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Eastern water dragon pics
Lens: 18-135mm WR Camera: k-30 Photo Location: near Sydney ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: ausmoose, 02-03-2014, 01:30 AM

Here are some photos of the Eastern Water Dragon - it's an Australian Lizard. It stayed very still for me for quite a while while I was able to take quite a few photos.

There wasn't a category for animals strangely enough, so I chose nature!

Which one do you like better? Any advice/criticism in taking these sort of wildlife pics is greatly appreciated.

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02-03-2014, 01:42 AM   #2
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Water Dragons are such posers. For me, No2 is the pick.
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I like the first one, but I would crop some of the right side of the photo. Move him further to the right IMO. Great shots none the less, those little buggers are FAST. I am actually impressed he sat still long enough for you to snag the shot. Great capture.
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Water Dragons are such posers. For me, No2 is the pick.
Thanks. I guess the other one looks a little cluttered.

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I like the first one, but I would crop some of the right side of the photo. Move him further to the right IMO. Great shots none the less, those little buggers are FAST. I am actually impressed he sat still long enough for you to snag the shot. Great capture.
j2photos - yeah that would probably work better for the Rule of Thirds. Thanks.
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Thanks. I guess the other one looks a little cluttered.
wouldn't say it's cluttered. i like No2 more for the close up view.
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Nice sharp image with good background
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I have seen similar in Brisbane and around Lismore. Always had trouble getting a lens on to them as they are quick. You have done well to catch this fellow. I agree with the crop off the right hand side about half way between the nose and the r/h edge. The angle you have him on provides strong diagonal lines. Exposure good on the body, focus not too bad. If you are into editing I would try to clone out the vertical twig near its nose.Not a big deal but it is slightly distracting and does nothing for the image.

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I think you did a pretty good job with the little guy considering how fast they move. I agree about cropping. Looks like you were focused more on the body of the lizard which made the eye just a bit soft but not too bad. The only advice I have would be to keep at it and always try and focus on the eyes. The eye should always be sharp.
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I too like the second one and I think I like it because the exposure seems to be a little bit better, fewer highlights, if you could pull it down maybe 1/3-2/3 of a stop, I think it might look even better.
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what others said sounds right to me, I enjoyed the photos, especially 2
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Thanks all for your advice! I appreciate it.
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