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Happy Valentine's Day - V.1 by Emma-Lawlor Happy Valentine's Day - V.1 by Emma-Lawlor
NAME: Eublepharis macularius
COMMON NAME: Leopard gecko (normal morph)
IUCN REDLIST: n/a
LOCATION: Domesticated pet, at my home.
WHEN: January 10, 2012.
CAMERA: Canon EOS 400D SLR
LENS: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro with extension tubes
APERTURE: f/4
SPEED: 1/100
FLASH: yes, external

So I managed to get a hold of some roses used in a display that were just going to be thrown out after an event. I managed to make a little set-up with them (the thorns had already been removed so this made setting up much quicker) and then let my oldest leopard gecko, Randall, wander around it at her leisure, taking photos whenever she was in a nice position. This was one of the results. I love her to bits :)

Thought I'd submit this in time for dA's Great Valentine Exchange, and I don't want to hear any "ew Valentine's Day - you don't need a day to show that you love someone". I've always been single for that day but I don't say that, and do you know why? Because love isn't just for couples, I love my family, my friends and my pets such as Randall here. And while people should show how much they love someone all the time, they don't - so there's nothing wrong with havign a day set aside to actually think about love and show your appreciation to everyone around you how much you care for them. Yes, it's over-commercialised, but so is every other holiday: mother's day, father's day, Christmas, Halloween...oh and birthdays! If you refuse to join in on a day to appreciate love all around you, don't celebrate your birthday - why join in on a holiday for celebrating another year alive? Surely you should be celebrating every extra day that you are alive longer!! But similarly with Valentine's, everyone tends to just take that for granted.

In short: If 'over-commercialisation', or 'don't need one day to celebrate/appreciate it', are your excuses for hating Valentine's then stop celebrating any other holidays. Otherwise you can't really complain about just one holiday day. If 'love is only for couples' is your excuse for complaining, you're just adding to the problem with Valentine's Day, making it about couples only. Love exists in other forms and everyone needs to start recognising and celebrating that!

V.2 without the text -

:icondalinksystem: - If you like this, you will probably like this one even more, by *anglerfishies
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Kaldravv Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
It's such a neat image, and your camera did it a lot of justice! I can see all the textures, and the perspective was really professional looking! And Randall's colors were quite nicely complemented by the roses, really bringing out some orange in here colors. Really, all-in-all, it was so pleasant to have received this image (during the Valentines event), it's a good piece, and the water droplets on the roses were a nice touch!

My complements to you and Randall!
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:iconkaldravv:
Kaldravv Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Its such a neat image, and your camera did it a lot of justice! I can see all the textures, and the perspective was really professional looking. And Randall's colors were quite nicely complemented by the roses, really bringing out some orange in her colors. Really, all-in-all, it was so pleasant to have received this image (During the valentines event), it's a good piece, and the water droplets on the roses were a nice touch.

My complements to you and Randall!
:icondragonnod1:
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:iconkaldravv:
Kaldravv Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Its such a neat image, and your camera did it a lot of justice! I can see all the textures, and the perspective was really professional looking. And Randall's colors were quite nicely complemented by the roses, really bringing out some orange in her colors. Really, all-in-all, it was so pleasant to have received this image (During the valentines event), it's a good piece, and the water droplets on the roses were a nice touch.

My complements to you and Randall!
:icondragonnod1:
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HippieVan57 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
very nice, happy valentines day to as well :love:
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Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Valentine's Day to you too!! :D
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Hehe, thanks! :love: I'm always late with stuff, so I just discovered this new Valentine option on DA :XD:
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Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I'd forgotten all about the button, even though I knew about it all week! :D
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot. My crestie and I will enjoy this. Have a great day!!
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw thanks! You've got a crestie? I would love to get one of those! :D
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup a grumpy crestie! lol
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