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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!
WOW . click yours JOC..
Super detail and colour in this, well captured
An amazing capture, Mary, wonderful colour and detail, excellent. Carol
This is excellent.
Never seen one up on it's feet like this, thought they were lower to the ground! Perhaps the tarmac was hot!!
Hot tarmac-- he better scuttle along-- great detail in ths image!
imagining he's a 40 ton truck no doubt!!!
beautiful detail, great capture!
Looks like that road's hot and he's on tiptoes! Sandra
Maybe he's stood tall like this to warn off any oncoming 40 ton truck
Brilliantly captured lol!!
Teriffic detail Mary.
The lens you used is the one I want , I am working on it with the Headgardener !
he is a star
Very well taken
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!
Looks good to me; you can almost imagine that in the next picture it'll be blowing on its' paws to cool them! Wonderful!
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
definitely the most amusing the challenge! looks like it's got an electric shock or something
really nice and so very funny lol
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.
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
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.
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.
Never mind, the thought was there.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Only just found this Mary, what a great image, its the same Chameleon the Novel software company use, love this image, Adrian
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
LOL what a funny chap
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