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QUEEN OF THE DESERT


QUEEN OF THE DESERT
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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-21
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles (Reptilia), Bayram's Favourites-III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-04 10:02
Viewed: 7439
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today the third picture from my 4th TB-Quest expedition and the second photo of Tunisian reptile :>


The hero from this picture is a real queen of the desert - danger, venomous, and... beauty :>

This is Saharan horned viper known also as horned desert viper (Cerastes cerastes, Viperidae) (Polish name: zmija rogata).

Distribution: Sahara desert in North Africa, Arabian Peninsula.

Habitat: dry, sandy areas with sparse rock outcroppings, and tend not to prefer coarse sand. Sometimes around oases, up to an altitude of 1500 m a.s.l.

Size: 70-80 cm

Morphological features which allow to identify the species: presence of a pair of supraocular horns (that's the reason of the snake's name - "horned viper")

Food: young vipers - insects (mainly crickets and grasshoppers), adults - lizards, small birds, small mammals.

Reproduction: oviparous, female lays 15-20 eggs.



And last but not least, I would like to dedicate this picture to two of my TN Friends and also a very good reptile specialists - Mehmet Atatur and Bayram Gocmen.


Thank you for your time, visits, and comments! :>

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amazing capture, TFS Ori

Merhaba Radomir!
Again, you are giving me a rare pleasure in dedicating this fine capture of a Saharan Horned Viper to me and my colleague Bayram, he will also be quite happy to receive this dedication from you. Your viper looks ready to strike, its characteristic "horns" and strongly keeled body scales are finely detailed in this perfect reproduction. To make the strongly camouflaged snake more "visible" on the sand, I increased the contrast level slightly in my WS, hope you approve my friend.
Cheers,
Mehmet

Ciao Radomir, great capture of beautiful snake, splendid details, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir!
What a beauty! Excellent composing, great POV, adequate DOF. Great details, to!!!
Thank for sharing!
Csabi

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-06-04 11:11]

Hi Radek

I apparently missed your latest photos from Tunisia (and especially the reptiles) but i'm really glad i spotted this :)
It looks as though you came back with some great photos and gems and this is definitely on of them! I just love this full-body view of this gorgeous horned viper in its sandy natural habitat. I found the same species during my trip there, but only came back with a good headshot, so i'm glad you got such a great habits photo.
I really like the sharpness allover here and the great colors of both the snake and the sand + sky.
I do however feel that a slight brightening and increase in contrast might be good here, as Mehmet already mentioned. A very minor detail, though :)
Overall, a superb post from you, my friend!

Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-04 11:12]

Hello Radomir,
Fantastic photo of this snake taken from a perfect POV. Excellent sharpness, details, BG and DOF. Very beautiful colours. Very good quality!
Regards,
Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-04 11:40]

Hello Radomir
Superb capture! Excellent work!
Regards
Razvan

Hi Radomir,

fantastic picture WOW!

Thank for sharing!
Sascha

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-06-04 12:54]

Terrific image, which has it all: details, colors, composition, POV, beautiful subject. Congratulations!

Ishi

Hello Radomir,
What a beauty! Great capture, with fantastic pose in sand and fine details. Very friendly dedication to our specialists. Well done! Have a nice weekend,
Catherine

Hi Radomir

AWESOME, awesome, awesome. I love it, the perfect desert shot.
Stunning shot, straight into favourites. TFS

Chris

Hi Radek, a shot to be proud of indeed! Trully magnificent beauty! Amazingly beautiful capture taken from very effective low POV showing its horns well -i think this is the single species that its ladies have horns. haha..- I wonder if it produced some epidermal warning sounds while performing the sidewinding motion. May be you've observed this queen at least a while! I am jealous with this great image you sure that:)! Hope i could see its couisin (C.c. gasparetti)in Jordan and take some great shots like this!
TFS and also thanks a lot for this pleasant/joint dedication MF!
Have a nice weekend!
Cheers,

Bayram

great photo
I know this snake also from the western negev desert in israel.
the colors ans sharpening are really good.
the compo isn't perfect. I would like to see the snake in he's environment. your photo show just the snake in the middle with little clue the nature around.

amazing snake
cheers rei

hello radomir
super picture as always with great sharpness and good details
lovely colours and nice BG.
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65293)
  • [2010-06-06 1:41]

Hi Rado,how i like this kind of point of view!!Fantastic work and impressive sharpness,i will be there next week in Tunisia,i hope to meet the same..eeeheh..have a nice Sunday and thanks,LUCIANO

no comment, tfs

Maravilloso e impresionante trabajo Radomir; impacta ya a primera vista. Buen enfoque, profundidad y presentación.
Un abrazo y buena semana: J. Ignasi.

Hallo Radomir,
what a fantastic capture, outstanding sharpness with impressive detail, marvellous colours, excellent low POV, DOF and composition
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

Witaj Radek.
Jestem pod wrazeniem tej fotki, obiekt twojego zainteresowanie do bezpicznych nie nalezy i pewnie nie miales duzo czasu na zrobienie zdjecia. Pieknie uchwycona, ostrosc i kolory tez na wysokim poziomie.
Pozdrawiam Robert.

Hello Radomir,
nice to see your shots again. I have not meet yours for a long times since I also dont have enough time and many field trips for TN for recent several months.
this is extraordinary capture. congratulation my friend. superb sharp details and colors. nicely composed and presented. I also like low POV. thanks for sharing, best wishes and have a good night
Ahmet

Hi Radek,
I am here again after a long gap. Nice capture of this beautiful desert viper. Very good sharpness and good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Radomir,
eye to eye - only the brave ones would dare such a low point of view and close approach in front of a horned viper! My respect and congratulations for this first class reptile portrait taking a minimalized, well efficient view of the habitat perfectly so well into the frame!
With thanks, and best regards,
Peter

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