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Snake in the Grass
Snake in the Grass

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Challenge: Wildlife V (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K200D
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF for Pentax
Location: My backyard
Date: Oct 31, 2010
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/15th
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2010

This is a banded water snake, discovered . by my dogs about 10 yds from where I was grilling dinner. When I went to see what the rucus was all about, the snake was already mortally wounded.
It was at dusk, so it was a challenge to get a decent shot. This was hand-held with a 200mm lens. At 1/15th of a second, I was pleased at the clarity I accomplished

Its the 2nd large snake they have killed in the last 2 weeks. Its really unfortunate, as both were non-venomous (the other was a large garter snake). We have a pet California King, so we aren't anti-snake at all. If we could only convince the dogs....

Place: 19 out of 99
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Votes: 148
Comments: 8
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/06/2010 11:50:51 AM
Super sharp, nice composition, clever (though perfectly descriptive) title, and great excellent colors. Well done.
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11/05/2010 12:29:16 AM
Excellent capture. (Brave you!)
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11/03/2010 09:06:54 PM
Yikes!! Nice capture
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11/03/2010 11:31:01 AM
Nice focus and lighting, good depth on this, 7.
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11/01/2010 03:13:48 PM
i hate ssssnakes.... they give me the heebie jeebies... but this is a fantastic photo. the detail is tremendous! 9
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11/01/2010 02:31:35 PM
Nice snake ! What a pity you couldn't persuade him to put his tongue out for you :- )
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11/01/2010 10:27:56 AM
Nice detail and DOF. He doesn't look like he really wanted to model for you.
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11/01/2010 08:13:30 AM
Nice dof, great clarity.
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