1/1250s @ f/6.3 ISO 500 @ FL 400mm
I photographed this very large Land Iguana, on Espanola Island in the Galapagos, about a week ago. I would estimate his length (nose to tail) at about 1.5 meters. I intimidated him not in the slightest; in fact my challenge wasn’t to get close enough, but rather to stay back far enough that I didn’t compromise the minimum focus distance (MFD) of my 400mm lens. I was probably about 4 meters from him when I snapped the shutter, and the MFD of my lens is 3.5 meters. Here he is perched on a cliff side lava-rock, and gazing out on the Pacific Ocean (with a big smile on his face).
Photographer’s note: Image captured as a CameraRAW file with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II full-frame digital camera, and my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super-telephoto prime lens. RAW file was converted using Adobe Camera RAW (ACR), and then post-edited in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (PSE11), including conversion to Black & White. I adjusted the blacks and the whites in Levels, and then worked with the contrast, exposure and sharpening. SFD
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer and World Traveler
Espanola Island – Galapagos, Ecuador