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A Wonderful Surprise!

A Wonderful Surprise!
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Copyright: Lurdes Melo (CallMeMaria) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1748 W: 155 N: 4808] (24714)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-11 7:42
Viewed: 1295
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The sun was shining beautifully a few minutes ago so I took my camera and went in my backyard to try to get a few shots of some lovely birds that visit our property reguaalarly.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this beautiful lizzard enjoying the warmth of the sun on this metal tile by the creek that runs along my property! I never imagined that something this beautiful (and maybe dangerous as well) could be found around here!

I took four or five shots as I got closer to it. It watched me closely and when I found that I was too close, it crawled away slowly and hid in the weeds keeping its eyes on me.

With Photofiltre I cropped off the weeds and other disturbing objects having replaced them with the black BG. I also revived the colors of the lizzard just a tad.

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
Ashley Montagu quotes

“Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
General George S. Patton quotes (American General in World War I and II, 1885-1945)

“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.”
Ellen Burstyn quotes


Thank you for taking a peek. I will be back later tonight. I wish everyone a very nice Sunday.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-05-11 7:44]

Beautiful shot...
Nice colors and composition...
Best regards...

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  • codge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 88 W: 10 N: 69] (621)
  • [2008-05-11 7:49]

Hi Maria,
He is a lovely fellow, i'm a great lover of reptiles including my Boa Constrictor. Its a lovely sharp close up image. Great colours and the tiles are a nice colour aswell. I like the nice simple frame work that suits very well

Hi Lurdes,

Yes, it's a wonderful color of this lizard . .
Perfectly moment on the red tile . . stands out . .
Great shot my dear friend . .


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-05-11 8:13]

Genial disparo Lurdes,
escelente pov y detalles,
bella composición...

hi Lurdes
interesting photo of this tri-color lizard. very clear and well set in the background.

Ola Lurdes,
Muito bom,no momento certo.Bonito colorido e bem focada.
Parabens e abraco,

what a pretty lizzard! :-) i really would like to have such a surprise once - terrific capture, the red metal tile is great
too as well as the black rest of the background. wonderful job & take care, thor.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-05-11 11:08]

Hi Lurdes,
Superb capture of this lizzard beautifully rendered! Excellent use of light
I like your 3D presentation enhancing your proximity with him! Brilliant colors and good sharpness! Bravo! Annie

Hi Lurdes:
Very sharp details, like National Geographic photography:)
A superb graphics on display here!!!

Beautiful indeed.
And what beautiful colors.
Excellent sharpness, details and PP work

Hello Lurdes,
I love the color contrast here.
Excellent sharpness and composition. TFS

good sharpness & details, the presentation is well done

Olá Lurdes,

Bela imagem, belíssimas cores e um excelente trabalho!
Parabéns e OPC.


Olá Lurdes
Belo exemplar,não muito frequente nas nossas paragens.
Bela captura e excelente PP...
OPC e boa semana
Melhores cumprimentos

What a lizard! Is he dangerous? I love lizards, outside, not as pets! I used to see so many, but insect poison has done them in most places.....

Hello Lurdes!
What a perfect sharpness and beautiful colours in your picture!
Lovely shot!
Nice work!
Best regards!

Well this is really a nice surprise and you took a good photo of it as well. Nice colours and sharp detail.



Hi Lurdes, I missed this splendid lizard, superb details and fantastic colors, wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Maria,

I've never seen this one before! Beautiful animal and beautiful shot! Nice PP work. It gives just the right focus with the black as background.
Well done!

TFS Greetings Simone

Do you think they are dangerous Lurdus?

I don't know I love them - they are ever so careful once they are used to you. We give them slices of apple and salat leaves or even some bread crumbs - maybe you can treat him next time and then he will make his home in his backyard.
They have to warm up at the start of the day, before they can begin some activities.

Lovely capture, and more so against that metal BG!


Hello Lurdes,
That is one cute little fellow!
I notice his funny colouring, as he seems to come with a blue head while the rest is yellowish...
Super sharp details and a nice pose!
Pablo -

Hola Lurdes.
Precioso lagarto, con un colorido fabuloso y muy bellos contrastes.
Genial sorpresa.
Saludos amiga, JL.

  • Great 
  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-05-21 12:09]

Did it know that it looks so well on that red roof?
Very good picture, well presented too.

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-05-22 10:07]

Hi Lurdes
Splendid composition with lizzard. Great macro.

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-05-25 9:50]

Not easy to capture these fast little devils, and let alone so well too. ;)
The contrasting colors and sharpness and frozen motion are just excellent and the lighting is perfect.
I like too the little OOB work on the tail and the frame, very cool touch.
Great job,

  • Great 
  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2008-05-26 1:46]

Hello Lurdes,
Just stunning, what a lucky find for you.
Beautiful detail, thank you for cleaning the weedy background, black was the right choice.
Well done,

Hi Lurdes:
A wonderful sharp crisp shot of this lizard,the light is so well controlled with no burn out yet still nice and bright.. I love the reddish backdrop as well ... beautiful shot My friend....Roman:0)

wow very very nice shot good, composition and really cool colors. I like it very much beautiful


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