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JDLifeshots August 30, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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Superb artistry!
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Thank you for submitting your wonderful photo to this challenge! It's one of my favorites!
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MythicHippo April 19, 2017
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :)

Emerald Basilisk



These incredibly bright lizards could be found by the rivers and streams in La Selva, Costa Rica. They would sit stock still until you got a fraction too close,...
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These incredibly bright lizards could be found by the rivers and streams in La Selva, Costa Rica. They would sit stock still until you got a fraction too close, then they would be off like a shot, often running across the water surface.
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Behind The Lens

Location
We were on a birding trip in Costa Rica, and after a busy morning I had gone for a relaxing walk through the grounds of the lodge. When I came across this chap basking in the sunlight by a stream I was really glad I brought my camera on the walk!
Time
I took this just before lunchtime - around midday. It was worth delaying lunch for!
Lighting
Normally tropical sunlight at midday is very harsh for photography, but with a subject this bright I was happy to have as much light as possible bouncing off him.
Equipment
Canon EOS 5D, 100-400 telephoto lens.
Inspiration
A gloriously bright lizard in gorgeous sunshine - who could be uninspired by that?!
Editing
No post-processing done here - the light was good enough that I didn't have to!
In my camera bag
I travel pretty light, as I'm usually scrambling about after wildlife - my normal kit is my EOS 5D, telephoto lens, macro lens in case I find some cool bugs, and plenty of cleaning cloths/lens brushes!
Feedback
As with all wildlife photography, patience, and knowing your subject. I knew the rough distance at which this basilisk would see me as a threat, and so knew how close I could get without scaring him away.

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