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49 Comments | Report
jojoxena
 
jojoxena April 30, 2013
Unique little lizard,great colour and detail.
Elyzabeth PRO
 
Elyzabeth August 29, 2013
Lovely colors and great eye!
Joebo PRO+
 
Joebo December 11, 2013
My goodness hows those eyes? Great shot Sarah. Joe :-)
susanneradke
 
susanneradke January 22, 2014
Wonderfull little dragon - love it!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 16, 2014
Great close-up of its bulging eye. Congratulations.
Bannekh
 
Bannekh February 16, 2014
Great shot
symesie04
 
symesie04 February 16, 2014
Stunning capture of the colour and texture Sarah.
Jacc
 
Jacc February 16, 2014
great shot :)
FrankSomma PRO
 
FrankSomma February 16, 2014
Fantastic effect with the DOF Sarah. Impressive camerawork. Good on you!
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 16, 2014
Beautiful focus in this wonderful capture.Congrats!
annettemethvinshells Premium
 
annettemethvinshells February 16, 2014
cool shot :) congrats
JayLawler
 
JayLawler February 16, 2014
Wonderful shot... Congrats on your feature :)
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 February 16, 2014
Such a awesome shot..Congrats!! (:
Jewel
 
Jewel February 16, 2014
Great shot! Congratulations on your feature!
susannejordan
 
susannejordan February 16, 2014
So great photo!! 👌
susannejordan
 
susannejordan February 16, 2014
Congrats!!
daphnepebbles
 
daphnepebbles February 16, 2014
Cool capture. What kind of lizard is this?
timhawaii
 
timhawaii February 16, 2014
Nice, and wow!!!
GraybillExpressions
 
GraybillExpressions February 16, 2014
Beautiful photo!
Dmullanephotography
 
Dmullanephotography February 16, 2014
Nice shot
catini
 
catini February 16, 2014
Very nice, congrats on your feature!
littleredncryby
 
littleredncryby February 16, 2014
Love this shot! Great detail! And he is so cute too!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 February 16, 2014
congratulations on your feature .. well done !!
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rmr731 February 17, 2014
Great shot! Congrats!
jojoxena
 
jojoxena February 17, 2014
Fantastic shot,congrats on your feature!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter February 19, 2014
Great detail capture. Congrats. - Jake
Danny_martin_10
 
Danny_martin_10 February 21, 2014
this is one awesome shot :) very deserved feature
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tmlakshmi February 24, 2014
Do you have this in your pond. awesome.
PapaSkelli
 
PapaSkelli March 08, 2014
Love the way you captured his eyes OUTSTANDING
LastLineStudios
 
LastLineStudios April 25, 2014
Amazing eyes.
LeeBennett PRO+
 
LeeBennett July 25, 2014
Excellent!
Pauljeno
 
Pauljeno January 24, 2015
This is amazing. Paul.
faridlaid PRO
 
faridlaid February 24, 2015
Uroplatus fimbriatus ...love it
OutOfTheWild
 
OutOfTheWild February 26, 2015
Very beautiful shot great job
Nrvi
 
Nrvi March 04, 2015
nice gecko
esasuomaa
 
esasuomaa March 11, 2015
Hypnotizing.
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw March 17, 2015
Very cool !
FrankSomma PRO
 
FrankSomma March 17, 2015
Whoa..what amazing focus and the color. My oh my!!!!
tinawiley PRO+
 
tinawiley March 20, 2015
Fantastic shot
Edyta_Pelc
 
Edyta_Pelc April 13, 2015
Awesome!
dKi_Photography PRO
 
dKi_Photography July 31, 2015
Congrats. That eye is mesmerizing!
Tkay PRO+
 
Tkay August 25, 2015
Awesome shot! Congrats!!
mea115546 PRO
 
mea115546 March 29, 2017
Incredible shot. It looks like that snake from the movie "Jungle Book."
NotOrdinaryWild
 
NotOrdinaryWild September 13, 2018
This is not a snake, its a gecko
Nostroboy PRO
 
Nostroboy October 07, 2018
Wow such am hypnotic specimen !
RickL PRO+
 
RickL November 25, 2019
Excellent macro photography
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Top.
mleskiw.wildlife_EC5E PRO+
 
Omg, love it! The expression is priceless!
RickL PRO+
 
RickL Mar 30
Excellent macro photography
sarahking PRO+
sarahking Mar 30
Thank you!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Houston Zoo's reptile and amphibian house.
Time
I love shooting at the zoo in the early morning or late afternoon because that usually coincides with feeding time. The animals are more active so photographers have a greater opportunity to capture the animals personalities.
Lighting
The reptile house at the Houston Zoo is fairly dark with the exhibits interiors illuminated. I typically open my aperture wide and bump up my ISO when I shoot in there, which is the case with this shot.
Equipment
I shot this with my Canon 7D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens.
Inspiration
Anything in nature has always been an inspiration to me. Living in the city, the zoo is one of my favorite places to go when I want to capture something new and interesting. The animals always provide great subject matter and I always leave feeling content and happy with with my work for the day. This leaf gecko just happened to be climbing up its exhibits glass wall when I walked by. It rested long enough in the top left corner for me to capture this shot in a very close up and personal way!
Editing
I mostly do my post-processing in Lightroom. I have learned over the years that I really do not enjoy the editing process. Sitting behind a computer isn't very fun for me, so I made the conscious decision to learn my cameras settings so I could shoot well straight out of the camera. When I do get to the computer, I usually like to keep things very simple and quick by just increasing the vibrance and sometimes adding a touch of contrast.
In my camera bag
I do carry a back back, but for outings like this, I usually just wear my BlackRapid Double Camera Strap on with my Canon 5D Mark iv and Canon 7D on it. I attach a long lens and a short lens to these so I can get various length shots throughout the zoo without having to change my lens out. My favorite go to lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Lenses I use often and love: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L
Feedback
Timing and patience, patience, patience. Learning animal habits and feeding times helps a lot when you want to capture something other than them laying around. Knowing when they will be active and carving out the time to be present for that will help you capture the image you are envisioning. If an animal is inactive when you first approach their exhibit, wait around for them to move. Sometimes all it takes is for a large group of people to either walk up (or walk away) to change their behavior. Wait for those moments and you will be rewarded! Also, zoos often schedule behind the scene tours of the animal exhibits. These are great opportunities to catch great close up shots of the animals as well!

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