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All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small
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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-09
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Macro
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM, Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2012/03/30 'Creatures' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-30 18:35
Viewed: 1704
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Digging back through some of my older images looking for a “creature” to put in the Friday theme, I came across this one (most of my creatures are on the Trek Nature site). The subject was a small lizard only about 10-inches (25.5cm) long nose to the tip of its tail poised on a driveway basking in the hot Florida late afternoon sunshine. Usually these small creatures scurry away when approached but this one stayed put. I laid down as close to the subject flat on the ground with my camera resting on the ground to make a series of RAW images.

Selected the best image of the series and ran it through PS RAW for minor adjustments to clarity, exposure, color balance, etc. In a new selection layer used NIK Viveza to add a bit of structure and very minor color adjustments. The biggest decision was to tightly crop into this image into a near panoramic format to enlarge subject.

Original image posted in WS.

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Hi Larry, this guy has a slight baby croc look to his head. Love the yellow eye liner... Size was one of the reasons I took mostly head shots of the last one I found. Fiona


Nice capture and PP work here. You've cropped the image nicely, while still leaving a great amount of detail on this lizard. Neat POV and nicely blurred background.

Well done,

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-03-31 3:03]

Really nice. And I like how the tail fit the frame on the right :)

Ciao Larry, great macro of lovely lizard, wonderful natural colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-03-31 11:18]
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Hi Larry,
The expression has a face but I'd like to know what he thinks.
A great picture with very good details, I like it very much.
Best regards

Very nice capture of this lizard warming up. Good use of narrow dof with good details. Great lighting. Well done, tfs.

HI Larry..nice choice to have a horizontal composition to go with the lizard's shape...well done.


The long crop works really well here Larry! LOVE that blur in the BG! It makes the lizard the total focus!

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-04-06 0:49]

Hi Larry,

What a testament for that lens of yours.

Seeing your original in the WS shows what a drastic crop was used to get this stunning result.

I'm not too sure, but I think they are called Skinks Down Under.


Well seen, and well processed result.

Hi Larry,
Great perspective and pin sharp subject against the blurry BG.Lizards natural colours have come through very well.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2012-04-08 18:41]

Bonsoir Larry,

Nice little guy, I like the elongated panoramic format, too bad you didn't do a LP with it, I would have like to see it full screen. Good exposure, focus looks sharp (the LP would confirm it) very nice "Bokeh" in the BG. Too bad he didn't turn his head the other to put lot of room in front its head. Like this he is looking directly outside the frame. Still a nice lizard picture, and an excellent contribution for the them. TFS.


excellent pov and dof. The colours and details are very clear. Good decision to opt for the crop.
Nice job

A lizard like this, was sunbathing. He saw a man staring to him. He asked the man: "What are you looking at? Haven't you ever seen a crocodile?"
I guess if you would put your camera down and stared to this creature, he might ask the same question!
It's a great shot for they are so fast and scape rapidly. I've tried to capture them so i know you have done a great job to have this photo. TFS.

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