Picturing lizards

As I’ve mentioned here before, Podarcis erhardi have some really colorful undersides.



Figure 1- Color spectrum.001

It’s tough to get a good picture though… more often than not my fingers are covering a good bit of the lizard, obscuring its pattern. I’m working on solutions, but I haven’t found one yet. My most recent attempt is using a clear piece of plexi glass as a floor for the lizard to stand on. It’s not the most comfortable shooting setup, but it kind of works:


Here’s a video of the process:

I’m still holding out for a better solution though. The lizards didn’t do a great job of staying put and the poses weren’t very natural looking. The colors themselves were a bit harder to see through the plexi glass window. Has anyone else tried these shots? Any better ideas?




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