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Varanus albigularis

Varanus albigularis
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Reptiles of Africa, Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1, Kruger National Park 1, Vanderschelden's herptiles in Kruger [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 8:43
Viewed: 6661
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear readers and friends,

Day 14. (14/20)
Kruger National Park.
We reached the far north: Crooks Corner!
Now we are travelling back southwards and our camp is Letaba.
The weather is a bit cloudy in the morning, then warmer and finally a beautiful evening light. The golden light!

I dedicate this image to the biologists among us, more specific the friends specialized in reptiles and amphibians. I'm thinking about Horia, Jacob,...and the people I forgot to mention;-)

And I hope they help me with the ID)-:
...and they did VERY FAST actually
...read the critiques, please...
Varanus albigularis!

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
17/10/2007 16:01:02
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Heyshamite: Hello Petervanderschelden 1 11-09 17:22
To horia: ?!joey 5 11-08 09:43
To joey: Thanks Joevanderschelden 1 11-08 09:15
To alfhwa: Well Alfredo,vanderschelden 1 11-08 09:13
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Great timing! I'm surprised you used the one-shot mode and could get this effect.

Thanks for sharing.

hello annick,
nice capture of th ereptile, liked the way its looking to the camera, good details , the scales of the skin is visible clearly,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-08 9:06]
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Hi Annick,
this is definately a Moniter Lizard... I'm not sure of the specific I.D. though, sorry!
This is a great find, it must have been pretty big!
+++ Perfect timing to capture that long tongue and with excellent sharpness aswell.
Great DOF and a decent BG.
I love the POV and composition.
Natural colours aswell.
--- Nothing :D
Well done,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-08 9:13]
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Hi Annick

YES!!! I was so hoping for something like this and here it is! A huge lizard from your wonderful quest from Africa! How cool!
Now i'm not an expert on monitor lizards...especially if they from a different continent, but i've done some searching and i think this might be the White-throated monitor or Varanus albigularis.
Here you may find a site about that species and comparing the characters i'd say they look rather alike.

Back now to your outstanding shot :)
What a perfect timing!!! Catching that huge vividly colored tongue flicking like that was absolutely brilliant! I'm wondering what interesting preys was see sniffing around for :)
Terrific shot, my friend, presenting this monitor with some great sharp details and also lovely attention towards that cool texture of his.
...I can't help it...i'm so excited to see such creatures too from Africa! (not only lions and elephants...not that they aren't beautiful, but it's the only thing people take pictures of there).

A very big TFS

Great shot! very clear and with nice composition!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-08 10:23]

Terrifically clear details and perfect composition!
Another outstanding image in your collection

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-11-08 11:10]

Hi Annick,
Er zijn altijd mensen en blijkbaar dus ook dieren die hun tong uit moeten steken op de foto en deze is daar dus ook een van.
Prachtig vastgelegd met fantastisch licht en schaduw.
Scherpte, details etc zoals altijd perfect.
gr. Paula

Hi Annick,
perfect macro shot. Great moment. sharpness, details, composition, all of them very nice. great quality. good notes. thanks for sharing. best wishes

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  • Wasiak (22)
  • [2007-11-08 13:30]

God Job
Perfect shot in perfect moment:)
Best Regards Pawel:)

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-08 16:37]

Hello Annick,
Cute Reptile :)
Nice timing, beautiful sharpness and colors
Regards, Dejan

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-08 23:10]

It's great... Wonderful DOF and detail. I like composition abd framing.

Hello Annick
Very intersting reptile shot from your wonderful journey :o)
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

bonjour annick
non je ne reviens pas a la charge!!!
seulement je visite ta galerie de temps en temps, sachant que l'on ne peut pas plaire a tout le monde!!
toutefois je trouve cette macro magnifique, de tres bons détails et POV tres bon
je te félicite
merci de nous avoir présenté ce beau reptile

Hi Annick
Splendid shot of this great lizard!
Excellent nuance and details.
Very interesting POV.
José Roberto

Hi Annick,
I certainly do not know what it is but I do know the portrait of it is superb.
When do you get the camera back?

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-10 3:09]

Hi Annick,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-10 13:48]

Well done on this great lizard ! Great journey too ! Well seen and perfectly executed. Wow what a tongue ! :-) THanks !


Great 3D looking image; it's looking right at me. For a moment I thought that it would "jump" right out from the screen on to my desk. SO VERY REAL.
Excellent clarity for such a low ISO.
Hope someday I can "match" this one.
Best regards, Mario from Calgary, Canada.

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