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Little Dinosaur?

Little Dinosaur?
Photo Information
Copyright: Jonas Schmitt (Jonas_Schmitt_) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 4 N: 54] (182)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-20
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-20 12:00
Viewed: 4447
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

When my father and I went down the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River we unfortunately didn´t see any specific animals.Except when we came down to the river at about ten o´clock.Then we saw this one here.It was lieing in the sun for about ten minutes,then it made a big jump (unfortunatley no photo of it) and styed on the next rock again some minutes.So I watched it (and of course photographed it) for about twenty minutes.But then we had to go up again.


I took many photo of the animal,but it wasn´t so easy to photograph it,though it stood still,because I had problems with getting the whole body on the picture and not so much of the surrouding (that was only a rock).Another difficultie was to decide if I´d take it in the upright format or in the landscap format.It decided the latter,because in the upright format I´d have too much of the surrounding.And chosing a point of view in front of it was also not so good,because that would have been against the sun.So I decided to take it just like this.


In the Adobe Photoshop CS2 I just edited a few things:
-made a bit stronger contrast with "levels"
-used the "shadow/highlight" tool
-made a frame with "canvas size"
-and sharpened it with "smart sharpen"


Sorry,I don´t know so much about the animal,because I can´t keep apart all those "Little Dinosaurs".If anybody does know something about it,I would be glad if you´d write me a message.

So,I hope you like this picture and can give me some good and helpfull hints.Any critique here is more than welcome.Thanks,

gracious, peter_stoeckl, vanderschelden, eqshannon, marhowie, Tobias__Ortmann, Alex99, pablominto, JORAPAVI, earthtraveler has marked this note useful
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Wonderfull shot, so in balance with its "deadliness" that is ready to explode into escape. Thanks,CarOze

Hi Jonas,

that seems to be a

Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister)

that you have very well captured and presented here with clear and sharp details, dynamically well composed (but maybe slightly too closely cropped below the head), in excellent naturalistic colours.

I like the red hues all over the image. They tell a lot of that extraordinary - and extraordinarily hot - place at the bottom of Grand Canyon next to Colorado river. Must have been a real adventure to be down there, and a lot of hiking after that to get up the whole way to the Canyon rim again. I also went down many years ago, an unforgettable experience.

With thanks, and best regards,

Beautiful animal you captured here, Jonas.
A nit could be the tight cropping.
Overall well done though.

Hello Jonas,
good composition of this Raptile in a diagonal way!
perfect clarity, rich colour and details in it
well done and well seen
thanks for sharing

Hello Jonas,

I guess it's been all said about this picture! I agree there is a need of more empty space in front of the lizard. Apart from that, you captured wonderful details and colors. The diagonal composition is very appropriate to minimize the amount of surroundings captured. I am still impressed by the quality of your pictures taken at such young age. Keep doing the good work! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

A fine presentation as though you were a professional Jonas. Fotografie ist ein Freund zu Ihnen. Üben Sie immer und Sie werden reich sein einige Tage.


Hi Jonas,
Good detail, color, and exposure. I like the diagonal presentation of the subject also.. Perhaps the head's a bit tight to the corner?
Well done.

Hi jonas
super Bild
sieht echt aus wie ein dinosaurier mit super Farben
der Kopf gefällt mir am besten

Hi Jonas,
Beautiful specimen. You caught him in a nice position and get him entirely.
Great Job

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-22 10:40]

Hi Jonas.
I like your very interesting note. Who searches, that will always find. Reproduction of this beautiful animal is great as well as the diagonal composition of ht image. Details, sharpness, colours, lights and exposure are perfect. You are right. Cropping is strong a bit. It would be better to show some surroundings. When I master some type of shooting I always pre-tuning my camera on this type. Best wishes and TFS. Perfect work.

Hello Jonas,
This is a fine close-up with very good details in the lizard!
A good pose has been captured, and the colours are fine...
A well composed presentation, where the reptile makes a nice diagonal!
Pablo -

Hola Jonas,
Excelente imagen con gran definción y detalle, bonita composición, excelente contro lumínico. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Jonas,
Good shot of this lizard.
Good use of POV and DOF
Looks sharp with good color
Agree with the others the crop is a bit too close to the head, for my taste.
Great use of the diagonal space to fit him all in though!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-06-28 10:52]

Hi Jonas.

Critique and comment latter, no time.


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