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Jewelry by Nature



This Green Anole was out early one morning and was covered with dew drops. It reminded me of someone wearing jewelry.

This Green Anole was out early one morning and was covered with dew drops. It reminded me of someone wearing jewelry.
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nornots PRO
 
nornots December 20, 2014
Super sharp and colorful.
priscillavandel
 
priscillavandel December 26, 2014
love it!
horsegalraye
 
horsegalraye January 23, 2015
Congratulations on your People's Choice...... SUPERB photography!!!
horsegalraye
 
horsegalraye January 23, 2015
Congratulations on your People's Choice...... SUPERB photography!!!
timmc
timmc February 13, 2015
Thank you so much.
robertarmstrong_2615
 
robertarmstrong_2615 February 13, 2015
Congratulations Tim you have won my Reptiles Photo Challenge. Well done. It is a brilliant photo.
timmc
timmc February 13, 2015
Thank you so much.
Pjerry PRO
 
Pjerry February 28, 2015
Great focus, lovely with the water drops.
Thanks for joining my challenge "Green animals".
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Pjerry March 15, 2015
Stunning entry
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josebrener March 25, 2015
Very good shot
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography April 24, 2015
well done!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 09, 2015
Great shot! Congrats.
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DGriffiths May 21, 2015
Absolute Perfection! Great capture!
timmc
timmc May 23, 2015
Thank you
Forfarlass PRO
 
Forfarlass May 22, 2015
Natures beauty. Fantastic capture..
timmc
timmc May 23, 2015
Thank you
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Fujiguy May 22, 2015
Nice shot!!
timmc
timmc May 23, 2015
Thank you
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 28, 2015
This is fantastic!
iverjohnson
 
iverjohnson February 24, 2018
Crystal clear detail and amazing lighting

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the forest behind my home in SE Texas. On my way to the wildflower patch I like to frequent, I found this lovely green anole on a dead limb at just the right height to set up my tripod. What a great opportunity! Still wet with the morning dew (no spray bottle here) it appeared to be adorned with beautiful watery jewels custom made by mother nature herself.
Time
This was taken in the morning hours not long after sunrise. While macro shots can be taken at any time of the day, I find that early mornings with their cooler temperatures keep the subjects just a little more sluggish and makes them easier to approach.
Lighting
As with most macro work it takes a lot of light to get the proper depth of field. To ensure I get enough light I use a Canon 600EX-RT with a flexible modifier.One of the things that makes macro's shot in nature so appealing to me is it is something you can do during the middle of the day when the light is too harsh for many other types of photography.
Equipment
When taking macro photos outdoors I use my Canon 5DII with the 100mm F2.8L IS lens attached. Most times I use my Canon 600EX-RT flash with a Flash bender attached. A flash bender is a flexible mat that attaches to the flash and can be bent forward to direct the light down and to the front of the lens. I have found that using this inexpensive light modifier has produced a very nice soft light with many of my macro photos. For this shot I also used a tripod.
Inspiration
This photo is definitely one of my favorites. Every day you see these common green anoles all around your home. This green anole was in its natural surroundings as mother nature intended and for that reason she had adorned it with beautiful droplets of water. The uniqueness of this subject compared the hundreds of others I have seen, begged to be recorded as a lasting tribute to its beauty.
Editing
There were some adjustments to saturation and clarity made to boost the smaller details of the image.
In my camera bag
When I shoot macro I don't usually carry a bag anymore. The set-up I listed above with the addition of a tripod and more recently some extension tubes carried in a vest pocket are all that is required to make great photos. I am finding more and more when I limit the gear I take I force myself to stick with the original plan. I don't spend my time changing my gears configuration to chase some other subject. It allows me to stay focused and push my skills harder to find and photograph a subject that is suited to the gear I have with me.
Feedback
Keep your camera in the manual mode with the shutter speed at 200. (This is normally the max that will sync with the flash.) Your aperture needs to be a minimum of F11 to get enough depth of field and your flash should be in ETTL mode. You may need to decrease your flash power slightly to keep from having hot spots in the photo. With all that said; go out and find a subject close to home that you are interested in and enjoy spending quality time improving your skills and photographing an amazing creature.

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