Leonard the Lizard:
Macro Photography Tips

I have a family of lizards who reside in the walls of my house. When it's really sunny and warm, they come out and bask on the window ledge outside my kitchen or chase each other over the hot roof tiles, often falling off with a thud.


 Lizards can't swim so I have to rescue them from rain-filled buckets or the water butt from time to time.  I even found one hanging in the apple tree once - it's tail was caught up in a single thread  from a spider's web and the poor thing was dangling helplessly waiting for me to cut him loose.

When it's really sunny and warm, they come out and bask on the window ledge outside my kitchen or chase each other over the hot roof tiles, often falling off with a thud. 

The Techie Part

The photo above  was shot with a 100 mm f2.8 Tokina macro lens with an ISO of 200, a shutter speed of 1/60 s and an aperture of f/18. I probably would have been better with a faster shutter speed and a subsequently smaller f number but fortunately Leonard as I have affectionately named him doesn't move very quickly. In fact he didn't move at all, but he kept a wary on me and remained half hidden behind the wall while I was taking the photo.

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