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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 Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Sep 2013 - 6:47 AM

Lovely with the reflection in V3

Peter

CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 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 Plus Member 6Lillian 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 Plus Member 21121 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 7:03 AM

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

ddolfelin
ddolfelin Plus Member 371 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 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 Plus Member 2295 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 Plus Member 371 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 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 Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Sep 2013 - 7:39 AM

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

pollisher
pollisher  2 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 - 7:46 AM

A stunning set of images SmileSmile

HarrietH
HarrietH Plus Member 5276 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  8 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 8:09 AM

Lovely light and a friendly faceSmile
Regards John.

kuvailija
kuvailija Plus Member 3kuvailija 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 Plus Member 3241 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 Plus Member 44162 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom112 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 Plus Member 7109 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 9:41 AM

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

Andy

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus 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 Plus Member 5Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 - 10:05 AM

Fabulous captures Colleen.

Jenny Smile

morpheus1955
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 Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC 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 Plus Member 4Franko59 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 Plus Member 4DicksPics vcard United Kingdom11 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 Plus Member 3421 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 Plus Member 51357 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England145 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 Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom80 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 Plus Member 9myrab vcard United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 - 1:46 PM

Super set of images, great.

Myra

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk Plus Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 2:09 PM

superb set of shots

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

Great set Colleen. V3 my favourite. Cathy

ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 2:51 PM

Excellent images Colleen,

Ali SmileSmile

ChristineD
7 Sep 2013 - 3:06 PM

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

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 Plus Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 3:43 PM

3 super images Colleen, v3 for me todaySmile


Cliff

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith Plus Member 7225 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 Plus Member 96360 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 Plus Member 1046 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 Plus Member 32484 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 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 Plus Member 2Potra vcard Venezuela
7 Sep 2013 - 7:29 PM

Magnificent animal. Your adventures are so exciting!
M

handlerstudio
handlerstudio Plus Member 3handlerstudio vcard United States7 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 Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 2:36 AM

U really enjoyed the safari.

senn
senn Plus Member 4senn vcard Belgium1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 7:10 AM

great set here .. detail rendering and light are perfect

rontear
rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 10:27 AM

Excellent Coleen, love Crocodiles !!
Ron

annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 4191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 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 Plus Member 9251 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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