Thursday, May 04, 2006

Thursdays - Critter Day!


Blogger micki said...

Let’s make Thursdays Critter Day! So, here’s a baby snake I shot. I used my 105mm mac lens instead of the 50mm so I could keep a little more distance between us. For a baby, he was quite ready to attack. I tell you, he wanted me for his dinner!! I got about five shots of him, you can see his tongue coming out of his mouth in this one, but most of it is lost in the slower speed of the shot. This side of the house was shaded and I was hand holding (something I’m not too good at), so I left the aperture opened up wide to get these.

My lab scanned this for me, but even though my scans at home aren’t nearly the quality, I’m posting the at-home scan of the snake for those of you who like to click on the photos and see them larger. The lab scans aren’t large enough, and maybe if you look at this in a larger version, you’ll sense the danger I was in from this eight inch long beast of a reptile.

Happy Critter Day!

Konica Minolta 70 Kodak Gold ISO 400 1/125 f-8 Program Mode Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens

7:58 AM  
Blogger MOEVIEW said...

cool focal point. Are you using a lense baby kit?

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

Fantastic DOF, really makes him stand out in the shot. I love his colour too. Dangerous photography. Heh.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

like the dof here, nice one

9:28 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

LOL...He's not going to attack, why just look at that big ol' smile he has on his face!

I don't know much about sssssnakes, but I don't think he looks like the poisonous variety. I think poisonous have more triangular shaped heads. Even so, I wouldn't want to find out that I am wrong, so I would have kept my distance as well. Shudder~~~~~

This is a great shot! I love it even if I am not tooo fond of snakes, I appreciate them, but I am not fond of them. Shudder~~~~~

9:35 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

I love this one - it's a lovely shot - the colours - the detail - and that absolutely perfect soft focus around the head.GREAT GREAT SHOT!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous said...

this is great ! i love snakes ! i like the focus you made...

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Eeeck a pet hate. Glad you decided to put a little more distance between you guys, I wonder why :)

Gats to run :)


10:09 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

in the garden exploration land :o)

10:24 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

i'm going to neglect your personal safety and say: i wish you went nearer to give this baby a nice facial portrait. :p Nice shot anyway, especially considered the risk involved. Please be careful! :)

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Very cool shot although I wouldn't have even gotten that close to get the picture. I won't even go in the reptile house at a zoo. :-)

10:39 AM  
Anonymous AirBete said...

Very cool capture.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

It only gives fear to see it me in the photo.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THe DoF...the Focal point...the colors...the details...what a shot...on top of that the courage to get that close...Kudos Micki.


12:55 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Very nice're a trooper to get that close "for the shot"!


1:01 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

this is great! i love the dof and the colors. he's kind of cute, actually;)

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice dof, great capture!

1:46 PM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

wow! i like this one very much!

2:17 PM  
Blogger MBrown said...

Have always liked a playful DOF with snakes!
Now this one is cool with its depth, the movement involved, lighting and colors, ....... nice one!
Certainly lets the viewer's eyes play right along within the image!!

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Greco said...

Nice DOF. I HATE snakes

3:06 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

cool shot...i like the soft edge...beuatful detail:-)

3:20 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

ah caught ya, I knew a snake had made it into my garder to devour all my Irises

3:31 PM  
Blogger wisconsin pics said...

snakes very nice shot

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:02 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Eek. Snakes. I'm afraid of snakes. You're so brave.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

great and brave capture

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

I like the DOF a lot in this image. It creates a scary atmosphere. Very nice shot..

6:44 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Great shot !

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic. Really nice and perfect DoF.


8:25 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

We don't have snakes in Ireland- St Patrick chased 'em all out. We have earthworms...and I wouldn't shot them with less than a 105mm either.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous chrisfry54 said...


Great shot. He almost looks like he's smiling at you. I love the way the head is clear but the rest of him (mostly) is blurred. I also like the placement of him in the image. Do you know what type of snake it is?


9:23 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

He looks quite dangerous!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

ohhh, that's a baby snake??? maybe was his meal time!!!! ;D or probable he/she has quite a bad temper!! ;) GREAT CAPTURE!!!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Good catch! Glad to see you're not afraid of getting too close.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Myself said...

almost leaves you the impression that was too late to back away :)

great shot ....

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

Nice focus. Is it possible that aperture was wider than f/8? Looks too sharp. The snake doesn't look poisonous, or is it?

1:58 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Brave girl, nice snake shot.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

I love snakes! great capture Micki! cheers ;)

3:24 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Amazing shot! Great dof too. :)

6:04 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Wonderful bit of reptilian portraiture! The way that the snake weaves in and out of the DoF really accentuates the mysterious nature of these creatures - great job getting the glossy catch light in its eye, even in the low light.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

No new image? Explain yourself :)

7:07 AM  
Anonymous clarence said...

I didnt get my critter shot in until Friday! Sorry! I like this snake shot!

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Paxton Prints said...

Great close up! This is National Geographic in your backyard!

1:57 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice DOF! Good shot, Micki.

2:25 AM  
Anonymous tad said...

that dof is gnarly, so narrow, i like it, i love my 85, its similar

ive photographed a snake before, but it was dead:(

great capture my dear

2:47 AM  

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