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Hello :)
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-17
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Amphibians - Salamanders & Newts 1, Nature's cutest [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-25 3:43
Viewed: 5304
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cheers again!

I'm back from a short trip in the mountains and the first thing i want to say is a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! to all TN and TN-ers :) (better late than never)

This time, a very cute ampfibian: the Spotted Salamander or Fire Salamander as some people call it.

Scientific name: Salamandra salamandra
genus: Salamandra
family: Salamandridae
class: Caudata (Urodela)

The European fire salamander is a very cute terrestrial amphibian that inhabits mainly deciduous and mixed, sometimes conifer forests.
The spotted coloration of this salamander seems to play two roles: cryptic, when the spots on black background allow the animal to hide on the forest floor, where there are alternate spots of sun and shadow, and aposematic, where bright spots indicate poisonous skin secretions.

Hope you like it :)

PP: crop, sharpen, adjusted levels and contrast, reduced noise.

dew77, fyapici, aido, marhowie, red45, thistle, SkyF, snowfalken, eruyanik, RAP, Alex99, firelord, jstewart, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To eruyanik: Thaks and... nope :)horia 1 07-28 07:46
To red45: Thanks and here's a tiphoria 3 07-25 10:24
To aido: :)horia 2 07-25 07:31
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-25 3:48]

Hello Horia,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,details,eye contact,DOF you managed,colors and composition a lot.

Bel primo piano di "salamandra", bella composizione e dettali, bravo!

Hello Horia.
Nice capture. Brilliant colours. Very well timing. Thank you for sharing.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-25 4:54]
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Hi Horia,
I think I must be the only person who didn't know it was TN's birthday :-) Great shot and excellent title, it fits the image perfectly. It was worth the effort of crawling around on the ground to get that excellent POV. It's an unusual animal, I've never seen one close-up before. It has a face like a frog. Great detail in the shot, good DOF and not a hint of noise. A well captured and well presented image. Great work!

Hello Horia,
Excellent headshot with a very nice low POV.
Very good detail, color, exposure, and well framed. Great results handheld at 1/40th.
Very well done.

Hi Horia,
Curious look yellow-spot salamander. Superbly captured. Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-25 8:01]
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Hi Bogdan!
Excellent work! This beautifull amphibian looks very nice and wet :-) Great POV and colours, interesting note. These poor animals were chased during Middle Ages beacuse people thought that they could start fire, they're messengers of Satan, etc. Salamandra is on top of my wishlist, but I've never seen it in wild.

Hello Horia,
Lovely shot! The POV is superb, makes this creature look strangely cute. I like the framing and colours too.

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-07-25 16:11]

sal' Horia,

e faina dar nu stiu... parca e verde. din prelucrare sau ce este cu culoarea aia?
poate o sa ma joc un pic cu ea :) sa vedem ce iese
oricum TFS,

This photo is too good to be true, honestly. I love it.
I found only one salamander this year, and I didn`t have my camera with me :(
All the best,
P.S.: Keep `em commin`

Hello Horia,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-25 23:27]

Hello Horia

Very nice capture .Excellent sharpness and detail well composed.The colour is beautiful.TFS


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-26 6:41]

Hi Horia,
good shot, nice colours, details and dof. I like it. Interesting note.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Horia,
This Salamander is so colorful! It really seems like she is smilling for TN's birthday ;) I like the color and POV, contrast and details and the eye contact... Well done! TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-27 7:28]

Hello Horia,
what a wonderful close up. Very nice POV you almost nose to nose. Excellent eye contact and lovely sharp details.

Hallo Horia,

Superb photo of this colorful salamander! The composition is great! Colors are natural and make a nice contrast. Sharpness is excellent. I can almost feel the moisture of the salamander's skin. And the textures, they are so perfect! Nice DOF too! Great job! Thanks!


Hello to you too :-) Nice to meet you my coloured fellow!

Great shot Hoira! What a pov here, so cloooose also, this should be friendly one to you. With your pov, dof is great too also. Great moment it seems you shot him just before its another step! Is it dangerous for people its poisonous skin, although i'm sure i don't want to eat him, you know its my fellow :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-28 13:58]

Hi Horia.
Great macro shot. Outstanding DOF and POV. Your Model is excellent and you managed to show it in all its beauty. My compliments.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-29 6:39]

Hermoso primer plano de esta salamandra Horia.
El colorido sumado a la nitidez de la cabeza del anfibio conforman una excelente captura.
Saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful close up of this salamander Horia.
The colorful one added to the clearness of the head of the amphibian conforms an excellent capture.
Greetings... Ricardo

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:49]

Hi Horia,
Great picture of this Salamandra.
Great POV, color and BG.
You can found this Salamandra also in Israel.


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  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-08-05 10:29]

I like this POV very much Horia!
It's really a great moment.

Extraordinary colours, nice crisp focus. One of the problems with images of wet creatures and plants is the reflection off the skin. I have toned that down by some gentle cloning and burning. You should give it a try.

A nose-to-nose view of this beautifully colored salamander is wonderful. The detail and POV are great and the leaves give us a sense of his world. Well done.

Hi Horia,
I looks like he's just been painted. More specific an oil painting. No that I suspect you from 'something' of course:-)
Well done pic...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-01-05 8:35]

Great Shot and great picture

exelente foto Horia, é fantastico sem comentario,parabéns.

"Hello :)" indeed! Oh , I wish I had seen this one before!

Do I see the reflection of Horia the photographer, slithering on his belly, making friends with this beauty??? A dual cameo?

I'm beginning to worry Horia... perhaps you need to do some "toe to toe" ... ;) It is so much easier THAN on the belly!

I think this is a GREAT shot, esp. the PoV. You have the important part < the head > in focus, making it a pleasure to behold! And the look on its face to boot!!!
Well done Horia... < KEEP SLITHERING ;) >

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-27 13:56]

Nice and sharp details, and I like the DOF to show emphasis on the salamanders face. Colors are nice and not overly saturated. Very nice portrait.

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