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Copyright: Odette Van Nieuwholtz (OdetteVN) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 127] (386)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 18-55mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Chameleons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-27 10:42
Viewed: 5359
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are small to mid-size reptiles that belong to one of the best known lizard families. They are famous for their ability to change their colour, and also because of their elongated tongue and their eyes which can be moved independently of each other. Their eyes are the most unique among the reptiles. Among other things they can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously. The name "Chameleon" means "earth lion" and is derived from the Greek words chamai (on the ground, on the earth) and leon (lion). They lack a vomeronasal organ. Like snakes, they don't have an outer or a middle ear and seem to be deaf; at least they cannot detect airborne sounds. But some, maybe all, can communicate via vibrations that travel through solid material like branches.

Distribution and habitat
The main distribution of Chameleons is Africa and Madagascar, and other tropical regions, although some species are also found in parts of southern Europe, Sri Lanka, India and Asia Minor. Different members of this family inhabit all kinds of biotopes like tropical and montane rain forests, savannahs and sometimes semideserts and steppes. Chameleons are mostly arboreal and are often found in trees or occasionally on smaller bushes. Some smaller species, however, live on the ground under foliage.

Their main activity is in the morning and in the evening. Chameleons are not active hunters but rather sit motionless for hours and wait for a prey to pass by. They mainly feed on different arthropods and small vertebrates. Chameleons live mostly solitary and are quite aggressive toward other members of the same species.

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wow... impressive shot!


Unbelievable quality for the 18-55mm kit lens. The action you captured is fantastic. Love this shot. I would have loved to see the whole critter in the frame but this is still stunning. Nice blue sky in the BG. Nice note too...

Well done.

Hi Odette,
wow this is so spectacular, I've never seen a photo shot of this szene. Of course you can catch this in a film, but to make the shot just in this moment, this is excellent.
Thank you very much, very amazing, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

What timing.....!! Well done.

Hi Odette,
Great timing to get this shot. Great colors and decent detail. The composition and framing look great. Excellent notes with this shot. Well Done!

Original et super réflexe. Merci.

Now thats a damn good catch!!!
Wow! How did you manage to get such a perfect timing?? Wonderful! TFS!

I cant believe what I am actually seing. Fantastic action shot, incredible you captured just this moment. The action is very fast. Its is a pity you did not get advantage of the 800 pixels TN offers, so we could see bigger.

This is a very good shot!!!!

A lot can be said about the detail, but the action should get you 10/10.

Well done


Hi Odette,
This is a amazing shot, great action wiht perfect timing.
Well taken wiht the kit-lens. You could post up to 800px, this is a little small.
Well composed and nice colours.
Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-08 22:03]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Odette.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-05 9:06]

Hi Odette, I think you did very well to capture this moment. It is hard one to capture as it is such a fast process. To do it with the kit lens is even better. I agree with others that this would have been better to view at 800 pixels. I wouldn't have liked to have seen much more of the lizard as I think it would have lessened the impact. Overall a great action moment captured. Very good :-)

It was a pleasure meeting you!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-15 19:19]

Une bonne photo nature,l'action est parfaite.

Félicitations et merci!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-18 21:04]

This is amazing Odette!
Excellent timing!
That dude has some long range capability!
Fantastic photo!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-11 3:35]

Perfect timing, they are so fast ! Beautiful and interesting photo ! Good note too. Congratulations Odette and thanks for sharing with us.

Awesome Pic! It takes just a split second to get that right. Timing was to perfection. Well Done!! Sheriff

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