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Taken indoors in the reptile exhibit at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL on my Nikon D5100
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Taken indoors in the reptile exhibit at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL on my Nikon D5100
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40 Comments | Report
gunners42
 
gunners42 February 26, 2013
Awesome capture...well done! Welcome to Viewbug.
FMueller
 
FMueller February 26, 2013
Fantastic shot!
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw February 26, 2013
Wicked !
cevert
 
cevert March 04, 2013
Excellent shot!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana March 04, 2013
A very nice shot!
Bozzzzz
 
Bozzzzz March 09, 2013
As one of the curators here at ViewBug I would like to welcome you to out photographic community. Great composition here.
melissad
 
melissad March 30, 2013
way cool!
Flosno
 
Flosno April 02, 2013
What an excellent capture...You have a lovely variety in your collection, so it makes it really interesting to scroll through
scruffyherbert PRO+
 
scruffyherbert April 12, 2013
An absolute stunner. Fantastic shot and those colours...wow!!!
meshersmith
 
meshersmith April 13, 2013
Stunning!
brandinichols
 
brandinichols April 14, 2013
Gorgeous!
cvertanen PRO
 
cvertanen April 14, 2013
For being taken through a dirty window, this picture came out amazing.
clarkl88
 
clarkl88 April 18, 2013
This is AMAZING... great work :-)
lynnemk
 
lynnemk April 19, 2013
Like the detail and color. Great capture!
Jenrules481
 
Jenrules481 May 01, 2013
Absolutely stunning!!! Some real talent to pull that kind of shot off in the circumstances presented ;D

I have a nikon d5100 too, absolutely love it!
carlotaandrade
 
carlotaandrade June 25, 2013
Awesome ;)
Celtic
 
Celtic January 12, 2014
great light! wow!
lindywalker
 
lindywalker January 12, 2014
wow! fantastic light and colours! love this!
GBloniarz PRO+
 
GBloniarz January 13, 2014
Very nice and a definite wow!
joecas Platinum
 
joecas April 29, 2014
Very nice capture! Congrats1
mickeyherd
 
mickeyherd April 29, 2014
Stunning picture.
kasper Platinum
 
kasper April 30, 2014
Congratulations. Excellent.
ShutterBug76
 
ShutterBug76 April 30, 2014
very nice capture
jojoxena
 
jojoxena May 01, 2014
Fantastic,Congrats!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana January 18, 2015
Cool!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana January 18, 2015
Cool!
millskelsey123
 
millskelsey123 June 11, 2015
SO much talent here. Voted on this one #1 for Photographer of the Month :)
bridgetrendall
 
bridgetrendall January 26, 2016
Epic :)
nishantkumar
 
nishantkumar September 23, 2016
Amazing! Could you name the lens used for this one?!
chriswhittier Platinum
 
chriswhittier February 25, 2017
Great image!
violetbee
 
violetbee March 26, 2017
Amazing shot!!
MariaBander PRO+
 
MariaBander April 20, 2017
Absolutely stunning eyes. Really awesome work and congratulations for beeing contest finalist!
AMC_Photography
 
AMC_Photography April 20, 2017
Amazing!!!! Can't like this enough!
nyamburaesther2030
 
nyamburaesther2030 April 21, 2017
awesome
edandaniphone PRO+
 
edandaniphone October 21, 2017
Wonderful.
Elijahmossvisuals
 
Elijahmossvisuals February 22, 2018
Awesome shot!
ashleylong_3815
 
ashleylong_3815 June 29, 2018
Very unique!
karthikswot
 
karthikswot January 01, 2020
Excellent lighting.. superb angle.
Jeremydean80 Platinum
 
Jeremydean80 Jun 22
I love this shot!! Perfect composition!! Nicely done!
Adrielpic Ultimate
 
Adrielpic Jun 23
Wow!

Behind The Lens

Location
Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. More specifically, in the reptile house.
Time
Sometime in late afternoon.
Lighting
I hated the lighting the situation gave me. This snake that I wanted to photograph is located in the reptile house of Lincoln Park Zoo, which is a very dark area. And by dark, I mean it's nearly pitch black. Most of the light provided is from some of the exhibits. Before this point, I had never even messed around with taking photos with almost no light given to you. I barely had experience in using artificial light, and I was at the mercy of the snake's heating lamp. In all honesty, I put my camera's manual settings as something totally random, and was satisfied the second or third try. I felt like it was a kind of guess-and-check situation, but eventually I took the photo I wanted. The shutter speed was 10/600sec, ISO speed was 500, and the aperture was F/5.6 in the end.
Equipment
Nikon D5100 and a Nikon 55-200mm zoom lens.
Inspiration
I was participating in a "photo safari" I signed up for. I originally thought it was going to feel like a class field trip type lesson. Actually, in the photo safari it was just the teacher, another woman who had the same camera as I have, and yours truly. The teacher didn't exactly teach, but she actually just acted as moral support and gave us instant feedback on the photos we took. She also guided us to areas of the zoo that she thought would help us improve our skills. That's how I ended up in a pitch black room attempting to photograph a snake through dirty, smudged glass. I couldn't be happier with the result.
Editing
The only thing I did to edit this image was increase the brightness on the snake alone. He was blending in too much with the shadowy background.
In my camera bag
Two camera bodies (Nikon D5100 and D7000), Nikon 55-200mm zoom lens, Nikon 85mm micro telephoto lens, 18-55mm Nikon kit lens, and a 18-105mm lens that is another Nikon kit lens.
Feedback
Don't get discouraged by the fact that your subject is behind glass. Move to the cleanest area of the glass, get your camera as close as possible, and snap the pic! Also, if automatic settings aren't working for you, the best thing you can do is play around with the manual settings until you're satisfied with the result. I have shaky hands, so my main priority was changing the shutter speed. I played around with the manual settings until I was happy, positioned myself to look at the snake straight through the glass, pressed the lens completely against the glass, and captured the image.

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