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Sauron's Eye!

Sauron's Eye!
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 1:34
Viewed: 7568
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this on a photography day at Cotswold Wildlife Park. This Crested Gecko was a great model and allowed us to get really close... it's eyes remind me of the great eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings see here: http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l111/SilentDespair/Heroes/lord-of-the-rings-ii-eye-of-sauron-.jpg

I hope you like it!

The New Caledonian Crested Gecko, Guichenot's Giant Gecko or Eyelash Gecko, Rhacodactylus ciliatus, is a species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia. This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. Along with several other Rhacodactylus species, it is being considered for protected status by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.

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Animal Behaviouringridshaul 1 06-13 06:18
To hester: Animals we photographed.joey 1 01-12 00:05
To eqshannon: :-Djoey 1 01-11 23:38
To red45: Sauronjoey 1 01-11 23:36
To nglen: Harmlessjoey 2 01-06 11:50
To horia: WSjoey 1 01-06 08:02
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Awesome macro! The detail, lighting, composition, POV, sharpness, clarity and catchlight in the eye is magnificent.

Hallo Joey
You've struck gold with this one Joey. A super sharp, well focused and excellently composed image. The colours are fabulous, the detail super and the closeness overwhelming. I cannot say more! Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hi Joe,
What a kool kapture of this geckos eye.
It is kind of Sauronish isn' tit?
Excellent sharpness and details!
Great work mate!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-06 2:13]
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Hehe, Joe :-) Look there:

Woooow, Joe, that's amazing, sure I like it! So close, so many details - just fantastic, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-06 2:19]

Hello Joe,
Wow, that's a big eye watching me here! Fantastic macro with superb details and colours. Great work!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe,
A nice captured close up of this beautiful Gecko eye. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

amazing close up, TFS Ori

Hola Joe, felicidades por tan original y creativo trabajo. No suelen verse tomas de detalle y nos descubren en ocasiones detalles muy interesantes.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Joe!

You present us a magnificient macro picture of the Gecko's eye. The picture is surprising as well as amazing. The rich details highlight the effect of the picture at best. It's a great "Joe Kellard"!

Kind regards


Hi Joe
It is one of your best shots. Beautiful. Great idea, perfect realisation. Perfect crop, great sharpness and exposure Nothing to critique

Hi Joe

This is really awesome! Geckos are very beautiful lizards and i love them a lot. It's terrific to see shots of them here on TN, too.
And this is a special treat since its eyes are a distinct and special feature. I love their colorful and mosaic iris and their long vertical pupil. Your skill helped you focus on these elements here and you succeeded in producing a very interesting and gorgeous shot.
Superb sharpness on the details and great lighting, too.
However, i must say that that flash reflection does feel distracting. I tried a WS to try and clone it out...hope you don't mind.
Anyway, great stuff!


A beautifully detailed eye close up of a fine nocturnal gecko specimen Joe, the rich capillary webbing of the "multipupillated" iris can easily be seen here. A perfect job my friend!

Hi Joe,
Excellent extreme closeup of the eye, this is what macro is all about.
One can get lost in the details of this world within in a world..
You definitely have an "eye" for the shot ;-}}
Well done!
PS - Good WS too, I was going to suggest that :)

hello joe

I like the picture very mutch

greeting lou

took me a minute or so but now I see:-) I see:-) Nevermind...bad joke...very superior image..worthy of some industry for sure...Keep on keeping on Joey....

Hi Joe, Brilliant macro. Well done. Regards - Adil.

Hi Joe!
What a great title to this photo :) I remember that some months ago Grzegorze (red45) presented an eye of the frog with the some title, so now it is a great oportunity to compare "different points of view for Tolkien's story" ;>
My best congratulation because of the great idea!
Friendly yours,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-06 10:58]

Hello Joe,
Amazing and special photo. Superb sharp details and an excellent composition. The colors are splendid. I hope the gecko isn't blind now on one eye. A flashlight right into the eye....

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-06 11:05]
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Hi Joe. This is a very good close up of the Eye of the Gecko. You have natural colours and fine detail. The one things that worries me is does the flash harm the sight of the gecko. I did read an article about this . Do you have any thought on this. Well done TFS

Hi Joey,
an eye-catching creative shot, amazingly closely approached. Fascinating to see those richly structured details of skin around the eye, and the bizarre structures of the gecko's iris in powerfully rich colours. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Joe
Excellent macro work as usual! Superb detail and well controlled flash. Reminds me of one of my favourite scientific facts - the eye has evolved on at least 40 separate occasions during the course of evolutionary history. Although some are so different to our eyes, we are still drawn to them.
Kind Regards

Hi Joe,
Now we know where they got the idea. I hope they paid you well;o) Excellent macro shot with lots of fine sharp details, good lighting and natural colours.

Ciao Joe,
un'altra bella super macro con fantastici dettagli e bellissimi colori, il piccolo riflesso disturba leggermente, ottimo il consiglio di horia di eliminarlo.

Hello Joey !
Yes, that's right, you have really found Sauron ! Wow ! Geat comparison. I love all those details you managed to capture within the eye and around it, all those tiny "horns" look great. I also like the reddish-brown color of the eye, and your tight composition works very well here. A real beauty. Very well done !

Hi Joe,

fantastic shot of this crazy looking eye, great colours and details. Very nice observed and done!


Ciao Joe, amazing macro, it really seems eyes off Sauron, fantastic details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe

A fine symetrical shot of this gecko's eye. I guess the only nit is the flash reflection in the centre. I agree with Horia, you should have considered cloning it out. But its certainly a great post.


Hello Joe

Wonderful POV the detail and lighting is terrific.
This is a striking image that I think has commercial value.
Great job.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-10 19:37]

Hello Joe,
This is almost scary close, magnificent macro work with outstanding quality throughout.

Hi Joe

I see you have a Lord of the Rings theme going on with a couple of your pictures :) This does look like Saurons eye. The shot is stunning with amazing details and colours. It is pin sharp. You certainly got close. What else did you get to photograph?



Wow Joey! I just saw that movie recently, and I'm very impressed! You got it just in the right mood! Even as a thumbnail without reading the title I thought that! Thanks again for sharing this great image "eye" ;-)
I think I'll add this one to my favorites! Well done! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-19 4:30]

Hi Joe,
excellent shot with unique point. This eye is really awesome and brilliant.
special shot and pleasantly shown.
I like to note the details in the eye.


Dear Joe,
A very interesting photo - apparently other member think so too (1729 x viewed!) - and I have added it to my favorites to enable me to view this gem at ease.

When you have time, I am very keen to hear - how close you were to the animal - when you took the photo!?!

I am afraid I can say nothing more, not yet expressed by other, more knowledgable members - except that your work is VERY SPECIAL - and you can be VERY PROUD about it!

Have a nice evening
Best wishes and
Kind regards
from a Soccer World Cup crazy South Africa

lol... "Sauron"... indeed!

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