jewelled gecko

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Me, Mar 10, 2010.

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    Me Guest

    This is (I think) the same species that German "backpackers" attempted
    to smuggle of New Zealand - one now imprisoned for his failed attempt.
    This is a male - the females are usually brighter in colour:
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/33074451
    From comments I have read there seemed to be no understanding of why
    the males of the Banks Peninsula species are speckled green/brown,
    rather than the bright emerald green colouring of the females and males
    in other areas, however the males blend in to the matagouri and other
    shrubs - they are very hard to see in the wild:
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/33074392
    They have amazing eyes:
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/33074420
    I came across this fellow today, unharmed, (and not geotagged as per
    most of my photos on that panoramio site). I'm keen to see if I can get
    photos of a female, but this is only the second of this species I've
    seen, the other a dead one caught by a cat (I hate cats).
    They are quite "calm", and seem not too disturbed to crawl up your arm,
    with very sticky feet with claws and hairs on the surface, they are
    great climbers.
    Shot hand-held with D300. My tripod broke a few days ago - waiting for
    a replacement to arrive.
     
    Me, Mar 10, 2010
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    Dave Doe Guest

    You should put ya pics up on Wikipedia - not sure what the best way is?
    Maybe put 'em up on Wikimedia Commons, then link to them from:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewelled_gecko

    (Nice pics!)

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    limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
    feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion
    of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
    restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
    persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
    prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
    creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
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    Dave Doe, Mar 10, 2010
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    NameHere Guest

    Why should he give away marketable shots for free? Because people like you
    who can't afford books want to see them? I know what is and is not
    marketable. Personally I would have never posted these in the first place,
    unless downsized even more and copy-protected from any marketable or
    personal use with strong JPG compression applied twice (the best copyright
    protection available). This is why I like my editor that has 1000 levels of
    JPG compression (0.1 to 100.0), the possible number of JPG artifact
    permuations from 2 applications makes it nearly impossible to
    reverse-engineer to any useful degree.
     
    NameHere, Mar 10, 2010
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    NameHere Guest

    Why should he give away marketable shots for free? Because people like you
    who can't afford books want to see them? I know what is and is not
    marketable. Personally I would have never posted these in the first place,
    unless downsized even more and copy-protected from any marketable or
    personal use with strong JPG compression applied twice (the best copyright
    protection available). This is why I like my editor that has 1000 levels of
    JPG compression (0.1 to 100.0), the possible number of JPG artifact
    permuations from 2 applications using 2 different settings makes it nearly
    impossible to reverse-engineer to any useful degree.
     
    NameHere, Mar 10, 2010
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    NameHere Guest

    On looking at these again, you really need to learn to use smaller
    apertures. If it can't be accomplished with your present gear then move to
    a high-quality P&S camera with a smaller sensor for the extended DOF
    required for most macrophotography. You'll then be able to use even faster
    shutter speeds in lower-light levels where DSLR gear becomes useless for
    available-light macrophotography. When enlarged, the DOF blur from your
    larger sensor and large apertures is going to severely limit the usefulness
    of these shots. What a shame that the nose (and left hind-leg) of the gecko
    in the first shot is blurred as much as it is. All due to the severe
    shallow DOF from your gear's aperture, sensor size, and slow shutter-speed
    required (causing some of the leg blur). This is another reason I don't
    require a tripod and can get all those shots that others can't.
     
    NameHere, Mar 10, 2010
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    Dave Doe Guest

    Looks great - nice job!
     
    Dave Doe, Mar 13, 2010
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