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20 Jun 2009 2:20PM
WOW . click yours JOC..

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VidB 7 11 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2009 2:23PM
Super detail and colour in this, well captured
Dave
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
20 Jun 2009 2:28PM
An amazing capture, Mary, wonderful colour and detail, excellent. Carol
PeelNStick 12 4 United States
20 Jun 2009 2:45PM
This is excellent.
baclark 7 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2009 2:51PM
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
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
20 Jun 2009 2:56PM
Hot tarmac-- he better scuttle along-- great detail in ths image!
Jennnnnnnnn
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
20 Jun 2009 3:42PM
imagining he's a 40 ton truck no doubt!!! Smile
ambro 11 68 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2009 4:29PM
beautiful detail, great capture!
20 Jun 2009 4:37PM
Excellent capture,
Alan
20 Jun 2009 4:53PM
Looks like that road's hot and he's on tiptoes! Sandra
VinceJones 11 862 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2009 6:00PM
Maybe he's stood tall like this to warn off any oncoming 40 ton truck

Brilliantly captured lol!!

Vince
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
20 Jun 2009 6:17PM
Cracker

Stace
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
20 Jun 2009 7:42PM
Teriffic detail Mary.

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

Rock
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2009 8:29PM
he is a star
Very well taken

Adrian
rowarrior 8 4.4k 9 Scotland
20 Jun 2009 9:18PM
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!
20 Jun 2009 9:53PM
Looks good to me; you can almost imagine that in the next picture it'll be blowing on its' paws to cool them! Wonderful!
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2009 7:27PM
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
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
21 Jun 2009 11:20PM
definitely the most amusing the challenge! looks like it's got an electric shock or something

impressive stuff
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2009 11:27PM
really nice and so very funny lol

linda Wink
looboss 9 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 12:29PM
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.
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 6:25PM
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
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 6:46PM
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
MaryMac 10 258 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 6:49PM
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
Nick_w 9 4.3k 99 England
22 Jun 2009 8:00PM
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
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2009 1:04PM
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
MaryMac 10 258 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2009 1:30PM
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
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
23 Jun 2009 11:41PM
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.
MaryMac 10 258 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2009 12:41PM
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
13 Jul 2009 8:27PM
Only just found this Mary, what a great image, its the same Chameleon the Novel software company use, love this image, Adrian
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
13 Jul 2009 11:10PM
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
bushcraft 10 90 3
1 Aug 2009 10:00PM
LOL what a funny chap

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