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Old May 10, 2007, 7:32 AM   #1
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Found this docile snake trying to warm up in the morning sun yesterday morning after a cold night. I had to tweak his tail a little bit to get him to move and not be in a straight line and perfectly flat. He didn't mind. Put a +5 on the end of the 70-300VR and got really close.
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Old May 10, 2007, 9:21 AM   #2
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wow, doesnt that blend in, nice shot.
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Old May 10, 2007, 11:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for commenting. I'm glad there are some reptile appreciators here or at least reptile photo lookers.:-)
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Old May 10, 2007, 11:15 AM   #4
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great snap.

just get a feeling the tip of the head or the eyes is not at 100% focus. And waiting for the snake to do the toungue sniffing and snapping the moment is tuff.

Snakes are always awesome. scary,but awesome
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Old May 10, 2007, 2:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for commenting. I'm glad there are some reptile appreciators here or at least reptile photo lookers.:-)
i prefer to look at photo's of such beasties! i appreciate the effort folk put in to take such pictures - not me, way tooooo scared!



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Old May 10, 2007, 4:11 PM   #6
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The eye is not in perfect focus--but at your request--here is the almost focused forked tongue. I think the +5 close up lens does not perform as well as the Canon 500D would (but the +5 is so much cheaper for occasional use,) and I miss not being able to compose and check focus on the lcd screen for this kind of shot as I could with the Nikon 990. I didn't want to get the viewfinder and me any closer to this gentle critter because I didn't know how long he would tolerate me. Being bitten three times before by non-poisonus snakes is enough!

I was impressed looking at the real snake that the eye was a little bit cloudy and wondered about that (I'm an ophthalmologist.) Maybe it had just shed. Another thing working against total sharpness was the 1.4x Kenko extender on the 70-300. I had gone out hunting birds. OK, I'm finished making excuses.:-)
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Old May 10, 2007, 4:29 PM   #7
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great capture..

this one by anychance poisonous...snakes are scary....
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Old May 10, 2007, 6:06 PM   #8
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No, he's not a poisonous variety but I'm still looking.
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I like looking at snake photos. Caught the tounge just right! Igot a shot ofone a few days ago that the crows had already warmed up. It was mad as could be and was striking at everything that moved.

You're still looking for the poisonous variety?
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nice captures


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