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Sand lizard - for Paul

Sand lizard - for Paul
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1, Reptiles of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 12:25
Viewed: 5735
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Continuing my series of dedication, i decided to go for one to a TN member i very much look up to: Paul Prince (PDP).
I think there is a lot to learn simply by looking at his work and if you ever have the opportunity to discuss or debate on any subject with him...keep your ears pealed ;)

Now i know this doesn't look anything alike his photos (definitely far from them), but there is actually an aspect that can be similar - texture. This feature is more then evident in his photos and it turned out pretty well here, too.
I know this is not a great compo - the finger is clipped by just a mm...but clipped nevertheless...and i don't know how to "control" my Photoshop that well so i could "reconstruct" that. A workshop on this theme would be kindly welcomed.

As for the subject, it's a subspecies of the Sand lizard - Lacerta agilis called euxinica. I already have another photo of this subspecies in my gallery, but that was a young and what you see here is a nice, fully grown male.
It can be found in a very restrictive areal in Romania, in regions with a dry-steppic climate.
As you can see in the picture, it prefers sandy, very dry soils...probably reflecting, better than all the other subspecies, the name "sand lizard".

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Focal Length: 36mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/4
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: Handheld
TOD: about 1PM
Weather conditions: sunny

JoseMiguel, Argus, vanderschelden, XOTAELE, Alex99, simon182, mirceax, mikou, delic, jmp, cedryk, glazzaro, TAZ, ellis49, scottevers7, uleko, RAP, Silvio2006, blakitan, SkyF, PDP, peter_stoeckl, fiyo, marhowie, SelenE, Bufo has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To marhowie: thanks Howie ;)horia 1 02-04 06:05
To peter_stoeckl: thank you, Peterhoria 1 02-03 16:51
To cicindela: Hi Radomirhoria 2 02-01 18:00
To vanderschelden: thank you!horia 1 02-01 13:08
To Argus: about L. Agilishoria 1 02-01 12:46
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Hi Horia,
Such a good pose of the lizzard!
I like so much the way is curved, just to fit into your compo.
You got great details, specially sharp on the rich texture of the skin.
I like so much also the plain frame used, to focus the attention on the image.
Well done my friend, thanks a lot for share it with us, and my best regards,

Immediately opened this thumbnail...'cause my eyes were detecting the COMPO. And my mind said: this is exciting. Kidding a bit!
All I want to say is the following:
Very, very...very good composition. A lot of depth in the image.
A Sand Lizard depicted in a simple and at the same too crazy way. Definitely a good job.
But the compo is outstanding as I mentioned. My mind went back to your frog image; same category!
And about your little tight cropping sin at the bottom; I'm sure the Good Lord will forgive you:-).

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-01 12:35]
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Hello Horia,
We usually see shots of lizards showing the facial features but this back view works very well and thanks to the pose, you have the whole lizard in the picture. What is more this shot still enables one to ID it and looks very similar to the ssp in Sweden. Since this shot also sharp and well composed, you deserve full credit!
By the way we have this species in a nature reserve for birds near our home and they sun themselves on the broadwalk through a reed-bed. In this case, a very moist habitat!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-01 12:39]

Magnífica imagen Horia, bello pov y excelentes detalles, encuadre, buena iluminacióny compo... muchos saludos

Magníficos detalles. Los colores son fabulosos así como la luz. Una presentación fantástica. Un saludo, JL.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-01 13:02]

Hi Horia.
I mourn over two claws together with you : ))

Now without jokes. Picture of great quality. Outstanding reproduction of all details of the animal. Great POV, great pictured pose. DOF is selected precisely. Lighting is excellent at high level too. I can repeat: you make the wonders using your equipment.
BRAVO. Outstanding skillfulness.

Good work Horia.
He's huge! That texture you've captured is certainly something to brag about, the light has caught the scales brilliantly. The texture on the earth also adds to the photo, giving the lizard a sense of place and showing us an idea of the environment.

Sal Horia,
Tare faina soprlita,ai reusi da compui excelent imaginea,
felicitari,uite ca pun si eu o reptiluta,un satpe care e foarte comun in Canada,

Hi Horia,
If you hadn't mentioned the clipping of the finger, I wouldn't have noticed it. I was just too focused on th wonderful texture of the lizard and the dried up ground. Great sharpness and colors and good work on the exposure. A worthy dedication ot a master of photography.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-01 14:00]

Hi Horia.
Beautiful capture of this lizard in very interesting pose.I like your POV and perfect managed DOF.Splendid sharp details as well as beautiful colours.Very good framing.
Well done,nicely composed shot!Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-01 14:02]

Hello Horia,
This is a very refreshing composition that gives us the sand lizard from an unconventional pov. We just see headshots usually, and here we see a lot more in an aesthetic way. I really like the flexibility and the geometry in the photo. Exposure and focus are good. But it could use some more depth-of-field.
Best wishes,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-01 14:18]

Hello Horia,
a very detailed picture of the lizard surface, nicely presented against the natural non-distracting background. Light and colours are well managed.
Best wishes, Peter

hi Horia,
superb capture of this lizard beautiful composition and colors cheer


Buna Horia..
E superba soparla ta.. Sigur ai " alergat-o" un pic..

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-01 16:04]

Hi Horia,
Excellent definition, exposure and outstanding pose and composition.
Best regards, José M.

Hello Horia!
As I see after a short brreak you are sharing another reptile :) And this is really nice :) Very good DOF and contrast. The BG clearly shows that this species is "desert-like" ;)
I really like this photo also beacuse of note, which is very interesting. I did not know that in Romania there is another subspecies of this Lacerta than in Poland! I saw these lizards many times, but I thought that they are just "normal" ;) Anyway, soon it will be a good oportunity to compare both these subspecies ;)
Best regatds and TFS!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-01 19:29]

Hello Horia,
That's another nicely composed reptile in your collection. Usually lizards do not look interesting from that perspective, but somehow you made the other way :-)
Best greetings and TFS!

Well taken, love the detail in the scales, I tried to catch one of these guys before and was rewarded with a good nip to the finger. I think he was not keen on me photographing him. Nice camera work, you did well on the exposure too.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-02-02 1:58]

Hello Horia,
For me this photo is nice and original. I like the pose in curve.
The "+++" : subject, composition, unusual point of view, sharpness, colors, exposure, instructive note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

Hello Horia,
Texture is the key word here :) This is very interesting to see this blend between the ground and the reptile’s skin texture. Details are very sharp and indeed, this composition is most effective. What have you done to him? Is he mad at you for going away like this? This is very nice and interesting. Thanks,

Hi Horia,
the compo is great, not easy to get the entire tail and still get a good compo but you manage very well.
The details and sharpness is good as well.
I know Paul will be happy for this one.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Horia,
A very nice shot on this Sand Lizard. The colors and detail look excellent. I always like to see the patterns and textures on snakes and lizards. They are very well shown here.

Hola Horia, vauya encuadre más ajustado, y con una gran definición. Una foto muy bonita. TFS

José Luis

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-02 8:44]

Hello horia,
What do you mean "...not a great compo..." I think this is brilliant! Never mind about the little finger - I had one who had lost his tail!!!
I think it is very clever the way you've caught this in such a beautiful pose and the details are sharp and focus excellent. Suitable dry background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-02 13:30]

No es una captura estéticamente llamativa o pomposa Horia, pero tiene su valor didáctico al mostrar los detalles de esta especie muy buen foco, agudeza y color.
El punto de vista tal vez no es el ideal, pero imagino las condiciones del momento.
El pequeño detalles de los dedos cortados es evidente pero no deteriora la calidad de la presentación.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

It is not a capture aesthetically showy or pompous Horia, but it has their didactic value when showing the details of this species very good focus, sharpness and color.
The point of view perhaps is not the ideal, but I imagine the conditions of the moment.
The small details of the cut fingers are evident but it doesn't deteriorate the quality of the presentation.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-02-02 13:30]

Hi Horia,
Something a bit different...I like it.The detail is very good showing the individual sections on its scaly body and I like its curved shape on the hard soil.Think we can forgive you for the clipped toe/finger!Interesting green tinge it has down its right side.TFS and have a good weekend.
Regards, David

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-02 13:40]

Hello Horia , A Beautifull Lizzard very good details compositie great pov light very good job ,i like it , Greetings Teunie .

Ciao Horia, splendid lizard, great pose, wonderful light and colors, good sharpness, very well done, BRAVO! ciao Silvio

Hi Horia,
Beautiful lizard, well captured.
Sharp, great detail, and neat.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-02-03 7:03]

Hi Horia, thank you so much for the dedication - I appreciate it.

I love the composition you have found with the curve of the lizard. I don't think it matters one jot that one of the toes is outside the frame. Very good shot. The only way it would be improved is if the lizard turned his head a little to show an eye. Excellent.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-03 8:36]

Hello Horia,
what a wonderful shot, your subject is perfectly placed in the frame. The lizard looks very elegant they way it is curved. The colors are very natural and the details are sharp.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-03 9:40]
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Hi Horia

I am sure Paul is totally chuffed with the subtle message in your dedicating a lizard to him (chuckle). Actually Annick summed it up so well that I don’t have to say anything more.

No, just pulling your leg. Not about what Annick said, but about me not saying anything more. Although you shot this overhead image at f/4 aperture, the pose of the lizard actually give the pleasant illusion of a massive DOF. Everything is perfectly in focus and the details really show up well. So does the colours and contrasts on the dark tones of the scales. A lovely composition with excellent exposure control.

Very well done and TFS.

Hello Horia,
that is a very lively, well describing capture.
I like the dynamic motion achieved by the curved pose, and the very close approach that adds depth to the scene.
Clipping that lizard's fngernails does not seem to be that much of a problem to me in this fine composition, particularly when those parts are out of focus already.
Nevertheless, I will add a little workshop for "reconstruction", but only because you asked for it.
Very good document, entertaining and educating as well.
With best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-03 13:22]

Hello Horia

I like the detail and texture captured in this photo.The skin is captured very well,and the cracks in the parched earth are an excellent backdrop for this shot.Very good POV and DOF.Well saturated colours,and spot on focus.TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-03 14:39]

Hello Horia,
Interesting pose,wonderful capture.POV,sharpness,clear details,framing,lighting and composition are excellent.Have a great weekend!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-03 18:13]

Hi Horia,
Peter did an excellent job in his workshop adding the clipped toe. Nature does not always wait for the hesitant or slow. I'd rather get what I can as fast as I can and go for the improvement on subsequent shots when the subject affords us the luxury. God knows I miss way more shots than I like. So I do not know the details of getting what you got, but you did an excellent job my friend giving us a picture that shows wonderful texture and is worthy of a dedication to our illustrious Mr. Prince!
Good shot!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-03 18:19]

Hello Horia,
very nice capture with a superb composition; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is very nice!

Hello Horia,
Nice looking reptilian you have there :)
I rather like the vertical frame and curved or circular pose..The details and texture of the lizards scales are well shown. The dry parched earth adds nicely as well IMHO. As far as the clipped toe bottom left, well he probably needed a manicure anyway ;}
Adding canvas and cloning outward is a last resort. Believe me when I say, it is MUCH easier to fit em' in the old viewfinder to start with. The background needs to be clean & uncomplicated for the "surgery" to go un-noticed..I would do a quick WS, but I cannot upload right now.
Well done mf.

Hello Horia,

well capture perefct details very crisp nicly composed and captured shot I really like the different POv alot, well done

TFS Kyle

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-04 10:14]

Hi Horia,
I think the composition is very good, showing all the parts of the lizard.The texture and the details are very good. TFS

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-06 3:58]

Hi Horia,
would it be: dried up soil lizard. In the Netherlands you can see as a result of drought in nature reserves, that more threatened sand lizards benefit better of this drought than the more common Lacerta vivipara. Lot's of organisations working in the field of natureconservation say it's due to the good werk they do :-)
Concerning your picture it's not the best pov for eye contact, but hey, it shows very well the patterns of this endemic subspecies of the sand lizard. This is very nice for comparison.
Well done mf,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-08 15:17]

Hi Horia

Great shape captured here and nicely framed. Lovely sharp details and great textures



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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-11 2:44]

Hi Horia,

Great picture of this lizard
Great color, background, lightening, composition and sharpness


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