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"Handsome Iguana"

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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon Macro EF 100mm F2.8 USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Iguanas 1, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Great Portraits, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-17 3:13
Viewed: 7773
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 162
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is from my archives and taken last summer at Darica.
Have a great week and hope you’ll like it.

Green Iguana
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Green Iguana
Green Iguana in captivity (Chiang Mai Zoo)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Iguana
Species: iguana

Binomial name
Iguana iguana(Linnaeus, 1758)
The green iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal lizard from Central and South America. They are typically about 2 metres in length from head to tail and can weigh up to 5 kg. It is possible to determine the sex of a green iguana by examining the underside of the hind legs. Males have highly developed pores in this area that secrete scent, and are often covered in a waxy substance.
These lizards have recently become extremely popular in the pet trade—over 800,000 animals were imported into the United States alone during 1995, mainly coming from captive farming operations based in the country of origin. Despite the apparent "mass market" appeal of these animals, however, they are very demanding to care for properly over their lifetime, and the great majority will die within a few short years. If properly cared for, a captive green iguana can live anywhere from eight to 16 years. The oldest known pet iguana lived 29 years.

A young Green Iguana catches the sun (Chiang Mai Zoo)
In the wild, green iguanas are diurnal and strictly herbivorous (although the young were once thought to eat insects, this has been proven false), and can be found living in trees and near water, into which they will dive if frightened. They can fall up to 40 feet without being injured, and can run quickly despite their clumsy appearance. Because of their popularity in the pet trade and as food in Latin American countries, green iguanas are listed on the CITES Appendix II, which means they considered a threatened species.
Iguanas have an unusual behaviour when threatened- they bite onto the threatening creature and do not let go until forced to, or the threat is removed.

Camera Model:Canon EOS 20D
Shooting Date/Time:6/19/2005 4:43:32 PM
Shooting Mode:Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/60
Av( Aperture Value ):5.6
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: +2/3
ISO Speed:400
Lens:100.0 mm
Focal Length:100.0 mm
AF Mode:One-Shot AF

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Ooo! Sebnem, this is an outstanding portrait, I like it a lot, since I like reptiles too! Colourful iguanas... You did a great portrait of this iguana as usual for you!
Şebnem Hanım bu portreleri nasıl çekiyorsunuz gerçekten çok başarılı ve ilginç. Darıca'daki hayvanat bahçesinden olduğunu zannettiğim bu fotoğrfaları çekerken onlara nasıl bu kadar yaklaşıyorsunuz? Arada bir cam vs. engel yok mu? Ayrıca bırakın engeli size bu pozları vermeleri için nasıl bir ikna yöntemi kullanıyorsunuz? :))
Görüşmek üzere...

Hello Sebnem,
Another awesome portrait with great details! The colours are sooo well reproduced it is hard to find words...
Totally convincing and superb work... As always!
Pablo -

wow, awesome portrait, sebnem! :-)
wonderful colors, superb details -
just look at the skin! bravo!
very well done & take care, thor.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-04-17 4:17]

Hi Sebnem,
fantastic portrait, superb composition and quality. Nice colours and very good DOF. I like it a lot. Good note.
Rgs, Aleksander

Lovely portrait Sebnem,
What a great image to have in your archives.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.

Thanks for posting, Have a great sunny and warm week.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-17 6:23]

Hi Sebnem,

The green colours in this beautiful iguana is really magic. The animal has a mysterious expression. Wonderful capture.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-04-17 6:27]
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merhaba sebnem
her zamanki gibi basarili bir porte. renkler, netlik, pov ve dof mukemmel bir sekilde yakisikli iguana fotosu ortaya cikarmis. paylasim icin tesekurler. kolay gelsin. selamlar

Fantastic capture Sebnem, superb sharpness which reveals so much details on the scales. Texture, and colour is equally amazing. Excellent post, very well done.

Hi Sebnem,
Outstanding portrait shot on this Iguana. The composition and framing are superb. The light was soft and his allowed great colors to be shown. Detail is very sharp.DOF is perfet and this created a great OOF backround. Very well done!

Hi Sebnem, Excellent photo, great colors, perfect POV, DOF, BG, everything is so crisp, great sharpness. Excellent Work. TFS Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-17 8:45]

Hi Sebnem,
Extreme sharp shot of this incredible creature! Very good portrait.
José M.

Hi Sebnem, beautiful detail on this lizard. The image is so sharp and clear. The colours are just great, I like the green and the tinge off pinky orange.
Good photo, regards

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-17 9:46]

Hello Sebnem,
a wonderful portrait, very detailed and excellent colors. Nice POV and great sharpness. Well composed.

Hi, Sebnem.
Outstanding shot. Superb colors on iguana and background. Excellent sharpness and composition. Nice animal.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-17 10:26]

Hi Sebnem,

Beautiful, clean, perfect!!!

TFS :-)

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-04-17 11:13]

Hi Sebnem, long time no see. Ths one is fantastic. You must be very clopse to this "dragon" Very good seeing details and fine coloures, TFS

great shot!
What can i say?
Excellent macro shot with excellent colors,sharpness,focus,pov,dof and frame.....
Thanks Ana:)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-17 12:19]

Hi Sebnem.
An amazing iguana. It has a lovely smattering of pink on him.
Very interesting coloring.
Very sharp details with a wonderful POV.
All those differently shaped and sized scales make a beautiful and fascinating mosaic. TFS. : )

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-04-17 12:37]

the details are super, the pov is very good and the dof is nice, very colourfull sot, good job.
gr. jaap

Hey Sebnem,

Nice capture. Super sharp , nice composition and great colors.
Well done. (Back to you canon gear instead of you D200? lol)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-04-17 14:50]

Hi Sabnem,
Very nice portrait! Superb details and great colours,
well composition and good background.
Thanks for sharing!

Great image Sebnem.Good sharpness and beautiful colors.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-17 14:53]

Hi Sebnem, cracking shot. You have captured the detail and the texture of the scales excellently. The colours are vivid and OOF background provides a good backdrop. TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-17 14:55]

What a beautiful Green Iguana Sebnum. The textures and colours of his skin stand out so well. Good sharpness and compositions too. perfectly shown from you, as usual:)))
Thank you,

great portrait..

Hi Sebnem,
I like "macros" very much! This one is excelent. Good colors, and focus. In macro mode (or lens) the second level is out of focus and this took the image more beautiful.
Note is perfect.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-17 16:32]

Hi Sebnem
What a cute fellow and a nice potrait shot. Brilliant colours and details.Great sharpnes, note and background.
Well done my friand


hi sebnem,
i was looking forward to seeing a new post from you.i saw that it was worth waiting:)
great portrait.nice colours and details.i also liked the look in the eye and the pose of the reptile.it looks proud of itself.blurred BG is highlighting the subject and the note is enlightening me.
thank you for sharing.

A gorgeous portrait, Sebnem! Excellent detail, composition and POV. The flowing reddish colouring of the iguanas back and head really brings out the green of its scales. The iguanas brown eye is also very centered and focal to the whole shot. Outstanding, TFS!

Hi Sebnem

Wow!!! Fantastic shot. His many coloured coat is clearly defined. Perrfect OOF BG. Top shot! :-)

Hello Sebnem,
there is a wonderful indirect light in this very pretty portrait of the Iguana. The rich spectre of green and red is phantastic, details are perfect. Wonderful pose.
Excellent shot. Thank you!
Best regards,

Great composition Sebnem.
All the colors blend in this picture to make a great composition.
The capture is sharp and the details are excellent.
POV BG and DOF are superb.
Great composition and good frame.

He sure is a looker, nice detail and exposure, well done indeed!


Hello Sebnem,
tres belle presentation les couleurs ,les details et la composition tout est parfait.
Bravo et merci....JP

salut sebnem
les couleurs sont extras,les details parfaits.
c'est vraiment un tres beau portrait.

love the background...so smooth and well done...

hello Sebnem,
Very nice portrait, I love this pic, one of my favorites, has excellent composition and exposure. The colours in this species are amazing and you captured them very well.
Best greetings

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-19 1:48]

Excellent portrait Şebnem,
Wonderful lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-19 8:02]

Very nice portrait. Great colors and perfect exposure. A very clear and sharp image. Superb! TFS. Gabriel

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-19 9:53]

Hello Sebnem, good post. I love the pose and the details are great. Maybe a little too much red light but apart from that minor point it's lovley. Well done.

merhaba sebnem hanim,super bir portre...sadece mukemmel demek yetiyormu bilemem.gönderdiginiz tum resimler cok iyibir calisma urunu.tebrikler.selamlar.hilmi yildirim

Hello Şebnem!
Great shot, superb portrait. POV, details and framing are perfect. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

Hello Sebnem,
Lovely shot, great colours and perfect details.

Excellent profile shot,with great colour and texture...Awesome!

Hi Sebnem,

Excellent portrait, beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-21 7:44]

Hi Sebnem,
Fantastic colour and detail in this Iguana. Very well captured portrait, just a minor teeny nit, there is some halo effect under his chin, possibly left over from PP work. Great shot!

Hi Sebnem,
Excellent profile, for its POV, framing, great light and colors..
Fantastic detail,
Very well done.

Hi Sebnem,

Is this "green face" that you posted last year but under another lighting? In any case, this is a superb portrait again, so sharp with great detail and colours. Perfect DOF as usual. How do you do it? Smile.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-22 20:56]

Hi Sebnem!

Splendid image of this lizard. Sharpness is excellent as well as exposure. Tight cropping and shallow DOF look great. You've got excellent detail in its skin.

Great shot and TFS.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-04-22 23:12]

Merhaba Sebnem,
Wooow This is one excellent Iquana portrait.Bravo!
Your pov,vivid colors,dof,blurred bg,focus,sharpness,note,pose and frame.TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-24 11:36]

Hello Sebnem, I am jalous, I would like to see in real this animal and to be able to make a such great shot. DOF, colors and sharpness are excellent. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Sebnem and thanks for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-24 22:21]

A beauty, what a lovely composition shot with a great technique. No flaws 10/10. Thanks.


Hi Sebnem!
Superb photo. Great sharpness, excellent colours. Very good POV. TFS!

Wooow Sebnem, great portrait. I like the fantastic colours, the incredible details.
Brava. TFS

Beautiful colors and details are well presented in this nice portrait of a iguana. :)

Hello Sebnem, Love this portrait you have here. Really looks like one of the giants from the land before....

nice work, great detail and sharpness and BG, DOF.



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  • HaBeMa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 78 N: 91] (402)
  • [2006-04-28 14:14]
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Selamlar.yorum icin tesekkurler evet cep telefonu nokia N70 2.0mp kullaniyorum.
f degeri:F/3,2 dir.
Fotolariniz cok kaliteli tebrikler.

  • liziafa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 399 W: 0 N: 346] (1231)
  • [2006-04-30 11:02]

Hello Sebnem,

Great shot.
Excellent all!!!


P.S Points tomorrow :)

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-02 21:52]

Hello Sebnem! Wonderful shot, presenting this beautiful and colourful iguana. Yes, he or she is handsome, indeed! I have its cousin already posted to TN, and I think it is the same POV. I love this animals!
All the best, dear Sebnem!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-05 6:17]

Sebnem bonjour, excellent portrait of Green Iguana with great colors and sharpness. Very well done, best regards, Didier.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-05-05 7:18]

Hello Sebnem,
I've missed a lot on here during the last few weeks,a lot of catching up to do!
This is an excellent portait of this lizard.
Superb colours and detail,nice clear background.
Top quality work.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-07 15:04]

Sebnem, just FANTASTIC!!! I love Iguanas and this is probably one of best photos of them I've ever seen. Excellent details, pose, sharpness and first of all - colours. Eye is wise and vigilant. It looks like powerfull dragon from old legends. Perfect beauty.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-15 2:11]

Hi Sebnem.
This close up is fantastic, great portrait, womderful color details and composition, yours portraits is magnific.


Merhaba Şebnem Abla,

Gerçekten çok hoş bir portre,özellikle parıldayan bakır-pembe renkler müthiş durmuş..


Hi Sebnem,
wow, what an impressive shot.
How lucky you were to get so close, I also hat the chance to see a little dragon in my holidays but he don't let me come near and escaped in the trees. I have it here today, but on mine you can't see so wonderful details like here on your beautiful shot, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Sebnem,
Wonderful sharpness, composition, and POV. You are showing a beautiful and complicate skin texture of this Iguana. TFS

Going back on your portfolio, I am particularly struck with the beauty and technical excelence of this facial shot of a colorful iguana.
The pink glow falling on the subject like a well chosen light in a studio makes this image a masterpiece, Sebnem.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-09 5:08]

Sebnem how u get them pose?!!!you make them look like pro model,the are lokng handsome too :)))...Very sharp one ,details are perfect.Love the composition. TFS!.

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  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-09-01 13:35]

Renkler muhtesem ötesi! Süper!
Mükemmel, kusursuz cekiminizle "Yakisikli Igana" adeta zümrütten bir mücevhere dönüsmüs, isil isil parliyor. Tebrikler! Ellerinize saglik!

Muhteşem bir çalışma.renkler ve detaylar harika.
Elinize, gözünüze sağlık Şebnem Hanım.
selam ve saygılar

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  • Rita Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 31 W: 18 N: 30] (116)
  • [2006-09-03 16:26]

Uhhhhh... A hair-raising approach;)... Beautiful register. Great focalization and definition...

Nice photo! I used to have one of these running around in my house! My son had him for .....too long!! :o)
Great shot! Thanks for the memories!

Donna :o)

One elegant dude!

Beautiful shot. A lof of detail and a nice blurred BG.
Well done

Hi friend Sebnem :-)

This is a wonderful capture, so clear and sharp; I feel I can almost touch it. I like its expression (as far as a reptile can show emotions) but, as a gifted photographer, you show us this well : he seems so proud and so thoughtful at the same time... Your timing was really good for this, well done!Thanks,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-14 13:03]

Wow Sebnem this one must increase heart rates everywhere he roams...;-)
Excellent portrait!
Thanks & TFS,

Merhaba Sebnem bende iguana resimi hatirliyorum cekmistim Australiada ama bukadar net ve guzel cikmadi Turkiyenin Iguanalari bambaska :-) focus detail ve DOF cok iyi olmus ellerine saglik Selamlar Necip.

Hi Sebnem, magnificent portrait, perfect details and splendid colors, great sharpness, YOU ARE BRAVISSIMA!, again a nice week end to you, ciao Silvio

Very handsome!
Just beautiful, Sebnem.
Amazing color and detail.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-16 11:12]

Hi Sebnem,
Outstanding portrait shot with lovely colour tones and very sharp details on its scales. The BG is classic and it highlights the Iguana well and you have captured a fabulous pose. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Sebnem.

Excellent macro , nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-30 6:28]

Hi Sebnem,
your shots are really outstanding. Superbs composition of colours and clarity.
This iguana is really well detailed with lovely eye gestures making your your shot splendidly executed.
Beautiful colours well rendered.


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