What are your favorite shots from this year?

Dedicated exclusively to field herping.

Moderator: Scott Waters

Post Reply
repaphin
Posts: 525
Joined: July 14th, 2010, 1:38 am
Location: Southern California

What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by repaphin » September 11th, 2015, 10:07 am

I have a few, but I really like the way this Mojave Shovelnose came out.
Image
Here is a San Diego Gophersnake.
Image
Colorado Desert Sidewinder.
Image
California Striped Racer.
Image

Share some of your favorite shots from this year!

RobertH
Posts: 1834
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 8:38 pm
Location: Los Angeles

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by RobertH » September 11th, 2015, 7:53 pm

Here are my best shots from this year.

ImageBlack-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus) by NicholasHess, on Flickr

ImageGreat Basin Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores) by NicholasHess, on Flickr

ImageBlunt-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia sila ) by NicholasHess, on Flickr

And in honor of Kent...
ImageCoastal Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata roseofusca) by NicholasHess, on Flickr
His Rosy boa shots will always inspire me.

Nicholas

User avatar
Chad M. Lane
Posts: 568
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 3:40 pm
Location: Manteca, CA
Contact:

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Chad M. Lane » September 12th, 2015, 7:02 am

I haven't herped, or taken much this year, but here are a few (common species) that I like.

Imagelateralis by Chad Lane, on Flickr

ImageC. oreganus by Chad Lane, on Flickr

ImageWestern Fence Lizard by Chad Lane, on Flickr



Cheers,
Chad

hellihooks
Posts: 8025
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 7:12 am
Location: Hesperia, California.
Contact:

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by hellihooks » September 12th, 2015, 5:14 pm

RobertH wrote:
And in honor of Kent...
ImageCoastal Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata roseofusca) by NicholasHess, on Flickr
His Rosy boa shots will always inspire me.

Nicholas
This is exactly the type of shot I was hoping folks would post, on the 'pictorial tribute' to Kent, I started (For Kent) You're Very good Nic... but no one could match Kent at these shots... :thumb:

User avatar
gopher
Posts: 173
Joined: April 9th, 2013, 8:45 pm
Location: California, San Gabriel Valley

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by gopher » September 12th, 2015, 7:22 pm

I have been wanting to take a picture of a snake in burned area of the Angeles forest. Luckily for me I met the most photogenic snake.
ImageSouthern Pacific Rattlesnake - Crotalus oreganus helleri by Greg Litiatco, on Flickr

This shot was cool as I never shot a good predatory prey interaction. Those snake truely live up to their name as racers.
ImageStriped Racer - (Coluber lateralis lateralis) by Greg Litiatco, on Flickr

Nothing fancy but the shot turned out well for substituting an off camera flash with my head lamp
ImageSpotted Leaf-nosed Snake - Phyllorhynchus decurtatus by Greg Litiatco, on Flickr

And not a fun snake to photograph because all they do is zoom around if you can't get a few shots after you flip them.
Luckily for me I got a randomly nice shot as I walked along besides it as a paparazzi would.
ImageSan Bernardino Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata parvirubra) by Greg Litiatco, on Flickr

User avatar
shredsteban
Posts: 199
Joined: April 7th, 2012, 7:53 pm
Location: Riverside, Ca

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by shredsteban » September 13th, 2015, 5:43 am

My year was cut short because my wife, kids and I all moved to New York..but I did do my fair share earlier this year. These are some of my favorite shots from earlier this year.


ImageIMG_4064 by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageSouthern Rubber Boa- Charina umbratica by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageSan Bernardino Mountain Kingsnake- Lampropeltis zonata parvirubra by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageIMG_4086-1 by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageIMG_4180 by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageDesert Glossy Snake- Arizona elegans eburnata by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Banded Gecko - Coleonyx variegatus abbotti by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Three-lined Boa - Lichanura orcutti by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageIMG_2387 by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by Nick Barrientos, on Flickr

User avatar
Fieldnotes
Posts: 1470
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 5:12 pm
Location: Orange County, CA
Contact:

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Fieldnotes » September 13th, 2015, 2:29 pm

Image
California Chorus Frog from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County

Image
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake from West Mesa, Imperial County

Image
Tortoise from Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County

User avatar
Steve Bledsoe
Posts: 1801
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 5:14 am
Location: San Clemente, CA www.swfieldherp.com
Contact:

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Steve Bledsoe » September 13th, 2015, 4:33 pm

Here are some of my favorite shots this year

An in situ shot of a Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake, C. m. molossus (one of a pair of adults observed by Kent VanSooy and I above ground in a bush)
Image

A shot of another Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake, C. m. molossus
Image

Shot of a Yarrow's Spiny Lizard, S. jarrovii
Image

Shot of a Tiger Rattlesnake, C. tigris
Image

A shot of an Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, C. w. willardi
Image

Another shot of the same snake
Image

A shot of the prey trying to turn the tables on a Regal Horned-lizard, P. solare
Image

In situ shot of a Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake on a sand dune as found by Kent VanSooy and I, P. decuratus
Image

A shot of a tri-colored Colorado Desert Shovel-nosed Snake, C. o. annulata
Image

A shot of a Desert Kingsnake, L. g. splendida
Image

And finally, 2 shots of Captain Morgan!
Image

:beer:

repaphin
Posts: 525
Joined: July 14th, 2010, 1:38 am
Location: Southern California

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by repaphin » September 13th, 2015, 8:55 pm

Very cool shots guys! Keep them coming!
Here are a few more.
Here is a Blacktailed Rattlesnake we cruised on a dirt road in Pima County
Image
Here is a Tiger Rattlesnake we cruised on the same road.
Image
Here is a Banded Rock Rattlesnake from Santa Cruz County.
Image
Desert Tortoise and habitat from San Bernardino County
Image
California Treefrog from Riverside County
Image

Zach_Lim
Posts: 1607
Joined: June 10th, 2010, 7:37 pm
Location: San Francisco, CA
Contact:

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Zach_Lim » September 14th, 2015, 9:52 am

I decided to focus on becoming a better photographer this year. Specifically, I was trying to both perfect my style of "field guide" looking shot as well as try "non-field guide" shots, as well (contradictory, I know).

I also picked up a 100mm Macro Lens for my Canon Rebel T3i about a week ago and have been able to take some shots. I'll post some of my better pre-Macro lens first then my favorites with the Macro.

Pre-Macro Lens:

Foothill Yellow-legged Frog- Marin County, CA

Image

Coast Mountain Kingsnake- San Mateo County, CA

Image

Image

Blainville's Horned Lizard- San Benito County, CA

Image

Sierra Mountain Kingsnake- El Dorado County, CA

Image

CA Red-sided Garter Snake- Marin County, CA

Image

CA Legless Lizard- Santa Cruz County, CA

Image

Western Pond Turtle- Contra Costa County, CA

Image

Forest Sharp-tailed Snake- Santa Clara County, CA

Image

Coast Garter Snake- Marin County, CA

Image

Prairie Ringnecked Snake- Okalhoma County, OK

Image

Plains Garter Snake- Adams County, Colorado

Image

Gulf Coast Toad- Harris County, TX

Image

Bakersfield Legless Lizard- Kern County,CA

Western Yellow-bellied Racer- San Mateo County, CA

Image

Image

Post-Macro Lens

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake- San Mateo County, CA

Image

RobertH
Posts: 1834
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 8:38 pm
Location: Los Angeles

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by RobertH » September 14th, 2015, 8:26 pm


repaphin
Posts: 525
Joined: July 14th, 2010, 1:38 am
Location: Southern California

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by repaphin » September 14th, 2015, 9:02 pm

No, not at all! I really dig the non reptile shots as well! Post as much as you want! You take awesome photos!!! :thumb:

User avatar
Steve Bledsoe
Posts: 1801
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 5:14 am
Location: San Clemente, CA www.swfieldherp.com
Contact:

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Steve Bledsoe » September 15th, 2015, 4:59 am

Bravo! :thumb:

Very well done, Nicholas.

AZherper
Posts: 19
Joined: August 31st, 2015, 7:53 am

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by AZherper » September 16th, 2015, 11:25 pm

Just a couple from this summer Arizona, I've seen much more but have yet to upload pictures.
Sorry, this is my first post on the forum and I'm not sure if I'm formatting this correctly.

Senticolis triaspis intermedia:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageSenticolis triaspis intermedia (Northern Green Ratsnake) by wyman.jules, on Flickr\

Crotalus willardi willardi:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageCrotalus willardi willardi (Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake) by wyman.jules, on Flickr\


Micruroides euryxanthus:


\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageMicruroides euryxanthus euryxanthus (Arizona coralsnake) by wyman.jules, on Flickr\


Smilisca fodiens:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageSmilisca fodiens (Lowland Burrowing Treefrog) by wyman.jules, on Flickr\

Crotalus molossus molossus crossing a road:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageA Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus molossus) Crosses a Road in Front of the Santa Rita Mountains by wyman.jules, on Flickr\

In situ molossus:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageCrotalus molossus molossus (Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake) in situ by wyman.jules, on Flickr\

And another one posed for a couple photos:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageCrotalus molossus molossus (Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake) by wyman.jules, on Flickr\

Crotalus pricei pricei:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageCrotalus pricei pricei (Western Twin-spotted Rattlesnake) by wyman.jules, on Flickr\

And an obligatory atrox, in situ:

\f0\fs40 \cf2 \cb3 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 ImageCrotalus atrox (Western Diamondback Rattlesnake) in situ by wyman.jules, on Flickr\


Sorry if I didn't format this correctly. These are just a few shots I liked from this year, and I'm working on getting some better in habitat shots up soon.

-Jules

User avatar
Porter
Posts: 1993
Joined: March 19th, 2011, 6:43 pm

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Porter » September 17th, 2015, 12:46 am

Well, seeing this post gives me a sigh of relief because I definitely do not have time for a part 2 of my 2015 photog post..lol And Nick, thank you for breakin the ice on a heavy shot count :thumb: All great stuff people!! That connected black dorsal zonta, toad close up jabba shot, underwater weird fish, habitatal mastocophis backdrops, hunting/feeding, legless lizard beautiful layouts and morphage, rattlers of all color and pattern,ect,ect... list goes on. That's why I'm here :thumb: Keep it up guys

I'm gonna dedicate this set to Mr VanSooy... without having a place that appreciates this stuff, this forum (set up by Kent and others) I don't think I'd be doing this kind of photography at all. Glad to have a place to share it :)

:beer:

heres a few... :roll:

ImageCalifornia Nghtsnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagenight finger by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageclouds1a by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageDiablo Range Gartersnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageDiablo Range Gartersnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageTiger Salamander Larva by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageDiablo Range Gartersnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageClouded Sulpher by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagevg3 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageValley Gartersnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagesunset by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagesunset2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imaged9 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Image20150623_202445-1 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Red-legged Froga by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagedaddy longleg 1 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Kingsnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagebats by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagefly by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageyj by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagejs2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageHover Fly by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagehb2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagewasp2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageSleeping Dragonfly by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagewb by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageFlying Dragonfly by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageadd5 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageOrb Weaver by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagews2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagered frog insitu 2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageas3 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageas2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageaaa by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageaba by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageaea by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagebh by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageablue by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageat by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagerattler1a by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagerattler2a by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagerattler6 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagerattler5 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr


Imageobscure by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageobscure a by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagesuntop2a by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageHawk Pellet by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagemud wasp toe by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagemud wasp by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagemud wasp rest warming 2 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagemud wasp scoping a spider den by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imagemud wasp2 eating spider by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Imageroad sun by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Image1rattler3a by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Image2rattler by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Image3rattleraa bri30 120 112 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Image4rattler crawl by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Pacific Rattlesnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

Image5rattler1 by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

User avatar
LouB747
Posts: 1171
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 7:50 am
Location: Huntington Beach, CA

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by LouB747 » September 17th, 2015, 7:45 am

While maybe a lot of you do this, I noticed Porter that most of your shots put the subject off center. I've read that this actually makes for a more interesting shot, and I'd have to agree. It's called the "Rule of Thirds". Do you do this intentionally when you shoot? Or do you crop to this look later? How about the rest of you? I try and do this while videoing, but with an unpredictable subject, it can be hard.

Great shots everyone.

User avatar
Porter
Posts: 1993
Joined: March 19th, 2011, 6:43 pm

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Porter » September 17th, 2015, 11:29 pm

LouB747 wrote:While maybe a lot of you do this, I noticed Porter that most of your shots put the subject off center. I've read that this actually makes for a more interesting shot, and I'd have to agree. It's called the "Rule of Thirds". Do you do this intentionally when you shoot? Or do you crop to this look later? How about the rest of you? I try and do this while videoing, but with an unpredictable subject, it can be hard.

Great shots everyone.
Yes! In fact, I do it with every shot I take... I think shape and balance are my main interest. Negative space behind and around the subject are a shape in itself and I'm always adjusting that (angle, like a pool cue, camera to subject in relation to light) to find something appealing to myself. Like the grass spider shot on the water lilly-ish plant thing lol The spider is neat...kinda sitting on a throne in his own organic castle... but its the balance of the shapes around him that made me take that shot. So, I think I'm always searching for stuff like that in nature and then capture the beauty I come across, once seeing it. Most of my uncropped photos fall into the Thirds Rule, but 97% of my shots are cropped at least a little. I normally know what I'm gonna crop out before ever taking the shot. If something looks off balance in a pic it's usually intentional because I'm trying to include that one blade of grass the crosses brown nicely over the green in the right hand corner or that one chunk of dorsal pattern the sets this individual out from the rest...stuff like that. I have a natural attraction to the obscure, so I think that tends to be a standard on some level, more than any rule of thumb. If it doesn't interest me, then it's not photo worthy, and believe me, I'm not easy to please..haha

I notice a lot of people do it. I think it's great to be able to bounce ideas off one another for inspiration. When I first started youtubing for snake vids, I came across some photo posts of people like Mike Spencer, Chad Lane, Natalie Mcnear... it really tripped me out because the concept never really even crossed my mind that people actually do this. I specifically remember seeing a Black Salamander shot of Chads that was taking in Macro (I think). Looking at a salamaders face, purple highlights, iris, pores and all, for the first time ( too small to see in life size) really hit me artistically. Like woah lol And seeing Natalie, a girl, taking about field herping like a guy might take on sports. Really opened my eyes... I found myself reevaluating the relationship with the girl living with me at the time. Made me realize why I felt so estranged from her. Like, holy shit! girls do this? lol Really cool :) Made a huge impact in my life.... not only that, she was frickin good! Damn good photographer and herper. I have to admit, those photographers (and the ones who inspired them, whoever they may be, probly fFHF peeps) really open up a new door or rather a new pallet to work from. Helped me get back to the person I used to be. Very inspirational.

Oh, and then I saw... Owen Holt photography...
:shock:

User avatar
Porter
Posts: 1993
Joined: March 19th, 2011, 6:43 pm

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Post by Porter » September 17th, 2015, 11:30 pm

Accidental repost

Post Reply