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Common Collared Lizard

Common Collared Lizard
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Copyright: Jennifer Parsons (Nukiethemoose) (12)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-06
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-14 12:22
Viewed: 10039
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken during a day hike in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oklahoma.

The Common Collared Lizard is the Oklahoma state reptile. I didn't know there was such a thing until this trip.

The Collared Lizard, whose scientific classification is crotaphytus collaris, is also sometimes called the Mountain Boomer and is able to run very quickly on its hind legs. Their habitat is throughout the western United States. They eat grasshoppers and other insects as well as other lizards. The like to bask in the sun on rocks, like this one is doing.

It was at the end of our hike and our guide, who is a naturalist said, "It's too bad we haven't seen any of the Collared Lizards today." Then about a minute later we see this one hanging out on the rocks.

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amazing lizard, pity its not in focus, tFS Ori

i will agree with fragman, it could be amazing if it was in focus.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-14 18:45]

Nice image of such a beautiful lizard Jennifer.
What an unusual color pattern it has. Good composition, you must have caught him right out in the open by surprise. TFS

Hi Jennifer

This is an amazing lizard with remarkable colours. A great shot to have captured it in the wild.

I have a monitor on loan so maybe I don't see everything the way other members might see the images posted on the site. I read some of the critiques with amusement. However, your photo appeared sharp enough and I thought let me do a workshop and see how sharp it can be. Then I realised the sharpness, colours, contrast, and density is probably not what it could be, but it wouldn't help me saying so if I don't try to show you what could be done or how to rectify it.

I don't know your camera and therefore I don't know if you have any means to adjust your settings. I just think you have pushed too hard for quality by going for ISO50 while loosing out on shutter speed. This photo could probably have gone to ISO200 or even more and you would have had a major increase in shutter speed that would have ultimately rendered a much sharper image. With the gain in shutter speed you could have opted for a wider DOF by increasing the aperture which also would have rendered a sharper image throughout the range of the DOF.

Anyway, I still think it is a lovely shot of this lizard, just a pity we don't know what species it is. For that you could probably have done some research and a bit more of a note to comply to TrekNature's standards. Remember the mission statement is "To learn about nature through photography" and not vice-versa. You are not a new member and therefore it would be great to see you start growing into the requirements of the site by improving on your contribution not just photographically, but also in the total package. For example, I see that after almost 2 years of being on the site you have only written 1 comment to date. You obviously expect or appreciate if other members come to critique you postings so do unto others as you like being done unto you. Critiquing is an essential part of the site and without it, it would be nothing else but a photo dumping archive. That also goes for the notes.

I sincerely hope you don't see this as negative criticism, but as a helping hand trying to point you in the direction of a more fulfilling and complete TrekNature experience.

I also hope you don't mind the workshop and remember I could only work with the download of this photo and not with the original which obviously would have meant a far improved post processing.

Best regards

Critique update: Now that you told me that this Collared Lizard is called Crotaphytus collaris in zoological terms it would be nice if you include this in your notes and then tell us a little more about this species or the circumstances under which you captured the photo. Sorry if I sound pushy. I just love this site so much and it is my dream to see all members participating to the full extend. That would probably never be the case, but it doesn't stop me from trying (chuckle).

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