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Wild Iguana

Wild Iguana
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, Canon EFS 17 - 85 IS USM, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-18 14:28
Viewed: 5820
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Green iguana – Ignana ignana - l'iguane vert

I deleted my previous iguana post as I mistakenously posted it under “France”.

Between four and six feet. The tail is more than half the body length. Green iguanas can be found in many different shades ranging from bright green to a dull grayish-green. Green iguanas have good senses of hearing and smell, and superb vision. Their long tail is snapped in the air as a defense mechanism. The tail can also break off if caught by a predator, but grows back without permanent damage. They swim well. They are diurnal. They lay many eggs at a time (about 50), in holes in the ground. They are omnivorous.
The green iguana is threatened by habitat destruction. Some are hunted for food or to be made a pet. Laws have been made to protect green iguanas from over-hunting and the pet-trade. Unfortunately, these laws are not enforced very well.

He was in the grass and very easy to approach. Mind snapping with its tail though. Shot from about 1 m distance. No PP work. Trying to include the tail in the pic, causes the iguana to be pretty small.


3456x2304 pixels
72 dpi (a pity as the camera can do beter. Thanks to Marhowie for pointing this out)
focal length 85 mm
1/125 sec.
ISO 400
17/10/2006 5:21 PM

Thanks for looking J


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-18 16:05]
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Hello JeanMarie,
These iguanas can grow pretty large and this one looks large too, well presented and sharp.
You were right not to include the tail unless it was next to something to give the size.
Nice shot!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

réptil muito legal esse né!!!ele tem um grande destaque em meio a vegetação!!!muito bela foto!

Hi JeanMarie,
A nice shot on this Green Iguana. Nice even soft light. Exposure was good. The detail and textures if his skin look very nice. Well done.

JM, what an amazing catch! I just love the presentation of the amazing pattern on the hide of this wild iguana!

Glad you didn't shoot it in France, eh!

With the limit of 800 pixels likely a complete presentation of the iguana would not be optimum. You made a good choice to show the choce bits! But perhaps you can share the entire animal in the WS section.

Well presented with all around sharpness on the animal, with a background that fades. Great contrast in the pattern. Tfs. J.

tres joli cet iguane, mais dommage de ne pas l'avoir en entier, sinon belle reussite

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-19 9:39]

Hi JeanMarie.
I like your close-up very much. The animal is reproduced perfectly. Very nice and natural colours, details and sharpness, reflection of its texture. POV is selected perfectly too. My best regards and TFS.

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