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37 Comments | Report
DVallas December 31, 2013
my jaw dropped when I saw this....
Snappin-shots April 05, 2014
Oh My Gosh, I would have drowned!! :)
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mariovasaphoto December 18, 2014
Great shot!!!!!
BaxterMan January 20, 2015
That is cool!
BiseraI March 22, 2015
Wonderful,inspiring,full of joy,unique... Extremely good photography...
MiroslavKral March 23, 2015
Congrats on the reward...you earned it.
06JohnTavernier1975 March 27, 2015
I like this one ! Good Job
MitchellWentzell June 28, 2015
awesome photo, easily one of my fav that I have seen on this whole site. Nice to c someone else taking photos underwater while snorkeling
danielmartin November 22, 2015
Wow!!! I love this!!
john_arsenault January 01, 2016
Don't sell yourself short on comments; visual humor is hard to do (i my opinion) well, and you pulled it off ( i am assuming its humor, and not an Indiana Jones situation!)
lyndadida January 25, 2016
Nice shot
CATitterington January 28, 2016
This is an awesome image on so many levels.
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LookSee October 03, 2016
Thanks, y'all! Your votes brought me all the awards, so yours is the part of glory! :)
MiroslavKral May 18, 2018
Congrats … reward well deserved again :)
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JM18Photography May 18, 2018
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LookSee May 18, 2018
Thanks, y'all! Obviously people like snakes after all! :)
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p_eileenbaltz May 18, 2018
Love it!!! Congratulations on your Challenge Win.
Belochka May 18, 2018
My congratulations!
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LookSee February 03, 2019
CURUTCHET February 25, 2019
you havea dangerous life
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LookSee February 25, 2019
I'd say it's fun. Not one bite in nine years - they're not aggressive. Humans are aggresive! :)
gman176 March 13, 2019
Outstanding! I really like this one.
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LookSee March 13, 2019
Thank you!
geophotos July 22, 2019
Snake Whisperer! Much deserved multi award winner snake - look after it! :))
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LookSee July 22, 2019
The Snake will be delighted! Thanks! :)))
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KristinaOers February 02, 2020
That is quite the selfie! Wonderful!!!
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LookSee February 02, 2020
Thank you!
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AnnHopta May 27, 2020
Thank you for joining my challenge #Bestselfies Looksee. Good luck!
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LookSee May 27, 2020
Thank you for creating it! :)
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AnnHopta June 02, 2020
Voting is open in Best Selfies. Please vote.
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LookSee June 02, 2020
Will do ;)
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AnnHopta June 09, 2020
Congrats on winning my challenge Best Selfies. You nailed it for fun and creative!
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LookSee June 09, 2020
Much obliged! :)
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eelcovanroden June 10, 2020
Congratulations on your wonderful Challenge Win!
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LookSee June 10, 2020
Thanks, my friend :)
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DutchTouch October 26, 2020
Wow! Great capture!
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LookSee October 26, 2020
Thank you!
Alisajidzaidi December 22, 2020
Scary but superb photo in action
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LookSee December 22, 2020
Thanks! :)
Sheri_Stanley June 04, 2021
NOW I'm going to have a snake nightmare! Incredible photograph, but ewwwww lol
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LookSee June 04, 2021
If you've had a personal bad experience with snakes... there's no reason
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Beautiful-Breeze August 04, 2021
I don’t know if you put that snake there, or if he came up like that, either way it doesn’t matter this shot is fabulous. Kudos to you for your incredible imagination and imagery. I love your work and thank you for sharing it with all of us. Magnificent!
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LookSee August 05, 2021
Thanks much - the scene is entirely authentic. It happens more than once, but this time I was lucky to photograph it correctly. Enjoy! :)
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stigfagerli October 27, 2021
Fantastic foto
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LookSee October 27, 2021
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marysorberdye August 11, 2022
This is so right in so many ways. The big one is the shock and unbelief that this could happen!~
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LookSee August 11, 2022
Thanks - such encounters are not so rare at all, as the snakes are very inquisitive and seem to be attracted to the red snorkel. There are not many red-colored things in the Lake (as opposed to the sea)... or maybe they are just being friendly! :)
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cilla8 Nov 14
OMG I would have died, trying to get away!
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LookSee Nov 14
No you wouldn't. On the third encounter or so it would already be something normal :)
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Behind The Lens

Elenkamen, Lake Ohrid (Macedonia)...
13:44:38... and some very long seconds there...
Daylight only, and Daylight WB. There was no thinking about that at all, just enough time to snap off one shot before the "free rider" slid down my shoulder and vanished.
CANON D10, an able little camera almost ideal for one-handed quick snapshot. I was extremely lucky to frame just the right picture content, as the situation required more reflex than anything else.
I'm sure it was the snake climbing over my head! Actually, the inspiration was late this time, as the photo happened before inspiration managed to arrive...
Lighted the area within the mask a bit. Also, I did a little re-sharpening after resizing the image. The frame is slightly cropped too.
In my camera bag
In water, I carry very little. After many years of SCUBA and other kinds of diving that require lots of equipment, I nowadays genuinely enjoy the simplicity. So it is just one camera, basic snorkeling tackle, and a forearm-strapped knife (intended as a tool, not as a weapon). Otherwise, I do not carry any photo bag for years already, since I discovered that all I need can be comfortably divided unto several of the many pockets of my photo vest.
Hard to say what to do in a situation like that. I'm pretty much used to snake encounters by now, and similar things have happened several times since. But to get a correct photo in similar situations, it is absolutely imperative to keep your cool. Make no sudden moves. Any jerky movement might scare the snake, and then he'll swim away so quick you won't be able to see where he went. So move fluidly, straighten the arm, raise the camera so as to look directly into the lens, and snap off as many shots as the situation allows. Do not worry! If the snake is not alarmed, he will not bite you. He's neither attacked nor cornered, so he's got no reason to do so. Unless it is an anaconda. Then my advice is, you better shouldn't have been there! ;) Think about it this way: there is no chance that any of your defensive, offensive, or evasive movements could possibly be quicker that that of a snake! Thus, if the bite hasn't already happened, it also won't. The main thing is to forget right away that an animal (any animal) is dangerous only because it has that capacity. It is your behavior that makes the animal decide what to do. Keep hoping that at least one pic will come out correct. There is not much more to do. Otherwise, wait (while shooting all the time)... until the snake swims away. Enjoy!

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