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Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-02
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus C-700UZ
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-08 11:24
Viewed: 4409
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Living on the semi-arid islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gilli Montang and Flores in central Indonesia, Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) are the world's largest lizards. They can grow over nine feet long and weigh up to a postulated 100 kilos after a good meal. With serrated teeth, powerful claws and surprising quickness, they are formidable predators as well as scavengers and will eat any meat including other dragons and, rarely, humans.
They were not scientifically classified as members of the monitor lizard family until 1912 by Peter Ouwens, director of the Zoological Museum and Botanical Gardens at Bogor, Java.
The skin is similar to chain mail and sheds for six months of the year. There is a prominent patch on the left shoulder of the foreground dragon that may be attributable to normal shedding or a dragon bite. Sense of smell is extremely important in food detection. Komodos can detect the scent of carrion from more than 10 km.
Shot with monopod leaned against the glass of the Cincinnati zoo exhibit. Levels adjusted, cropped sharpened and noise reduction.

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  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-08 12:10]
  • [2]

I like composition with Dragon's tail like a bow. Good details and great DOF and POV. Very interesting subject. In Polish it is called [probably from latin] - Waran.

  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-08 13:04]
  • [2]

Great detail and very good notes. Good post Greg. TFS

Great shot. DOF is excellent.

Yes, having the tail in frame really makes this shot work. Fantastic texture of its scales give the shot impact. Good post.

You obviously didn't have much choice about which way the dragon was facing,and you made the most of it. You've pulled this off quite well.Good detail and DOF. It's a shame about the glare on the head,but can't be helped.

Composition: ***
Sharpness: ****
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Nice lighting and textures.
Beautiful curves.

Nice shot showing well the texture of the skin.
Bu it would've better to show the face as well.

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