. Beautiful natural colors, splendid composition and POV, and the rocks in the BG are wonderful. Very well done !

Nice clear image with - the balancing blue color background is a good touch that gives a sense of the environment.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-13 14:15]

Really fantastic!!
What a marvellous and excellent capture, Radomir!!
I'm really impressed with the beauty of all the pictures that you have posted lately. They are really good.
I love this one for everything! Sharpness, colors, composition, POV, DOF... Even that pose with the tail coiled! Ha,ha.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best wishes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-09-21 10:06]
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Hi my dear friend

I was just looking through your recent galery and i saw that i've missed some very very nice reptile shots.
I'm sure the balkans weren't in a shortage of these anumals :))

I really love this photo of this muralis and the way you managed to keep the entire enimal - from snout to tail - insuch a great focus.
The positioning of the animal is also wonderful - on that wet algae - which makes it stand out even better and amphasizes it's pattern and textures.
Very good exposure and POV as well.
All-in-all: a charming photo!

Bravo, take care and TFS

PS: did you get a chance to update your PES gallery?

Hi Radomir.
Your shot is outstanding in every respect and without any doubts. Terrific scene and so terrific quality. All is perfect. In a word, My congratulations and thanks for my new favorite picture (one of the last ones).

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-22 15:32]

very perfect pic,others words no need !!! thanks for share,Luciano

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-18 9:42]

selam radomir
another great macro photo of this interesting baby lizard that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

Hi friend Radek,
A wonderful wall lizard! Nice capture. Well done friend.
All the best.


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