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by dthor68
December 5th, 2015, 8:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 40251

Re: "Pick one thing"

Factory farming produces more GHG than the exhaust of All cars, trucks, trains, boats, and planes combined. The methane from the meat and dairy industry is 86 times more destructive than the co2 from fossil fuels. If this were true, and I highly doubt that it is, there is not much we can do to chan...
by dthor68
December 4th, 2015, 7:58 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New 1:1 wide-angle macro lens
Replies: 4
Views: 3923

Re: New 1:1 wide-angle macro lens

Looks great, just cant get pass the made, and engineered, in China! Personally, I love my old Nikon 28mm AIS lens on FX. The cheap "newer" Nikon 18-35mm is also very nice for wide, close shots.
by dthor68
December 4th, 2015, 7:40 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Twin light, ring, or mounted?
Replies: 8
Views: 4947

Re: Twin light, ring, or mounted?

If I repeat what someone else said, sorry, too much to read. Your question is pretty hard to answer without knowing what it is you are wanting to shoot most. If you are shooting insects and tiny herps I would go with twin flashes. If you are shooting larger herps I would go with a mounted flash and ...
by dthor68
December 4th, 2015, 7:27 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Sony had a good year
Replies: 8
Views: 5724

Re: Sony had a good year

Way back in 2006 when I started in this hobby I had considered Minolta/Sony. My father was a Minolta Fan and had quite a few lenses. I was even more interested later on when Sony teamed up with Zeiss I just recently learned that the reason Zeiss makes only manual focus lenses for Nikon and Canon is ...
by dthor68
October 9th, 2015, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 6063

Re: Borneo

TJA, beautiful photos!

I got to say, I feel pretty bad for Borneo with fire destroying so much pristine forest. My niece works at Sabangau Forest and updates us frequently on what is going on there, its really sad. Stay Safe!

Derek
by dthor68
September 22nd, 2015, 1:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)
Replies: 26
Views: 9124

Re: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)

I would not call it silliness when you got me feeling bad. Is it possible to link the account here with email address so PM will show up as email? Sorry Hans, I did find a photo of Stegonotus batjanenses here: http://pages.bangor.ac.uk/~bss166/Images/Stegonotus1.jpg http://pages.bangor.ac.uk/~bss166...
by dthor68
September 22nd, 2015, 12:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping 2015 So Far
Replies: 5
Views: 2456

Re: Herping 2015 So Far

Great Year! Love the Buttermilk Racer.
by dthor68
September 22nd, 2015, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)
Replies: 26
Views: 9124

Re: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)

Dude, why are you turning nothing into something. Do you really thank that I purposely ignored you? If someone sends me a PM I will respond to it, if I am not here to see it than I obviously will not respond. If you know this site well enough to send a PM than I know you have the ability to see how ...
by dthor68
September 22nd, 2015, 10:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)
Replies: 26
Views: 9124

Re: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)

I apologize Kelly, I have no idea what you are talking about. Seriously, I might show up here once a month. The last time I was here I forgot my password and had to set a new one, I saw that I had a message and when I opened it, it was blank. So if you could send it again I will respond. In fact, if...
by dthor68
September 22nd, 2015, 10:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes
Replies: 19
Views: 9588

Re: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes

Wow, very nice post and photos. The landscapes there are awesome.
by dthor68
September 22nd, 2015, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)
Replies: 26
Views: 9124

Re: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)

There is only one snake with a head pattern like that, that I know of, Stegonotus batjanenses. Boiga does have the same prominent edged backbone. However, their neck is slimmer and the head is larger with large protruding eyes. Regardless, I am very sure that it is not Boiga.
by dthor68
August 27th, 2015, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer 2015, Tennesee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizona
Replies: 11
Views: 4221

Re: Summer 2015, Tennesee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizo

WOW, what a great year you have had!
by dthor68
June 9th, 2015, 7:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...
Replies: 58
Views: 16241

Re: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...

So who is mimicking who? I call BS on the whole mimic theory in General, other than eye spots and fake heads. I think the whole idea in surviving an attack is to make yourself look bigger, badder and louder! Nearly every snake over 18" in the U.S. vibrates its tail. Nearly every snake flattens its b...
by dthor68
June 6th, 2015, 4:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia
Replies: 11
Views: 3938

Re: Frogs from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia

Yes. I always shoot TTL, though I have tried to shoot in manual with no luck. I figure it is just the lens. Maybe it is the reason that everyone that I have seen online with lighting like yours is using a Canon. Maybe a third party lens like the Tamron 90mm is better suited for it? What little Niko...
by dthor68
June 5th, 2015, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia
Replies: 11
Views: 3938

Re: Frogs from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia

orionmystery, very nice work! If you were shooting with a Nikon and you wanted to get the same kind of light you are getting now, what would you use? I actually achieved that "even flat light" thing you got going on here the other day with a Nikon D300, Nikon 50mm f/1.4, 12mm tube, (2) Nikon SBR200...
by dthor68
June 4th, 2015, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia
Replies: 11
Views: 3938

Re: Frogs from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia

orionmystery, very nice work! If you were shooting with a Nikon and you wanted to get the same kind of light you are getting now, what would you use? I actually achieved that "even flat light" thing you got going on here the other day with a Nikon D300, Nikon 50mm f/1.4, 12mm tube, (2) Nikon SBR200'...
by dthor68
May 31st, 2015, 5:29 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Camera Bag
Replies: 10
Views: 5772

Re: Camera Bag

I use the Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW and I love it. It is very similar to Speedy's Flipside 400. I guess the best advice I can give you is to stay with the popular brands, Lowepro or Tamrac. If you want to try a brand other than those make sure you pay attention to any bad reviews. However, I had bad...
by dthor68
May 20th, 2015, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Timbers of the year for me..
Replies: 7
Views: 2817

Re: First Timbers of the year for me..

James, Timbers are always a good find. I have to say that I doubt your disturbance would cause them to leave, unless it is frequent. For 5 years I have been watching a pair of Timbers and I have caught/disturbed both of them several times. The moment I step on their rock they start rattling. I find ...
by dthor68
May 11th, 2015, 5:21 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!
Replies: 21
Views: 9845

Re: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!

I have bought 4 tripods since 2007. The first three, Giottos, Slik and Manfrotto lasted all of 2 years. The Giottos and Slik were nice at first but after a couple of months became loose to were they just flop around. If I tighten them they get all loose within a couple hours of use. I have sent them...
by dthor68
May 5th, 2015, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Before I Found this Forum
Replies: 5
Views: 2250

Re: Before I Found this Forum

For me age 20 in itself is a blast from the past. Cool stories Neil, thanks for sharing.
by dthor68
April 29th, 2015, 8:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 33734

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

Kent, You're indoctrinating these kids by showing them your morals on what you think is proper etiquette when field herping. You're harshing Gerry's buzz. Amen! The collection debate was bound to come up because from the opening post it was pretty clear the OP was looking to present an anti-collect...
by dthor68
April 27th, 2015, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 33734

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

Peter, sorry I don't have anything to help you with your list. I am just a little confused on #1. Fieldherping is made up of two groups. You have those, like the birders, who just want to gain an experience. The other group wants to gain an animal. We are all lumped together as "Field Herpers". I th...
by dthor68
April 25th, 2015, 6:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: MAN INJURED WHILE SAVING A SNAPPING TURTLE!
Replies: 21
Views: 6561

Re: MAN INJURED WHILE SAVING A SNAPPING TURTLE!

I have handled many snappers and have moved several from the road. The first thing I do when moving any animal from the road is to pull off the road onto the shoulder, with hazards on. I will not stop with people behind me, in that case I straddle the animal and hope for the best. Handling the turtl...
by dthor68
March 27th, 2015, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man dies on the trail - be careful out there
Replies: 11
Views: 4737

Re: Man dies on the trail - be careful out there

What a sad story!

Last fall I nearly got nailed by a fallen Hemlock branch. For those of you who live in the Southern Appalachians thousands of dead Hemlocks are starting to fall throughout the area so make sure you pay attention when hiking/biking/driving.
by dthor68
March 20th, 2015, 6:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7690

Re: Translocation of snakes

There is not much social structure among Rat Snakes in SC. In fact, a 4' Rat Snake was found hibernating "alone" in our attic 2 years ago. There is a good chance that snake is the mother/father of the juveniles I have in captivity. Like I said, I will not let them go in the SP. If I do let them go i...
by dthor68
March 19th, 2015, 6:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7690

Re: Translocation of snakes

Sorry, yes both snakes were collected from my yard as newborns in the fall of both 2013 and 2014. I pretty much had already come to the conclusion that releasing them at the local SP was not a good idea for many reasons. Could you tell me why would their chance of survival be any different at this p...
by dthor68
March 19th, 2015, 2:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7690

Re: Translocation of snakes

Funny, I am here today to ask a similar question. It is evident that moving adult reptiles will cause the animal some stress. How about newborn snakes? Every fall we have some newborn rat snakes in our yard and find many dead on the roads that surround our house. I get tired of finding them dead so ...
by dthor68
March 12th, 2015, 7:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 21861

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

Gbin, I dont know what to think about it. The first photo, with the frog on the beetles back, I hate it. Like I said I would love to photograph both species seperate, not together. It just kind of reminds me of something my daughter would do with her pet Bearded Dragon for laughs. And although we th...
by dthor68
March 12th, 2015, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few snakes from Malaysia
Replies: 13
Views: 3859

Re: A few snakes from Malaysia

I am a big Boiga Fan. In fact it was a picture of the Mangrove Snake in an Encyclopedia that got me loving snakes 35 years ago. Awesome Pics!
by dthor68
March 12th, 2015, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few snakes from Malaysia
Replies: 13
Views: 3859

Re: A few snakes from Malaysia

I am a big Boiga Fan. In fact it was a picture of the Mangrove Snake in an Encyclopedia that got me loving snakes 35 years ago. Awesome Pics!
by dthor68
March 12th, 2015, 6:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January in Peru (lots of pics)
Replies: 17
Views: 8682

Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Awesome Stuff! I would love to visit such a cool place.
by dthor68
March 12th, 2015, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 21861

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

I don't believe the first of these quotes is true at all; I feel sure there are still many people in nature photography who don't mess with lighting, backgrounds, positioning, etc., but instead just go with what nature gives them. (They may not be focusing on salamanders and the like, though... ;) ...
by dthor68
March 12th, 2015, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 21861

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

After reading everyone's responses I must say this is a great topic and very interesting read. The one thing that really sticks out at me is the dragonfly photo. That photo is one of the reasons I would never enter a photo contest. The guy who did that photo has a whole series of pics done the same ...
by dthor68
March 12th, 2015, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 21861

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

Orionmystery, If I came across a frog riding on a beetles back I would separate them to get photos of each. Even if it did actually happen it is not at all natural and looks staged. Some people like staging nature, I do not. Some people like the genetically mutated herps that man spent several years...
by dthor68
May 22nd, 2014, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Maps question
Replies: 9
Views: 2392

Re: Maps question

Tamara, I use USAPhotoMaps on my computer. I do not have a GPS but I think that USAPhotoMaps can be loaded on your GPS. If not, I know you can upload everything saved on your GPS to USAPhotoMaps, like waypoints, routes and such. It is pretty cool and free. If you decide to try USAPhotoMaps just down...
by dthor68
May 14th, 2014, 3:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2667

Re: A Dumb Question?

There is a video somewhere of a male king cobra that eats a large female king cobra, I seem to remember her dying from the venom after getting bitten. .... I've heard cobras too can bite themselves, yet some eat other cobras ??? Couldnt find the original video I was thinking of but searching keywor...
by dthor68
May 13th, 2014, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2667

Re: A Dumb Question?

Beth, what Brian said. The Timber Phase always has a solid colored face , tan to black, with no stripe or a VERY faint stripe. And, the rusty colored stripe down the backbone is absent or less distinct in the Timber Phase. In the spot where I found this snake I have also seen the silver Canebreak Ph...
by dthor68
May 10th, 2014, 6:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2667

Re: A Dumb Question?

Here is the snake in question: Although it looks like a low country Canebreak, it was found in the mountains!

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by dthor68
May 10th, 2014, 5:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2667

Re: A Dumb Question?

I guess it is not a dumb question. You would think that the instant that it bit itself it would realize the mistake it made and not inject the venom. And, if kingsnakes are immune than surly the snake that carries the venom should also be. Coral Snakes are another story. I could not imagine a Coral ...
by dthor68
May 8th, 2014, 11:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2667

Re: A Dumb Question?

Thanks Bryan. Had I know he would get that hot I would have let it be. I am just so use to their mild nature.
by dthor68
May 8th, 2014, 9:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2667

A Dumb Question?

Are Timber Rattlesnakes immune to their own venom? I found a rattlesnake this morning, while getting him situated for photos he bit his tail. I have never seen this happen before. In fact this is the first time I have ever got a Timber Rattlesnake to strike period. I am not sure if the bite was wet ...
by dthor68
May 6th, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 23749

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

Please explain how giving away specific locations will help herps survive? By default, some databases (like NAHERP) only identify locations down to county. You can choose to release more specific data to academic researchers and/or state game departments. However, other databases default to exact c...
by dthor68
May 6th, 2014, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 23749

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

So, my challenge to the life listers and fanatical field herpers who don't contribute what they see to the database is...DO IT! Make a difference. Don't just talk about herps, do something to help them survive. Do something to help create more lenient regulations if you think those are justified. D...
by dthor68
May 1st, 2014, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few snakes
Replies: 5
Views: 2197

Re: A few snakes

Thank You Orion. I checked out your site, great work. Its so funny that I have been making diffusers just like the ones you all use for several years. The one I use most is very similar to yours. Instead of packing foam I use a white paper towel on both sides of the clear plastic.
by dthor68
April 30th, 2014, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few snakes
Replies: 5
Views: 2197

Re: A few snakes

Great Photos, Again! I have a question. From the light reflected in animals eye it looks like you are using a concave diffuser with some SB-R200's. To get the right amount of light from that close up are you shooting camera and flash in manual? And, are you using 60mm or 105mm with tubes, FX or DX? ...
by dthor68
April 26th, 2014, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 23749

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

It may be BS to you but I take a lot of pride in the fact that I would rather starve to death than sell a wild animal. You are in fact the one who has taken this thread off course. You are the only one here preaching a viewpoint. And, you are the only one here demonizing another. And I am sure you ...
by dthor68
April 26th, 2014, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 23749

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

WOW! Did you have a bad day Gerry? Nope, in fact I'm having a great week ! :) I've been seeing lots of wildlife, if not yet many herps this far north (though last night I went to a talk on timber rattlesnakes and also drove by a number of spring peeper choruses on the way home), and a few minutes a...
by dthor68
April 26th, 2014, 5:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 23749

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

It is the same with herpers who view all collecting and even captivity period as wrong. It is a deeply foundational rift that is organically melded into the heart. The dream of all who love herps being united can not ever happen, not because some people think they are better than others, but becaus...
by dthor68
April 23rd, 2014, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 23749

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

Dan, I would not say "in our own ranks". I would never consider a collector "in my ranks". Sure we share the same interest but we are as different as night/day, democrat/republican. There is a huge difference between those who want to take and those who want to leave alone. That said, I am terribly ...
by dthor68
April 11th, 2014, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early Spring in New England
Replies: 8
Views: 2126

Re: Early Spring in New England

You are so lucky to have a kid that wants to do that, all my kid wants to do is play X-box. The few times that my son has gone with me was because he had to. Really cool finds too!