Day 143: Skink

by Ivan Steenkamp June. 16, 2017 1421 views

23-05-17

On this lovely day I had the rare opportunity to photograph a skink. The task was not easy... As I'm sure you know, small animals are afraid of big hands and strange apparatus being shoved in their faces! I even made a special set for it to be photographed on so that I would not lose it (the small branch was put int a big tin with things in the tin to keep the branch upright) if it jumped of the branch.

I turned of the lights and used a small flashlight to focus on its cute little face. Towering over its safe haven like a huge suspended ceiling (pulsing with blinding light randomly) was my flash and softbox on a tripod. As I was coaching it to stick out its tongue (I discovered the it found the aroma of my breath interesting) and hoping that it would not scuttle to a new leaf, my finger was pressing the shutter as fast as my flash would refresh. I ended up with many blurry and out of focus shots (which you don't want to see!).

These to are my absolute favourite. I hope you like them too.

Sniffing the air. Captured accidentally! I could not get another decent photo of it sniffing the air.

Sniffing the air. Captured accidentally! I could not get another decent photo of it sniffing the air.

Eyeing me out.

Eyeing me out.

D5300, 50mm reverse mounted.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro.

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- Kim - 2 years, 5 months ago

Amazing!  I'm sure capturing this skiddish animal was no small feat.  I love the shallow depth of field too.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ivan Steenkamp Replied to - Kim - 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Kim! I was very glad to get such an amazing photo. Thanks for the like!grinning

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

#1 deserves a prize.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Antonio, I appreciate it! satisfied

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
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