I spotted this juvenile Five-lined Skink on this log while I was doing a photo walk near my place in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. The bright blue tail makes it easy to spot. After I took this photo the skink went into a crack in the log and disappeared from view.

Juvenile Five lined Skink On Log
Juvenile Five lined Skink On Log

I posted a photo back on August 13th of this year of a Juvenile Five-lined Skink I photographed on my deck: Juvenile Five-lined Skink

How I Got The Shot – Juvenile Five-lined Skink On Log

There is a pile of old logs that I like checking for Prairie Lizards when I go on a photo walk. Most days I will spot Prairie Lizards on these logs but this time I saw this Skink. The Skink didn’t stay in the open that long and I knew it wasn’t going to so I was fast with the shot.

I was standing and shooting down at this Five-lined Skink. I would rather have photographed it from a lower position which I tried to do. When I moved to get low this Skink disappeared in a crack in the log.

I was hand holding a Fujifilm X-T3 Camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Auto White Balance
  • Multi Metering
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 1600
  • Shutter speed 1/1000 of a second
  • Focal Length 400 mm