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Taken during my 2 week break in Marmaris, Turkey (17 April to 1 May).

I was walking towards Icmeler along the coastal path and I saw a number of people looking at a wall, with a small running stream in front of it. The sounds I could hear coming out of the walls were frogs! The loudest I'd ever hear, echoing from the cracks in the rocks. I managed to get a shot of one of them, then of a dragonfly then on this lizard, all in the same place within 20 minutes. It was like Wildlife on 1!

It's probably not as sharp as it could be as I was using a long lens (and probably not a fast enough shutter speed!).

All comments very gratefully received.

Thanks for looking,

Andrew.

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-135
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The Lizard
Username:Andrew_Hurley Andrew_Hurley
Uploaded:6 Jun 2009 - 3:17 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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Neeka
Neeka  5 Wales
6 Jun 2009 - 4:15 PM

Doesn't he look stately!!! Lovely!!

I tried to do a modification for you. I don't know if there is much difference in it. I just used my automatic enhancer and played with the contrast.
~Necia~

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6 Jun 2009 - 4:25 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I do like the colouring in this shot - have a very real feeling to it which we don't often see much in digital shooting as was seen in the film era

However it seems that your focus missed his head and hid the middle of his back, if you can in such shots you really want the eye of the animal (which is looking right at you in this shot) to be in focus, even if nothing else is. I would have either zoomed/stepped back to get the AF on his head (using a single centre AF point only) or used manual focusing to correct it.

Also the lighting has been tricky for you and very harsh. I have done an edit where I used the highlights and shadows tool in photoshop elements; I added light to the shadows to bring out his head more, whilst also adding a lot of shadow to the highlights to lower the glare in the shot to a more acceptable level. I also used a layermask on this (though you can use a selection wizard instead) so that it only affected the insect and the rock he was on and not the background, which does not need the added lighting.

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raygregson
6 Jun 2009 - 5:08 PM

excellent capture.ray

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Andrew_Hurley

Thanks Ray for your comment and a special thank you to Alex and Necia for your kind comments and modifications. Yes, Alex, the lighting was harsh (midday in Turkey!!!) and I'm kicking myself I didn't get the lizard any sharper. I'm not particularly good at wildlife (probably due to not practicing enough) but was fairly pleased with this modest effort.

Thanks again, Alex, for giving up so much of your time to make some very constructive comments, much appreciated indeed.

Andrew.

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davey_griffo
7 Jun 2009 - 10:58 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Go on, 18-135's not THAT long, you'd been on the pop the night before.

I see what you mean about the sharpness, but I think it's the focus. The AF seems to have locked onto the rock under his front left foot. Consequently, his head is going out of focus. You just needed to check what the AF was doing before snapping.

Nice shot though, but a little too tight a crop for me. Personally, I'd have liked a deeper shot top to bottom, to give him some breathing space. Underneath may be more interesting, as the rock presents good texture, where the BG is out of focus.

All round, not a bed effort.

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Thanks Dave for your comments, I'm not sure about being on the pop the night before I did so much walking during the day most evenings I didn't even have the energy to go out!

I rarely use autofocus, as I prefer to use focus manually, although there are certain situations where it is essential to use it.

If you study my work I do prefer to crop everything fairly tightly to give the image more impact. Too much room and the subject can get 'lost' amongst the background. On EPZ you only have a thumbnail to start with before someone decides whether to look at that image larger or not, so you need a fairly impressive thumbnail to start with otherwise no-one looks at your work. Saying that I could easily upload a couple of modifications (including the original image) and gauge people's opion on my selective cropping! But I take your point and may upload a modification.

This image is actually a panoramic and thus appears in the panoramic gallery!

Andrew.

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