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Ganesh H Shankar
Draco
During last year I had an opportunity to spend a few days with these amazing lizards of nature. I use to be with them from morning to evening (interstingly they seem to return to the same place at night). I had this image in mind and waited for a few days to get the right lighting condition and timing. Made this image near foot hills of Western Ghats near Karnataka-Kerala border. Your views are wecome !
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:06 am
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Commentby S. Das on Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:53 am

The lighting is very interesting ... diffusing through the yellow skin and also the faint light bouncing off the tree trunk illuminating the body of the draco is perfect ... you got a perfect angle to hide the bright part of tree trunk :) I only wish our cameras had some more dynamic range capability so the overexposed throat patch could also be rendered perfectly ... Hope someday the Technology will reach to that high :)

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:01 pm

Simply sums up the world of Dracos, the movement in the gular pouch and the light on it really puts it very nicely. The rim light on the tree also works well here.

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Commentby Santosh Saligram on Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:49 pm

Beautifully done! I had to spend a good three or four seconds to fathom out the subject in the image. :-) The over-exposed yellow part looks like the flame of a candle. :-) Was it a deliberate attempt to capture light that way? Did you use torch light or was it a naturally back-lit situation? In any event, this is masterfully done. Lovely.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:27 pm

Sathosh, it is it by sunlight. I wanted to convey the motion of its gular appendage so used a relatively slower shutter speed.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:03 pm

This image is beyond the scope of comments from me and hence in stead of doing that I would basically like to know a few things, was it shot in created light condition or natural light? I have not seen this species in the wild and thus would like to know what is the patch of yellow ? Is it a body part against the light ? This photograph can actually teach how to place yourself for the kind of shot one is looking for. Master piece.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:14 pm

Nilanjan,
Dracos (flying lizard) have those yellow part below the throat called throat appendage. Normally they keep it folded but vibrates it sometimes. I was waiting for this light and the vibrating moment. The light is natural sunlight.

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:32 pm

Super catch here with timely lighting condition after all the efforts. Loved the flame like effect. Rare species, rare image.

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Commentby Ravi Maganti on Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:42 pm

Ganesh, I dont have much more to add about the image itself. But had a question, was there another source of light used? I see the lizard's back is also lit up.

And I too vouch, overexposing the gular puch looks like our little dragon wa breathing fire!



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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:48 am

Ravi, opened up the otherside (shaded portion) a bit to show some features using dodging. Selective shadow/highlighting or selective levels could have been used too.

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