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Smooth Newt

Smooth Newt
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-22
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Amphibians - Salamanders & Newts 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-01 4:35
Viewed: 3287
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is how I spend most of my time at the moment - horizontal!
This amphibian is a Smooth Newt (Triturus vulgaris) female.
Though this species breeds in water, when the male becomes more strikingly coloured and aquires a crest, it spends most of its time hidden on land in moist locations under stones or logs. It is about 10 cm long and the stripe running from the eye along the body and tail is typical for the species.

It is common and widespread over most of Europe except Spain and S. France and S. Italy.

I found her under a stone and put her on a larger stone nearby to be photographed: she was in a hurry to get away.

As usual this was taken as close as I could get, about 1.8 meters away with my camera hand-held in natural afternoon sunlight.

The image was only slightly cropped and selectively sharpened afer size reduction.

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To horia: Rough skinArgus 2 10-01 08:32
To joey: Artificial blurringArgus 3 10-01 07:58
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Hej Ivan,
it's great to see you again and I hope you are well.
The picture is well composed with a good POV and the details
are fine.
Well done.

Kul att se att du är på gång igen.

Hi Ivan,
Nice to see your picture again. Nice shot on this newt. Also thanks for informative note. Very well done.

Bonita toma de este animal desconocido aquí. Buen enfoque al disparar de casi 2 metros.
Saludos Ivan.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-01 7:12]
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Hi Ivan,
great to see you back again and I hope your feeling much better.
A lovely shot of this newt. I think this is the only species we see commonly over here.
+++ Sharp and detailed. Great low-down POV and a good composition.
Is there artificial blurring?
--- Nothing :)
Well done and TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-01 8:15]
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Hi Ivan

This is a lovely picture of this female T. vulgaris. I like seeing her from the side and loking at all those lovely patterns on her skin. You say you found her under a rock - that means that she is already ready for hibernation and that her skin was quite rough (not really all that smooth :) ), right?

Anyway, despite the difficulties with the position you had to take and the distance from your subject, this is a lovely shot.

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-01 8:39]

Hi Ivan,
good to see a post from you, hope your recovery is going to plan. I'd make the most of being able to lie around doing nothing whilst you can if i were you ;o)
Excellent work on the DOF and you've got impressive details. Nice diagonal composition across the frame with a striking bronze colour in this Smooth Newt.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-01 9:49]

Hi Ivan,

So nice to see that you are feeling well enough to post again. I wish you a speedy recovery. Nice shot of this newt with good details of the markings.


Hello Ivan
Very nice shot of this amphibian,
Perfect details,lighting and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.I hope you're ok.

Good Luck

Dear Ivan,
Before I will write some words about technique I need to say that it is a great pleasure to watch this picture. And not only because in general I like a lot to watch pictures with reptiles and amphibians. It is not often to meet newts on the land! (with exception of autumn-spring period of course ;>). My best congratulations because of this success! :>
And now a few words about all this elements of photo which I like:
1. composition - horizontal but the best one I can imagine. It clearly allow to see the profile of the species from its natural POV :)

2. colouration - natural colours and delicate BG

3.pose of the newt - really funny, it looks like "running"

4. note - interesting and informative, even if not very long :)

Summarizing - very good work! TFS and have a nice evening!

Hi Ivan, I'm very happy to see you again at work on TN:) I hope you are Ok, nice amphibian, I necver see before, thankf, splendid sharp composition with good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan,
different image from you. but great shot. similar coloured frame, sharpness, details of focus, composition very nice. I think the female has terrestrial habits after breeding season. TFS
well done

Good to see you again, Ivan. :-)
This photo is well composed with superb details and sharpness. Outstanding DOF and OOF, excellent POV and your note is also very useful to me.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-01 13:38]

Hola amigo,
un anfibio realmente original,
buena composición, foco y color.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-01 13:46]

Hi Ivan. Good to see you back hope all ok with you. You have captured the Newt so well.good detail and colour. it looks like its made of gold.you have used the light so well. with a nice POV.
well one TFs.
Nick.. Take care.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-01 20:49]

I hope you're not going stay horizontal for too long Ivan.
This newt looks very much like our skinks in NZ. I must try and takew a photo of one this summer - our cat often brings them inside to play with:(
The sharpness looks a tad overdone to me as I can see a halo on it's back, but it gives us a good look at her. I bet she was in a hurry to get away from you!

Hi Ivan,
It feels very nice to see you here again. Hope your health conditions are getting better day by day. Please take rest as much as possible. A nice capture of this reptile which looks a bit of skink and a bit mudskipper. Very good details and well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Wish you get well soon and take care.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-02 2:40]

Superb composition, colours and details in this chubby little specimen.
I love the diagonal: it gives the feeling of movement straight downward for safety here

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-02 9:34]

Ivan, Lovely and lovely. The picture is fine with POV and excellent with compose. Ganesh

Quelsdétails, quelle précision et d'une grande rareté.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-02 20:29]

Hello Ivan

A wonderful capture of this smooth newt.The POV is excellent with very good DOF.The lighting is very good ,producing vivid and natural colours.I like the surroundings and diagonal composition.TFS


Hej Ivan
Nice shot of this Smooth Newt with good quality!

Hoppas att du mår bättre och snart kan gå ut i naturen och fotografera.

Hi Ivan,
Excellent capture of the unusual critter. Outstanding exposure, color and detail. Very well done.


Hi Ivan,
Nice capture for a terrestrial form of Smooth Newt. TFS friend. The motion is feeling in well condition with your excellent photoghraphic experience. TFS... Greetings, Bayram

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-05 23:41]

Hi Ivan

It is here on TrekNature where my love and interest for lizards awakened and I suppose it was only natural that this newfound affection spilled over to the amphibians – salamanders and newts. They are amazing and fascinating little animals.

You have captured a stunning image of this "almost coppery coloured" female Smooth Newt. The midday lighting was well managed and the wide DOF provided excellent details. The diagonal placing of the subject resulted in a good composition which also shows lovely colour rendition.

Well done and TFS.

Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up shot of this amphibian,
with the fine POV, DOF and the way is framed
it adds dynamism to the image, great focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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