Tiny Skink at 2.5 magnification by Samuel Gundry

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This tiny guy was less than 20mm in length, his head is less than 2mm between the eyes. The bobby pin heads in the shot below are 1mm across.

Magnification is about 2.5x life size, possibly more.

He was scurrying around our courtyard, so I offered my hand and he crawled on. I took him inside and placed him in the bathroom basin. (The basin provides a great light reflector/diffuser.) After about 15 minutes, I took back outside and let him go peacefully. Hopefully he scurry back again soon for another go!

Canon 40D, Vivitar 90mm f/2.5, Vivitar 1:1 macro adapter, 68mm extension tubes, DCR150 close-up lens.

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eyes, lizard, macro, scales, skin, skink, white


  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeover 4 years ago

    Don’t forget to add it to the March Avatar Challenge!

    Only one work can be entered for each challenge.

  • Dorothea Baker
    Dorothea Bakerover 4 years ago

    gorgeous photograph!

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, this is a fabulous macro for such a tiny creature!

  • voltaireview
    voltaireviewover 4 years ago

    Perfect shot! how did you get the white background?

  • Thanks Voltaire. Ummm, my secret is… the bathroom basin. The little guy was running around in the back courtyard, I put out my hand and he crawled on. Needless to say, I took him into my new ‘studio’. Check out the Lnyx spider shots for the first use of the basin, it reflects and diffuses the lighting well. Hope that isn’t cheating!

    – Samuel Gundry

  • Samuel Gundry
    Samuel Gundryover 4 years ago

    Thanks everyone. Yep, he was tiny.

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your FEATURE!

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

  • headygirl
    headygirlover 4 years ago

    he’s got beautiful colors! nice shot

  • Thanks, yeah, the colours shimmer. It’s a pity at that magnification I couldn’t get more of him in focus…

    – Samuel Gundry

  • Pardus
    Pardusover 4 years ago

    Wow…. Great shot. I know how small these guys are, so I can appreciate the scale. Like your use of DOF.

  • Hah, thanks Pardus. Yep, very small, it’s hard to put them into perspective while maintaining a decent image.

    – Samuel Gundry

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture!

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