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Good morning, we have a stunning Saturday weather wise....blue skies and sunshine, Spring has arrivedGrin
Thank you for the great response to my Zebra mother and foal.
A huge thank you to Moira (Moiral) and Kate (Irishkate) for their UA's, I was delighted.
Today I have a crocodile for you, left it for Shadow Saturday..... he was about 3 metres in length and quite lethal looking. He was basking in the morning sun. (9.45am) He was on our side of the water hole but there were also 2 other crocodiles sunning themselves on the opposite bank as well. Lens used to the max again as if the vehicle went any closer he would have disappeared into the water. I am saving up for a bigger zoom lens for next year.
Have a nice dayGrinGrinGrin
V1 uncropped close up
V2 is a full length image of him...a big uncropped image, you may have to view as normal size
V3 is one of the crocs on the opposite bank,,,loved his reflection

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Aug 2013 - 8:46 AM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Crooked smile
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:7 Sep 2013 - 6:35 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Sep 2013 - 6:47 AM

Lovely with the reflection in V3

Peter

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 6:51 AM

He's got a huge grin on his face, Colleen, wonder what he's just swallowed Wink. V.3 for me, love that reflection in the water. Carol

Last Modified By CarolG at 7 Sep 2013 - 6:51 AM
Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 7:02 AM

Agree he has a certain look in his eye Colleen...
all three great images no way to chose this time
really well captured
Lillian

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1698 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom81 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 7:03 AM

Three great image, certainly seems to be smiling; happy snapper.
Nigel

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 7:04 AM

I worry about you, Colleen.
Most things you show seem to be capable of eating or squashing you.
Be careful!
Don't forget while using your long lens that there may be something crawling up the tripod!

Your pictures are dramatically good and conjure up the atmosphere and environment in which these creatures live.

S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 7:08 AM

Very fine images to me v2 looks best.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 7:11 AM

Ha ha No tripod for anything to crawl up. All captures are handheld sitting in the Landcruiser. However it is an open top vehicle... No doors or windows ... Not for the faint hearted.

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 7:32 AM


Quote: Ha ha No tripod for anything to crawl up. All captures are handheld sitting in the Landcruiser. However it is an open top vehicle... No doors or windows ... Not for the faint hearted.

Exactly.
Don't forget you are on the menu. Tongue

Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Sep 2013 - 7:38 AM

Good morning from a misty Swellendam Colleen !! I love your sneaky croc images Smile V3 is unusual and an excellent capture too Grin

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Sep 2013 - 7:39 AM

3 super images Colleen, V2 a slight favourite,
Fred.

pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 - 7:46 AM

A stunning set of images SmileSmile

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4264 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
7 Sep 2013 - 7:47 AM

Crocodiles. Definitely not favourites of mine. I once got up close to one captured and put in a tiny (low fenced) pen. I had no idea at that time that they could jump, but I thought it was a good opportunity to see one up close.......just as I got to its head it hissed, just like a snake. This really freaked me out more than a roar would. Never again, as ddolfin said, be careful, very careful Colleen. Crocodiles can run and quite fast and they CAN jump.
Harriet

Canonshots
7 Sep 2013 - 8:01 AM

I think I feel safer photographing crocodiles in captivity. Yes, they can jump. I've seen them put through their paces in the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo. They are not creatures to be trifled with even if you are an expert in their behaviour.

johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 8:09 AM

Lovely light and a friendly faceSmile
Regards John.

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
7 Sep 2013 - 8:44 AM

Fantastic and scary images , Colleen,must be dangerous there! V3 is very fine among others! The reflection in water,and so on...... GrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2173 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 8:44 AM

Waaw!Colleen these are Brilliant with some lovely texture and detail.
You are verry braveSmile
NettaSmile

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33129 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 8:45 AM

Stunning, a pleasure to see Colleen.

Image two hitting all the right photographic points.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

AlexAppleby
7 Sep 2013 - 8:50 AM

Excellent shots as always. Although I always bemoan the fact that we don't have the same wildlife photo opportunities here in the UK, there are some African animals that I'm not sorry to live without!

Caziwinkles
7 Sep 2013 - 9:09 AM

Never smile at a crocodile....
Three superb images Colleen.

Carol

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 9:41 AM

Wow, another super wildlife shot Colleen, talk about a smiling assassin.....Grin

Andy

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 9:44 AM

That's a smile??????
We had loads of them in North Australia
Probably still have
Don't know why people are so frightened by them.
Tho I did have 2 huge chickens in Leeds....and to be honest they left me in awe
Something about their eyes.....and feet etc.
Kinda primitive instinct.....guess it is the same with the crocs

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 - 10:05 AM

Fabulous captures Colleen.

Jenny Smile

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 10:23 AM

Super set of images Colleen

Hugh

digital_boi
7 Sep 2013 - 11:07 AM

they always look evil to me even while they smile Colleen three good captures

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:21 AM

A wonderful set, Colleen...and he's even smiled for the camera! Grin I've only once ever seen a full-sized croc 'in the flesh', and that was at Artis Zoo in Amsterdam - luckily it was railed off between me and it! Wink
Trev Smile

Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:26 AM

V2 for me Colleen to see it in all its glory, Great!!!,,,, regards Ian

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:51 AM


Quote: Never smile at a crocodile....
Three superb images Colleen.

Carol

I think Carol's advice is very sound indeed!
Three great 'snaps', Colleen!!SmileSmile

Richard

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 12:25 PM

Hiya Colleen. 3 wonderful captures but V3 for me, love the reflection in the water. One animal I definitely wouldn't trust!! GrinGrin

Kathryn

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 1:09 PM

Three very well thought out images, Colleen. v3 has a lovely reflection, v2 captures the whole body well, but v1 is a good lead, the higher contrast gives excellent clarity and detail.

Dave

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 1:19 PM

Well everybody is concerne dfor your safety Colleen.
I wouldn't have known that crocodiles can jump and it does show how we can get caught unawares
when we don't know enough about animal behaviour - I'm sure you do Colleen but take care nontheless.
Superb images of this crocodile and definitely not to be messsed with!
KateGrinGrinGrin

widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 1:35 PM

Lovely shots Colleen . V2 is awesome showing this killing machine off at its massive best Smile

Rod

myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 - 1:46 PM

Super set of images, great.

Myra

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 2:09 PM

superb set of shots

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 - 2:18 PM

Great set Colleen. V3 my favourite. Cathy

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 2:51 PM

Excellent images Colleen,

Ali SmileSmile

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
7 Sep 2013 - 3:06 PM

Three great images, beautiful light in v1 and reflection in v3

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 3:43 PM

3 super images Colleen, v3 for me todaySmile


Cliff

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7121 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 5:37 PM

Three cracking shots Colleen, i wouldnt fancy getting too close to these chaps. I was reading an article about a salt water Crocodile that was 5 metres long that had taken a man's arm off. I think you would benefit from a longer lens

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 5:59 PM

Longer lens definitely Colleen

You capture your wildlife with such skill, that a longer lens could only reap more rewards

Adrian

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 5:59 PM

One mean critter!

They would not let me give you a UA for the Jaguar, so here is one today for both!

capto
capto e2 Member 21089 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 6:54 PM

Fascinating to see these beautiful, but dangerous, creatures in their home territory.Smile

ivor

Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
7 Sep 2013 - 7:29 PM

Magnificent animal. Your adventures are so exciting!
M

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:20 PM

Great images, Colleen. These guys may be as close as we still have left of dinosaurs (except, of course, for birds).

Peter

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 2:36 AM

U really enjoyed the safari.

senn
senn e2 Member 3senn vcard Belgium1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 7:10 AM

great set here .. detail rendering and light are perfect

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 10:27 AM

Excellent Coleen, love Crocodiles !!
Ron

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 10:40 PM

Good job he has taken his dentures out Smile
you are definitely braver than me. I have seen crocs going after a 4x4 in a river... good I saw it only from far!

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2013 - 10:16 PM

A super set of shots of this sly crocodile, i bet he was hoping you'd venture closer to get some portrait shots!Wink

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