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- nglen (36145)
- [2008-01-29 12:14]
Hi . just got home late again from work so just a quick word to say good picture TFS.
- lousat (65489)
- [2008-01-29 12:31]
Hi Viv,very impressive portrait,perfect sharpness and colours,a very great work,thanks for share,Luciano
- matatur (5312)
- [2008-01-29 12:47]
Couldn't tell the species from this headshot Vivian, but I can tell you this: This is a great portrait of a Varanus captured perfectly with the help of favourable ambient light conditions from an ideal POV and an aperture value of f/11 enabled you to focus the entire head sharply while leaving the BG nicely OOF. That coldly staring eye and the huge tympanum completes an excellent composition. Well done indeed!
- Luis52 (15809)
- [2008-01-29 13:18]
Like this photo, great sharpness and excellent pose of this nice reptile. for me all the living animals in earth are lovly.
- loot (11276)
- [2008-01-29 18:14]
As Mehmet said it is difficult to ID this guy just from the head shot, but from what little I can see it surely looks more like a water monitor than a rock monitor. It doesn't have the bulbous, convex snout that the rock monitor features and the colouration and markings are much more vivid than those sported by the rock monitor. I cannot really tell from the shot what size/age this specimen might be, but large water monitors tend to become more drab with age, with the contrasting black and yellow fading to shades of brown and beige, but you can compare my portrait of a young water monitor with this and note the black bars running below the mouth. So, considering what I have to go on I would definitively suggest that it is Water monitor – Veranus niloticus.
A remarkable portrait indeed. You did a great job of this posting. Everything is absolutely spot-on. The composition, cropping, POV, DOF, colours, contrasts, BG, and exposure are superb.
Excellent work and TFS.
- pvs (14464)
- [2008-01-30 1:36]
A great close up,well diagonally composed,very sharp and detailed and BG is outstanding,well done and tfs
- horia (16656)
- [2008-01-30 4:11]
A splendid portrait of this big and very beautiful monitor!
I have an immense respect for these creatures and how well they are adapted in order to survive so many million years...they really are fantastic!
In regards for the ID, i must concur with Loot. It looks very much like a water monitor :)
Your photo is lovely, with great sharpness for those beautiful scales, superb natural colors and taken from a very nice POV.
Bravo and TFS
- fiftysomething (657)
- [2008-01-30 4:20]
A stunning portrait with superb sharpness.TFS.
- JoseMiguel (5658)
- [2008-01-30 5:22]
A great image!
I like the close approach done and good details got on this reptile.
Textures and patterns on its skin are just great.
It's very good the way you managed to compsoe the image, with the green band at the top.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-01-30 9:47]
Once more great picture with amazing subject and high quality of the image. I am amazed with great DOF, extreme details and sharpness, wonderful colours of the FG, animal and BG. Framing is precise. Bravo.
- jeanpaul (14962)
- [2008-01-30 16:45]
Il est superbe ce portrait de ce lézard dans une pose photogénique parfaite. Belle composition et couleurs vives.
Félicitations et Merci...JP
- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-02-01 21:07]
Superb image with great textures and colors sharply visible due to your great close up camera work. Thank you Vivian.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2008-02-06 11:52]
Only met once such a big one in Kruger itself. At least it can be categorized as a similar in terms of size and so, I believe.
You can find it here.
The note and critiques might provide you some guidance concerning the identification.
See Loot did already some excellent work though.
Very good image.
- arfer (0)
- [2008-02-09 19:27]
A lovely portrait of this large lizard.
The eye contact is wonderful,it looks like it posed for you.
Beautiful texture and colour in the skin.
Well focused with sharp detail.
The POV and DOF are very good.