Galapagos Land Iguana
1/1250s @ f/6.3 ISO 100 @ FL 400mm
Portrait of a Galapagos Land Iguana photographed on Santa Cruz Island. I watched this big guy eating cactus for about 20-minutes. It’s quite a process, first he scrapes the big cactus needles off the paddle with his claws, and then he chows down. He seems to ingest the remaining needles without any apparent problems. This particular specimen was probably about 1-meter in length, not the biggest I saw while I was in Galapagos, but a substantial lizard nonetheless.
Photographer’s note: I shot this guy from a distance of about 2-meters, the park rules dictate that you are to keep at least 2-meters separation from any and all wildlife. This is not always easy, because the critters show no fear, and will approach very close.
This image was captured in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II full-frame digital camera and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super-telephoto lens. RAW conversion was completed in Adobe Camera RAW (ACR), and post-edits were processed in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (PSE11) including Black & White conversion. I set my black point and white point in Levels, adjusted contrast and added minimal sharpening (the resolution was very high on this image, having been shot at close distance at ISO 100 with my stellar 400mm super-telephoto lens stopped down to f/6.3).
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer and World Traveler
Santa Cruz Island – Galapagos, Ecuador