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Male Grass Snake in tonguing mode. I just love these feisty creatures. I was so pleased to get anywhere near them today. My heart was the shutter of a 20D.

Grass Snake- natrix natrix

Grass Snakes inhabit grassland where there is plenty of water but will also come into gardens with ponds where they feed on tadpoles and small fish. They are totally harmless to human beings so if you do come across one of them then please leave it in peace. You should also know that in garden settings they also relish slugs and snails so they're a gardener's best friend really.
Julian

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Sigma 50-500
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Grass Snake
Username:Julian Julian
Uploaded:4 Jun 2007 - 12:21 AM
Tags:Close up, Close-up / macro, Grass, Grass snake, Macro, Natrix natrix, Tongue, Wildlife / nature
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scouseterrier
4 Jun 2007 - 12:25 AM

excellent capture hun. The snakes' head is very clear......well done.

Dee Smile

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Pogs
Pogs  8 England
4 Jun 2007 - 12:30 AM

Great capture shows the beautiful markings clearly

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BEVZED
BEVZED e2 Member 71140 forum postsBEVZED vcard United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 - 12:38 AM

stunning capture with excellent detail, unbelievably sharp
Beverley

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ringyneck
ringyneck  8308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2007 - 12:44 AM

Brilliant shot. Did not show up on thumbnail,neally missed it.
Keith
Wow just went large!
Good lens took out the grass by face.

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Leary
Leary  7 New Zealand1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2007 - 1:01 AM

far out this photo is awesoem! great capture. and a nice dof.

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Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2007 - 8:36 AM

This picture is worth many more votes than this!! An excellent capture with great timing. Superb eye contact.
Paul

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Newtman
Newtman  85 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2007 - 10:34 AM

Nice capture, and the tongue is a great bonus.
David

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Julian  1076 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2007 - 11:09 AM

Thanks for the kind comments folks. I am pleased to get some attention for this one because it is probably one of the best of the photos I have taken recently. I think it suffers a little from the small thumbnail as Ringyneck says. I am thinking of cloning out a bit of the distracting background but don't want to do too much work to it really.
Julian

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S_Boulding
4 Jun 2007 - 7:32 PM

I love his tongue! Must have been fun photographing this snake! Nice Photo!

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fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2007 - 9:06 PM

Ah... I see what you've done now with the 3rd snake uplaod. It works well with the different background. Luckily snakes have nice sharp edges which makes this a little easier unlike butterflies which are very hairy!

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fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2007 - 9:17 PM

I've up-loaded a mod here with adjustments that I commented about in the latter upload.

From this shot it's clear it was very bright sunlight so if it were mje I'd have reduced the exposure a little more on the camera to compensate. It would have avoided the blown highlights in the grass and the scales. Strong sunlight, dry grass and reflective scales are not an easy combination!

I also see why that blade of grass was there now with the original background and can see you framed the shot well to get a clear sight of the snake rather than managing to get the only blade of grass from miles around right across the snake as it appeared in the latter image with the modified background! Smile

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