Friday, October 06, 2006

Old Leg

I took this photo of a Galapagos Tortoise at the Philadelphia Zoo earlier this summer. I used black and white to emphasize the details and texture of the shell and the rough skin.
To me this photo looks more like a dinosaur than an animal you can find today. The tough skin, hard shell and slow movements of the tortoise make me think of it as a tank rather than a living thing. Amazingly they move somewhat fast when they are hungry and there is lettuce lying around.

Canon 5D, 70-200 f/4.0L
@200 mm, f/4.5, shutter-1/1600 sec, ISO-200
[click photo to enlarge]

6 Comments:

Blogger broccoflower said...

What an unusual photograph! I love it!

4:18 AM  
Blogger broccoflower said...

Penn State eh? Are you a visiting scholar or did you transfer for good?

4:19 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks Brocco,
Yes I'm officially a Penn Stater (PSU-Dickinson School of Law) via transfer.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

beautiful detail everywhere. love the shadows as well. b&w was a fine choice and the framing is brilliant! abstract in a way-i really love the way you've presented this creature and the description given. :)

1:22 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks Patty,

It always amazes me how there is so much visible detail in the natural world.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous ROB said...

Nice detail. I like the idea to crop down like this. B+W is a good idea too for something that old.

1:38 PM  

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