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After the Attack

After the Attack
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-05 3:51
Viewed: 4174
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]

After the Attack

For the friends who have seen have a pair of days the image of a bumblebee in flight, I found me capturing images of these insects, when to my left appeared this old male of Tegu of approx. 130cm. (I consider that by the loss reiterated from its tail, the real length of this specimen would arrive at least at 160cm.).

Being near to 1PM. the temperature of the reptile evidently was high (is necessary to remember that reptiles are of cold blood and need the sun to increase their corporal temp), reason why its step was enough quick.

As the shrub of the bumblebees is just in the edge of a small ravine, the lizard descended by the same one disappearing from my vision.

I began to descend behind him, until placing to me to about 3 meters parallel to the direction that had taken when finalizing the ravine having tried to catch good images of the same one.

As the sun did not favor to me in that position, I decided to go ahead a pair of meters and to be placed ahead to be able to portray it.

It was there where the animal stand up on its back legs and tail and advanced quickly with the mouth totally opened towards my.

I tried to back down without turning protecting the camera and to the quarter or fifth step, I fell of backs on the hill of the gully.

Then, the lizard restrained its attack and followed its way as if nothing had happened... at least for him.

With the heart enough more accelerated of the normal, I returned to be placed to few meters of him and obtained this image before it disappeared in an inaccessible zone of the reserve.

I hope that the effort and the scare have served to show a species that already I portrayed previously, but that was a shorter animal, but by mainly of head and neck much less thickness than in this case.

If they wish information on the species, can find it HERE in my previous presentation.

(Translate of Babel Fish)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-05 3:55]

What a story! Perfect picture with high contrast between grass and reptile, very good sharpnes and level of detail.

Great Ricardo , both the note and the picture.
Very good sharpness with good details , nice colours and composition. Maybe little more space to the right.
Great work.
Very well done.

Cool! I like the lizards. This one is no exception. I haven't seen this one before as well. Great shot, nice details and POV. If you have enough pixels pos ta LP!

Super shot with good detail, contrast and framing Ricardo. Excellent note also. Nice one.

Very good picture Ricardo. Amazing clarity,and a great story to go with it, (the Babel fish translation is a bit of a giggle too).Great stuff!

Ricardo, Great shot of this monster with excellent detail seen. Quite an interesting story describing your encounter! Hey, keep that pace-maker charged-up!! ;-)

je ne suis pas un fan de ces creature mais la photo est assez sympas,
l'animale a l'aire vraiment lourd et lent dans ses deplacements...
c'est marrant la separation de couleurs entre la queue et le corp...

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-05 7:33]

A good capture.
Excellent detail and colours.
I agree with Gert,I think just a little more space in front.
A great note too!
Very well done.

nice shot, good composition and colours!
sharpness is good to.well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-05 14:02]

I kept some similar Tegus and I can vouvh for their aggresive behaviour. Very well done, good capture and Excellent note. Good work Ricardo.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-11-05 17:35]

Esemplare stupendo, un grigio spettacolare, tecnicamente reso alla perfezione, forse un po' compassato perché ha la pancia piena. Un'ottaima rappresentazione di questo rettile!!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-05 22:56]

They are telling camp fire stories on how he scared that "bloody photographer" :) great shot and I would have loved to be there to shoot that whole moment, and post it here on TN - not even Rob will complain about the human in the post - I wont even have to post a note.

Thanks for posting this beauty, and I love your note

Hola Ricardo,

Tu amor por la fotografia no tiene limites y pienso que tambien por la naturaleza. Admiro mucho tus notas.

A pesar de la hora del dia, lograste una imagen balanceada y muy detallada.

Feliz fin de semana,


hi Ricardo
These critters can surely give you a fright when they turn on you and raise their body off the ground. I hope your dignity was all that was scarred, and not you backside as well! Like your note and the leguaan, as we will call them here. Ours can reach 2 m in length.

Ricardo, que aventura! Espero que o coração já tenha se recuperado do susto.

No mais, como não poderia deixar de ser, gostei muito da foto - de sua nota.

Grande abraço.


A scary moment for you Ricardo after reading your notes.
But look at the great photo you captured of this beast.
The colours turned out very well despite being at mid day.
Nice composition and framing. A great little shot with a story.
TFS Janice

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