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Challenge: Low Contrast (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Date: Sep 26, 2015
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 1, 2015

A Water Moccasin (Agkistrodon Piscivorus) aka cottonmouth and I have a stare down after I crawl a few feet from where it was hunting bullfrogs in Brazos Bend State Park, Texas.

Here is my original edit of the photo if anyone is interested.


Place: 35 out of 61
Avg (all users): 5.4035
Avg (commenters): 5.8000
Avg (participants): 5.1379
Avg (non-participants): 5.6786
Views since voting: 212
Views during voting: 110
Votes: 57
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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10/11/2015 07:02:41 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Great capture of an animal in its own environment - I could tell from the first glance that this was no zoo shot. Love the focus on the head, can just imagine how you felt when you met it. The sinuous body, the duckweed on the surface of the water, the natural lighting, good comp, though maybe a little more dof would be good. Shooting wide-open is pretty dicey esp with such a shallow dof.

But DANG! That branch! That is definitely a big part of what killed your score imnsho. As already noted, it decapitates the snake and thus robs it of some of its power. That, coupled with the DPC voter fraidy cat voting when it comes to creepy-crawlies and not kutesy kritters or majestic felines/raptors etc....*sigh*

Still, a very good image. Maybe just a little more pp contrast would have helped, but cloning out all of that twig would have been a major pain in the butt.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2015 05:55:31 PM
Looks angry! -hides-
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10/06/2015 11:18:08 AM
Clever capture but shame about the branch cutting subject 's head.
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10/06/2015 08:03:55 AM
Great subject and good low-contrast shot. I might have cropped this differently to lead the eye through the entire composition. A remarkable shot though considering the subject.
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10/04/2015 08:21:20 PM
A good example of camo at work.
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10/02/2015 01:24:55 PM
sorry, I had nothing to say and pushed the wrong button

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