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30 Comments | Report
lindywalker
 
lindywalker February 14, 2014
amazing capture!
JestePhotography
 
JestePhotography February 14, 2014
Cool I have a shot of this fellow too!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 14, 2014
Nice shot - but, for me, its a shame that those huge beady eyes aren't in focus. Congratulations.
rcscharf PRO+
 
rcscharf February 14, 2014
Thanks everyone! I tried to focus on his nose to give a sense of depth. Make it look like its coming off the page. There's a side on shot of him with the eyes more in focus
catini
 
catini February 14, 2014
Great sharpness, congrats on your feature!
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 14, 2014
Beautiful sharpness.Congrats!
GBloniarz PRO+
 
GBloniarz February 14, 2014
Congrats in order in deference to missed eye focus.
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan February 14, 2014
Amazing closeup, great colours and brilliant capture. Congrats on the feature.
LNSphotography
 
LNSphotography February 14, 2014
just A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!
kasper Platinum
 
kasper February 14, 2014
congratulations. Great shot.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 February 14, 2014
congratulations .. great shot !!
debhall PRO+
 
debhall February 14, 2014
Snakes give me the creeps but this is a fantastic macro! Well done and congrats on your feature!
Thimbee
 
Thimbee February 14, 2014
very nice-it appears the judges like your focus very much- :) Congrats
toml721 Platinum
 
toml721 February 14, 2014
snakes are cool to start with. This is a great pic.
whitneydanielleroden
 
whitneydanielleroden February 14, 2014
this is just wow
Bannekh
 
Bannekh February 15, 2014
Nice shot
rcscharf PRO+
 
rcscharf February 15, 2014
Thanks to everyone for the comments, likes, favorites and awards. I'm very flattered at the choice to be featured, and by the amazing support from the viewbug community! What an amazing site!!
mariafielbak PRO
 
mariafielbak February 15, 2014
Amazing! Great shot!
mloiz
 
mloiz February 17, 2014
Amazing shot!!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 February 17, 2014
Nice shot! Congrats on being featured!
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter February 19, 2014
Amazing capture. Congrats. - Jake
gunners42
 
gunners42 February 22, 2014
Excellent....and Congrats.
Mohit_Bagaria_Monu
 
Mohit_Bagaria_Monu March 31, 2014
....VOTED
5ive5otogra5y
 
5ive5otogra5y January 19, 2015
Great shot well done!!!
I'm still a learner, just a question, why her eyes are out of focus, was it intentional?
I believe it's to make her nose/mouth pop out to the viewers most.
dpdemusis
 
dpdemusis January 24, 2015
fantastic
cmorisset PRO+
 
cmorisset February 04, 2015
Bravo!
mam142
 
mam142 April 04, 2015
super
nandicmb PRO+
 
nandicmb October 01, 2015
Congratulations on ALL your Contest Finalist wins especially Zootography Photo Contest!
catherinethompson PRO+
 
catherinethompson April 12, 2018
Brilliant and powerful.
rcscharf PRO+
rcscharf October 12, 2018
Thank you very much!
liznormlevangie Platinum
 
liznormlevangie March 05, 2019
Beautiful detail and colour! Superb

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
Time
It was taken in the middle of the day
Lighting
The lighting looked terrible. Once I got a closer look I realized that the small lights in the snakes cage actually lit him up really nice!
Equipment
I used a canon 7D with a 100mm F2.8L macro lens. It was shot without a tripod, there were swarms of tiny humans that i didn't want to smack, jab, or impale while trying to maneuver through the exhibits.
Inspiration
This snake is kept in the same area as the primates, and birds. With swarms of children running around and screaming, monkeys loosing there mind and birds singing, he just sat there. I was able to just focus on him, everything else fell into the background. For a few minutes it was just a staring contest between him and my camera. When I look back at this photo,I remember that serenity. I chose to focus on his nose with a shallow depth of field in order to get him to "pop" off the image.
Editing
Mostly I had to use noise reduction. Since I shot hand held, in low light I needed a high ISO and the original image was pretty grainy. I did a bit of sharpening around the nose, and some of the scales to increase the depth of the photo.
In my camera bag
I now have a canon 5D MKIII, with my 7D as a backup. I use a 24-70 F2.8, 70-200 F2.8 ISII, the 100mm F2.8 macro, and a 10-24 EFs lens. I also have my 430 EXII speedlight. I also have a compact carbon fiber tripod with me. Most often I find I use the 5D with the 24-70 and a circular polarizing filter.
Feedback
Play around with your focal point and depth of field! 99% of the time I would have focused on the eyes, or used a higher aperture to get more of the head in focus. This 1% of the time where I did something different turned out to be one of my favorite photos. I have had a few criticisms for "missing" the focus on this shot. I have had far more people tell me that they love it! Try something different, play around with the normal "rules" of photography, you never know what you could end up with.

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