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A sharp eye
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 2:22
Viewed: 5537
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another photo i took last year during my trip to the US. It's a Sceloporus occidentalis that i photographer while hiking on some very arid reagions near the town of Reno.
Here are some facts abut it:

The Western Fence Lizard measures 3 1/2 inches (snout-vent length), and is about six inches in total length.

Coloration ranges from light gray to black with dark blotches on the back that continue down the tail. Male Western Fence Lizards have bright blue, sometimes greenish, bellies, and the undersides of their legs are yellow. Females lack this decorative coloring. The scales are keeled and somewhat spiny.

Range and Habitat
The Western Fence Lizard is distributed throughout eastern Oregon, southwest Idaho, all of Nevada, western Utah, Southern California, and northwestern Baja California. A disjunct population occurs on Isla de Cedros; a Pacific Ocean island off of Baja California.

It is commonly found from the coast to the highest mountain areas at over 6,000 feet. It isn't found in the desert. This lizard is conspicuous and common in its range. It thrives in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from coastal sage scrub and chaparral on the coast and foothills, to the forests of higher elevations. It's usually found on or near the ground, in rock and wood piles, tree trunks, and the lower branches of shrubs.

This aptly named lizard enjoys sitting on prominent points, like fence posts, where it can sun itself, and watch for food and predators. Like many species of lizards, this one is able to change its general coloration to match its background. Light colored lizards placed on dark rocks become a darker color. Interestingly, some lizards remain dark when placed on a light background, mimicking a shadow cast by an imperfection or crack in the rock surface.

Something interesting
1.Sceloporus from the Greek skelos, meaning leg and porus, meaning pores in reference to their femoral pores located along the underside of the leg. The name occidentalis refers to their western distribution. The species as a whole (S. occidentalis) is called the Western Fence Lizard. These lizards are more commonly called "Blue-bellies" or "Swifts."
2.Western Fence Lizards may reduce the incidence of Lyme Disease in their range! It has recently been discovered that when infected ticks feed on the blood of these lizards, the Lyme disease spirochetes they carry are destroyed. In areas with Western Fence Lizards, about 5 percent of ticks carry the disease, while in other areas 50 percent of ticks harbor the disease.

Info from San Diego Natural History Museum

I wish you all a great week and thanks for viewing :)

PP - with Photoshop and NeatImage
EXIF data:
Shutter Speed: 1/320
F-Stop: f/4
Focal Length: 430mm (35mm equiv.)
Metering Mode: Pattern
ISO: 100
Exposure Bias: -2/3
Flash: NO
Support: Handheld

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-23 2:25]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful close up.I liked POV,cross framing,details,sharpness and composition a lot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-23 2:47]

Hi Horia!

Very interesting photo of this nice lizard. I like vertical composition, its funny face, eye and blue scales. Perfect note. Very good work my friend!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-23 4:07]

Hi Horia,

Nice shot of this lizard who is probably relaxing and enjoys the sunbeams on his back,well captured with a good POV and sharpness,



Hello Horia,
Very nice close up picture. Colors, details, sharpness are great.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-10-23 5:59]

Hello Horia,
What a great portrait of this lizard, great with the blue spots, sharpness and details are great.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-23 7:17]

Hi Horia, Excelente primer plano de este Sceloporus, buenos detalles y buen pov. y agradable Bg. saludos, Victor

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-23 9:05]

Hello Horia,
great shot, love the POV and angle. DOF, sharpness and neutral background are great.

Clever shot, Horia; you didn't wake the lizard up before shooting it.
Very fine picture that shows this Fence Lizard in great details and natural colours. Those spots of blue on its scales go very well with the general grey colour.
Wonderful portrait, indeed.
Thanks and have a great week.

Hi Horia
Perfect shot.Goog sharoness and composition.
I like it.

Hi Horia,
I like this portrait very much and the expression of the lizard (as far as a lizard can show an expression :) Details are very good with great POV. I think that the front part is a bit distracting by its brightness but this is nothing too bad and we can still enjoy the beauty of this lizard. Well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

Hi Horia,
beautiful animal who seems very relaxed. Beautiful details and good BG.

Hi Horia,
cool shot of this lizard with great details. 3/4 of the picture is really nice. I think the foreground left attracks too much attention, don't you?
I burned it a little in the workshop. Not immedeatly a top class solution, but to show the idea...:)
Regards, Jacob

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-23 16:14]

Very nice portrait Horia...

I like it a lot: composition, POV, sharpness, focus, lighting, color, framing, background, notes.

I like it: DOF (perhaps a little bit scarce).

I don't like it: nothing

Another great shot my friend.
I added to my Theme of Lizards.
TGS and regards... Ricardo

Hi Horia,
Superb DoF, very well focused, great sharpness, lovely details of the scales, and very neat image. Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-23 22:08]

Hello Horia

Nice portrait of this lizard.Excellent detail and colours .The textures are very good.Good on the DOF and POV.TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-24 2:11]

Hi Horia, what a good close up of teh lizard. Its details are nice and sharp, and very clear to see. And I liike the colours too. Well done,

The thumbnail for this photo looks impressive. Close-up it's even better, with the interesting blue markings on the scales, and excellent sharpness and near-perfect DOF. Maybe a touch over-exposed if I'm being really critical.

I like the image in terms of compo, animal depicted, DOF, POV.
A critique IMO is the OE white and blurred stoneparts in the corner. A bit distracting. Maybe dodging would be an option.

Hi Horia.
It is a very nice shot of this lizard. DOF is excellent and details a pleasure to see. I would be tempted of lowering a bit the lighter left, bottom part with Lights tool, but as most times, a question of tastes. The BG is very lovely with the subject diagonal. Thanks, MF.

Bonjour Horia
C'est une très belle prise de vue avec ce beau portrait de ce lézard,très belle compositon,avec de belles couleurs et de jolis détails.
Merci et au revoir, amitié....JP
Les sourires demain

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-25 6:56]

Hi Horia
Great portrait shot. Good colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done my friend


Hi Horia
Nice portrait of this lizard. good POV and sharpness.

Simply put: I've "Faved." it.
The notes & image are both: OUTSTANDING.!!!
Best regards from Canada.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-25 15:11]

I love that blue on the throat. A nice sharp portrait, great details on the scale. Excellent POV and a great look



Hello Horia,
An excellent portrait, really showing how cunning this guy is!
Superb details, the narrow DOF works very well here...
I like the way you frame the subject, resulting in a dynamic composition!
Pablo -

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-10-26 9:50]

hi Horia
you are presenting interesting lizard and handsome exposure for me :)
point of view, blured background, depth of field, colours, details and note are great

bonjour horia
on voit parfaitement bien les ecailles,les reflets bleus rendent ce cliché encore plus attirant,tres net et j'aime la position en diagonale.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-26 12:55]

Hi Horia.
I am amazed by fantastic crisp sharpness and details of this animal on your picture and perfect colours. The POD is extremely exact. BG, its darkness, blurriness and colour palette are excellent. Border between lights and darks is very expressive. Superb done and TFS.

Hi Horia,

Superb shot with exellent sharp details
Great colours, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

Nice detail, good exposure, well taken.


Perfect lighting and super pose.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-29 1:32]

Hi Horia.
Very nice portrait hereof creature.I like POV very much.Also DOF is very good.Details separate slivers and their colouring is amazing.Perfect composition.Well done,great work!!
Thank you and greetings.

On le sent figé !
Bonne journée.

Really detailed.
Thanks for the usefull notes.

Beautifull work Horia the lizard looks like its coming out of the screen excellent POV and spot on DOF, can't fault it rgds Necip.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-26 12:22]

Hello Horia,
What a dragon!!! I like the scale pattern and composition a lot. The lizard seems to observe you constantly while taking the photo. Maybe this OOF part of the stone is a bit distracting but I understand you couldn't do other way with such POV.
Best greetings,

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