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Close-up shot of another wild Female Adder (Vipera berus), cropped in to about 60%, taken on the South Downs, Sussex last week, handheld, the subject being about 5 inches from the hood of the macro lens. I was in the company of an experienced guide, licensed to handle Adders and Smooth snakes, so the whole exercise was perfectly safe.

These fascinating and poisonous creatures deliver their venom by a stabbing action, rather than biting. The lower jaw hinges down, allowing the fangs to flap down from the roof of the mouth and then the creature lunges forward towards its victim with a stabbing action. The venom has the effect of causing the victims blood vessels to break down and disintegrate.

Thank you all for your great response to yesterdays upload and a special thank you to Jenny-D for her User Award - all really appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 May 2013 - 12:26 PM
Focal Length:100mm taken 15 inches from subject, handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Ssssssstop or I Sssssssstrike !
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:15 May 2013 - 1:02 PM
Tags:Adder, Close-up / macro, Female, Poisonous, Reptile, Snake, South downs, Venomous, Vipera berus, Wild, Wildlfe/nature
Votes:51

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 1:22 PM

An amazing capture, good use of dof...even with a guide you are very brave...not for me, too scaredGrinGrin

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christinecilia
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15 May 2013 - 2:49 PM

lovely detail great shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 3:42 PM

Hopefully you were in an armour suit while so close. Fabulous details......Sandy

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 3:54 PM

Superb Sylvia and so well presented, love the eyes....John

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 4:16 PM

Very special just being able to get this close and spending time observing them, let alone coming away with images as good as this - beautifully done Sylvia...

Mike

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gary_d
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15 May 2013 - 4:31 PM

Another very special image Sylvia. - gary

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 5:02 PM

Rather you than me - but a splendid resuly Sylvia SmileSmile
Helen

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chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 6:37 PM

Another great image of this beautiful creature, very well captured indeed,
that wonderful eye, excellent nature photography once again Sylvia.
David

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Holmewood
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15 May 2013 - 7:55 PM

Great shot

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 8:15 PM

Exquisite capture Sylvia. Brilliant focus on that eye and tongue, great POV and composition. Love it.!!GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 9:13 PM

brave capture

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johnjo58
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15 May 2013 - 9:46 PM

IMHO the best of the series Sylvia, top work
David

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mauriceegan
15 May 2013 - 9:53 PM

Fantastic image Sylvia, 5 inches from the snake,experienced handler or not, wow, it wouldn't be me, 500 yards would be close enough for me, excellent capture
Maurice

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 9:55 PM

A terrific shot of this viper poised to strike, a real ssssssssssstunner Sssssssssylvia!

Last Modified By Glostopcat at 15 May 2013 - 9:56 PM

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 9:57 PM


Quote: Fantastic image Sylvia, 5 inches from the snake,experienced handler or not, wow, it wouldn't be me, 500 yards would be close enough for me, excellent capture
Maurice

You are almost as bad as gary_d is with frogs and toads Maurice, although being from the Emerald Isle you've probably never seen a snake, as they have been absent from the Island ever since St Patrick drove them away!

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bricurtis e2 Member 91893 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2013 - 9:12 PM

Ssssssssssuperb but ssssssscary Sssssssylvia.Smile
Brian.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 8:19 AM

An excellent capture - straight out of Jungle Book!!!! LOL

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19 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

SSSSSSSSuper image of this fine Adder SylviaSmileSmileSmile
Don

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