Thursday, July 06, 2006

CRITTER DAY THURSDAYS -- Skinks! (part 3)


Blogger micki said...

So when I was out doing my laps one morning, every time I came around from behind the swing set, something would rustle in the dead tree roots that are left on the stump from a huge tree that fell during hurricane Isabel a couple of years ago. Hubby cut that tree up last year and I burned it this winter to help keep my house toasty warm. Anyway, rustling…finally, I see that there’s this skink trying to get some morning sun and warm up, but I keep disturbing his peace. I tried to get a good look at him, but only got a glance. He was too shy.

Later in the evening, my youngest daughter…the keeper of the now TWO toads and one frog…rushes in to tell me about this skink she’s found in the yard. It’s my morning skink, and it’s allowing little Miss Female Dr. Doolittle right next him! So I got the camera, the 300mm zoom, and the extension tubes. After a couple of shots with the zoom, I started adding tubes and kept stepping forward and snapping one frame at a time, knowing full well that each closer shot could be my last one. This was the closest I got before he went back into his hole.

He came out later for her after I left. Had a lot of trouble scanning this image. I think I’m REALLY going to have to get serious about getting a scanner meant for this type of work. I don’t know if I want to scan my prints or negatives, though.

So, yesterday this same kid walks into the kitchen all dressed up to go out in a little while to music lessons. Now, she rides around with me and her brothers while I shoot photos on Wednesday afternoons. There’s no reason for her to dress up in a skirt. I ask her what in the world she is wearing and I get this look. Ah, hope begins to grow in my heart. I had been terribly disappointed up to this point. The weather was so hot and humid. The skies are washed out and today it was going to be an overcast washout. What to do for two hours? But now things are looking up, I ask…did you want to shoot portraits?? *stifle excitement YES!! She did! Woo hoo, the afternoon is saved. Before I started this little blog, portraits were my thing, I loved shooting portraits, and this was my model! A little 81B warm up filter, and we should be good to go on this cloudy afternoon.

We had a good time, and she was in true form yesterday.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/20
Aperture Setting - f-4.5 Program Mode
Lens Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens @ 300mm
21mm and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. That miserable time we went sledding in the deep snow on the shores of Lake Erie! I ate more snow than any one person should eat in a lifetime. Now that the memories are clouded with the passage of 30 years, they are good memories!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Don said...

You have such interesting little critters. Another good shot and you got to a rather close distance. Well done!

9:09 AM  
Blogger jj said...

well done! you captured the chance that didn't come twice...

9:22 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

The scanners that are designed for negatives are quite small which I think is a bonus, but I have no idea how expensive they are.

The little skink must have liked your daughter to hang around for some photo ops. =)
I finally put up my critter shots on Tuesday.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice closed up shot...lovely detail and hilight:-))

12:02 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

Cute critter :D

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Creepy, great closeup!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Great little critter and, of course, an entertaining story to go with it.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

Uhhh, great pose!!! and awesome shot!!!

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Nice guy :-)

3:36 PM  
Anonymous John said...

A type of lizard, never heard of a Skink before (I've led a very sheltered life). Nice capture and thanks for the natural history insight. Although it means more work, better results from negatives, Epson have some good film/flatbed scanners that will give very good results from both, the new V700 looks very good.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Eeeeccck,, creepy crawler, me dislike them so :)


6:54 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Wow Micki. You really do have beautifully coloured critters in your area. Lovely photo. Chris

7:34 PM  
Blogger MBrown said...

Cool shot Micki!
These little guys seem to be out in force this season!!

8:25 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

Nasty shaving rash this one has.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I love these little skinks. This is afabulous shot.

My son tells me they have blue tongues, having never seen a skink's tongue I wouldn't know.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Good one! I love animal shots.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

BIG fan of the salamanders! I'm considering getting one put on my arm...that or an alien...not sure yet! ;o)

12:03 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

Hi Micki.
I want to show to my son this picture! :)

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

It seems to be very angry... Nice capture;

2:21 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I like lizards. This is a great shot of one--looks like it's lying in wait for some kind of tasty morsel to pounce on. Nice composition.

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3:22 AM  
Blogger Manuel Tendero Gil said...

muy buena la foto un saludo

3:31 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

I love these natural shots you take no use of the "almost asleep technique" Ms. Micki!:) What a beauty with the red in its coloring!Good for ms. Doolittle!

3:51 AM  
Blogger dutchie said...

What a great story and a matching shot !

4:14 AM  
Blogger Fraser said...

Neat skink shot! I have a negative / slide scanner and find I get a great deal of latitude with that option. And I use a third-party scanning software, one that will work on both of my scanners. Scanning the negatives means that you do not inherit the one-size-fits-all printing choices of the company that does your prints.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Well done, as always, Micki!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

He looks kind of sneaky to me.

4:33 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great work at that focal length - I would have totally missed this opportunity.

11:29 PM  

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