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Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

Post by FlyingSquirrel » April 2nd, 2014, 6:13 pm

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FlyingSquirrel wrote:Greetings. I am new to this website / forum. This is my first post; I plan to join conversations in other areas of the forum shortly. Here is my contribution to this thread...

Although it is a close up and doesn't show the environment (and it is on a boardwalk trail), this shot is natural and was not set up at all. I was laying on the ground for 15 minutes without moving until this Garter snake returned to its sunbathing area. Taken with a Sigma 150mm macro on a Canon 7D, hand held...
That's really quite nice. I like the composition, the tongue, well done.

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Post by btskanks » April 4th, 2014, 10:13 am

Hi guys- Please take a look at this guys www site he has some outstanding pics and Thank You much Mr. flying squirrel !


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Post by FlyingSquirrel » April 4th, 2014, 10:02 pm

btskanks wrote:Hi guys- Please take a look at this guys www site he has some outstanding pics and Thank You much Mr. flying squirrel !
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your kind words!!

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Post by FlyingSquirrel » April 4th, 2014, 10:03 pm

Antonsrkn wrote:An older shot that I like quite a bit.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 4396674709
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That's an awesome shot! Nice wide angle use for environment incorporation.

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Post by Antonsrkn » April 5th, 2014, 7:19 am

That's an awesome shot! Nice wide angle use for environment incorporation
Thank you! It was actually a shot I envisioned before I even made it down to Mexico (where this was taken), while doing research on the area I started picturing this type of shot with a croc in the foreground and the lake behind it, I didn't think I'd actually be able to get it though but somehow everything came together for me! I was a bit nervous dangling right over the crocs snout but it was worth it.

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Post by Soopaman » April 5th, 2014, 7:57 am

Antonsrkn wrote:
That's an awesome shot! Nice wide angle use for environment incorporation
Thank you! It was actually a shot I envisioned before I even made it down to Mexico (where this was taken), while doing research on the area I started picturing this type of shot with a croc in the foreground and the lake behind it, I didn't think I'd actually be able to get it though but somehow everything came together for me! I was a bit nervous dangling right over the crocs snout but it was worth it.

Anton, I love everything about this shot except the tilted horizon! That always bugs me for some reason.

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Post by Antonsrkn » April 5th, 2014, 7:00 pm

Anton, I love everything about this shot except the tilted horizon! That always bugs me for some reason.
Haha Believe me I know, no matter how many times I see that shot the first thing that jumps out at me is the tilted horizon, I have a version somewhere on a harddrive where its fixed in photoshop but the original tilted horizon is the one I have uploaded online. I really wish I had been more careful initially and just got it straight the first time. I don't know what it is about holding a camera level but I have more than my fair share of crooked horizon shots, its something I need to work on.

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Post by Soopaman » April 5th, 2014, 7:42 pm

Antonsrkn wrote:
Anton, I love everything about this shot except the tilted horizon! That always bugs me for some reason.
Haha Believe me I know, no matter how many times I see that shot the first thing that jumps out at me is the tilted horizon, I have a version somewhere on a harddrive where its fixed in photoshop but the original tilted horizon is the one I have uploaded online. I really wish I had been more careful initially and just got it straight the first time. I don't know what it is about holding a camera level but I have more than my fair share of crooked horizon shots, its something I need to work on.
Yeah, I've got tons that I've had to correct. I think about it more often now, but when I'm photographing something I get so caught up in the moment and I'll fixate on the position of the subject and completely forget that the horizon is at a 40° angle!

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Post by Soopaman » April 5th, 2014, 7:44 pm

Another atrox:

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Post by FlyingSquirrel » April 5th, 2014, 10:35 pm

Soopaman, that is one gorgeous snake! Consider cropping off the top half of the photo. (IMO)

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Post by Soopaman » April 6th, 2014, 4:46 am

FlyingSquirrel wrote:Soopaman, that is one gorgeous snake! Consider cropping off the top half of the photo. (IMO)

It was intended to show a semblance of the habitat. The trash behind it, the board, and the foot of the other herper holding the board up.

I did take a more standard photo though:

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Post by umop apisdn » April 7th, 2014, 11:48 am

I hate that I forgot to grab my diffuser when I first set out last week to take photos of this calling Carolina gopher frog.

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I took some more photos, but they were reluctant to call whenever I pointed my camera at them.

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Post by Stohlgren » April 8th, 2014, 11:22 am

The best thing about leaving snakes alone and just taking in-situ photos is the potential to observe an individual on multiple occasions (this is especially true of vipers). I found this cottonmouth coiled at the edge of a large palmetto and took a few photos without disturbing it.

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Two days later I was able to find the snake again just a few feet from it's original location.

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Post by Owen » April 8th, 2014, 9:30 pm

Basking in the grass:
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Post by Soopaman » April 8th, 2014, 9:58 pm

Stohlgren wrote:The best thing about leaving snakes alone and just taking in-situ photos is the potential to observe an individual on multiple occasions (this is especially true of vipers). I found this cottonmouth coiled at the edge of a large palmetto and took a few photos without disturbing it.

I argue this all the time, but I pick up and handle many snakes and find them over and over again. For example, I just posted some photos on Flickr of a Western coachwhip. I caught it at the same spot three times last year, photographed it twice. Again, it was at the same spot this year, ready for another photo session. I was happy to see him and his girlfriend had babies and I found one of the offspring there too.

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Post by Soopaman » April 9th, 2014, 5:24 pm

Grey Rat from the forested hills of East Louisiana:

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Post by Antonsrkn » April 10th, 2014, 9:23 pm

My one and only reptile so far this year, a snapper basking in the shallows on a sunny day. It was still fairly cold out with ice on certain parts of the same pond the snapper was in. It barely moved in the 20 min or so that I watched, it would occasionally raise or lower its nose above or below the surface of the water, but it never even opened its eyes.
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Post by bgorum » April 16th, 2014, 7:29 am

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Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake laying out at a new den I found yesterday.

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Post by ThamnElegans24 » April 16th, 2014, 6:53 pm

A few more atrox

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Post by chrish » April 16th, 2014, 7:19 pm

Here's another racer species photographed in situ. I spent years trying to find one of these to photograph with no success. Everytime I saw one it was shooting off into the brush or grass. However this individual froze when I walked up on it and let me shoot a couple of photos before it bolted.

Speckled Racer (Drymobius margaritiferus)

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The thing about Drymobius that is so amazing is how beautiful they are in the field in natural light. Photos simply don't do them justice!

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Post by Andy Wolf » April 17th, 2014, 12:28 pm

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Post by monklet » April 18th, 2014, 8:20 am

This is one heck of a great thread/theme. :beer: to all!

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Post by Antonsrkn » April 18th, 2014, 9:24 am

Couple of Trapjaws basking on a dirt mound in a swamp.
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Post by krismunk » April 19th, 2014, 12:01 pm

chrish wrote:Here's another racer species photographed in situ. I spent years trying to find one of these to photograph with no success. Everytime I saw one it was shooting off into the brush or grass. However this individual froze when I walked up on it and let me shoot a couple of photos before it bolted.

Speckled Racer (Drymobius margaritiferus)

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The thing about Drymobius that is so amazing is how beautiful they are in the field in natural light. Photos simply don't do them justice!
Racers in general seem to be one of the more difficult groups of serpents to get semi-decent in situ shots of. Nowhere near as beautiful as Drymobius supposedly balkan racers are not the easiest of the group either. Nonetheless, two of the five I've seen gave me the chance. Here's one:

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Post by Tim Borski » April 25th, 2014, 6:34 pm

Toads.


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Post by umop apisdn » April 28th, 2014, 10:06 am

I can't really put in words how much I love that toad shot, Tim.

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Post by bgorum » April 28th, 2014, 3:29 pm

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Kingsnake from last Friday at Bosque del Apache.

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Post by Andy Wolf » April 28th, 2014, 5:52 pm

Boxie in the middle of a sand road
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Post by Soopaman » April 28th, 2014, 6:46 pm

I know this shot is corny, but I have to post it:

ImagePantherophis guttatus guttatus (Corn Snake) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr

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Post by bgorum » April 29th, 2014, 4:47 am

Kyle,

I liked your cornsnake photo on facebook, but it looks even better (many times better) on this forum. Really nice!

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Post by Soopaman » April 29th, 2014, 7:12 am

bgorum wrote:Kyle,

I liked your cornsnake photo on facebook, but it looks even better (many times better) on this forum. Really nice!
Thanks, Bill! The compression on facebook is awful, but usually when bringing an image up there on full screen it looks fairly correct.

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Post by Nshepard » April 29th, 2014, 9:31 pm

An indigo in blue from a wonderful weekend in 2013. Sitting by a stump hole.

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Post by Norman D » April 30th, 2014, 1:23 am

I hardly ever post, but here are a couple old ones and new ones:
Desert Tortoise
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Narrowhead Gartersnake eating a trout
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Tiger Rattlesnake eating a bird
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Goode's Horned Lizard
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Blacktail crossing a dirt road
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Common chuckwalla keeping an eye out on my home
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Speckled Rattlesnake eating a bird
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Post by Soopaman » April 30th, 2014, 8:32 am

Arizona in Texas:

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Post by Antonsrkn » April 30th, 2014, 9:31 am

Despite having taken it years and 2 camera bodies ago this remains one of my favorite shots, and it was in-situ!
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Post by monklet » April 30th, 2014, 10:11 am

These two of Leopard Lizards were dukin' it out in the middle of a dirt road. Didn't even have to leave my truck:)
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Post by kit fox » May 6th, 2014, 4:52 pm

I just came back from a seven day, Eastern Carribean cruise. I managed to find Anoles, and two wild Alligators, in Florida.

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Post by kit fox » May 6th, 2014, 5:05 pm

My Caribbean Herps:

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Post by krismunk » May 7th, 2014, 11:45 am

Quality is lower, but I like calling toads, we haven't seen any natterjacks in the thread yet, & it's from this season, so...

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I took what is essentially a vastly inferior version of that wonderful shot above of the row of toads that same night - saw the superior version here just a couple of days later


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Post by chrish » May 14th, 2014, 10:43 am

Did you get a closer look at this snake? It really looks like an Opheodrys to me.

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Post by Soopaman » May 14th, 2014, 9:16 pm

Chris I'm on mobile or I'd just embed the photo here, but if you follow the link in the in situ shot out to my Flickr page, the photo after capture is either just one before or after this one. It's hard to get a perspective of size in the photo, but that would be one big opheodrys if that's what it was! But seeing it in person, in situ, it was obviously a yellow bellied racer. You're not the first to think it was a green snake though.

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Post by JAMAUGHN » May 14th, 2014, 9:25 pm

I don't think this photo is anything special, but it's been weirdly popular (for one of my photos) on Flickr. I suspect it's just because it's a pretty snake:

ImageCoast Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata multifasciata by J. Maughn, on Flickr

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Post by RCampbell » May 14th, 2014, 9:27 pm

two recent insitu shots from the TN...



Didn't know Corn snakes would transverse the mountain streams under the water....this one popped up while I was walking up stream looking for snot lizards....

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Post by Soopaman » May 16th, 2014, 6:36 am

Chris, here's the shot of the yellowbelly after getting it in-hand:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyle_rept ... 103957006/


Some more in-situ:

ImageOpheodrys aestivus (Rough Green Snake) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr

ImageRegina grahamii (Graham's Crayfish Snake) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr

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Post by Antonsrkn » May 16th, 2014, 12:20 pm

Some turtles
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