Glenn Rudd  

Green Iguana by Glenn Rudd

June 2020 - Green Iguana

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Green Iguana
In November 2017, I attended a photography workshop in Costa Rica. Our second venue was in the mid-elevation “Wet” forest near Arenal Volcano. We visited a nearby herpetarium featuring a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians. This green iguana is a particularly handsome fellow with beautiful green and aqua coloring and a quizzical facial expression.
Technical: 1/15 sec, Flash, f/11, ISO 64, 600 mm

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7 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
This is a most striking image. At first glance it fairly leaps off the screen and captivates the viewer. Part of this dramatic presence can be attributed to your technical skills. The extremely low ISO maintained top quality (as shown in the fine details) Your DOF kept the visible part of the body in focus. Yes there is a tiny bit of blur on the belly but no one will notice, unless they read this review, because the face and the eye are extremely sharp. The use of the slow shutter speed is compensated for by the addition of the flash, which is well handled as not harsh high lights are visible. Your technical skills are quite evident. You also chose a perfect location for the capture as you have sufficient space behind the subject to allow for a perfectly seamless background which contributes to the impact of the image. The basic composition is flawless with the creature placed on the left fixation points and facing into the image. Note: Most PSA judges will encourage you to flip this image so the animal is looking toward the left but I do not feel this is a major issue. As long as the subject looks into the frame and not out of it I do not have a problem with the composition. Your processing is not overdone, as there are no artifacts along the edges of the lizard. The curved body position of the lizard creates a sense of movement, and impending motion that adds drama and action to the image. All of this makes for a superior image.

However, in my opinion there are several flaws that I feel detract from making this a top image. First, and this is largely a choice for the maker, I feel that you could crop some off the tops. The images feels awkward due to the large negative space in the upper left corner and then spreading across the rest of the top. While the corner space is necessary because of the position of the animal the extra weight extending across the top edge is not. The major flaw is where you have cut body parts of the lizard. On the left edge only the tips of the claws have been cropped. If you are going to crop the rule says to crop with a chain saw and not just clip. The missing tips are annoying. Second on the bottom edge the lizard's foot if missing. Here is the accepted thought on this type of issue. And by the way, this works for reflections in water as well. In an image such as this, if the foot is hidden, in this case by a left and your crop, then you should include the space where the foot would normally be. Thus there should be about a half inch more space at the bottom of the image. This would create the illusion that the foot is present.

I grant these are little things, but as they say, "the devil is in the details". This could be a truly superior image with just a few minor tweaks. As it is, you have a fine image.
  Posted: 06/05/2020 07:25:33
Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Thanks Larry. Your critique and suggestions were very helpful. I was so captivated by the face and eyes of this animal that cut-off toes did not even register in my mind. Attached is a properly cropped image.   Posted: 06/06/2020 08:20:27
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Absolutely. This crop changes everything. And all those cute little toes look just great!! :-)   Posted: 06/07/2020 17:33:36

Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Hi Glenn
Nice picture, nice sharp eye. It is a pity that you do not have all the fingers on your left hand and that you could see where the right hand should be, well there is air on the right side of the head, but in some other way it feels like there is too much air on the left side of the head, but it is not possible to crop image, then the left hand disappears, so I have no suggestions to improve it.   Posted: 06/05/2020 09:40:46

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Hi Glenn,

Wow, great subject, nice photo. You succeeded in bringing her into the room with me. However, I would have loved to have seen more of the lizard's body.   Posted: 06/05/2020 14:08:21

Bristow Joseph   Bristow Joseph
Hi Glen ,
A fantastic image with good composition colors and sharpness.Only very few comments on the large negative space at the left side and top of the image and also the missing foot of the left leg and missing fingers of the right leg.Awesome image , great work.   Posted: 06/07/2020 16:31:06

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Glen - agreed about the crop and background is non distracting. You'r flash - did you have a diffuser on? I see a hot spot on the bridge of the nose. I also agree on cropping some of the top. Great detail around the head and eye and yes the sharpness fairs away from the neck back but not to much of an issue - maybe if you were using a tripod you could have taken two images and stacked them to get more DOF.

My concern is that if you did that then a judge might ding you on the one pack of foliage at the bottom going right that was cut off - my issue would be that this is not studio photography - nature!

Very nice image and I like it but showing the complete right foot and nails is better   Posted: 06/14/2020 18:02:35