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Fan Footed Gecko - Shedding



A fan footed gecko shedding its skin under the warmth of the light of it's enclosure - the eye is breathtaking

A fan footed gecko shedding its skin under the warmth of the light of it's enclosure - the eye is breathtaking
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2 Comments | Report
foeshizzy
 
foeshizzy September 14, 2016
nicely captured ????
RandyLebel
 
RandyLebel September 15, 2016
But can it save you 15%? Just kidding. I love this photo The eye is surreal.
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The-Art-of-Darkness December 14, 2016
Thank you

Behind The Lens

Location
This is another shot taken in the reptile house at the fabulous Wingham Wildlife Park near Canterbury. It was one of those moments where you get to see just how versatile the A99v can be. I didn't have line of sight to the subject and was using the adjustable rear tilt screen to line everything up. I'd never seen a gecko shedding it's skin up close before and this one was wearing it's old vestments like i'd wear a viking helmet on a stag weekend. It did put a huge smile on my face seeing it sitting there like that
Time
To be honest I don't remember but I usually gravitate to the reptile house towards the end of a days shoot. The little critters generally move even slower than I do and that helps
Lighting
It was taken indoors, in poor light, through the glass into the gecko's tank. The tank was lit internally and there's no flash permitted in the reptile house. The lens was wide open to suck in all the light I could get
Equipment
The shot was taken with a 50mm f2.8 macro on a sony A99v without line of sight and using the rear tilt screen to compose the shot. The camera body was stabilised using the old Mk1 hand/arm combo
Inspiration
It's the eyes really. They fascinate me - human or beastie, large or small. Between eyes and reflections I have a lifetime of material to shoot. As for me and reptiles - lets just say we seem to get along well
Editing
I'm really just a a self taught enthusiast so i'm always experimenting and learning new techniques. However, for this shot, apart from a few tweaks there wasn't too much to do
In my camera bag
For a general purpose shoot i'll pack my sigma 150-500mm plus 2x teleconverter, a macro lens (in this case 50mm), a 16-35mm wide angle zoom lens plus a blower and cleaning kit
Feedback
Love what you do and try to see the magic in everything - that will start you in a good frame of mind. Then find something you want to shoot and be patient. You don't make magic with every picture you take but with patience and an open mind you should come away at the end of the day with something you can be really pleased with

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