Thursday, June 08, 2006

CRITTER DAY THURSDAYS -- Skinks...Series One



30 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

The last two weeks of Critter Day Thursdays have been pretty tame. So, today I had to go just a little wild. Skinks! They are everywhere you look around my place. On the porches, on the sides of the house, scurrying under everything from the lawn mower to the grill, to under the cedar siding on the house. If you could peel the siding off, I can only imagine the dozens of skinks you’d find. The blue ones are my favorite. They are quick, though.

Today’s images were the cause of another dinner being late. I took the first shot with the 500mm zoom, thinking that I wouldn’t be able to get close enough to this guy cooling himself on the shaded side of my shed. Well, I also couldn’t get close enough with the lens to get a good shot. The first image was the best I could do. I went in and switched over to the 105mm macro lens, hoping the skink wouldn’t run off before I returned. He turned out to be a great subject. I kept moving in closer and closer, and for the last image I took (which is the last image here), the lens hood was only 5-6 inches from this guy. I could see him breathing and blinking. After this shot, he scurried away sideways to the back of the shed. After I put everything away, I finally started dinner. I think it was breakfast dinner night, and that I had made French toast with some older loaves of homemade bread I needed to use up.



Skink on the Shed 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/90
Aperture Setting - f-6.7 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 170-500mm zoom lens @ 500mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Skink on the Shed (foot)
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/30
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Skink on the Shed - close up
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/10
Aperture Setting - f-16 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

Oh boy, they are everywhere around your place? My wife will definitely ask to move out, if this happens to us. She will definitely freak out. :-)
I like the first photo. Good composition, Micki.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine skink series with interesting comment. I like all three shots. What a cooperative little guy he was.
Dinner can always wait...for a good picture. :-)

9:04 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Skinks are pretty cool. I don't often see many unless I am in the woods near my house.

Great shots, all of them.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Wow Micki. Fantastic shots. What excellent colours this fella had. I think my favourite is the foot on shed wall (2nd one). Chris

9:42 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

First time I have ever heard of a Skink...that leg shot is fantastic.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

lovely captures!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous jessica said...

ooh, micki, i love these. great job getting so close to the little guy on the second shot. these two make a really good pairing - the macro almost looks like a crop from the first, except for the quality of the detail (the wood grain!)

11:09 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Three wonderful shots. I particularly like the detail of his foot . . what terrific critters to have at home.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

Nice "skink series"... :)
Michael

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Cool shots, especially the second one. I love its composition.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

Got to love those LONGGGGGG toes! :-)

9:38 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

I'm going to Arizona soon and they have similar little guys I think they call them gekos.I believe Florida has them too. Nice capture love the
foot shot!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I've never heard of skinks before. Wonderful shots of the little creepy crawlers.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

wow..the shiny wet skin is so creepy:-P i like the composition and the curve line of the body...nice capture:-)

10:57 PM  
Blogger Myself said...

very interesting subject :)
love the colors

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

This is a nice series of shots. He obviously anted his 15 minutes of fame and was willing to wait until the lenses were changed ;-)

4:04 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i love the simplicity of the first shot: truly lovely.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

I love reptiles and these are great shots Micki! love the close up of his little foot..cheers :)

6:24 AM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Yikes! What an unpleasant sight... *shudders*

But, very awesome detail work!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Donncha said...

I'm sure your family appreciate that your art comes first! :)
I love the first shot, the vertical lines mirror the line the tail draws. The long finers of the second one are so creepy!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Your best critter shots ever!!!!
GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOTS!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

I'm a big fan of lizards...this is really cool!

8:29 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

These are actually kinda cute. I really like the one of the front foot in the second shot. Great work!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous AirBete said...

Very cool fingers

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Jarrett said...

I really like the middle one. It's a nature photo, but also an abstract composition that is very strong graphically. That's always a cool combination.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous tad said...

500mm , my goodness :) i like this
shinks are cool :) although one bit me when i was younger .. but i kept his tail.. ha ha..

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

Brilliant macros. It did not escape? I love them all, bent, claw/white-wall pattern and the face close up. At that one, very good depth with wider aperture and longer exposure, and having right of the photo overexposed to white looks very nice...

2:38 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Superb work! Lovely DoF choice on the close-up, and that image with just the outstretched toes against the rough siding is a new fave :-)

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

great shots !

4:23 AM  

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