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A lizard peeking out of the green

A lizard peeking out of the green
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Rusmwood
 
Rusmwood July 13, 2014
Excellent my friend
SaintMarino
SaintMarino July 13, 2014
Thanks buddy :), much appreciated
An-D
 
An-D July 19, 2014
This is wonderful. If I was this lizard, and I had lizard Facebook or whatever, this would totally be my profile picture. Wonderful job! I love the details and the greens and how perfect that focus is. Well done!
GarethsGeckos
 
GarethsGeckos December 21, 2014
Thanks for entering my reptile competition. Good luck.
brucesharock
 
brucesharock June 14, 2016
I like how you have captured the soft colours of green in the back ground high light the lizard. The layers of scales gives the feeling of texture to the skin of the lizard. Great photo! Thanks for sharing!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a park near my residence.
Time
It was around 2 PM in the afternoon.
Lighting
Even though it was 2 PM, the cloudy sky obscured the harsh sunlight, thus creating a soft light with no hard shadows.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D5100 DSLR with a Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro lens(non VC version). The photo was taken in normal mode, at 300mm focal length(DX equivalent of 450mm on Nikon D5100). No other equipments were used.
Inspiration
I was roaming around in the park, when I saw this lizard running out of the bush it was staying, to the open field; it probably saw a prey. Seizing the moment, I lied on the ground to get the camera to ground level, and took some shots. It was a really cooperative lizard, it just stayed there for some more time and gave some more poses for me to capture ;)
Editing
I did some basic post processing with Lightroom. 1> To start with, I checked the boxes against "Remove Chromatic Aberration" and "Enable profile corrections". 2> Then I reduced the highlight slider to -100. 3> Increased the clarity to +50 and reduced vibrance to -20. 4> Finally, increased the contrast to +70.
In my camera bag
In my bag, apart from my Nikon D5100 body, I will keep:- 1> 18-55mm kit lens. 2> Nikkor 35mm f1.8 prime lens. 3> Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro lens(non VC version). 4> Nikon MC-DC2 cable release.
Feedback
Just like any nature photo, this is a result of sheer coincidence, luck and grabbing the moment before it slips by. It doesn't matter how good a photographer is, he/she won't get a chance to capture spontaneous nature images if they do not explore the nature and be present at the moment. Only advice I can give is to just be out there and keep your eye open for opportunities. In the beginning, you will miss more shots than you frame, that is normal; you are clicking subjects whose behavior you cannot control. I was lucky to have a cooperative subject in this case, but most of the cases I get like 2-3 seconds, to compose, focus and take the shot. Speed will improve with practice, and that will increase hit/miss ratio. Just be patient. Most importantly, do not feel shy about clicking images in a public place like the park. Some bystanders might give a negative attention, ignore them; what you do is none of their business anyway. Show them the photos you've taken if they get curious, they will appreciate it :) Good luck.

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