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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Chameleons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 15:21
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chameleons are such fascinating creatures. Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are squamates that belong to one of the best-known lizard families. They are known for their ability to change their color, their elongated sticky tongue, and for their eyes which can be moved independently of each other. The name "chameleon" means, "Earth lion" and is derived from the Greek words "chamai" (on the ground, on the earth) and "leon" (lion).
Their eyes are the most distinctive among the reptiles. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously. It in effect gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body. When prey is located, both eyes can be focused in the same direction, giving sharp stereoscopic vision and depth perception.
They lack a vomeronasal organ. Like snakes, they don't have an outer or a middle ear and seem to be deaf; at least they cannot detect airborne sounds. But some, maybe all, can communicate via vibrations that travel through solid material like branches.
Chameleons have incredibly long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of extending out of the mouth at a rapid rate.
Some Chameleon species are able to change their body color, which has made them one of the most famous lizard families. Most chameleons don't really change color because of their background (although the surroundings play a large part), but also an expression of the physical and physiological condition of the lizard. The skin color is changed under influence of mood, light, and temperature. The skin color also plays an important part in communication and rivalry fights.

Name: Chamaeleo calyptratus (Veiled Chameleon)
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria


I added to the main photo an insert of the Chameleons eye’s close up, in wich you can see the movement of it, that’s why the eye is a little blurred, due to the movement.

This picture was taken through glass in the Terrarium of Parque del Este, just added contrast, sharpened and framed.

horia, shirgold, metcher, fiyo, TAZ, marhowie, uleko, extramundi, jmp, PDP, vanderschelden, Necipp, SelenE, Dave, njmv79, Isu, bobair, Viera, jcoowanitwong, sily, lgfoto, angybone, Alex99, Jonas_Schmitt_, izler has marked this note useful
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To Maite: Hola!JoseMiguel 1 06-03 23:34
To fransie: No tripod, but yes ISJoseMiguel 1 12-04 15:37
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-04 5:51]
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Hi Jose

What a splendid presentation!
I love all these colors of the cameleon and the details and textures here are eualy impressive.
Also the POV and DOF are impecable, the composition lovely and the inclusion of the second eye-picture is great to demostrate the features of this magnificent species.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Jose,
This is a very detailed and clear picture, wow! I like this POV and composition. Those colors are great and I like the little picture that shows us its eye's movement. I really enjoyed reading your notes too and I learned many things about them! Thanks,

wow the thumbnail did not do this photo justice at all..what a great shot! Awesome detail , color and contrast..like the little photo of his eye in the corner too. .neat idea.. Love it! TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comment on my photo "Sun trying to Melt the Frost" :o)

Hi, Jose.
Very interesting monster. Sharp shot with good exposure. And good pose.

Hi Jose
This is a great photo. Your detail and colours are fantastic. Did you use a tripod? Your composition is good to. Congratulations on a very pretty picture. and thanks you for the detailed note.
TFS and regards.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-05 2:42]

Hello Jose,
a very beautiful shot indeed. Vivid colors, very nice composition. Very well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-05 4:40]

You are right, this animal is a fascinating creature. Presentation is very good. Great deatails on skin and eye. The Chameleon stands out from the neutral background. Perhaps it would have been interesting to see it entire...
Congratulations Jose and TFS.

Well done Jose.
Excellent post of this fascinating creature.
Great detail, colors, and exposure. I like the inset of the eye, the blur showing movement well..
Have a nice day.

Hi Jose,
This is a very detailed and clear picture, I like this POV and composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-11 15:30]

Hello Jose,
I don't know how I missed this incredible chamouflage-coloured Chameleon!! Your close-up is amazing showing all details and colours very sharply. Very interesting!
TFS, Ulla

Muy bonita toma de este camaleon, la verdad es que son animales prehistoricamente bellos. Precioso el perfil aserrado contra el fondo difuso, la presentación y el añadido con el movimiento del ojo realizado con mucho gusto.
Felicidades, me di una vuelta por tu galeria y la explosión de color y valiedad fue muy entretenida. Saludos!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-17 18:00]

Hola José Miguel
¡Qué animal del quaternario por lo menos! Excelente pose y colorido. Y el aspecto no puede ser más original. Una foto con todo lujo de detalles y una nitidez estupenda.
Abrazos desde España,
José Miguel

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-17 18:57]

Hi Jose, very good shot. I really like the inclusion of the moving eye. Good composition and nice colours too. Well done.

Good work...
Nice presentation...and an unusual one here...

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2006-12-21 11:13]

merhaba jose;
herşeyiyle mükemmel bir fotoğraf olmuş, elinize sağlık...selamlar

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-10 3:02]

Hi Jose,
Outstanding shot, with brilliant colours and excellent detail. Pity there is no eye contact in the main shot.

Wow an amazing capture with great detail love the colours and very nicely presented with good notes tfs rgds Necip.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-24 6:23]

Hola Jose,
Colors,focus, contrast and the composition is very good. I liked your framing and the presentation. TFS

Hello Jose!
This time only a short comment, sorry :)
I like the composition of this photo, at first we can see the whole animal, but the additional picture with only the eye of this lizard placed in right corner is a good idea.
Note is also very informative.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-28 10:49]

Hola Jose Miguel!
I like the portrait of this fellow for the sharp details and vivid colors.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-01 20:26]

Hi Jose,
Very fascinating and remarkable! Your picture is quite excellent also. I enjoyed reading your note. Thanks!

Hola José,
what a great composition my friend, beautiful shot and great PoV, I live in a suburb surrounded by vineyards called Constantia in Cape Town and one day I found a chameleon at my backyard plants, too sad to see that he was actually dead and dry it would be a magnificent picture, those reptiles are rare to be seen in the wild I guess.


Hello Jose,

What an amazing creature!!
Outstanding colours and shape, wonderful details, well done.
Regards and TFS,

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-02-21 19:23]

Hola Jose,los maravillosos y ricos colores, un camaleon precioso, gracias por compatir. Sira

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-26 21:48]

Hello Jose

A very good image of this chameleon.Very nice details and textures of the skin.Very nice well saturated colours.TFS


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-04-10 4:05]

Hi Jose,
really very interesting shot of camaleon.
Wonderful detail on skin, surface and colour.
Good job.


Hi Jose,
This is an excellent example of how Chameleon capable of producing colors. The pattern may also unlimited. Very well done and tfs this fine image.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-04-28 17:39]

Hi Jose!
Razor sharp details and great color,perfect shot, too bad we can't see all of him, but nice touch the eye clip, I like the idea very much!

Hi, Jose.
Great shot.Sharpness and very nice colors!

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-05-12 16:50]

Very good shot Jose, I like the sharp structures and good composition and framing.TFS

Incredible image. I love the inset of the eye. That's what really captured my attention. While the photographs on TrekNature are beautiful, these extremely informative and still aesthetically pleasing posts, are my favorite!

Hello JM,
A wonderful creature is captured!
Amazing details in the chameleon, good textures are reproduced...
Subject is well framed, and the close-up work is well done!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-24 15:05]

Hi Jose.
Funny crop. Animal looks like old man. Quality of the picture is blameless. Amazing colour and details reproduction. Lighting is perfect and simple BG supplements the main colourful subject perfectly. Great, skillfully done picture. My compliments and best wishes.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-03 14:55]
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Hola Jose Miguel
Qué extraña criatura este camaleón. Tiene una piel muy variopinta, parece como una piedra llena de musgo. Pero el entorno se ve muy lisito, tal vez debería aprender a camuflarse mejor. Aaaah, que éste no es de los que cambian de color! Ya decía yo!
La imagen es fantástica para ser de un terrario, ¿cómo lo hiciste para que no se vean reflejos? ¿no usaste flash? La iluminación y la nitidez se ven perfectos sin embargo.
Muy buena idea incluir el movimiento del ojo. La nota adjunta es muy interesante.
Un gran y fuerte abrazo.

Beautiful picture of this chameleon.
Great pov and colors. Good light and very sharpness pic.

Great picture of this crazy animal (I´ver never seen anything similar lik this...).The sharpness is great and you has a fantastic point of view!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-18 9:48]

merhaba Jose Miguel
wonderful macro photo of this colourful chameleon with its artistic pose
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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