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A Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko (Goniurosaurus kuroiwae) in Okinawa Japan. To get the unique lighting and highlight the color of the lizard's eyes we had to ...
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A Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko (Goniurosaurus kuroiwae) in Okinawa Japan. To get the unique lighting and highlight the color of the lizard's eyes we had to use 3 flashlights from different angles, as well as the camera flash.
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8 Comments | Report
aminoacid
 
aminoacid March 03, 2015
Brilliant capture!!
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bpwhite March 03, 2015
Thanks!
winwin
 
winwin March 14, 2015
I like the mysterious feel of it
TimGreinke
 
TimGreinke May 10, 2015
That is a very evil looking gecko. Very nice photo
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bpwhite May 11, 2015
i think the lighting adds a bit of menace to the face (they're really very nicely tempered lizards :P), and thanks in any case!
Jarl PRO
 
Jarl July 13, 2015
WOW!
bretthondow
 
bretthondow April 15, 2016
I love this shot :)
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bpwhite April 19, 2016
Thank you!
ArisArtOasis
 
ArisArtOasis April 07, 2017
Super cool!!! Great shot!
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bpwhite April 07, 2017
Thanks!!
Downtoexplore
 
Downtoexplore June 16, 2018
Looks so evil
ashleylong_3815
 
ashleylong_3815 June 15, 2019
Amazing photo!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the parking lot near my house.
Time
I took this photo around 1 AM.
Lighting
It was pitch dark with no ambient lighting, so I had to provide all lighting sources.
Equipment
As I was short a macro lens, I used about 3" of extenders on my 55-250 zoom lens. The large amount of extenders required a lot of light, and perfect stability. For the lighting I used my camera's flash and two dive lights. To achieve stability for the shot, I used a mini-tripod, and was able to put my lens about 2" from the gecko.
Inspiration
I took this photo because I love reptiles, and as this was the first Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko I'd ever seen, I was very excited to get to photograph this endangered species.
Editing
This photo has not been post-processed in any way.
In my camera bag
My Canon 40d, my 50-250mm, as well as a couple more (recently an EF-S 24mm has been pretty regular), multiple extra memory cards and batteries, my 20d backup. a cleaning kit, and a mini-tripod.
Feedback
For most gecko's, if you are very calm and move slowly, they can be coaxed into staying very still, which is important for this kind of shot. Stabilization is also very important for night macro shots, so I recommend a tripod.

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