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Bearded Dragons

By KangaGal
Hi all
Well as much as I love this site I am finding it so addictive and just hadn't been attending to things I need to - hence another break.
Today's upload was taken in a created studio setting by a friend who then told me what settings to use and even loaned me his lens! So, I can take no credit, apart from pressing the sutter release! I am really enjoying the camera and have been getting out and about with it.
Have a good weekend and thanks for all the interest and tips on my last upload. Constructive critique like that is always welcomed.
Cheers, Jenny

Tags: Reptiles Lizards Bearded Pets and captive animals Dragons Wildlife and nature

Voters: cjl47, goso, Bob_V and 38 more

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cjl47 13 5 3 England
6 Sep 2008 12:54AM
Hi Jenny, we were beginning to miss you.
Your friend certainly knows his stuff.
What a superb shot.
goso 14 2 1 Australia
6 Sep 2008 12:58AM
Great shot Jenny, regardless of who took it....Bill
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
6 Sep 2008 1:02AM
What great detail in this capture Jenny.
MRS_IMANDER 13 14 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 1:07AM
i love beardies...we used to keep them as pets and they are adoprable!!

great capture
whiteswan01 13 13 England
6 Sep 2008 1:10AM
i agree with you epz so addictive but fun great shot nice light
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
6 Sep 2008 1:17AM
At first glance I thought it was one of those horrible things, so relived and this is a super shot. - gary
KangaGal 13 66 Australia
6 Sep 2008 1:28AM
Thankyou for such a quick response - but what are all you Brits doing up this late?!? lol Jenny
55jase 15 188 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 2:28AM
What a pair of beauties. love the shot.
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
6 Sep 2008 4:24AM
wonderful capture
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
6 Sep 2008 6:22AM
Super capture, Jenny. Carol
dwoody 12 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 7:56AM
Great details
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 9:17AM
looks like your getting use to the D300 Jenny, i bought the tamron 90mm a few weeks back, not to sure about it yet.
i think that you've captured them superbly great detail

take care

bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 9:52AM
It's a super capture.

JohnH37 14 1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 9:58AM
Great shot.
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
6 Sep 2008 10:02AM
Great pose
Frase 13 Scotland
6 Sep 2008 10:55AM
Great shot.
jdenman 13 19 5 Spain
6 Sep 2008 11:22AM
Cracking shot, loads of nice detail.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
6 Sep 2008 11:33AM
Know the feeling, Jenny...if I'm not viewing all the lovely photos on here, I'm working on what I'm going to upload next! Another cracking image, and worth waiting for (won't ask what they're up to!).
TrevB Smile
6 Sep 2008 3:54PM
Great image Jenny, nice detail.
6 Sep 2008 9:50PM
Good shot,
KangaGal 13 66 Australia
7 Sep 2008 2:47AM
Thankyou everyone for your interest and comments.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4246 Canada
7 Sep 2008 3:55AM
The pose is good, as is the subject.

It lacks a little sharpness, - did you sharpen after you compressed it for uploading?

F/36 may be a little too small for this, - although the dof is greater with the smaller aperture, you do tend to lose critical sharpness.

If you get a chance to do it again, try f/11 or f/16 with a faster shutter and see if it makes a difference.


cassiecat 12 39 46 England
7 Sep 2008 8:56AM
nice shot jenny, its good to have friends who will help you learn. I shall bear willies tips in mind myself Smile
lostintime 13 13 6 Germany
7 Sep 2008 10:05AM
Super detail and tones Jenny.
betts 13 1 England
7 Sep 2008 5:31PM
Lovely shot Jenny.
KangaGal 13 66 Australia
7 Sep 2008 11:01PM
Thankyou Willie, Lesley, Alex & Carol. Willie, I am indebted for your advice. To be honest I thought the same thing myself. Here I am with this brand new camera, the borrowed right lens for the job, perfect lighting conditions, tripod, and yet it still lacks that crystal clear sharpness I am always aiming for. I didn't know that about small apertures losing sharpness and just used the aperture my friend suggested.
Thanks again, Jenny
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4246 Canada
8 Sep 2008 12:35AM
Jenny, - take a look at You can look at the performance of lenses, - and there are MTF charts that tell you at which aperture various lenses are sharpest, - and you can see how they fall off as aperture decreases. For the Tamron 90mm, its barely acceptable at f/32, but terrific between f/4 and f/8, and quite good between f/8 and f/16.

Using f/32 is in the domain of macro photography, where you are very close to a subject using a macro lens, and need maximum depth of field more than you need maximum sharpness.

To get a better understanding of depth of field see, - and again you can input your lens focal length and aperture number, and it will give you depth of field for various distances from the subject.

Dont forget to sharpen your images after you re size them for EPZ too, - even if they were sharp full size. This is because the JPEG compression thats applied to the pic to make the file size smaller causes sharpness to be lost.

Hope this helps, - and dont hesitate to ask for information if you need it.

GlenD 14 United States
8 Sep 2008 7:06AM
Great shot Jenny
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
15 Nov 2008 11:06PM
Good advice re the focusing from Will Jenny. A fine composition and thanks for the biology lesson LOL.
19 Jan 2009 7:46AM
Great detail and colours in this lovely shot. Well done.

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