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Old Nov 20, 2010, 2:07 AM   #1
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Working at the HSBC golf event in Shanghai recently I came across this little beauty (a fully mature female 3 - 4' long - that's over a metre for metric users) whilst doing some reconnaissance of the course prior to the start. She's a Dione (also called Steppes) Rat Snake.

She was sunbathing on one of the quiet access tracks running around the course and wasn't at all bothered by me until I got within a couple of yards (at which time she hissed and rattled her tail at me). A couple of quick snaps and I used a stick (which she bit a couple of times) to remove her to a safer location next to the canal - into which she immediately dove and swam away.

Also a couple of shots of a butterfly and a night time shot of a fountain on a roundabout on the main entrance to the course (I don't feel I've done this justice - what did I do wrong and how could I improve it ? ) - officials shouldn't carry cameras of course

I wish I had taken more time and more shots now.

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Old Nov 20, 2010, 10:29 AM   #2
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Good stuff Kevin. The shot of the snake is...creepy (I mean that in a good way)! Nice lighting on the fountain as well! Was that a night shot?

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Old Nov 20, 2010, 1:23 PM   #3
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Great shots of the snake.

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Old Nov 20, 2010, 1:39 PM   #4
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Pretty snake - I'm sure we appreciate her more than the rats she dines on do! Nice example of a Comma type butterfly, too - not the best angle for the butterfly, but as a composition with the flowers, it works well. I agree - it would have been nice if you could have taken more.
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 1:59 PM   #5
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The snake ......... But, that fountain is fabulous.

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Old Nov 20, 2010, 2:05 PM   #6
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I like the medium shot of the snake, and the lighting on the fountain is very striking. Nice stuff.
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 5:06 PM   #7
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Nice series, Kev.
Great detail on the snake close up, and I really like the butterfly shot.

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Old Nov 20, 2010, 5:35 PM   #8
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Great pictures..snakes like this Rat Snake do a lot of good, by dieting on Rats, etc.
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 6:12 PM   #9
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A very nice series, love the snake. I also like the fountain, the angle you chose for it with the lighting is nice, makes it more unusual than most fountain shots. I like the landscape version except for that very bright light on the tree (on the right) which is distracting. Might try cropping that one? Don't know if you could get it to work better than the vertical one though. It's still a good picture, even with the light.
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Great shots, it stays strange for me to see those animals in the wild so close to people, understandable because we don't have any of them.

Really like the second fountain.
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