A Friendly Jackson's Chameleon (Weekly theme 12 submission)

by Tiffany Mueller October. 25, 2016 2412 views

If you ask me, chameleons have a pretty sweet super power. They can pretty much do an entire hair, makeup, and wardrobe change in a matter of seconds. If you've ever been fortunate enough to encounter one of these little creatures, you've probably seen how quickly they can change color to blend in with their surroundings.

We have Jackson's chameleons back home in Hawaii and I come across them quite frequently when I'm out walking through the coffee trees. Normally, the chameleons are fairly timid and give the impression they would have much preferred if I hadn't noticed them. This is quite apparent by the disappearing act they perform as they recalibrate their skin tone to match the tree branches I often find them lounging in. 

I don't usually mess with them, they're such peaceful little lizards I hate to be a bother. This one, however, was kinda playful. He became radiant, even a little animated as he did his cool, casual chameleon strut down from the branches to say hi. Despite becoming completely spellbound by the interaction, I somehow managed to pull my camera up to my eye and snap this picture. 

I chose this photo to share for our weekly theme because it's a good example of a point I make about depth of field in this week's theme announcement. (By the way, have you checked the post out yet? This week, we're sharing our favorite wildlife and animal photos. Remember to enter yours!)

Do you notice how the chameleon's eyes are in focus, but his horns--and pretty much everything else--are blurry?  The texture of his skin would have added a lot of interest to the photo. Having his horns in focus would also have added to the composition. I think I could have made this a stronger capture if had I adjusted my aperture to get more of the chameleon in focus. 

Something to keep in mind next time I'm out there shooting! I thought it might also be some good food for thought for you all as well. Happy shooting everyone, I can't wait to see everyone else's weeklytheme12 entries! 

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Leslie D 4 years, 9 months ago

Wow ~ so many shades of green! He's a cute little booger, Tiffany.
I see what you mean about focus, and I think it adds interest in this case.

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Tomie Poodle 4 years, 9 months ago

Where is weeklytheme 11 ?

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Tiffany Mueller Replied to Tomie Poodle 4 years, 9 months ago

Hi Tomie! Now that we have launched the official blog, the weekly themes will be posted over there. Here's a link, check it out!


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Tomie Poodle Replied to Tiffany Mueller 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Tiffany.

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 9 months ago

A beautiful creature so well captured. Great work Tiffany

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the cool shot & great info! I appreciate your hard work & enthusiasm! Cheers!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Joe 4 years, 9 months ago

Great example, great shot, Tiffany

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