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Podarcis Muralis

Podarcis Muralis
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS, Digital ISO 100, Hoya HMC UV(0)
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-15 17:07
Viewed: 5173
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
PODARCIS MURALIS - Common Wall Lizard, Lézard des murailles.
The most common lizard in Europe. Male adult size is 18-25cm. Two thirds is represented by the tail. Females are a bit smaller.
Colors vary according to region and individuals. Weight between 4 and 8,5 grams. Life expectancy 5 to 7 years.
Mainly dry and rocky spots, old walls, railroad tracks, houses, where they can hide easily.
Comes out and hunts only during the day. Timid but also familial. When disturbed it hides in a crack between stones, If you are patient, it will appear again. Hibernates for a short period and comes out frequently when the sun is warmer. Mating starts a few weeks after the end of hibernation. Females lay 2 or 3 eggs. Young lizards come out generally between end of July and mid-August.
Spiders, insects, little gastropods. They also appreciate pulpy fruits like blackberries, sweet bays...
Protected in France and Europe (Red List of threatened species)
Red-backed shrike, weasels, stoats and cats are considered as their main predators. Cats are the main reason why we see them rarely in our gardens
No particular photographic facts. PP includes the classical USM (100-0,5-0) adjustment and a bit of levels, as the sun was very luminous.
Notes translated from this site.

PDP, cedryk, chiliu, red45, dew77, thistle, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-08-15 17:26]

Excellent shot! I especially like how the lizard is blurred in the background and that its head is lit by the sunlight, very good composition and well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-15 17:43]

Hello Jean-Michel, nice shot here. I know how hard this little lizards can be to capture so well done there. It was some tricky light you had there and the front rock is overexposed which is a shame. Apart from that, well done.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-08-15 19:43]

La couleur d'avant plan du lézard fait un très beau contraste avec le reste de son corps et l'arrière plan.
Très bien balancé, à mon goût. Félicitations.


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-15 20:26]

Very nice capture!
Very good colour and details, nice background.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-16 3:12]

I like POV on this picture Jean Michel! Very good framing, format, composition. Also note. Good work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-16 4:19]

Hello Jean!
Very nice capture.Details on head,clear eyes,lighting,POV and composition are excellent.

Great shot Jean Michel!
The most interesting here is I think the shadow and light - part of the animal in shade and the head in sunshine looks great.
The FG is a bit overexposed, but it seems that you had a harsh light then, so still it looks fine.
Overall, very interesting post.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-08-16 14:00]

Hello Jean Michael,
Thank you for showing something different to us. There are some problems mentioned above but, the head of the lizard has nice details and colous. With the fine BG.,and the LP frame which is very suitable for a lizard, I think it's a nice shot.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-29 23:18]

Malgré le rocher surexposé, je suis content de voir ce lézard, Jean-Michel, qui lui n'est pas trés 'exposé' sur TN.
Une composition qui nous laisse entrevoir la taille réelle de l'animal. Une note complète.
Merci bien.

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