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Challenge: Macro Without Bugs or Flowers II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon
Location: my yard
Date: Apr 19, 2008
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 20, 2008

My crested gecko Banzai.

adjust shadow/highlight, autocolor
adjustment layer - levels
adjustment layer - hue/saturation
some slight dodge/burn on the background
Noise ninja
save for web

After challenge comments -
Thank you everyone so much for all the great comments. Banzai is a Crested Gecko - Rhacodactylus Ciliatus. I have had him for just over two years now. He is about 8 inches long from nose to tip of tail. He doesn't mind being handled although he is not what you would call a "social" lizard like a leopard gecko or a bearded dragon. I love cresteds because of their amazing eyes and their funky "eyelashes".

Thanks again everyone - this photo moved up to my third best score and finish by the end of the challenge.

Place: 14 out of 258
Avg (all users): 6.6063
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.5316
Avg (non-participants): 6.6790
Views since voting: 2297
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 160
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)

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04/29/2008 11:51:54 AM
That is an amazing shot, I have never seen a gecko like that before. He is memorizing, I can not stop looking at his eyes. well done a great score
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04/28/2008 04:19:18 PM
This is REALLY GOOD! Congratulations on such a great score. Top 20 in a macro challenge is quite an accomplishment :)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2008 09:33:12 PM
good title as it truly is mesmerising
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04/27/2008 08:55:56 PM
I like the veins in the eye. Whatever it is in the lower right corner bothers me.
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04/25/2008 01:48:34 PM
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04/24/2008 11:15:45 PM
what an amazing eye. i swear its a baby dragon that breathes fire
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04/23/2008 08:43:26 PM
The say my eyes are crazy eyes - Jane's addiction
Hey man nice shot- Filter
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04/23/2008 01:27:38 PM
Nice. Not a bug, I'm sure it enjoys a nice juicy one. One of the better lizard shots I've seen of late. Hope you put some notes in with this saying what kind of lizard this is.
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04/22/2008 10:30:39 AM
Creepy fellow, isn't he? A great photo though :)
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04/21/2008 10:50:50 PM
Nice. Could use some visine to get the red out.
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04/21/2008 09:58:47 AM
Mesmerizing indeed! what kind of a creature is that? Great colors and skin rendition.
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04/21/2008 01:34:31 AM
zJimminy Christmas Wow!
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