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I have a tail to hide

I have a tail to hide
Photo Information
Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-30
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Nature in Patos de Minas 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-02 15:41
Viewed: 4341
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Paul Bratescu (Toucadoo on TrekNature - www.treknature.com/members/Toucadoo/), I came to know this is a Collared Swift (Tropidurus torquatus). Thanks a lot for the information, Paul.

Lizards are small reptiles, cold-blooded animals that have a long tail, eyelids, and usually have four legs (a group of lizards called amphisbaenas have no legs). There are about 2,500 different species of lizards. Only two of these species are poisonous.
Habitat: Lizards are found all over the world except in polar regions. Most live in trees (like the frilled lizard) or on the ground; only a few live in the water (like the great marine iguana). Lizards like to sun themselves to increase their body temperature.

Size and Color: Lizards vary in size from under 3 inches (7.5 cm) long to over 10 feet (3 m) long (Komodo dragons). They also vary in color. Ground- and tree-dwelling lizards are usually brightly-colored. Desert lizards are usually camouflaged. Chameleons can change their skin color to match their surroundings.

Regeneration: When a predator is attacking, the lizard can break off its tail in order to escape. The predator is often distracted and eats the tail as the lizard escapes. Later, the lizard will regrow the tail.

Diet: Most lizards eat insects (they are insectivores). Some eat bigger animals, like birds (they are carnivores) and a few are plant-eaters (they are herbivores).

Reproduction: Most female lizards lay soft-shelled eggs, but a few give birth to live young (like the slow worm).

Classification: Class Reptilia (reptiles), Order Squamata (lizards and snakes), Suborder Iguania (lizards).
(Source: www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/reptiles/lizard/Lizardprintout.shtml)

Manual mode
ISO 400
Post-process on Photoshop CS2
Neat Image on the background

hummingbird24, liquidsunshine, marhowie, glazzaro, coasties, scottevers7, red45, Luc has marked this note useful
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Hello Livio,

Another interesting and well captured lizard, who seems to blend into his surroundings quite nicely.

Exceptional details, colors, textures, BG, POV, and look at those nails!!!

I think it is easy to have the "bug" for this species, I myself am rather fond of iguanas, etc.

I thank you, and do look forward to your photos.

Very well captured Livio,
Nice sharp detail and well composed. BG colours are awesome.
Excellent exposure, good framing and notes.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Fantastic shot of this lizard, perfect soft background separating the subject. Paul :)

Excellent shot Livio. Very nice.
Thank You.

I love how you improved the detail in the scales, well done!

Hi Livio

Sorry for the quick critique, but I need to get some other work done before bed time. Great shot. Very well composed. The depth of colour is great and the exposure spot on. Sharpness and detail are both excellent. Thanks.

Nice shot Livio and an excellent background, lucky you. Good composition of this interesting fellow. Great details.

Hi Livio,
A great shot here. The composition and framing are perfect. The liziard has given you a perfect pose. the detail is very sharp, and a perfect OOF backround really makes him stand out. Excellent!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-03 10:27]

A beautiful shot of this colorful lizard. The details on the scales are amazingly sharp. A great POV and excellent light. Well done, Livio, and TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-11-03 16:21]

Hi Livio. ¦wietna kompozycja i idealna ekspozycja, bardzo dobre t³o.

  • Great 
  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-11-03 22:39]

Da "série" gostei mais desta. Nitidez, cores e composição.
Muito bom.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-04 3:19]

This one is the best from your 'lizard serie' Livio. Absilutelly stunning picture for me. Sharpness, details, composition and contrast between reptile and BG are amazing. Perfect work my friend!

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-06 3:48]

;-) Good title.
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Livio.

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