"It’s always thrilling to have close encounters with intriguing animals," says Jim Z. An example is this Meller’s chameleon, which he captured during a weekend photography session in St. Louis.
However, he adds: "I didn’t like the shadows that were created behind the chameleon so I used Photoshop to replace the original background with a photo of out-of-focus foliage. Now the picture looks exactly like I wanted it, and this is how it would look in the wild in East Africa if I had used a long telephoto.
"Even though I try to shoot scenes with natural-looking backgrounds, sometimes it’s a challenge if the animal is moving all over the place. And this guy was definitely frisky."
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