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I come from Kenya

I come from Kenya
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-27
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Chameleons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 7:00
Viewed: 4325
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Jackson's Chameleon (Chamaeloeo jacksonii ) are almost endemic to Kenya, inhabiting the mid-altitude forest and woodland of the eastern side of the Rift Valley, from the Nyambeni Hills and the Mt. Kenya woodlands south to Nairobi. There is also an isolated population on Mt. Meru in northern Tanzania. They need cover to hide in and prefer to live in trees. They rarely venture to ground except to lay eggs or mate.

Males have the characteristic three horns whilst the females are generally hornless. The average size being between 23 and 54 cms long. In some subspecies, the females have a large horn on their snout and small horns above their eyes, they can also have three reduced horns. All chameleons have a prehensile tail and clawed feet with short necks. Chameleons have independently focussing eyes (which can move in different directions) giving them 360 degree vision.
Jacksons chameleons live a solitary lifestyle. They can be found in the same tree but seem to ignore each other. They feed on insects, worms and various other invertebrates. They are considered a long-lived chameleon (up to 10 years).

Like the Veiled Chameleon I posted the other day, here.this one was taken at Taronga Park Zoo.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-10 7:33]

Hello Chris,
the facial expression of this chameleon is great, seems to be a bit bothered ;-).
A beautiful shot. Colors, sharpness and crop are wonderful.

Hi Chris,
exciting animal portrait with dynamic motion and expression,
very good details and depth of field, and pleasant, well controlled hues of various green over the picture including the distant background make this image unusual and very authentical.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hello cris, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, exclletn blured BG, perfect lighting, great focus on the eye, TFs Kyle

Hi Chris,
a beautiful portrait with nice green tones.
The POV and pose are very good.
The details are also good.
Well done.


This guy probably come from deep space :)
Cool shot with nice green colours.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-10 8:15]

Hi Chris

Excellent portrait of this splendid cameleon!
Interesting POV, good details, superb colors and nice framing.

Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-10 9:02]

La especie de camaleón más vistoso desde mi punto de vista, sin dudas.
Excelente POV y DOF para mostrar sus cuernos y detalles en todo su esplendor y con gran nitidez... el colorido en estos animales no es muy importante, ya que cambia todo el tiempo...jejeje.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos... Ricardo

The species of chameleon more showier from my point of view, without doubts.
Excellent POV and DOF to show their horns and details in all their splendor and with great sharpness... the coloring in these animals are not very important, since it changes all the one time... jejeje.
Good work.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-10 9:16]

Hi Chris,
This green chameleon is well captured. Pov, gesture, pose, background, color and details work fine together. The visual contact is strong and meaninful :-)
TFS, José M.

Hello Chris,
Excellent shot on this chameleon. Texture and color tone are clearly captured. Very well done and TFS.

Superb catch Chris! Love the colours it has! Sharpness, details, pov and pose all are great! bg is great and has similarity with the chameleon.

Congrats Chris, this is a fantastic picture!
Excellent POV, framing and brilliant colours and lighting. This is an excellent composition my friend. Thank you for posting.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-08-10 13:35]

Hello Chris,
Lovely POV and very nice pose from this wonderful chameleon. Excellent details and good sharpness. Great composition and perfect lighting.
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-08-10 13:44]

Shrek!!! hehe, great portriat and what an attitude in that natural face.. Well done

Hi Chris,
This is a nice shot, I also believe this to be the first Jackson's chameleon I've seen on TN.
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and good framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-10 17:13]

Hi Chris,

The different green colours in this photo are magnificent. The expression of this strange animal is super.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-10 18:44]

Very sharp capture of this very... green... chameleon, Chris. : )
Amazing details, great POV (Wish that limb were not there)
Love the expression. Those are *funny* creatures.
TFS. : )

Hi Chris

Nice work here. Very good exposure with excellent saturation of colour. Nicely composed with clear detail. Very good camera work. :-)

Hi Chris,
Now that is one green lizard! Of course there are at least 7 shades of green. The detail and textures look amazing. I love how they roatate each eyeball around seperatly. Comp and framing look great.

Hi, Chris.
What a face! As a photo, it's very good and striking. Excellent exposure and colors.

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