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Anole at home

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Anole's Head 3573

After returning home from the productive Stonelake Blvd. and Riata Trace Pond photo outings on the afternoon of March 11th, I walked toward the side gate in my yard to put the garbage and recycling containers away. As I got close to the wooden fence, I saw on it an anole lizard, Anolis carolinensis, down low and partly hidden by a plant. My camera was still in the car, so I walked into the garage to get it, hoping the lizard would stay put till I got back. Not only did it, but it let me get pretty close. The light wasn’t as obliging as the anole, though, so I ended up taking pictures at f/2.8, a wider aperture than I would normally use (in fact the widest one my macro lens has), and that’s the story behind this impressiony portrait.

A couple of years ago I showed a very different photograph of an anole, and one of the most commented-on pictures ever to appear here, which you’re welcome to look (back) at. If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 19, and especially 20 in About My Techniques are relevant to today’s portrait.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 31, 2014 at 8:01 AM

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