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One of my entries for our local camera clubs trio competition

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bite me!
Username:Angi_Wallace Angi_Wallace
Uploaded:14 Jan 2012 - 1:28 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Flowers & plants, Pets / captive animals, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
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sarasij
sarasij  2 India
14 Jan 2012 - 1:50 AM

great

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Leilani
Leilani  929 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 2:09 AM

Wow stunning shots...is that a Boiga Dendrophila (mangrove cat snake) and is it yours? Sheeesh venomous critter but I see no fangs? Did you remove them from the image? Love snakes (miss mine) and this image really is a credit to your skill...nice one! Smile

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Leilani
Leilani  929 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 2:16 AM

Okay got it...rear fanged and hatchling Smile

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Angi_Wallace
Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 2:26 AM


Quote: Okay got it...rear fanged and hatchling Smile

Not mine unfortunately, one from my partners shop the Reptile zone. Yeah, I was disappointed at the lack of fangs - Ive zoomed in close to the all and can see no sign of them, probably why they are so infective.
Hoping to catch vipers striking next, tgheyre much faster though.

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eyespy
eyespy  8 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 - 3:18 AM

stunning snakes. i always look forward to seeing your next upload. keep up the good work

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OceanOak
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14 Jan 2012 - 3:31 AM

Great detail and colour. I am assuming that this is a composite using three images of the same snake.
Not a snake expert but I think the fangs are hinged towards the front of the upper jaw and lie back on either side of the mouth until the strike when the points come down and forward. It is possible that they are visible in the mouth facing the camera as what appears to be a set of gum lines.
Itís a striking photograph.
Thanks.

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 3:45 AM

Stunning -- I can't image this not taking the toprpize.
-=\Walter

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85862 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 7:25 AM

...and it should be a worthy winner IMHO

Adrian

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Angi_Wallace
Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 8:49 AM


Quote: Great detail and colour. I am assuming that this is a composite using three images of the same snake.
Not a snake expert but I think the fangs are hinged towards the front of the upper jaw and lie back on either side of the mouth until the strike when the points come down and forward. It is possible that they are visible in the mouth facing the camera as what appears to be a set of gum lines.
Itís a striking photograph.
Thanks.

Hi there
It is a rear fanged snake, which is why you cant see the fangs, they are very small and that fact together with the positioning is what makes them so ineffective - I am a bit of an expert with the Boiga species - Im one of the few people in this country that has bred them and one of only a handful at most who has worked with more than 12 of the Boiga subspecies Smile

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buxton
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14 Jan 2012 - 10:37 AM

Stunning shots, excellent detail.
Martin..

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 - 12:41 PM

Great work,
kev.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 1:45 PM

Excellent work, a winner I think............Sandy

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WindowonWildlife
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14 Jan 2012 - 3:10 PM

Excellent work Angi Wink

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4516 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 4:34 PM

GrinGrinGrinGrin !!!....fantastic shot !....gorgeous quality !!!!!

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 8PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 9:07 PM

Glad to be your # 30 for this great image. I am not particularly fond of snakes but I admire your work and they are quite colorful! Patti

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OceanOak
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15 Jan 2012 - 2:33 PM

Thank's Angi for the expert knowledge about the fangs. I was 61 when I first held or touched a snake, in fact about two months ago in Tanzania. I have a lifelong phobia about touching animals. Still not keen on cats, bigger animals are more acceptable.

I realise now the amount of preparation and expertise required to get those TV wildlife documentaries. They look spectacular but we are spoiled for visual experience with these programmes.

In fact it is really difficult to get good shots even in places where there are thousands of animals.

It was not long before I realised that finding a balance between a great close-up and keeping the background setting would be a constant problem. I did not want a photograph that could have been taken through the bars in a zoo.

Also getting the driver to stop the truck quickly enough and in the right place to get the picture before the moment is lost. And eagles always fly away before the camera is up or sit still for ever when you don't want to miss that moment when they spread their wings to take off.

So much happens in the dark, so many night noises when you camp out in Africa.


So much to learn.

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2012 - 9:12 AM

this is brilliant Angie.

Ian

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