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Thar be Dragons...

By Bit_Blurry
My Wifes Bearded Dragon called Lizzie, imaginatively enough...

Shot under her UV light but the auto WB seems to have done Ok.
Processing in-camera and "I'm feeling lucky" by Picasa

Tags: Bearded dragon Pets and captive animals Uv lighting

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banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4331 Canada
8 Feb 2011 10:44PM
This is a very fine shot of the Lizard. The colour balance didnt turn out too bad as you say, and the wildcard processing gave a decent result.

Looks more like a Basil, or perhaps a Gordon to me, - not sure about Lizzie... I'll bet its yours and youre pretending its the wifes....

Anyway, - the challenge with lizards, apart from names, is that they reflect a lot of light. This is no exception, though overall its not bad. To me this makes it appear slightly overexposed. So next time perhaps use a negative exposure compensation. Your settings look good apart from that

I did load a mod with the highlights toned down, exposure down a little, and darkened the background to make him/her/it stand out a bit more, - make a more handsome composition.

Also, from the POV of composition, its best if you can compose to get his eye on the third, as I have done in the mod using a combination of cropping from the left, and adding canvas top and right.

I hope you find this constructive, if not amusing, at least entertaining to some degree.

best regards

Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
8 Feb 2011 10:44PM
This is really very good.
It's as sharp as a tack where it needs to be, the point of focus is on the eye and the bokeh is excellent.
I assume the blueness is caused by the UV light on his white bits and there's probably not much you can do about that but I must say that if you hadn't mentioned it in your description, I would have taken no notice.

Bit_Blurry 12 79 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 9:02AM
Thank you both, very much appreciated. Love the mod Willie, it just looks better in every way. I've only just discovered the rule of thirds, but annoyingly it didn't even enter my mind when I cropped this. I need to write it on my hand or something lol
It is my Wife's pet, I'd have called it Wilf Wink I have some "pets" that are a lot creepier than that, but being largely nocturnal they don't photograph too well!

Thanks for the comments Bren, as said, the wildcard processing did improve the image overall, but I feel it has unaturally enhanced the blue which isn't so prominent in the original. Maybe I'll have a play and see if I can do anything with it.
I must admit I'm chuffed to bits with the lens. I was always frustrated by my old kit with fuzzy images and nothing ever looking pin sharp. This 105mm Sigma didn't turn me pro overnight (much to my absolute shock and horror!) and I find it tricky to get the best out of it, but it certainly shows a sniff of its potential at times Smile
This is the only lens I've ever owned that's capable of a (relatively) wide aperture, and I love the way it can blow the background to oblivion.
Even though my kit lens is an 18-55, I'm sorely tempted by the 50mm 1.8 just to see what it can do for portraits, especially at the price it can be had for.


lianna 13 13 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 9:05AM
She is a beauty!!! I have one also but she is camera shy!!! X x
Bit_Blurry 12 79 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 11:34AM
Thanks Lianna, she does show some lovely colours. She's not camera shy in the slightest either. Or, more likely, just too lazy to move out of the way!!!
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4331 Canada
9 Feb 2011 7:05PM
Chris, the 50mm 1.8 is a fantastic lens at the price, - you wont be disappointed. Look at the for sale section of this site, - you may find used lenses. Many people eventually upgrade to the more expensive f/1.4 metal and glass lens, as the f1.8 is all plastic. The performance is not much different, - the metal is just a lot more durable.

Bit_Blurry 12 79 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2011 8:15AM
Thanks for that, I've only heard good things about it. I didn't know about the difference in contruction materials though, that may sway my decision a little.
I had decided that at over 2.5x the price, the 1.4 just wasn't worth it but if it's more solid construction as well as slightly better optically, I may have to have a rethink.

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