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Southern tree agama

Southern tree agama
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2, Vanderschelden's herptiles in Kruger, Blue Things II, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-24 5:05
Viewed: 5303
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This large species of lizard, growing to sizes between 20 and 30 cm, is a Southern tree agama (Acanthocercus atricollis).
This male in mating colors is photographed in South Africa's Kruger National Park. In main restcamp Skukuza
during sunset.

They tend to stay in environments of open plains with scattered trees. They stay close to the trees. They are also commonly found in urban areas, clinging onto the sides of buildings. This male was a few meters away from its scattered tree. Most of the time it was in the tree with its female counterpart.

Have a nice weekend!

Update out of the blue: I don't know whether this is a male or female?
There were two animals. The other one's head was definitely bluer.

Update2: I think it is the male after all. Maybe it's the changing lighting conditions, generating a different kind of blue. I don't think it can change its colors so fast?

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-24 5:12]

Superb, Annick!
Great close portrait of this male Southern Tree Agama. Can't fault it! The low POV and colours are especially great against a fine neutral BG.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,
Have a good weekend,

Beautiful color, detail, composition, and POV Annick. TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-24 5:32]

Hallo Annick,
Weer een mooie foto van deze hagedis. Vooral de scherpte en de blik waarmee hij je aankijkt is prachtig. Schitterend contrasterende kleuren tegen de vage achtergrond.
Perfecte compositie.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-24 5:35]

Hi Annick,
That's a great portrait. Crisp sharp, very well focused, exposed and composed. Colors look lovely. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Annick
Colorful and elegant. Beautiful sharp image with great diagonal composition. Main object is perfectly isolated from the blured background
Very good job

Hi Annick,
this is great, with the perfect focus and the nice bokeh, the
lizard standout nicely.
Well composed with very fine low POV and amazing colours.
Mat it's a but tight to the left but that's a minor nit.
Great work.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-24 7:47]

Hello Annick,
Wow, what a great close-up of this beautiful monster! Fantastic details and colours and I like the warm background! Brilliant work!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Beautiful capture with very good sharpness, DOF and natural (but vivid) colours). I like this close-up/portrai a lot.
You done a very good work Annick, this picture can not be overlooked in TN gallery :)
Best greetings and have a nice weekend!
Friendly yours,

Although not entirely blue, it contains enough to make it an unusual grouping of colours well seen here and added to the them of blues, as it does have that as a majority...and of course well seen by a person with the good fortune to visit such wonderful natural areas in the world!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-24 9:08]

Waaw Annick,this is fantastic! A wonderful portrait of this male,the colors are fantastic and the details super! This time 2 points are not enough,my best best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

I'm not sure, but it does look like a male Annick, whatever, it has such a natural beauty, captured expertly in a good, lateral POV, with fine exposure and just the necessary amount of DOF. That OOF BG makes the image jump right towards the beholders eyes!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-24 10:21]

Merhaba Annick,
Bu kamuflaj ustası hayvanın, bu işteki başarısının sırlarını tüm ayrıntılarıyla ortaya koyan enfes bir sunum yapmışsınız. Renkler ve keskinlik etkileyici. Eline sağlık.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-24 11:16]

Hi Annick. The detail and your sharp focusing is first class. I just love the pose from this Agama. Fantastic colours in the bead like skin. It stands out so well against the plain BG. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2008-10-24 12:46]

Hi Annick
I am just back from Barcelona, this lizards looks like a piece of artwork from famous artist and architect Gaudi
great picture

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-24 13:06]

Hello Annick,
wonderful colours in combination with the excellent sharpness make this an attractive
portrait of the agama. You managed that also the underside is well exposed so that its structures and
colours are nicely visible. Some days ago, I posted a portrait of a bearded agama, exceptionally a
picture taken in a zoo in Germany.
Best wishes, Peter

What a beautiful colored and patterned reptile. The scale detail is wonderful.

Evelynn : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-24 18:25]

Oh Annick, he's a beauty. I'd love to see one up close. 20 to 30 cm is a good size.
Very good details and colours, and a lovely composition.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-24 19:51]

Hi Annick

Superb detail and pose here - a really skillful shot. Well seen and captured.


Hello Annick

Wonderful sharpness and detail here,the texture and colour of the skin is remarkable.
You have managed an excellent POV and filled the frame well.
Great job.


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-25 2:42]

Hi Annick,

This picture of the lizard is really beautiful. Many lovely colors, Excellent focus and details. I like the POV and and composition.


Hello Annick
Great portrait of this Agama,composition,sharpness and colours, all perfect
Well done

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-25 7:45]

A spectacular picture of this beautiful lizard, Annick, what colours and how much details! Superb,


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-25 8:55]

merhaba Annick
wonderful portrait photo of this cute model that was giving nice pose to you
i like POV, BG, colours and sharpness

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-25 14:08]

What a striking shot!
The colours on this lizard are amazing!
Very good sharpness.
Excellent composition.
Brilliant low-down POV.

Very well done, Annick!


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-25 14:43]

Hi Annick
Very nice portrait of a beautiful agama.
Excellent colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Very good colours precision and composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-26 9:46]

Hi Annick.
Top quality shot of an amazing lizard. It really is beautiful and you managed to show all its charming features. Fantastic richness and exactness of colours, great details of all features of the animal. DOF and BG are superb as usual. Well done and all the bets.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-27 12:18]

Wow! Isn't it fantastic! Well done again Annick for this beauty, a perfect shot in every ways, great job!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-28 6:10]

Hi Annick

This is an excellent portrait of the "bloukop koggelmander".
Exceptional sharpness making every little scale perfectly visible.
Perfect DOF rendering the BG totally OOF and complimentary to the subject.
Lovely colour saturation that ensures pleasant visual stimulus.

Very well done and TFS.

Hi Annick

a perfect photo of a Southern Tree Agama!



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