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Water Dragon

Water Dragon
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-25 2:52
Viewed: 3345
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Water dragons are large diurnal arboreal agamid lizards in the genus Physignathus. There are two species, the Chinese Water Dragon Physignathus cocincinus, and the Australian Water Dragon Physignathus lesueurii (two sub-species). They are sometimes kept as pets, especially P. cocincinus, though a full-grown male of that species will measure about three feet (1 meter) total length and thus requires a fairly large enclosure for proper care.

P. cocincinus is found throughout South-East Asia, in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and south China. These lizards are semi-aquatic, using their laterally-compressed tails to propel them when swimming. They are able to remain submerged for long periods of time. Like many lizards, water dragons have a parietal eye, a light-sensitive "third eye" located in the top of the head.

Physignathus lesueurii males are easily distinguished from the females as they have a red coloured chest and belly, which is mostly visible when they lift their heads in defensive mode. Generally water dragons are usually shy creatures in the wild that may only make themselves known to the passer by from the sound of them dropping into a waterway. However, in breeding season, the mothers may become more aggressive in order to make themselves known to distract any potential predators from capturing her young. Juveniles are very sociable, playful creatures and are usually found in groups ranging from 3 - 8 young dragons.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-25 3:16]

Hi Joe,

A nice and colorfull capture of this waterdragon,maybe I would have chosen a bit tighter crop,but a nice upload,tfs


Stunning shot Joe,
Great clarity and detail.
Good composition and perfect colour and exposure.
Very nice work.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-25 4:43]

Hello Joe,
I like dragons and this close-up is great!!
Excellent sharp details and fine colours. I like the way he's watching you! Looks really good against the dark brown background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

You continue to raise the bar Joey. I have not heard from you in a while. Hope your enjoying the new glass. A fine green monster you have created on diagonal pose in natural setting. Very fine and super noted work.

hi joe,
fine capture, sharp image, the scales are visible clearly, liked the composition, nice pov, well saturated colours,
tfs & regards

un bon portrait joe,ses couleurs et details ressortent tres bien,le tout dans la diagonale pour donner un sorte de symetrie.
bien vu

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-25 10:13]

Hi Joe.
Sweet, given to reflection water dragon. Nice expression of eye(s). Wonderful colours, great details and so impressive damped up BG. Only it seems to me cropping on horizontal is strong a bit. Note is very nice too. TFS and best regards.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-25 10:17]

Superb colours, details and composition, Joe
A great capture well-presented. In particular I like the tight diagonal comp.

Preciosa composición con un buen enfoque. Buena pose del animal y unos preciosos detalles.
Saludos Joe.

Hello friend Joe:

A photo with an excellent definition of this dragon of water. Very well the explanation that you facilitate us of this type of animal. Many of the characteristics to that you refer did not know them completely. Thanks by sharing the photo and your know-how.

A hug


Hi Joe,

A good POV of the water dragon lizard, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-25 22:44]

Hi Joe

Really good focus and lighting here. I really think off cemtre crop of the head and upper body works well too.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-26 1:50]

Joey, Very nice image. Sharp/focussed/clear. BG is very fine and that lifts the image of the animal. TFS Ganesh

Great details/sharpness...the scales are so clear. Wonderful expression on the dragon's face. :) Fantastic colors!

Hi Joe,
A beautiful capture of this colorful reptile. Very nice closeup head shot. Fine details and well exposed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-26 9:55]

Hi Joe. where did you see this one? great close up shot .with fine detail in the skin and eye. sharp focusing .with a nice pose. well done TFs. good notes too.

Hi Joe,
Excellent profile portrait, very nice detail, POV, DOF, exposure, and colors.
I did a WS to recompose this in more of a portrait style composition.
Well done!

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