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African Chameleon crossing the very hot road I know this as I had to lay on it to take the shot!

Camera:Nikon D70S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 105mm Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Boy George !
Username:MaryMac MaryMac
Uploaded:20 Jun 2009 - 2:15 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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Group Event:Critique Buddies June 2009 - 2

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jocneilson
20 Jun 2009 - 2:20 PM

WOW . click yours JOC..

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VidB
VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 2:23 PM

Super detail and colour in this, well captured
Dave

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 2:28 PM

An amazing capture, Mary, wonderful colour and detail, excellent. Carol

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PeelNStick
PeelNStick  10 United States4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 2:45 PM

This is excellent.

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 2:51 PM

Never seen one up on it's feet like this, thought they were lower to the ground! Perhaps the tarmac was hot!!
Great capture.
Barbara

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 2:56 PM

Hot tarmac-- he better scuttle along-- great detail in ths image!
Jennnnnnnnn

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 3:42 PM

imagining he's a 40 ton truck no doubt!!! Smile

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ambro
ambro  967 forum posts
20 Jun 2009 - 4:29 PM

beautiful detail, great capture!

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13321 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 4:37 PM

Excellent capture,
Alan

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crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6697 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 4:53 PM

Looks like that road's hot and he's on tiptoes! Sandra

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VinceJones
20 Jun 2009 - 6:00 PM

Maybe he's stood tall like this to warn off any oncoming 40 ton truck

Brilliantly captured lol!!

Vince

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 6:17 PM

Cracker

Stace

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 7:42 PM

Teriffic detail Mary.

The lens you used is the one I want , I am working on it with the Headgardener !

Rock

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 8:29 PM

he is a star
Very well taken

Adrian

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 9:18 PM

I can almost hear the 'ooh, ooh, owie!' going through his head as he gingerly sets his feet down!

For the critique:

It's a shame you clipped the right fore-foot, although I realise getting him all in would have been difficult.

There's some funny shadowy marks above the top of his back, possibly leaves from trees at the side of the road behind him, but it just looks like dust smudges, a quick clone in PS should fix that though.

You got his head nicely in focus, which was the important bit, and the tail seems sharp, although the body looks a little fuzzier, but that may just be the texture of his skin.

Overall nicely done, I really struggled to find things to say!

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wideangler
20 Jun 2009 - 9:53 PM

Looks good to me; you can almost imagine that in the next picture it'll be blowing on its' paws to cool them! Wonderful!

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 7:27 PM

Wow a superb image I think the ground is extremely hot poor thing yes the image I took of the flower was still in Africa for a university lecturer who wanted the shots for her second book
Regards
Alexa

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014816 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 11:20 PM

definitely the most amusing the challenge! looks like it's got an electric shock or something

impressive stuff

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 11:27 PM

really nice and so very funny lol

linda Wink

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looboss
looboss  73124 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2009 - 12:29 PM

The subject is very centred in the image and has a foot off the frame.. either leave a little more room or do a brutal cut and get right close up.

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2009 - 6:25 PM

Full marks to you for getting down to eye level with the subject and giving us a sense of the hot location. I hope there wasn't much traffic on the road.

I too would like to see more room around the subject and as this is quite a I small file wonder if you have cropped it.

The tail is very important with that lovely coil but I wonder if you could have made a bit more of the eye as it swivels round in an amazing fashion. Difficult I know as you are lying in the road Smile

The thing that concerns me most is the tell-tale signs of over-sharpening around the head and underside.

He's a chameleon with attitude and it's great to see another reptile upload, they're a bit few and far between.
Penny

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2009 - 6:46 PM

I've just done a mod by increasing the space around the chameleon then lifting the eye a bit so the detail can be seen .....then realised it wasn't an option.Sad
Never mind, the thought was there.
Penny

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2009 - 6:49 PM

It was cropped Penny and I do see that I over worked with sharpening etc I did this in Picassa which I find is a bit harsh sometimes I will have a go with the original shot at your suggestions I did take lots of shots of this chameleon which I will post later on
thank you for your critique I will take any advice on how to improve and yours is something to work on
Mary

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73882 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2009 - 8:00 PM

A good attempt at the challenge and amusing. Great getting down so low!

Most of the things have already been mentioned, it is a bit tight, particularly the front foot, try giving it some space to move into.

Also there is too much dof, I would open up the aperture to through the BG more OOF.

Overall a good image

Nick

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2009 - 1:04 PM

what a wierd little fella, or a giant fella im not sure as i cant relate scale.
the tail interests me and i think i would have tried a macro on that alone, the way its curled is fabulous.
its a shame the front foot is so close to the bottom of frame and wondered with it being complete, if you could extend the canvas and copy the texture with a clone tool to correct this. i feel altogether that the whole composition may be a little tight in space.
you seem to have the critter sharp on the face and tail and quite in focus up to the distance so you must have used a tiny aperature,
i wondered for a while if a shallower dof may have been equally interesting with the main focus on the head and a more 3/4 view taken by moving around to the right a little.
interesting shot and a different approach to a macro set subject
Phil

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2009 - 1:30 PM

Thank You Phil I think my main problem I have is composition as I see the tightness of space in a lot of my shots and I will just have to think a bit more before clicking away I just get so excited seeing these amazing creatures !!
My post shot work needs a good rethink too as from all the critique that I have had that seems to be a bit of a issue again not enough care taken to make them as good as they could be I am really enjoying this Buddie Critique as all comments have been fair and helpful
Thanks for your input
Mary

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318446 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2009 - 11:41 PM

That's a good profile shot of a creature I've never seen. It doesn't shout out macro but you used a macro lens so I'll keep quiet about that. I like the low angle. Id have been tempted to go even lower for a real dramatic floor level angle, and use a polariser to really make the sky zing.
I agree about the missing toes, that's the only real flaw (and the fact it's really tight in the frame, sometimes a bit more space makes all the difference. The toes are easily resolved as suggested.

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2009 - 12:41 PM

Thanks Pete I took quite a few shots but laying on the road with traffic coming both ways was a bit tricky !
I am going to put up several of the better ones I took on my PF none of them are in the frame as good as they should have been and that is something I am going to work on I havnt got a polarizer but will add it to the list of things I must buy
I loaded Elements 7 today too so will also work on the tutorials they show in correcting images
Thanks for the critique
Mary

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Adrian_Reynolds
13 Jul 2009 - 8:27 PM

Only just found this Mary, what a great image, its the same Chameleon the Novel software company use, love this image, Adrian

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2009 - 11:10 PM

A brilliant capture, the low viewpoint works so well. It looks like he's trying to avoid touching the road surface the way he appears to be tip toeing across

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bushcraft
bushcraft  889 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2009 - 10:00 PM

LOL what a funny chap

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