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by Chad M. Lane
May 5th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The year of exploration. 2018 review.
Replies: 8
Views: 6517

Re: The year of exploration. 2018 review.

Thank you everyone for the kind words! Appreciate it all!


Thanks,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
April 26th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The year of exploration. 2018 review.
Replies: 8
Views: 6517

The year of exploration. 2018 review.

Last year and this year the majority of places I had went to were new to me, one of the most enjoyable years field herping to date. Commentary will be short. https://live.staticflickr.com/4653/38923451835_258faee967_k.jpg California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense) by Chad Lane , on Flickr...
by Chad M. Lane
February 5th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Wide angle lenses for crop sensor nikon.
Replies: 3
Views: 2808

Re: Wide angle lenses for crop sensor nikon.

Take a look at the Toknia 10-17mm.
by Chad M. Lane
October 3rd, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tamron lenses questions
Replies: 4
Views: 14015

Re: Tamron lenses questions

I own the middle version of the Tamron 90mm (also owned the first version) if you can get the newest, at the high resolution bodies it's testing quite a bit sharper (it's an already sharp lens!) It also has better weather sealing and no push and pull front. I own the first version of the Tamron 15-3...
by Chad M. Lane
October 3rd, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 25564

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

There is a sight record, photo shown to Mitch Mulks? of a zonata found in the vicinity of Mt. Tam however no confirmed record as of yet.

Marin is a weird county geographically containing many different types of habitats, where many species should be present but appear absent.
by Chad M. Lane
September 11th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?
Replies: 6
Views: 8697

Re: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?

Yes. LOL
by Chad M. Lane
July 25th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RIP Fleas
Replies: 2
Views: 3389

Re: RIP Fleas

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
by Chad M. Lane
July 4th, 2018, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Puget Sound Garter Snakes
Replies: 18
Views: 20048

Re: Puget Sound Garter Snakes

Beautiful snakes! I need to make it up that way for them.

Note: On that DOR, not saying it wasn't blue but when Garters die they often turn blue I've noted it, in T. s. fitchi, T. e. terrestris, and T. elegans elegans.


Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
May 24th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
Replies: 19
Views: 10647

Re: What do you call this lilac salamander...?

The Kern Plateau animals may be "different", but they are difficult to locate and I'm not sure if any work is being done currently. Maybe someone else will chime in. The animals I posted and you posted are just oddities likely from unknown reasons, one potential reason is soil. I had a friend collec...
by Chad M. Lane
May 23rd, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
Replies: 19
Views: 10647

Re: What do you call this lilac salamander...?

Here's two found in roughly similar area/zone yours came from. (Not my finds or photo used with permission).

Super neat looking animals, congrats!
by Chad M. Lane
February 24th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 Photography - Central Valley & Sierras
Replies: 8
Views: 4882

Re: 2017 Photography - Central Valley & Sierras

Great post dude! Love the Kings, and photos of the T. gigas!


Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
January 23rd, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 in review! Part 2 of 2. (To large for one!).
Replies: 5
Views: 3158

2017 in review! Part 2 of 2. (To large for one!).

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4554/26697580349_c8db5ba8f2_k.jpg Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) by Chad Lane , on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4522/38525191201_ef97a2cd6f_k.jpg Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) by Chad Lane , on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/45...
by Chad M. Lane
January 23rd, 2018, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 in review! Part 1 of 2. (To large for one!).
Replies: 6
Views: 4419

2017 in review! Part 1 of 2. (To large for one!).

Wow what a year 2017 was! Grab a drink it's going to be a long one! I had several goals in 2017, some I reached some I feel a bit short. I finished off all California Salamanders outside the genus Batrachoseps. I also working on finding animals in range gaps, and range extensions which brings me to ...
by Chad M. Lane
October 4th, 2017, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So Cal So Far (Mojave, SD County, Tejon Ranch, etc.)
Replies: 9
Views: 6999

Re: So Cal So Far (Mojave, SD County, Tejon Ranch, etc.)

Where was that Anniella from (don't need to be super specific)?


I enjoyed the Lyre on the branches shot!



Thanks,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
July 19th, 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fluorescent CA Kingsnake
Replies: 66
Views: 26703

Re: Fluorescent CA Kingsnake

I said the "debate" on fluorescent Kings never existed, because well it NEVER happened.

The debate and more so point fun, was about green, which is in fact a photogenic artifact. I only read your first reply, since YOU can't read. ;)


Again beautiful kings man!
by Chad M. Lane
July 18th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: my NAHERP records are on herpmapper
Replies: 9
Views: 8557

Re: my NAHERP records are on herpmapper

I don't recall voting, and I don't see my records in Herpmapper...
by Chad M. Lane
July 18th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fluorescent CA Kingsnake
Replies: 66
Views: 26703

Re: Fluorescent CA Kingsnake

we started debating weather or not the fluorescent Kings exist.
Yeah that NEVER happened. LOL

Fantastic Kingsnake finds Mr. Porter!
by Chad M. Lane
May 23rd, 2017, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Contra Costa County Species List and Database Gaps
Replies: 29
Views: 9334

Re: Contra Costa County Species List and Database Gaps

Western Side-blotched Lizard(Uta stansburiana elegans) I've found in CC, But I haven't entered into the database in sometime.

I'll try and add this along with some other finds soon.



Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
April 6th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yolo Bypass Survey - April 15
Replies: 27
Views: 7452

Re: Yolo Bypass Survey - April 15

If the weather looks ok, I'll be there.


Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
March 17th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina intergrade.
Replies: 1
Views: 1288

Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina intergrade.

Thought this may be of some interest. Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica x Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis) intergrade/hybrid. Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. They have a roughly 1400m long, and 300m width hybrid zone in this particular area, with...
by Chad M. Lane
March 17th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina intergrade.
Replies: 4
Views: 2561

Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina intergrade.

Thought this may be of some interest. Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica x Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis) intergrade/hybrid. Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. They have a roughly 1400m long, and 300m width hybrid zone in this particular area, with...
by Chad M. Lane
March 1st, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 4097

Re: Mystery Snake

That pattern fits the Pituophis of the area.


Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
February 22nd, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very late January in Review post
Replies: 11
Views: 3992

Re: A very late January in Review post

Good work! Love the Ensatinas!




Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
February 16th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images
Replies: 28
Views: 8360

Re: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/527/32556875471_acecc85a35_b.jpg Red Dimondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber) by Chad Lane , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5563/30582832971_4c86f1cd95_b.jpg Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus) basking in-situ. by Chad Lane , on Flickr https://c1.s...
by Chad M. Lane
February 4th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30523

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

Good job F&W charging someone who has passed on.
by Chad M. Lane
January 23rd, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Quality difference in Gorillapods
Replies: 4
Views: 6246

Re: Quality difference in Gorillapods

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

I have the focus, and it holds up my D810 + Tamron 15-30mm (4.55lbs) and sometimes my SB-800 on camera as well. I think I paid $90-100 on Amazon, wasn't $150.



Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
January 12th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's been awhile! Year end review 2016 (CA, TX, AZ, and MX)
Replies: 11
Views: 4258

Re: It's been awhile! Year end review 2016 (CA, TX, AZ, and

Thanks Will!

Thank you Jimi! I've spent very little time in Northeastern California, I do need to try and get up that way in the following years.
We cruised the pictigaster.

Thank you Ameron!

Thanks Calfirecap!

Thank you Kelly!
by Chad M. Lane
December 28th, 2016, 3:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's been awhile! Year end review 2016 (CA, TX, AZ, and MX)
Replies: 4
Views: 2042

It's been awhile! Year end review 2016 (CA, TX, AZ, and MX)

I ended this year with 22 lifers 11 in California, after taking some herping time off in 2014 and 2015 with only getting a handful of times which only resulted in 1 California lifer from 2013-2015. I had a successful year this year, I am so glad and happy to be back at doing what I love so much. It'...
by Chad M. Lane
December 28th, 2016, 3:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's been awhile! Year end review 2016 (CA, TX, AZ, and MX)
Replies: 11
Views: 4258

It's been awhile! Year end review 2016 (CA, TX, AZ, and MX)

I ended this year with 22 lifers 11 in California, after taking some herping time off in 2014 and 2015 with only getting a handful of times which only resulted in 1 California lifer from 2013-2015. I had a successful year this year, I am so glad and happy to be back at doing what I love so much. It'...
by Chad M. Lane
November 24th, 2016, 2:18 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)
Replies: 45
Views: 26771

Re: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)

Having recently doing quite a few night hikes looking for Salamanders (Amphibians in general) recently, It seems that the majority of the animals I photographed in situ were bothered MORE by my flashlight and headlamp directly at them, than my three flash setup. One instance I photoed a Salamander f...
by Chad M. Lane
November 4th, 2016, 3:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Laowa 15mm herp shots
Replies: 12
Views: 5719

Re: Laowa 15mm herp shots

I dig some of the perspectives this lens provides, but dislike how it's basically impossible to get the background in focus in the wider shots (although the Viper with the creek behind it is pleasing). Cheers, Chad As well as adjusting the aperture, you can focus stack on still subjects to get the ...
by Chad M. Lane
October 31st, 2016, 5:11 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 17425

Re: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

Bill wouldn't the 200-500mm 1.4x converter = F/6.3? I'm still waiting for some Tamron 150-600mm reviews to come in, I think MOST of my lizard shots are somewhere between F/7.1-9, but I do go less semi often, so it's something I need to pound with the 200-500/150-600 options. I think the Sigma 500mm...
by Chad M. Lane
October 30th, 2016, 11:38 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 17425

Re: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

What metering setting are you using? Try single point with all the factory settings set to default. That worked for me. I also use a converter. The converter gets me a closer image but I gotta tread lightly because going past the lens mm limit is a journey into the fog (blur). You have a lower MP b...
by Chad M. Lane
October 28th, 2016, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nicholas wins international photography competition
Replies: 18
Views: 6672

Re: Nicholas wins international photography competition

Major congratulations!
by Chad M. Lane
October 28th, 2016, 1:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nicholas wins international photography competition
Replies: 18
Views: 6672

Re: Nicholas wins international photography competition

Major congratulations!
by Chad M. Lane
October 28th, 2016, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Laowa 15mm herp shots
Replies: 12
Views: 5719

Re: Laowa 15mm herp shots

How bad is the distortion? And do you fix it in PS/LR? I did some of the perspectives this lens provides, but dislike how it's basically impossible to get the background in focus in the wider shots (although the Viper with the creek behind it is pleasing). Cheers, Chad I don't do any correction on ...
by Chad M. Lane
October 28th, 2016, 1:28 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 17425

Re: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

It's is the AF-S (non VR) It's a sharp setup (I'll post a Fence Lizard photo at min-focus distance). With the 36MP Sensor in the D810 vs my D700, and D610 for hand-held shots it's incredibly hard to be stable enough with this combo, works great with a Tripod, monopod, and if I have something to lean...
by Chad M. Lane
October 28th, 2016, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID that Corpse and How Did It Get There...?
Replies: 18
Views: 5049

Re: ID that Corpse and How Did It Get There...?

I've seen dead elegans have that blue hues like dead sirtalis, although I'm not going to guess as to which this one is, Mr. Porter would probably be the best judge as he seen it in person.
by Chad M. Lane
October 27th, 2016, 12:26 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 17425

Re: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

Thank you Bill! I'm still playing with the idea of this lens, or the new Tamron 150-600mm G2 (so far looks great).

With the new D810, having major issues with the 300mm F/4 (old version) + 1.4x converter.



Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
October 27th, 2016, 12:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nicholas wins international photography competition
Replies: 18
Views: 6672

Re: Nicholas wins international photography competition

Congratulations! You've come a long way, and I enjoy seeing your images on Flickr!




Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
October 27th, 2016, 12:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bay Area Help & Tips
Replies: 2
Views: 2598

Re: Bay Area Help & Tips

PM sent via Facebook.



Cheers.
by Chad M. Lane
October 27th, 2016, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Laowa 15mm herp shots
Replies: 12
Views: 5719

Re: Laowa 15mm herp shots

How bad is the distortion? And do you fix it in PS/LR?


I dig some of the perspectives this lens provides, but dislike how it's basically impossible to get the background in focus in the wider shots (although the Viper with the creek behind it is pleasing).




Cheers,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
September 13th, 2016, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back
Replies: 12
Views: 5280

Re: First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back

As normal fantastic post(s)! I've also been slacking, but I think I'm going to wait for a end of year review.

Fantastic photography, and observations!


Thanks,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
September 13th, 2016, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazing Predation by a Leopard Lizard
Replies: 6
Views: 2946

Re: Amazing Predation by a Leopard Lizard

Woah! Now that's different, and a neat observation I've never heard of them leaving it behind, it may have been too much to choke down!


Thanks,
Chad
by Chad M. Lane
September 3rd, 2016, 8:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dog does herps.
Replies: 18
Views: 6753

Re: Dog does herps.

Love it!