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Midland painted turtle

Midland painted turtle
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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-05
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D70s, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-05 14:30
Viewed: 4156
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The most defining characteristic of this turtle is the red stripes on the limbs and neck, as well as the red markings around the edge of the shell. The smooth carapace is oval and slightly flared and varies in coloration from blackish, brown to olive green. In addition, a Middorsal stripe is usually absent, or poorly developed. The margins of the plates on the carapace may have yellowish, red, or brown markings. All painted turtles have black or olive skin adorned with yellow stripes on the upper neck, legs, and tail. Also, the upper jaw of painted turtles is notched and has two tooth-like projections.

Picture was taken at the Rock Garden of the Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington ON.


horia, RAP, elroyie, wallhalla15, Alex_Strugariu, aido, Alex99, scottevers7, SunToucher, jmp, Fisher, jeanpaul, Dando, firelord, rbeckerb, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-05 14:45]

Agradable composición Sky con excelente nitidez y aprovechamiento de la luz.
El DOF es adecuado y la reflexión es un punto alto de la imagen.
Bien hecho.
Saludos... Ricardo

Pleasant composition Sky with excellent clarity and use of the light.
DOF is appropriated and the reflection is a high point of the image.
Well done.
Greetings... Ricardo

Nice picture with good light, maybe a little bit harsh light, but you managed well to get a descent picture.
The composition is very good, maybe if you got a little bit more room at the bottom it would be better.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-05 14:57]

Hello Sky,
A beautiful shot, wow! Excellent detail in the Turtle and the reflection is amazing, it's so clear. Great exposure and nicely composed to show us the Turtle's environment. As Elroyie said a little more space at the bottom would balance it a little better but a minor point, a fantastic piece of work, well done.

Hallo Sky,
eine sehr schöne Schildkröte zeigst Du uns hier. Tolle Pose, sehr schön in Bild gesetzt und sehr schöne Farben. Super finde ich Spiegelung der Schildkröte im Wasser. Danke Dir für dieses schöne Foto.
Lieben Gruß aus Ostwestfalen. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

Well I'm a big turtle fan, so I definitely like this one. Very nice exposure with great details and colors. Nice one Sky. :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-05 17:43]

Hi Sky

Mirror like pond,beautiful surroundings,personable turtle = Wonderful shot. Lovely all way around.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-05 19:25]

Hi Sky,
A well-exposed and sharp capture of this turtle sitting on the rock.
These shots are usually so challenging because of the reflecting glare of the rocks and the turtle shells.
Very pleasant scenery, greatly enhanced by the beautiful reflection.
TFS. : )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-05 22:42]

Hi Sky.

This is a very amazing picture with excellent combination of parts which are in a focus and out of focus. Great composition, colours and details. I find out the reflection of tortoise is superb and I think that another copy of this picture, in which main accent would be made on a tortoise and its reflection, would be very interesting too.

TFS and my best regards,

Hi Sky,
Excellent shot. A classic pose he has given you. Superb color saturation and sharp detail in this fine composition. I wish I had a dollar for every one of these I caught and released as a kid. I could afford a new camera and some lenses.

Hi Sky,
Beautifully captured of this sunbathing turtle. Excellent composition and pov. Sharpness and exposure are great. This turtle is in good hands of Royal Botanical Garden. Very well done.

I love the reflection of the turtle. Great detail on the your subject.

Hi Sky,
What a beauty. The composition of your photo is just perfect, with the pose and it super reflection of the turle as great eye catchers. The details and the colors are perfect. Th is photo has a lot of beauty written all over it.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-06 3:53]

What a great shot, Sky!
You really caught a magnificent moment here, while the little turtoise was streching its neck and enjoying some sun.
Great POV, lovely colors, super sharp details, very good framing and composition.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-06 3:58]

Hi Sky,
What a pose, what a water! Wonderful shot with extreme sharpness and beautiful colors and reflection!
Best regards, José M.

A splendid capture!
Wonderful sharpness, great POV, great colors, great details and composition!
Great framing, great job!

Hi Sky,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details.
To complete the composition, just abit of space on the bottom. Nicely done.


This is a beautiful shot Sky,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and excellent notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Bonjour Sky
Félicitations pour le belle éclairage et les magnifiques couleurs et les jolis détails sur cette belle tortue qui semble s'admirer dans le miroir de cette mare.
Merci pour l'envoie.....JP

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-06 15:25]

Wonderful shot, Sky. I really like the details on teh turle. But the half-reflection is wonderful. Well done!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-06 16:21]

Hi Sky, this is an excellent shot. I love the pose of the turtle and that glass like reflection is amazing. Colours, details, lighting, POV and position within the frame is spot on. Great work and TFS.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-07 3:28]

Hi Sky,
good shot, nice composition with the reflections. I like the colours and sharpness also. Well done photo.

Hi Sky,

Without the reflection this would be a nice image but with it, it is superb. Very nice


Evelynn : )

besides getting a sharp brilliant picture of the turtle, you have a wonderful clean mirror image. Congratulations.

Any time I try to get close enough to a turtle he moves sets land speed records as he crawls off the log and dives into the water.
Nice capture, good deatil and awesome reflection.

This one has a nice reflection.
Compo is well done.
Good work.

Hello Sky,
c est une belle photo,avec un tres bon cadrage,
grace au reflet dans l eau,de la tortue.
deplus la netteté de la photo est tres bonne.
bravo pour ce post
good by

Hello Sky!
Wow, what a great shot of this turtle as hes basking in the sun! Must be warmer than the weather we have today! Love the reflection in the water and the nice hue you've got. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Héliconius Erato Pétivérana (7) " :o)

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