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Calumma Parsonii chameleon

Calumma Parsonii chameleon
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-29
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 105mm F2.8 "G" ED/IF VR macro
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Chameleons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-11 3:39
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Calumma Parsonii is generally considered as the largest species of chameleon, and consits of at least 3 geographigal morphs, Orangeeys, Yellowlip and the Hony or Yellowgiant.
We saw two individuals. The first, yellowlip one is an adult male that our guide found in the forest. It was heading straight up a tree when we momentarily detained it for a few photos. The second, turquoise one was a female and had a damaged tail.
Calumma parsonii has been documented at up to 30 inches total length.
This chameleon sports a large, flat casque with occipital lobes. In males, the lateral ridges running from above the eyes toward the snout become more pronounced as they proceed in the anterior direction and become elaborated into two scoop-shaped, warty horns. The dominant colors are green, turquoise and yellow although juveniles may sport an orange hue. Some animals have yellow or orange eyelids or lips and/or irregular black or gray stripes or blotches.

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Hello Albert,

This looks just like a grumpy old man!!
Wonderful facial expression and textural details!
He looks to be moving in slow motion! This is the first time I have seen a chameleon on here and I just love it!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Tlapp Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 6 N: 19] (112)
  • [2008-10-11 4:37]

Fantastically sharp lizard and fantastic blurry backgroud!
Great sharpness + great contrast + great colors = Great and clear image!
Your model is wonderful too!
Regards, Rafal

Hi Albert!
Super zdjęcie kameleona! Przepiękne nasycone barwy i super poza gada. Wygląda na trochę znudzonego;-) Może sesja zdjęciowa była zbyt długa...
Pod każdym względem fotka jest dobra, a nawet bardzo dobra.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-11 5:18]

Hello Albert,
Wow, what an incredible beauty. This is really a perfect photo. Sharpness, clear colours and DOF are amazing. Superb composition, BG and POV. High quality!
Have a great weekend,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-11 5:42]

Hello Albert,
Madagascar must be a nature photographer's paradise if one can visit the relatively small unspoilt areas that are left. So we are grateful to see fine shots like this of a Calumma parsonii one of the many indigenous species.
Excellent portrayal of this species taken with good sharpness against an OOF natural BG.

This is sheer work of art apart from being a fine nature picture, Albert.
You must have composed this shot with a great deal of patience and creative thinking.
The image has turned out to be a class apart in the form of composition and other technical aspects of nature photography.
Thanks for sharing another gem from Madagascar.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-11 6:38]

Hello Albert,
What an impressive capture of this brightly coloured Chameleon. It must be fantastic to see these in the wild! Technically perfect and I like your composition very much.
Many thanks for showing this beauty and kind regards from the North! Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-11 7:35]

hi albert,
thanks for capturing and showing this great species with informative comments. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-11 8:08]

Hi Albert
Nice colours with excellent sharpness detail.
Composition and light very good.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Albert,
Perfect macro capture of this chamaleon beauty in a fine composition with wonderful details on its scalation and nice DOF/POV.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


Hi Albert

They are an amazing group of reptiles, I've only seen them in the zoo. Excellent capture in the wild, great colours and perfectly highlighted on that great green OOF background. Brilliant sharpness and POV.


salut Albert

superbe image de ce caméleon, avec de belles couleurs
flamboyantes (et même du background),
excellente luminosité de l'image, excellente netteté et détails
de l'avant-plan de l'image, TFS


Bonjour Albert,
Quel superbe spécimen! Ces animaux sont impressionnants! Les détails, prise de vue, exposition et composition sont excellents! Je n'ai jamais eu l'occasion de voir ces belles bêtes en vrai! Merci,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-14 14:19]

Bonjour Albert, content de te 'revoir' ! Cette photo est vraiment superbe avec un excellent piqué et un fond hors focus très intéressant, bravo!


very nice shot. nice dof and colours, great sharpness

The colors, patterns and textures of this fellow are really beautiful. I love the spiral of the tail. It's a great shot.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Albert!
This is one of the most colourful chmeleons I have seen! Wonderful presentation with rich colours, perfect sharpness and DOF. Really there is nothing to add!
Or maybe one thing, did you know that the smaller chameleon (which is also known from Madagascar) is only some 15mm big?
All the best from Poland,

Superbe Albert !
je vais passer 10 jours à Tana en mars mais serai limité dans mes déplacements
Je cherche à savoir s'il y a proximité un parc pour photographier caméléons en pouvant approcher comme c'est le cas sur ta photo
Merci et encore bravo
Patrick (je suis tout nouveau sur TN)

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