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See no evil hear no evil

See no evil hear no evil
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger a palette of Eden, they say.
Theme(s): Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-29 12:11
Viewed: 4202
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my way to the Kruger, Palaborwa gate I stopped on the R 527 to visit Swadine Reptile Park.
I can tell you it is a very nice park. All the reptiles have space it is of course different when they are in the free nature but it looks good.
So here you see a varanus I don´t know the exact ID.
May be someone can help me, thanks in advance.

Hope you like it.

matatur, Luis52, Adanac, pvs, JoseMiguel, Alex99, jeanpaul, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-29 12:14]

Hi . just got home late again from work so just a quick word to say good picture TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-29 12:31]

Hi Viv,very impressive portrait,perfect sharpness and colours,a very great work,thanks for share,Luciano

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!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-29 13:18]

Hola Vivian.
Like this photo, great sharpness and excellent pose of this nice reptile. for me all the living animals in earth are lovly.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-29 18:14]
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Hi Vivian

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 monitorVeranus 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.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-30 1:36]

Hi vivian,

A great close up,well diagonally composed,very sharp and detailed and BG is outstanding,well done and tfs


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-30 4:11]

Hi Vivian

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

A stunning portrait with superb sharpness.TFS.

Hi Vivian,
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.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-30 9:47]

Hi Vivian.
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.

Hi Vivian
Il est superbe ce portrait de ce lézard dans une pose photogénique parfaite. Belle composition et couleurs vives.
Félicitations et Merci...JP

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 21:07]

Hello Vivian,
Superb image with great textures and colors sharply visible due to your great close up camera work. Thank you Vivian.

Hello Viv,
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.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-09 19:27]

Hello Viv

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.
Nicely done.

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