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Wary by ash Wary by ash
Silvermine, Western Cape, South Africa, Feb 2003
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 100 Acros
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Morgonstjaerna Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
haha.. first I saw also a girl, but then of course the lizard. the focus is perfect! and I love the way the background seems to be monotone grey. And the lizard's face expression is priceless :) Greets, M.
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xsized Featured By Owner May 18, 2004  Hobbyist
uh, i've seen a girl sitting on a rock in the thumbnail. :) :) I think, i have to buy some glasses ;)
Anyway, the pic is great, love the contrast...!
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akasleep Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful wildlife shot. You really captured it very well.
As pro as a shot in the National Geographic magazine Thumbs Up
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hert Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2003
lovely lizard!
good capture of mood, I like it.
I do agree that color would add to it, but it works quite well without it.
nice work!
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dinxy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2003
reminds me of the lizzard thing at park guel in barcelona.. gaudi's thingymijigery (well wasnt that descriptive) It's nice =) (Smile) purdy =) (Smile)
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fauxgravity Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2003

wonderful grain and focus.
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99gnome Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2003
first of all: that one made me smile when i clicked it: first i thought there was someone sitting on a rock, enjoying the sun Laughing

the focus you achieved as awesome - it's as simple as that and nothing more to say but one thing; of the many many pictures i've seen from you this might be the first which i'd love to see in color. i think the beast would stand out just great in front of a blue sky, so perhaps you could just spend those five minutes and color it by hand? Confused Laughing
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redux Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
holy moley...! this is stunning. the contrast, the composition...and the exquisite depth of field ! +fav
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katya Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2003   Traditional Artist
Well, I think I might have to put this as the background on my PC, if that's ok with you. And thanks for the response! Quite intriguing.
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ash Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2003
Here I go rambling on again ... but since you asked ... :) (Smile)

Firstly by walking quietly and keeping my eyes open, so they don't run for cover before you even get close, in which case you don't even realise they're there. They sun themselves on rocks in the middle of the day, but run for cover at the first sign of trouble. Then, this was shot with a 75-300mm lens set at 300mm (maximum zoom), from a distance of about 1.5m, which is the minimum focal distance of that lens. 300mm is enough to fill the frame with something that small at 1.5m -- this shot was cropped horizontally (to improve the composition) but not vertically. It took me a while to get within 1.5m of the beast, during which I took several shots from further off. I was creeping closer real slowly, and eventually he would get scared and move away. Luckily he didn't move very far each time, and eventually he posed like this on the edge of that rock, which was pretty ideal. The hard part then was focussing on his eye, because at 300mm with a wide aperture the depth of field is very shallow, and even moving your head backwards and forwards as you sway changes the focal position. The shot would be pretty useless if his eye wasn't sharp.

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katya Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2003   Traditional Artist
This is one for the "animals" dev pack. I love the bright lighting with the B&W. How did you manage to get so close to this little one?
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ash Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2003
Thanks. Yah the grain, hmmm. Once again the 'grain' is actually scanner noise, which I went to great pains not to amplify during sharpening in photoshop. I'm getting a bit sick of it; this film (Acros) is probably the sharpest, most grainfree commercially available 100 ASA black and white film in the world and has basically no visible grain at sizes like this. So getting noisy end results kinda sucks, especially when it's this ugly digital noise rather than photographic grain, which I quite like. Ah well, I guess I should investigate one of these noise removal programs, like the one (neat image?) that acrophile suggested.
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jtd Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2003
Composition, grainyness and the narrow DOF are really great. On the second look, the lightsource and the shadows on the stone are perfect. :) (Smile)
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narang99 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2003
a print to have on a galler wall. Have you seen the Sedastiao Salgado galler you should see, best galler i've seen in months. all 35mm, huge prints, most powerful jounlism work from all round thr world, you must go! it's at the Barbican
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narang99 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2003
sureal work! looks unreall, like an alien...he he, croped? yah, me gotta get a long lense. But there like 1thousands pounds, i would rather get a meduim format, but oh well....
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misteriddles Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2003   Photographer
Amazin' lil' critters :) (Smile)
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ash Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2003
Oh yeah no filter; it didn't occur to me, but in retrospect l was already struggling for light, shooting at 300mm handheld.
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ash Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2003
Yeah they're pretty skitterish. Their strategy seems to be firmly entrenched in camouflage: if they think they might have been spotted they'll move quickly somewhere else and then stay dead still hoping against hope that they haven't been found again. The trick seems to be that they'll keep on staying still until you do something that makes them think it's less dangerous to move, like make a noise or move suddenly in their direction. So if you walk slowly and be quiet you can fire off a few shots before they move again. Then they'll often stop again a few feet away and you can repeat the process. This guy stopped four times for me to shoot him at various angles, closer every time, before he finally disappeared.
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misteriddles Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2003   Photographer
Oooh good capture: quite a dramatic composition with neat tones. Red filter?

If s/he's anything like our frill-necked lizards / bearded dragons s/he wouldn't have stayed around for long once you got close.
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defect0fyou Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2003   Traditional Artist
looks great. very focused and i love how the light falls giving it such a good contrast. great work
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hambone4000 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2003
sweet!! i like it!! ya, good angle on the lizard. amazing creatures
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stevesm Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2003
I love the contrast in this, also the angle looking up. Nice work :-) (Smile)
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