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I Have My Eye On You

I Have My Eye On You
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1.4X II
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Iguanas 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-23 22:16
Viewed: 4057
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Green Iguana. I took this at an indoor exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo. The cage had very low lighting, so I went to ISO 800 for this shot. I was using my 180mm Macro lens with a 1.4 extender. He had been sleeping, and the intent of the shot was to just capture colors and texture. As I finished setting up for the shot, he woke up and looked right at me. His stare was kind of creepy. I think the direct eye contact really makes the shot here.

The crazy exposure time shown computes out to 1/6 second. {Not sure what happened there}.

The routine post processing was done, and the file was converted from the Raw down to the JPEG. A trip through Neat Image Pro did an amazing job removing the noise for an ISO 800 setting.

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Excellent details and sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Fantastic work! Well done, Scott.

Hi Scott
It's awake... Tack sharp and great color, although this is more detail on an iguana than I ever thought I would need. The tympanum is very interesting. Regards.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-24 1:02]

Yes, he has his eye on me and I am impressed ;-) What a superb close-up. Colors, exposure and sharpness are excellent. Details in skin are great.
Bravo Scott and thanks for sharing.

marvelous shot Scott.
very good details in this eye contact shot, good point of view and a good quality, very good job.
gr. jaap

Hi Scott

Fantastic close shot. Love the contact with that oh, so clear eye. Wonderful work under difficult conditions. :-)

Hello Scott,
Pleasaqnt portrait, he looks like friendly!
Very well captured and macro work well done, great colours and fine deatils!
I like the tight framing, going really close on this guy...
Pablo -

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-08-24 3:58]

Bonjour Scott,
Superbe image de cet iguane ! Détails, couleurs, netteté, cadrage : tout est excellent ! Félicitations.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-24 4:10]

Hi Scott,
superb portrait, good details, fantastic eye. I like it. Good work.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-24 5:08]

Hi Scott
Great portrait shot of this iguana. Great details, colours, light, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV.
Exellent job mf


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-24 7:26]

Hi Scott,
he is looking at you ;-). Great close up with excellent detail. DOF, sharpness and our light managment is excellent. Very well done.

Hi, Scott.
Very nice portrait. Sharp with excellent exposure and eye itself - it's just perfect.

Hello scott, perfect details, very crisp, excllent colurs, perfect details, excellent use of lighting great work, TFs Kyle

Nice head shot, love all teh variation in the scales. I wonder whether lizards see clour? or just greay scale like dogs.

Bonjour Scott
C'est Une merveilleuse photo en macro que ce Joli portrait de cet iguouane, Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et le BG et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-24 9:31]

Hi Scott, what a great shot!!composition, sharpness, colors are perfect!! Congratulations Scott, Didier.

Awesome closeup Scott!
Back later, out of time this am..

Hi Scott,
Excellent shot with all skin texture and colors clearly seen. Very fine picture and all settings are perfect. Congratulations.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-08-24 12:47]

Hi Scott, nice shot , good composition and coloures. are you shure it is small ?? TFS

salut scott
l'oeil en coin,mefiance il vous suveille.
les ecailles sont tres biens detaillées,bon contraste et lumiere ideale.
cela donne un beau portrait.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-08-24 14:58]

Est-ce un autoportrait ? Non je ne crois pas !
Bonne journée.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-24 17:48]

Hi Scott,
Strong personality! Great portrait con an impressive composition, gesture. Very good pov, details and colors. Very good job!
TFS, José M.

Hello Scott,

Excellent close-up shot of this beautiful Green Iguana. The photo is so sharp I can clearly see the texture of the skin! Great details in the eye too! Perfect exposure! TFS!


Excelent image! Mine did not have this cool of composition. I don't know what's up with the 1/6th of a second exposure but maybe you were using your cable release and it was stuck between two common exposure times.
The detail here is simply amazing.
RAW certainly added a great amount of detail to this shot. Looks like your gettting the hang of Neat Image!
Simply awesome eye contact!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-24 21:26]

Hi Scott

A perfect portrait of this fellow.The DOF is sharp as a tack.The POV is excellent.Colours are beautiful.Your notes are truly useful.TFS


Super close up Scott. Every detail is sharp. Eye seems to look right out of the picture. Very nice. Wonder what the white is on the head?

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-08-24 23:12]

Hi Scott,
Excellent Green Iguana close-up my friend.
Great pov,dof,colors,focus,sharpness,pose,framing and note.TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-25 3:48]

Hi Scott!

Two days ago I saw one japaneese movies about Godzilla. Well, when I was child I thought these movies are great ;-) Your picture reminds me small, resting Godzilla. Very nice colours, details of scales and first of all face with watching you eye. Fantastic animal. And great post my friend :-)

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-25 5:47]

Hi Scott, excellent shot. Like you say the eye contact really makes the shot. Brilliant details, colours and POV. Also great work with the exposure. Well done and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-25 6:20]

Oh Yes! He does have his eye on YOU! Superb shot Scott. Excellent clarity, nice and sharp, great colours too. Well done,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-25 10:00]

Wow Scott... impressive close up, with sharpness and details.
Excellent framing.
Congratulations and greetings... Ricardo

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting *****
DOF: *****
POV: *****
Note: ***

No word's ......Good detail, colours and very sharp. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition!
Take care Ana:)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-25 20:47]

Hi Scott,
I said to Dean (Dando) today in a critique that Lizards, Snakes and Skinks are perfect subjects when the focus and detail are this good. It really provides so much to look at and can be quite striking. The eye contact is excellent, and quite funny too, just watching you :-) Excellent exposure and great DOF. A nice tight crop too which I always like, really a great shot.

PS I think I might have to skip the Polar Bears, I found a couple of places where a day-trip out from Anchorage is more than 2000 dollars!! I'm currently planning Brown Bears and Bald Eagles for next year, still in Alaska though.

Hello Scott,
It´s an impressive and pacific look, your iguana is beautiful.
You portraited it perfectly, details on the skin are superb, the color is rare and nice; but the best is the eye, give more life to the pic.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-27 11:58]
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Hi Scott,

This is close my friend. Good colors and sharp details. I like the POV and composition too. How close were you? Well done & TFS!


Hi Scott,
You caught very good details on this creapy creature. I think that the eye contact makes the difference in fact! What a look! This is very well composed with interesting notes. TFS,

Beautiful iguana, very colourful!
Great sharp details achived here.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards.


Simple picture but sometimes preparation is a lot of work. I wonder if it was behind glass...I wanted to photograph similar species in a zoo but the glass and light available were really 4x*:-).
Nice picture!

Hi SCott,
What an extreem sharp shot. So many details are visable that I am just stunned. The eye is really impressive.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-28 22:02]

Stellar, Scott. Great tight shot with good lighting in the final product (despite the low light there). I think it would have still been good with his eyes closed, but with them open you have a classic!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-29 2:53]

Hello Scott,
Amazing portrait.Details,sharpness,expression on face,colors,clear eyes and composition are wonderful.
Excellent work!

He is really cler abd beautiful. I would not mess with him!

Hi Scott
Your close up of the Iguana makes him look just like a dinosaur. A nice sharp image with great colours. I think he has a smile on his face.
TFS Janice

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-09-03 1:44]

Hello Scott!
Excellent capture! Amazing details! Wonderful colours! Great work!

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