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Tortoise In The Grass by reflector

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Every now and then I look out the window, checking to see if there are any new flowers coming out that would make a nice photograph. Every day a few different varieties of birds land in the yard and spend a while eating insects, worms or plants. So if I have some free time and the weather is O.K then I take a few shots of whatever looks promising.

But never in a Million years would I expect to look out the Window and see a Tortoise walking through a suburban back yard! I couldn’t believe the randomness of that event and scrambled to get my camera, adjust the settings and get stuck into a macro/wildlife photo shoot! It was the first time I’ve ever photographed one – and right in my yard where I could carefully control the subject without it being able to scurry away or disappear.

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Extreme Close-Ups – Saturday 10/12/2011

Captured with a Canon 450D and an 18 – 55 mm lens set at 34 mm, f/16 and ISO-400.

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 3 years ago

    wonderfu lcapture and detail!

  • Thanks Cheryl! I was so happy to see it out there and grab some shots before leaving it alone to explore the garden.

    – reflector

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 3 years ago

    he has his eye on something, remarkable shot James

  • I think he’s looking for an escape route after poking his head out again! I picked him up several times and placed him in front of those little flowers to provide a colourful backdrop. Then I had to wait until he thought he was safe and start shooting when he decided to emerge, but click before he’d “run” for it! LOL! :)) Thanks for your nice comment Larry!

    – reflector

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 3 years ago

    A great close up

  • Thank you Tina! It’s only the second time I’ve shot lying down but it was worth getting a bit damp to get a better perspective.

    – reflector

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic ! ! ! ! I love the look in his eye!

  • Thanks Kim! In every shot I took there’s just one thing that the eye seems to suggest – concentration or anger. :))

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent capture, a cute little turtle !!! ☺♥

  • Thanks Evita! :))x It was an extremely rare opportunity/circumstance for one to just wander into the yard. I haven’t felt quite that excited about a shoot for along time!

    – reflector

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadealmost 3 years ago

    I can just imagine how you felt! ☺ I take pix of whatever- snakes, toads, bunnies etc.
    Lovely background here too! ☺♥

  • You’re welcome to all the snakes you can handle! :)) I been near haven’t one in decades and I don’t have any shots of them. But this animal was a great subject – interesting too. It’s legs felt like sandpaper! It’s actually a staged photo – I picked it up, put it beside those flowers and took a few shots after it popped it’s head back out, then it would crawl away.

    – reflector

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    Photography b...almost 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much Mathilde and friends! That’s a nice surprise!

    – reflector

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Rene!

    – reflector

  • marens
    marensalmost 3 years ago

    superbly captured James!!!

  • Thank you! It’s only the second time I’ve laid down to take shots but it made a positive difference to the perspective.

    – reflector

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnalmost 3 years ago

    Love this shot! Beautiful portrait of this powerful Creature Teacher… Looks like he just stopped by to smell the daisies :o)

  • Thanks for your positive feedback! He roamed into the yard and I kept picking him up and re-positioning him near those flowers to add some colour to the shot. :))

    – reflector

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