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Green Iguana

By pamelajean
When I visited Earnley Butterflies Birds and Beasts in West Sussex, my main interest was the butterflies, but it offered far more than that to the visitor. This iguana was in the reptile house, behind glass, and it was quite dark in there. I wasn't prepared for this, but did my best, without a tripod. What bothered me most were all the dirty hand prints on the glass, at child level. It took a bit of work to remove them from the image, but I think it was worth the effort. Next time, I'll take some Windolene and a duster! That will save me a lot of work.
3 versions for your consideration.

Tags: Camouflage Reptile Lizard West sussex Pets and captive animals Earnley Common iguana Squamata

Voters: franken, jennialexander, CarolG and 55 more

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 11:22AM
Interesting set. I find version 2 works the best for me.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 May 2011 11:40AM
Superb captures, Pamela, and under very difficult circumsstances, too. You've captured some excellent detail in this handsome fella. Carol
This place must be relatively new, it didn't exist when I lived in West Sussex Sad
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 11:42AM
Composition wise I like no.3 best, but the detail on no1 is stunning. Looking on screen there is no evidence of glass. First class photography for those who like reptiles! Lets see some butterflies.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
1 May 2011 11:53AM
Stunning detail in all of these.

Best Matt
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
1 May 2011 11:55AM
You will know I like dirty windows Pamela,but in this case,not so. Good job off removing the dirty stains from the glass.
But it is not so easy removing dirty,grotty kids !!
Excellent close ups.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
1 May 2011 12:29PM
Beautiful capture with amazing detail in such difficult circumstances.
About the museum; it does offer some good photographic opportunities, but it totally lacks in aesthetic coherence; the parts just don't make a whole.. After only a short time most of the colourful panels needed to be replaced and the thing started leaking because some of it is below the level of the canal. Add to that the totally elitist management that refuses to display work of one of the world's best realist painters that lives only 20 km away because he's not "innovative", and you have a recipe for local resentment. The museum is for the ego of the achitect and the management in the first place. Art comes a lot further down the line.
Best regards,
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1912 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 12:47PM
I'd never thought of having Windolene in my camera bag...
V1 seems to capture best the smug, complacent vanity with an evil streak that I see. I'm coming over anthropomorphic, time for the tablets.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
1 May 2011 12:49PM
P.S. if you want to see a modern building in Groningen that does work, google images of "Gasunie Groningen". Highrise that would fit in with the Eden project
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 12:58PM
wonderful set... brilliant details especially through glass..
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
1 May 2011 1:48PM
An excellent set Pamela. I tend to favor V3, being able to see the big pouch under his neck. Like having a big purse around your neck. All have superb detail.............Sandy
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
1 May 2011 1:53PM
Fabulous detail in close up. What a monster !!Grin
metro074 8 8 Australia
1 May 2011 2:20PM
Outstanding images. The light and detail is superb. Fantastic detail. He looks quite happy with himself too Smile
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
1 May 2011 2:32PM
These are outstanding images Pamela. - gary
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
1 May 2011 3:23PM
Three stunning captures, Pamela, amazing detail Smile And very well done too, shooting through glass. I find it very annoying when the little brats press their mucky fingers on the glass at these places! Sad
Trev Smile
1 May 2011 3:30PM
Great capture!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 4:01PM
Thankyou for your votes and interesting comments. I think he is quite handsome.
RENDE: I have PMd you.
xwang 8 56 8
1 May 2011 5:32PM
I'm always amazed by your images' colour,this time I'm astonished by your handheld skills...fantastic clarity,superb detail,excellent colour.
Iguanns always make me seems that they wouldn't care anything in the world,they always slowly move in their own half sleeping wayGrin...
It seems that the "keeper" did a wonderful job,the glass was spotless, actually I couldn't believe that they were taken through the glass...I really admire your attitude.You are a complete perfectionist.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
1 May 2011 6:40PM
A great looking creature

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
1 May 2011 8:26PM
I think the expression in V1 just swings it for me. A well photographed trio Pamela.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
1 May 2011 10:58PM
great detail Pamela,and through glass,good work and from what you say,lots of it.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 7:18AM
Wow! Striking images, superb detail throughout.
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 8:39AM
Wonderful set Pam. Like the focus on the head and the detail is brilliant. V1 has the edge for me. I think it's the lighting and half open eye. Paul
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
2 May 2011 9:17AM
Superb detail captured.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 3:03PM
The colours and detail are amazing here Pamela
Gets my UA Smile
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 4:41PM
An incredible shot Pamela

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 8:11PM
Helen, thankyou so much for giving this your User Award, this has really made my day.
jeronius 8 1 1 England
2 May 2011 8:40PM
This images are all superb, there is no obvious shooting through glass impression here. I doubt I would have got this close, even if he/she is harmless!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 May 2011 10:07PM
Three real corkers Pamela, the detail and textures in his scaly skin are tremendous
Ray42 10 3 England
3 May 2011 7:27AM

Quote:Beautiful capture with amazing detail in such difficult circumstances.

I quite agree - and excellent sharp detailed shot -

Quote:...Next time, I'll take some Windolene and a duster! That will save me a lot of work...

I think I might get one and put them in my window and invite you over to photograph them - quietly moving it from window to window!!!!! LOL
p.s. dont forget the ladder for the upstairs onesWinkWink
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
3 May 2011 4:14PM
wow that is amazing Pam, the detail is so good. I've never seen one this close before.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
3 May 2011 10:19PM
Pamela this is soooooo good! Is Earnley the place that is going to wrack and ruin? If so, I went there last July during that week when we had monsoons all week! The water was pouring in and the power was off! Great afternoon though - I loved it - especially that 1960's tea room.

But getting back to the matter in hand, this image is great - we could not see this wonderful creature when we were there and if we had I would never have managed a capture like this. The detail and light is supreme. Beautiful captures of a very beautiful animal - they are just amazing aren't they.

imagio 11 12 1 England
3 May 2011 11:27PM
Fab detail Pamela

TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
4 May 2011 6:20PM
Stunning detail. A beautiful beast!

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2011 8:29PM
Superb set of images Pamela, the detail is amazing, pin sharp and so detailed, I really can't decide which I prefer Smile

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 8:21AM
Currently the Featured E2 photo Pamela
Smile Smile
rpba18205 8 1 4 United Kingdom
13 May 2011 1:28AM
Magnificent detail in all of these. For me V1 is top image.
13 May 2011 4:09AM
The second one is excellent nice

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