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Incubating a Coyote turd.

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Post by dezertwerx » August 11th, 2012, 1:04 pm

killer speck and blacktail shot... too bad that watermark is right on its face:/

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Post by Owen » August 12th, 2012, 8:36 pm

Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (Rana boylii) that had just surfaced after jumping into the creek moments earlier.

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Desert Striped Whipsnake, Coluber taeniatus taeniatus

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Owen » August 12th, 2012, 9:12 pm

Jim, really nice snake and photo!

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Post by JAMAUGHN » August 12th, 2012, 9:18 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Stohlgren » August 14th, 2012, 1:48 pm

A 63" male C. adamanteus from a couple days ago.

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Sony 100mm macro
f/4
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ISO 400
Two off-camera flashes with Lumiquest softbox III's attached (can't remember the settings but set very low).One sitting on a log camera right and one hand held camera left. Both were aimed slightly behind the snake to light up some shadows.

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Post by justinm » August 14th, 2012, 1:53 pm

Wow this is a monster of a buzztail. Do you have any shots that show it's size in comparison?

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Stohlgren » August 14th, 2012, 6:53 pm

No, unfortunately I do not.

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Post by Owen » August 15th, 2012, 9:04 pm

I didn't have a difuser with me, so pardon the harsh shadows as this guy was in the shady woodland part of the trail. Just curious which you like better since the one that appears tilted is actually the one with the level horizon (my Sony SLT-A77 has a horizon indicator):

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Stohlgren » August 16th, 2012, 4:00 am

I definitely prefer the second photo, Owen. The horizon checker is great when doing landscapes or when the ground is actually level, but I don't think it works in this situation. If the snakes head and neck had been level with the horizon, so it actually looked like it was on a hill, it might have worked better though.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by speedy » August 17th, 2012, 12:15 am

Something from Australia.

Juvenile Ctenophorus caudicinctus.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by speedy » August 29th, 2012, 12:07 am

Another one from Australia.

Mertens Water Monitor (Varanus mertensi), These guys are found near most waterways across Northern Australia.

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Post by Owen » August 31st, 2012, 4:57 pm

Last snake of the month (this morning).

Crotalus oreganus oreganus

Sony SLT-A77
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Sony HVL=F36AM Flash with Graslon Prodigy difuser

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Sad thing is that I photographed it going out, but when I came back, there was a two foot long stick where it was laying. Looks like someone did something to it in the hour and a half or so when I was hiking.

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Post by muskiemagnet » September 8th, 2012, 8:26 am

well kids, i'm finally going to "learn" my camera. i've gotten some decent pictures, but it was not by anything i have done. i got lucky. i noticed the blur of my handshake on overcast days. i have a longer lens so my shutter speed is reduced in low light. because of this, i bought a nice tripod. now it's time to learn. there is so much to know and do. anyhow, here's one of my favorites. i like how the rattle is out of focus, and the sun brightens each rattle segment. it was a pretty sweet black timber with an amazingly dark red stripe down the back. my next adventure will be photo editing. this same shot could use a little work i think.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Soopaman » September 8th, 2012, 9:11 am

That's a really nice timber, Ben. Neat pose and set up. The one thing to make this an awesome shot would be to make that timber's eye clearly in focus.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by muskiemagnet » September 8th, 2012, 11:41 am

Soopaman wrote:That's a really nice timber, Ben. Neat pose and set up. The one thing to make this an awesome shot would be to make that timber's eye clearly in focus.
yeah, it's by no means perfect. it was taken in short order, and without a tripod. i plan to edit it eventually to see if i can make it better. the snake was restless, so it was one of those situations where you get what you get. it was a gravid female, so we didn't want to mess with it for very long. the only reason we did was the fact that it was black. it was an amazing snake. i was hoping to find it this spring, but no luck. i just hope it makes it through the summer. i'd really like to see it on a sunny day in the early spring when they sit coiled up for pictures. i've posted this in other threads, but here is the entire snake, so you can see the black/deep red stripe.

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Post by Stohlgren » September 8th, 2012, 1:46 pm

muskiemagnet wrote:well kids, i'm finally going to "learn" my camera. i've gotten some decent pictures, but it was not by anything i have done. i got lucky. i noticed the blur of my handshake on overcast days. i have a longer lens so my shutter speed is reduced in low light. because of this, i bought a nice tripod. now it's time to learn.
While I can't condone messing with a gravid female timber, just because she's pretty, I am curious what your camera settings were on this shot (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), so as to possibly offer some critique. It is an interesting perspective, but unfortunately it is not in crisp focus. I am not sure if this is from a slow shutter speed or the focus being locked somewhere other than the head/eye. Post processing this shot could help, but will not make this shot as good as it could be if it was in sharp straight out of the camera. It looks like it was a bright and sunny day, so you should not have been limited by what shutter speeds you could shoot at, regardless of lens.

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Post by Soopaman » September 8th, 2012, 1:50 pm

I really like that second shot where you can see more of the body. It's much crisper too.

The timbers around here have a rusty stripe down there back, but are more a slate grey than charcoal like that one. Very good find, hope you can keep up with her.

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Post by muskiemagnet » September 8th, 2012, 2:57 pm

Soopaman wrote:I really like that second shot where you can see more of the body. It's much crisper too.

The timbers around here have a rusty stripe down there back, but are more a slate grey than charcoal like that one. Very good find, hope you can keep up with her.

i agree with the crispness of the send shot. i like the first only because i like how the grass and rattle are blurred. as far as the black one goes, that one is atypical of this location. here is typical.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Soopaman » September 12th, 2012, 6:47 pm

I must say, Ben, I prefer the blacker Timber!


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Post by AsydaBass » September 12th, 2012, 8:58 pm

Clay-colored Rain Frog (Pristimantis cerasinus)
I just love those eyes. This is a juvenile, approx 20mm.

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Post by Soopaman » September 14th, 2012, 2:34 pm

Don, very, very nice photograph of the frog. I like that there isn't any light reflection in the eyes.


Here's a milksnake feeling tough:

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Post by AsydaBass » September 14th, 2012, 4:18 pm

Here's an old one I rediscovered on the hard drive the other day. From a technical standpoint it certainly isn't the best photo, but I thought the subject was pretty cool :D

Brown Vine Snake (Oxybelis aeneus)

This is from the Rara Avis Rainforest Reserve in the north Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica.

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Post by Soopaman » September 15th, 2012, 10:44 am

Neonate Texas Rat Snake from last night:
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Sonoran Lyresnake

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Post by AsydaBass » October 1st, 2012, 9:55 am

Yellow Dying Rainfrog (Diasporus citrinobapheus)
Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos, El Cope, Panama
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This species of rainfrog was very recently described (May, 2012) from the mountains of western Panama. Due to their call, Diasporus are commonly referred to as the tink frogs. In Central America, the calls of this genus can often be the most commonly heard sound during a night in the rainforest.

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Post by AsydaBass » October 2nd, 2012, 9:13 am

Hyloscirtus colymba

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It is with a heavy heart that I say once again, this is a species of anuran that is critically endangered. Hyloscirtus colymba was yet another victim ravaged by the Bd fungus. They (along with H. palmeri) are stream specialists found in lowland and premontane wet forests in Costa Rica and Panama (possibly Colombia). H. colymba calls from underneath rocks, often submerged, in rivers- prime habitat for the infectious stage of the chytrids fungus The genus Hyloscirtus is unique from other hylids in having a greenish white mental gland. This specimen was found at approx 750 m asl. While it was a privilege to encounter this species in the wild, this individual did show tell tale signs of infection.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by muskiemagnet » October 21st, 2012, 1:08 pm

Stohlgren wrote:
muskiemagnet wrote:well kids, i'm finally going to "learn" my camera. i've gotten some decent pictures, but it was not by anything i have done. i got lucky. i noticed the blur of my handshake on overcast days. i have a longer lens so my shutter speed is reduced in low light. because of this, i bought a nice tripod. now it's time to learn.
While I can't condone messing with a gravid female timber, just because she's pretty, I am curious what your camera settings were on this shot (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), so as to possibly offer some critique. It is an interesting perspective, but unfortunately it is not in crisp focus. I am not sure if this is from a slow shutter speed or the focus being locked somewhere other than the head/eye. Post processing this shot could help, but will not make this shot as good as it could be if it was in sharp straight out of the camera. It looks like it was a bright and sunny day, so you should not have been limited by what shutter speeds you could shoot at, regardless of lens.
focal length 200mm
ISO-100
shutter speed 1/250
F/5.6

i know very little about cameras, but would like to know more. this was not on a tripod. i was zoomed in as far as i could go. anything you can suggest would be great. as far as messing with a gravid female, it wasn't me. actually i scold my friend when he does it.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Soopaman » October 21st, 2012, 3:12 pm

In stark contrast to the lousy Coral photo I posted from a while back, here's this one taken today:

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Post by AsydaBass » October 21st, 2012, 5:05 pm

Kyle, that's a great shot! I'm a huge fan of Micrurus.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Soopaman » October 22nd, 2012, 5:01 am

AsydaBass wrote:Kyle, that's a great shot! I'm a huge fan of Micrurus.

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Thanks, Don. Micrurus are great snakes. I'd love to see some of the South American species some time.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by Stohlgren » October 22nd, 2012, 7:31 am

muskiemagnet wrote:focal length 200mm
ISO-100
shutter speed 1/250
F/5.6

i know very little about cameras, but would like to know more. this was not on a tripod. i was zoomed in as far as i could go. anything you can suggest would be great. as far as messing with a gravid female, it wasn't me. actually i scold my friend when he does it.

-ben
What camera and lens? You should be able to manage a sharp shot at 1/250sec at 200mm, but you may just need some practice steadying yourself. Sharpness looks better on your second shot, but looks as though critical focus was on the neck, rather than the eye. If you keep having problems with motion blur, I would recommend upping your ISO to increase your shutter speed. Regardless of what camera you should be able to jump up to ISO 400 without much noise creeping in. It is a beautiful snake you've got there, but sharpness (or lack there of) can make or break an image.

You just need to keep working to see what settings you need to get the desired sharpness. It is all about trade-offs. If you know you need a certain shutter speed to get a sharp photo while hand holding, you are going to have to open up your aperture or up the ISO. If you want more depth of field, you need to use a slower shutter speed or again, up the ISO. This is why lugging around your tripod can be worth it, as it gives you more flexibility. In this shot below, I was able to shoot at 1/40sec, f/13, and ISO 400 because I had brought my tripod along. If i had not brought it, I would not have been able to get the image I wanted.

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Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Post by AsydaBass » October 22nd, 2012, 8:39 am

Tungara Frog (Engystomops pustulosus)
Tropical Station La Gamba, La Gamba, Costa Rica

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