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Photographer Accidentally Captured A Photo Of This Extremely Chill Lizard Basking In The Sun (+21 More Of His Pics)
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Photographer Accidentally Captured A Photo Of This Extremely Chill Lizard Basking In The Sun (+21 More Of His Pics)

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Reptiles are often underrated. People assume that they don’t have much to offer, and just lazily lurk about in their corner. But that’s not true, and Yan Hidayat from Indonesia has set out to prove it, one photo at a time. While dogs are chill, and cats are even more chill, reptiles could be considered the most chill due to their cold-blooded nature. In some sense, reptiles are the definition of cool. And thanks to that, they know how to really enjoy the warmth of the sun, and today’s post will prove it to you. You see, Yan Hidayat loves to document the lives of reptiles, insects and other cool animals, especially from up close, and because of this, he’s known to have captured quite a few memorable shots of them. One of which is this photo of a lizard chilling in the sun which is taking the internet by storm and, as it’s being shared by thousands of netizens, it could be considered viral.

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This photo of a lizard basking in the sun took internet by surprise

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Yan has given Bored Panda an exclusive interview about his passion for macro photography “I’ve been in the photography world for a long time. I’ve been in it for about 12 years now.”

The photographer also shared why he likes it so much “I like macro photos because insects and reptiles are very unique and interesting to capture through photos.” After he snaps the shots he needs, he admits that “there’s a feeling of satisfaction in my heart when we get the moment I want.”

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Yan also explained more about the hero of today’s story, which he simply described as a forest lizard, which more accurately might be the Sulawesi Bloodsucker (scary name, I know), and the context of this viral photo. “I have had this lizard since I was little; it is no longer wild and has often been the subject of my photos. It practically lives inside my house, but I always take it outside to enjoy the sun. I took advantage of the fact that it was relaxed in the sun, and surprisingly, I managed to capture that.”

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Indonesian photographer Yan Hidayat loves “macro and reptile photos because they’re very original”

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But according to Mr. Hidayat, it’s no mere lizard, and the fact that they live together suggests that. Yan called him Dragon, which is deemed a very inspiring and honorable name in the lizard family. The photographer also assured people that the lizard at this moment “is healthy.”

Yan’s photos are often loved by the press, like this photo of a frog taking a ride with the turtle

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Yan Hidayat also said what got him into the world of macro photography. Besides his love for reptiles and insects, macro photography also interests him in the sense that it “really tests patience.” But what makes a great macro photo? Spoilers, it’s not the gear. The photographer revealed that the key to taking a great macro shot is “patience in chasing the moment,” which is very wise, succinct, and poetic advice.

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He shows that animals love taking free rides whenever an opportunity arises

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“Slow ride, take it easy”

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This frog using a leaf as an umbrella also caught the eye of many

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…Or these reptiles making expressions

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Yan also likes to document close encounters with the other kind

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But he’s no stranger to solo shots, too

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Hidrėlėy

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Fascinated by music, movies and sitcoms, I'm passionate about social media and can't live without the internet, especially for all the cute dog and cat pictures out there. I wish the day had about 40 hours to be able to do everything I want.

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Hidrėlėy

Hidrėlėy

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Fascinated by music, movies and sitcoms, I'm passionate about social media and can't live without the internet, especially for all the cute dog and cat pictures out there. I wish the day had about 40 hours to be able to do everything I want.

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Titas Burinskas

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This dude right here? He works as a Community Manager at Bored Panda. Has no back-story, cause his spine works just fine. He writes about himself in third-person, and in first-person about others. Fell in love with storytelling and cannot let that love go. Now, he's here to help you make your own story simply beautiful. Secretly makes cute music samples and writes stories in the dark that nobody has ever heard of before.

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Titas Burinskas

Titas Burinskas

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This dude right here? He works as a Community Manager at Bored Panda. Has no back-story, cause his spine works just fine. He writes about himself in third-person, and in first-person about others. Fell in love with storytelling and cannot let that love go. Now, he's here to help you make your own story simply beautiful. Secretly makes cute music samples and writes stories in the dark that nobody has ever heard of before.

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Antoine Gagnon
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"accidentally captured"... looking at all the other pictures that were clearly setup, i do not believe one bit that this lizard was "accidently" photographed... Most likely glued in this position. I actually found an article with the photographer saying all the animals in his pictures are store bought and staged... https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/whimsical-wildlife-photography-isnt-seems Another misleading post by bored panda promoting animal cruelty.

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Troux
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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well this isn't exactly responsible: "Neither of those animals is native to this region."...then..."When the juvenile pet-store frogs and turtles grow up, he releases them." So basically these are live animals treated as temporary props, then let out to die in an unfamiliar ecosystem - or worse yet, disrupt it. Edit: To be fair to BP, they definitely didn't know about this when they decided to show it here. Not deliberate, but still misleading. It would be nice to see the message changed from "Cute animal pictures" to "Deception and animal lives expended just to get cute animal pictures"

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Panda Kicki
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No. I dont want "cute" pics with animals being treated as props. Cant you find any ethical content to post?

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Azam Khan
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I basically make about $6,000-$8,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 10-13 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it….. ===))> 𝐖­𝐰­𝐰.𝐅­𝐮­𝐥­𝐰­𝐨­𝐫­𝐤.𝐂­𝐨­𝐦

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Photo #1: "Draw me like one of your French lizards, Jack."

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Antoine Gagnon
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"accidentally captured"... looking at all the other pictures that were clearly setup, i do not believe one bit that this lizard was "accidently" photographed... Most likely glued in this position. I actually found an article with the photographer saying all the animals in his pictures are store bought and staged... https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/whimsical-wildlife-photography-isnt-seems Another misleading post by bored panda promoting animal cruelty.

troux avatar
Troux
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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well this isn't exactly responsible: "Neither of those animals is native to this region."...then..."When the juvenile pet-store frogs and turtles grow up, he releases them." So basically these are live animals treated as temporary props, then let out to die in an unfamiliar ecosystem - or worse yet, disrupt it. Edit: To be fair to BP, they definitely didn't know about this when they decided to show it here. Not deliberate, but still misleading. It would be nice to see the message changed from "Cute animal pictures" to "Deception and animal lives expended just to get cute animal pictures"

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kicki avatar
Panda Kicki
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No. I dont want "cute" pics with animals being treated as props. Cant you find any ethical content to post?

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Azam Khan
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2 years ago

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I basically make about $6,000-$8,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 10-13 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it….. ===))> 𝐖­𝐰­𝐰.𝐅­𝐮­𝐥­𝐰­𝐨­𝐫­𝐤.𝐂­𝐨­𝐦

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Seabeast
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Photo #1: "Draw me like one of your French lizards, Jack."

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