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Copyright: Marco Neves (Eagle78) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 4 N: 39] (98)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-28
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/6.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-07-29 13:06
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
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Yuppiiii :) Iīve captured it :))) I mean...not capture...i only shot it sometimes:) i mean...not "shooting"! Well...you know what i mean...hmmm...i made some photos of it...now weīre talking! :)

You must be thinking: "So much joy for only making some photos of a litlle lizard...this guy is crazy.."...

Hmm...maybe ;)) But my happyness is not for shooting a lizard..is for shooting THE lizard :)

This is Lacerta monticola monticola, a sub-specie from L. monticola, that is unique in the world...and guess what? I have it in Estrela Mountain :))

And my joy goes for that and for having some few "clean" shots from this beautiful lizard...you can see here how his scames pattern are very looked like the stones and lichen patterns around...simply amazing!

This specie ocurs only in -Estrela and we can search it between 1400m until the top (2000m)...it is active since March until September. It eats various invertebrates like flies, spiders, and others i dont know the english name ;))

It lives between rocky substrats mainly and a good way to find it is search on rock fractures like the one where i shoot this...

this was the most close shot i ever did on this specie..and the oneīs where i was able to capture the beautiful pattern of its scames in a good way...thatīs why i had this close crop, that i know itīs not the ideal one for an image like this but i wanted to get as close as possible from this nice guy :)

resized, sharpened a bit and increased contrast a few degrees

carper, Callie, japie, zto, PDP, nwoehnl, Robbrown, gerhardt, TAZ, Esox, bojoku_66, RAP, letr, hojper, Tito88 has marked this note useful
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To Callie: Hi Callie :)Eagle78 1 07-29 15:11
To carper: Long version :(Eagle78 2 07-29 13:41
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Great capture Marco.
First I thought that it was a long player. fun. Very good taken, good composition, great colours, very good note, very good job you did

Let me say, I know the feeling of getting the first nice shot of some species that have been eluding me for many years, and this is absolutly splendid. The colours match the Bg as designed by Mother Nature. 2 small nits The lack of geam in the eye, and it is a pity the tail is cut off, I know this makes it even longer, but rather try for a portrait shot and combine it with a full posing showing the whole body later. Just my gut feel.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-29 15:29]

Congratulations on capturing/not-capturing, Shooting/not shooting, wounded because his tail is gone image. I love the texture changes between the rock and the lizard. Good capture. Thanks for the humerous and informative note.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-29 16:04]

Superb capture Marco.
A Mars bar? ;-)))
Great details and colors for an interesting subject.

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  • ebbe Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 14] (62)
  • [2004-07-29 16:11]

You managed well to get him visible just enough to make us undestand that he is hard to see. I like how he runs from corner to corner too.

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-07-29 16:56]

Oh, i just love it when you have a photo like this...the one you have been chasing...finaly you get it. I know the feeling, when i got my first flying seagull, my first sparrow, my first potrait of a horse even. The first is always special ;) You must have looked pretty funny chasing after this litel guy, bet he was fast on his feet he he.

You did great. Amazing how they blend in to the rocks. He's really cute. Good sharpness. I guess a potrit shot would have been nice too...Next challange ;)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-29 17:01]

Marco! Excellent shot of the lizard in it's natural environment. If I could give points for enthusiasm you'd get 10! Well done and congratulations.

Very good, Marco. The lizard makes a fine diagonal, and your compo manages to show really well the stunning manner in which that guy blends into the surroundings and is able to camouflage himself. Great sharpness and contrast, and good note. Very nice work.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-07-29 17:58]

Great shot there showing how wonderful nature can be. Good DOF, colours and compositio, I also like the diagonal line of the photograph, well done.

The texture of his skin against the rock is superb. Shame about the missing tail but I to can feel the increase in heart beat when you see what you have been search and hopping to see. nice one and good notes too.

Marco, Nice shot. Capturing... I mean photographing ;) scares animals are a previlage. And so nicely done. Thanx for sharing.

Common name: Iberian Rock-Lizard
Source: specieslist.com/endangered

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-07-30 11:10]

Where is the lizard ;-) Great and original macro ! Good composition, sharpness and contrast...

It surely is well camouflaged Marco. Very nice picture of this lizard in its natural environment. Great colours, lots of details and very good dof. Very informative note too - thanks.

I've seen a couple of lizards in front of the hotel in the bushes and have yet to figure a way to get close without their scampering away or ingnoring the strange looks I get from people walking on the sidewalk for my hopping around in the dirt and bushes.

Great shot - the detail, colors and lighting. It must have been worth the banged up knees LOL.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-07-31 7:15]

Excelente macro Marco.
Gran encuadre y perspectiva, permiten observar el reptil con todos los detalles.
Los colores son muy naturales tambien.
Ilustrativa tus notas.

Excellent macro Marco.
Great frame and perspective, allow to observe the reptile with all the details.
The colors are very natural also.
illustrative your notes.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-06 10:40]

great capture Marco, excellent colors with very good compo and lighting .. Excellent !

Hi Marco, is it really that rare? You certainly managed an incredibly sharp picture of it and I believe his left eye has discovered you and is wondering why you aren't extinct already. Nice shot. The rocks look liquid.

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