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Father and Son

By imander
This is Dino who is appearing here for the first time with his Son Jigsaw. Some of you may recognise Jigsaw from many of my other uploads Smile ( I know too many...lol )
We have just rehomed Dino from a friend as he was stressing out the female Bearded Dragon he lived with ( Jigsaws Mum ) ,as he constantly wanted to mate Sad ( i'll wait for the typical male comments...Smile ).

I wanted to show both Father and Son together displaying a bit of character, But judging by Jigsaw's middle finger I think he may be displaying a bit to much Smile.

Thanks for looking, all comments and critique is most welcome.

Cheers Ian

p.s thought I would mention that it ws taken indoors with a single lamp for lighting ( held by the mrs ), a black sheet draped over a chair, takon on macro setting with 18-55 lens

Tags: Black and white Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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Comments


Adderwatcher 6 60 19 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2009 9:39AM
Great shot, works well in mono. Sorry to hear about rehoming Dino some beardies are more active should we say and it can just be too much for the females. Love the finger too!
Scott

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2009 10:18AM
Ian, I hadn't noticed the finger until you mentioned it and now I can't stop laughing.
I've seen a lot of pictures of fathers proudly carrying their sons-and-heirs on their shoulders, this is the first reptilean one. Absolutely wonderful.
As to the marital problems, sounds like a need for separate bedrooms and cold showers.
Moira
4 Sep 2009 10:42AM
Amazing shot - superb mono conversion & lighting.

Chris
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2009 10:46AM
Judging by the glint in Jigsaw's eye - and that finger - this might just be a case of 'like father, like son' ... ...
Exceptional close-up work, Ian.
Regards
Bill
Cormy 8 3 England
4 Sep 2009 11:34AM
Cracking shot Ian.Superb detail.
Cheers
Alan
warb 12 839
4 Sep 2009 1:45PM
amazing.

aren't they ace!
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
4 Sep 2009 2:20PM
I want some of what Dino is on !! And I know a few Mums who would not mind THAT sort of stress !! And as for Jigsaws finger,you should have put the original Cat Stephens version of Father and Son on,and not these imposters called Boyzone.!!
Mick.
SueEley 10 279 96 Wales
4 Sep 2009 2:35PM
Suer quality!
SlowSong Plus
7 6.2k 29 England
4 Sep 2009 4:06PM
This is so original - what a wonderful image. And the story makes it even more special. A finger of fun too. Smile
Chris
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2009 4:25PM
thanks all for taking the time to comment, I shall upload the colour version at some point for a comparison
cheers Ian
4 Sep 2009 5:31PM
well what can i say? its ok i spose!! although if ya had been a bit more creative u could have had them both on THE BIKE!! pmsl only joking hun this is a lovely shot of the two of the lizards in our life!! I do like the way that Dino is looking one way and Jiggy the other
well done babe
me
xx
HectorRivera 8 17 1 United States
4 Sep 2009 5:58PM
Very nice shot.
maryg 7 66 18 Scotland
4 Sep 2009 8:40PM
A tremendous animal portrait, so full of detail and character, really works well in mono
Regards Mary
Ray42 8 3 England
5 Sep 2009 6:47AM
Nice work - and very informative
Robin_TB 6 204 9 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2009 2:32PM
I really like the simplicity of the black background, it emphasises the roughness of their skin and the personality of their faces. Interested to hear it was all done so simply as well, to Bearded Dragons usually pose so well?

Like others, I missed 'the finger' at first look but it really adds humour to the picture Smile My eye ends to get drawn to Jigsaw's face, probably because of his lighter skin tone (presumaby due to lighting rather than reality).

It would be interesting to see the colour version, I'm not sure it would work as well, the B & W makes the image extremely artistic, with all the shadows and textures.

Dino looks very serene and peaceful, hard to imagine him as a sex pest but that's nature for you... Wink

Thanks for the image.
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 2:50PM
This looks so good as a mono.
I like the diagonal connecting the eyse with the top corner & the dynamic pose.
The touch of humour is always a plus.
Penny
jeanie Plus
12 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2009 12:45PM
critique buddy..
Well what a great image. Nothing I could change here. It looks great in mono as it emphasises the bearded dragons' textured coats.
Had to laugh at the finger... beardie with attitude.. I like it.
Wish I could have seen it larger.
Jeanie
Smile
bppowell 14 2.2k 2 England
27 Sep 2009 1:16PM
Well taken.

I like the lighting along with the shot in mono. The pose of the son is but I would have liked to have the father looking at little more towards the camera.

I am just being picky her for the sake of the critique.

Barry
janeez 7 1.7k 8 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2009 10:32PM
Love the deep, rich contrasts in this image. Only one tiny thing I would alter. The cheeky little chap on board hasn't got a twinkle in his eye like his daddy!
discreetphoton 11 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 3:24PM
Slight delay, sorry Smile
I like the stark lighting you've used (and I'm impressed at how sharp it is, to say that it's lit by a table lamp), as the high contrast really makes the most of the scales. I think there's just a smidgen too much black on the top edge, that could have been cropped out to improve the balance. Not too much though, maybe a centimeter of how it's displayed. That's all I've got. I like this.

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