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Copyright: Nikos Biliouris (novaman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 11 N: 264] (1037)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Crocs, alligators, caimans, & garials 1, Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-28 18:52
Viewed: 6850
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone.

Don't think that live in Greece this animals.
I have shoot the caiman in aquarium of friend, which has a lot of and various animals.

A relatively small to medium sized crocodilian (males generally reach 2.0 m to 2.5 m, with the largest specimens reported to approach 3 m - but these are undoubtedly rare). Females are smaller, reaching a mean maximum size of 1.4 m, and rare individuals may approach 2 m. Its common name derives from a bony ridge which is present between the front of the eyes (infra-orbital bridge), appearing to join the eyes like a pair of spectacles. A triangular ridge is present on the heavily-ossified upper eyelids, vaguely reminiscent of those on the dinosaur Allosaurus. Juveniles are yellow in colour with black spots and bands on the body and tail. As they mature, they lose this yellow colour and the markings become less distinct. Adults are dull olive-green. This species (probably along with several others, including A. mississippiensis) has shown a limited ability to change colour (metachrosis) due to changes in the distribution of black pigment in melanophore cells. The different subspecies vary in colour, size and skull shape.

Model Canon EOS 20D
Date/time original 11/6/2006 6:05:16 ěě
Shutter speed value 1/100 s
Aperture value f/3.5
ISO speed ratings ISO 1600
Exposure bias value -0.33 eV
Metering mode Pattern
Flash Flash did not fire,
Focal length 60 mm
White balance Manual white balance

I use PS CS2 for levels and resize.

Thanks for your time.

Dando, saguzar, mlines, mbasil, lovenature, radz, coasties, TAZ, soccer, wallhalla15, firelord, ljsugarnspice has marked this note useful
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Very, very nice image. It is sharp throughout. I like the framing and reflection. The depth of field keeps everything important (eye, nose, teeth) in focus but blurs anything distracting out of the background. Great work!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-28 19:10]

Hi Nikos,
Great close-up. Excellent details well exposed colours with good lighting. The reflection is amazing, one for my favourites. Very well done and TFS.

How do you say THIS IS HOW PERFECTION LOOKS in Greek?

Hello Nikos,
Beautiful specular view! I love your POV and close up, with great delicate details . Excellent work.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-06-28 20:40]

Hi Nikos, Excellent up-close and personal capture of this ancient monster. Perfect clarity. Well done. Murray.

Well done, clear as crystal and great pov.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-28 21:54]

Bonjour Nikos!

Félicitations pour cette prise de vue originale.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-06-28 21:54]

Exquisite, Nikos! Not much I can say other than that. But if you shot this with a 60mm, I think you're one brave guy! A great phtographer AND a crocodile hunter!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-28 22:33]

Hello Nikos, you show us an awesome shot of the caiman - he looks so good and so do teh reflection. Well composed, and very good shapness, thank you

Hello Nikos
Very sharp, really nice detail. The reflection in the water add and nice effect. TFS Janice

Hi Nikos,
Great photo of this caiman, especially the low angle of shooting.
Very well done!
greetings Jan-arie

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-06-29 5:41]

Very nice shot!!!Sharp and excellent mirror image composition.TFS!

Hi Nikos

Well done on a great shot. Good reflection. Nice POV, well composed. Crisp, clear and sharp. :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-29 7:01]

Wooow ! What a wonderful and interesting shot that you have very well done ! Composition, reflection, colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are great. I also appreciate the complementary note...
Congratulations Nikos and thanks for sharing.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-06-29 10:28]


An extremely sharp pic. The compoosition, detail of the subject, POV, BG, DOF are all magnificent. One for my favourites list! TFS,

Hello Nikos,
this is an excellent shot, great work. Very great sharpness, details, colours, reflections and fantastic POV too. This is an excellent composition. Thanks for sharing.

sıra dışı bir kadraj, şahane teknik, muhteşem bir kompozisyon, bravo..

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-02 12:01]

Hi Nikos,

A superb macroshot,congratiulations with this excellent capture,regards,


very nice picture. love the eyes
great work
take care

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  • Click3 (5)
  • [2006-07-30 15:39]

Hi Nicos...a TRUE WORK of ART. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing. Regards,

fantasric perfect picture. How did you get so low ? I think the thick frame is harming this delicate piture. TFS Ori

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-11-12 15:31]

Very good shot, the mirror in the water is suburb. Great job Reina

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-01-21 12:24]

Beautiful picture!

This caiman and even his reflected eyes are focusing the photographer! Nice composition.

Did you make the frame with PS CS2?


Καλά μιλάμε Νίκο το Κάϊμαν είναι όλα τα λεφτά. Τα σχόλια είναι περιττά...

excelent shot

Great shot! I love the reflection & framing!

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-11-18 11:18]

Niesamowite ujęcie kajmana. Idealna ostrość na oku.
Wspaniała kompozycja, kolory i kadr.


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