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I headed back to town confident I had seen all there was to see; the sun had gone to bed and the last of the evening light was lingering, reluctant to follow. A...
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I headed back to town confident I had seen all there was to see; the sun had gone to bed and the last of the evening light was lingering, reluctant to follow. As I drove I noticed something in the road. I identified it right away as a snake but dismissed it immediately as both dead and of the species “Bull”. I drove over it straddling it with my wheels and kept going until my curiosity got the better of me – I did a 3 point turn and headed back. When I reached my scaled friend again, I realized he fulfilled neither of my slit-second assumptions; rather than dead he was very much alive and rather than a being a bull shake he was of the “Rattle” variety (which I have to admit is what I was hoping for). I turned around again and fixed my headlights on the magnificent, deadly creature. He performed perfectly for me and, although he was thoroughly pissed off, he seemed as much afraid of me as I was of him. I was able to keep a safe-but frame filling distance and captured some pretty amazing shots including some excellent footage of his rattling recital. The light was fading fast and I didn’t want to push his tolerance to the limit. We both departed very much alive and I headed home. I entertained a fleeting thought of trying convince the snake to get off the road but convinced myself that his fate beyond our encounter was no longer my concern. I traveled home, high on the experience and giddy to get the shots onto the computer.
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19 Comments | Report
nagrotte
 
nagrotte December 31, 2014
Mind blowing
CreativeArtView
 
CreativeArtView December 31, 2014
Fantastic shot! Great finalist, congrats!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac January 09, 2015
Superb! Outstanding skill! Congratulations!
Roussou
 
Roussou January 10, 2015
Amazing, congrats for being runner up
Stretton
 
Stretton January 10, 2015
Wow!, What a great story behind this amazing photo, the best things happen when we follow our instincts.
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life January 11, 2015
WOOW !! :):) wicked aahhhsomeeee!! (:
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta January 11, 2015
Great shot. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
SHELBY23 PRO
 
SHELBY23 January 25, 2015
FANTASTIC SHOT,WOULD THAT BE A RATTLESNAKE?
siposi
 
siposi February 01, 2015
Excellent shot, looking directly into his eyes, wow! Well done!!
tonyabnett
 
tonyabnett February 03, 2015
Brilliant !! Voted
ajwadly
 
ajwadly February 16, 2015
You nailed this shot!
SandyMcP PRO
 
SandyMcP March 18, 2015
Yikes!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 21, 2015
Amazing capture! Congrats.
mac8073 PRO+
 
mac8073 March 26, 2015
Great shot. How far away were you. Also voted for. 😎
brandonbowman
 
brandonbowman October 31, 2016
Outstanding work - well done!
Anlkoo
 
Anlkoo November 02, 2016
Great! :)
Chris_Russell PRO+
 
Chris_Russell March 03, 2017
Superb Shot!
Scoutdogs PRO
 
Scoutdogs February 09, 2018
Amazing shot and I loved your narrative of how you got it! Good thing you turned around!
caollus PRO+
 
caollus July 15, 2018
Unbelievable photo. Well done

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Behind The Lens

Location
On a dirt road way out in the middle of no where
Time
Twilight, The sun had just set.
Lighting
The quickly dissipating sun made this shot a challenge, to increase my chances I turned on the headlights of my truck and let them light the snake.
Equipment
Canon 5D MII 70-200mm lense I set the camera on the ground and used the screen to focus in order to keep a safe distance from the snake
Inspiration
I headed back to town confident I had seen all there was to see; the sun had gone to bed and the last of the evening light was lingering, reluctant to follow. As I drove I noticed something in the road. I identified it right away as a snake but dismissed it immediately as both dead and of the species “Bull”. I drove over it straddling it with my wheels and kept going until my curiosity got the better of me – I did a 3 point turn and headed back. When I reached my scaled friend again, I realized he fulfilled neither of my slit-second assumptions; rather than dead he was very much alive and rather than a being a bull shake he was of the “Rattle” variety (which I have to admit is what I was hoping for). I turned around again and fixed my headlights on the magnificent, deadly creature. He performed perfectly for me and, although he was thoroughly pissed off, he seemed as much afraid of me as I was of him. I was able to keep a safe-but frame filling distance and captured some pretty amazing shots including some excellent footage of his rattling recital. The light was fading fast and I didn’t want to push his tolerance to the limit. We both departed very much alive and I headed home. I entertained a fleeting thought of trying convince the snake to get off the road but convinced myself that his fate beyond our encounter was no longer my concern. I traveled home, high on the experience and giddy to get the shots onto the computer.
Editing
very little post processing, just a little popping of contrast
In my camera bag
Canon 5D MII, 28-700mm lens, 70-200mm lens - speed light and a remote shutter
Feedback
Know the limits of nature and stay just on the edge of safe.

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