David Guy Maynard gets up close with Florida’s lizard population with the Tamron SP 150-600mm VC G2 lens.
Images By David Guy Maynard
Although you can’t always pick your subjects’ backgrounds when you’re photographing wildlife, you can sometimes manipulate them for a better photo. “In Florida there’s a lizard called the brown basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus), but locals call it the Jesus lizard, because when they get scared and run, they get up on their hind legs and book so fast that they can actually tread water for several yards—like they’re walking on water,” David says. “I took a photo of this basilisk at 10:30 in the morning, in bright Florida sunlight. Obviously, he picked the tree, but I adjusted my angle until I was able to get the palm fronds directly in the background. If I hadn’t done that, I would have been shooting right into a blazingly bright sky. From this perspective, I was able to achieve a beautiful, softened-light background.”
David was able to get a better angle on another male Africana, and by zooming all the way in, he was able to show one of the lizard’s more notable features. “You can see, in great detail, a big pouch of skin under his chin,” he says. “When he’s ready to mate, his colors will become incredibly intense, and that pouch of skin will fan out under his chin. The bigger and more colorful the fan, the better the chances of attracting a female.”
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