Lauren Heerschap  

Komodo Dragon by Lauren Heerschap

February 2021 - Komodo Dragon

About the Image(s)

This was taken through glass at the Woodland Park Zoo Seattle with a 40-150 mm lens and 2x converter on Olympus EM-1x Mark 3; a new camera at Christmas. Settings were ISO 6400, f5.6 at 1/60 sec. The triptych tells a story - I put my camera to the glass, and he was curious what the long black tube was; he got out of the water, arched, then swung his head and smelled me with his tongue to the glass. Rapid shutter to get the tongue out because it went back fast. Gave me the shivers! I have to admit that I found his textures and colors beautiful (as long as they were on the other side of the glass). Komodo Dragons are very poisonous.

7 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
I just attended a workshop on trip tychs. This is a great example of sequencing. I know he was behind glass, but it would have been nice if you could have gotten a catch in his eye. Also it is too bad that you could not get his entire tongue. I am sure if you asked nicely he would have posed for you. LOL
Nice job.   Posted: 02/06/2021 14:50:57

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Having seen Komodo dragons in captivity, I can recognise that they are not the easiest creature to photograph as they are usually behind glass. I like your triptych showing some movement and his tongue. I feel that it would have been better if you had not got the 1.4x converter on your camera - the 40-150mm is excellent (I use it for nearly all my aircraft photography) and would allow cropping if required. On the 2nd and 3rd shots I would have preferred to see the top of his shoulders rather than them being cropped, and feel that we need to see all of the tongue.   Posted: 02/07/2021 02:38:34
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Hey Jon, I appreciate the feedback. It was a 2.0 converter, and sometimes when you are watching 4 grandkids, you just don't change lenses.
  Posted: 02/17/2021 10:40:26

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
Nice story of the dragon coming out, turning and then tongue out. getting the crop right and not cutting things off is a very noticeable compositional thing to other photographers and distracts us. Maybe not so to others. The better composition normally works better.   Posted: 02/17/2021 05:45:08

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Great job capturing fast action while watching 4 kids. Very impressive. The colors are fun. I might have post processed sharpening the eye in the first one to be consistent with the sharpness of the last two. It would have been more powerful to see the full tongue, but hey, some is better than none. What a beast. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 02/18/2021 09:30:52

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
I cannot say that I am familiar with triptych, interesting and the 3 do tell a story. One can see he/she reacted to you with his tongue. Understanding that you were preoccupied with kids, I do think the cropping is a little tight. Other than that, well done.   Posted: 02/19/2021 13:57:10

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
A nice way to tell a story in a triptych. My only comment, mentioned by others too, is that I would have liked to see all of the tongue in image #3   Posted: 02/19/2021 15:41:40


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