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Philippine sailfin water dragon, Melbourne Zoo

Philippine sailfin water dragon, Melbourne Zoo
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4 Comments | Report
beverlyhenderson
 
beverlyhenderson August 03, 2016
Depth of field just right. Great subject too!
occasionalclimber
occasionalclimber August 03, 2016
Thanks Beverly - it's all about the eye isn't it
beckyreding PRO+
 
beckyreding March 24, 2017
REALLY AWESOME!!
occasionalclimber
occasionalclimber March 24, 2017
Thanks - he was a good model :-)
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Jlifox March 29, 2018
Those colors.
JB11
 
JB11 April 12, 2018
Great pic

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Behind The Lens

Location
In the reptile enclosure at Melbourne Zoo.
Time
Mid afternoon.
Lighting
The lighting was artificial soft light. The main challenge was getting an unimpeded shot with all the kids zipping about.
Equipment
A Nikon D7000 and 55-300 zoom. For this shot the zoom setting was 240mm, ISO 500, F5.3 and shutter 1/10 sec. I braced the camera against a wall to avoid camera shake on such a low speed.
Inspiration
This Philippine sailfin water dragon seemed to be quite aware of the human onlookers. He was giving me a sideways glance, which really made the shot.
Editing
Adjustments in Camera RAW to bring out detail in light and shadow, then some further minor polishing in PhotoShop.
In my camera bag
I love the mountains, so as little as possible - at present a Nikon D750 camera body, a Nikkor 24-120 small zoom and the 55-300 bigger zoom, a spare battery and beaten up lightweight tripod - good for hiking. If I'm going for a summit then it's even less - a compact Lumix TZ220 with mirrorless through the lens digital view finder, full manual operation and RAW file capture - absolutely great when you still want to control your photography but need to keep moving and can't afford to have stuff hanging off you.
Feedback
Nature photography is largely about patience, luck or both. Going to the zoo does make it easier though. A great place to practise and more than likely get some satisfaction for your efforts.

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