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I'm Watching you

By nicktg      
Another one of the Adder shots. I know there's a piece of grass on the bottom right, but I wasn't going to put my hand there Smile

Tags: Reptiles Wildlife and nature Adders

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Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
15 Mar 2011 9:35PM
Super shot as reptiles are not the best of subjects to picture. Good colour & detail.


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Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 10:30AM
Very good! Congratulations for the subject and detail.
paulbroad 9 116 1063 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 12:32PM
Decent image, but the head needs to be critical sharp. Did you use a tripod, or at least, a monopod? 1/160 even with an IS lens is not fast enough at 250mm to be sure without extra support. I would have upped he ISO if you had to hand hold to get a faster shutter speed. Sharp with grain is better than not sharp - not that this is far off.

I would also try and compose the head, the focal point, onto the bottom left third.

nicktg Plus
8 24 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 12:42PM
Hi Paul,

No I didn't use the Tripod - I couldn't get it in place so it was hand held sort of kneeling (on a bramble!- we suffer for our art!!) I did try my 180mm Macro later but it cam to investigate and was too close to focus (or comfort!!)

All noted though

And thank for the comments guys - much appreciated
17 Mar 2011 12:07PM
I love taking pictures of snakes and I know it isn't easy.
Takes a lot of courage to get in close enough for a good shot, with some snakes.
You captured this one dead on like it struck a pose for you, great.
It's not easy avoiding "noise" in a wildlife photo, you take the shot when it's there, right?
I wonder if you could blur the surroundings on your photo editing software so the snake stands out more? Just a thought.
Thanks for sharing and keep safe when out in the field, ok?

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