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Chinese Rat Snake

Chinese Rat Snake
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-15
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon 58mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-28 23:30
Viewed: 5708
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A harmless snake of agricultural and forested areas, this species preys on rats, frogs and other small vertebrates. It is diurnal, and mainly a ground-dweller.

It can be identified by the olive coloured tail with dark-edged scales, and the faint pale brown banding which occurs on the thickest part of the body (though this feature does not occur in mature adults). Its eyes are relatively large.

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Hallo Chi
Snakes are not my favourite topic, but this snake is displayed beautifully. (Can snakes ever be regarded as beautiful?) The focus is absolutely stunning, and the light coming from below just gives this image that extra umpph! Great portrait, with stunning clarity and sharpness. The detail of the big black eyes and scales are really super. I can count the scales one by one if I wanted too and it seems as if the snake is looking at you straight in the eye. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

This is quite the position you have for this shot of this snake Chi. Very nicely done with a great capture of his head. The back lighting is kind of neat too. Colour and detail seen on this guy is very good with excellent focus on his face.

Thanks, John

Hi Chi,
Your pictures are always irresistible irrespective of the fact that even though I am teriibly scared of snakes, I like this image of a Rat Snake you shot in China.
In this amazing image, only the head of the snake is in awesome focus. And it has got a halo around it. I wonder how you managed to get it because it is this very intense light behind the snake's head that makes this capture a true masterpiece.
Goodness, the snake is staring back at me!
So I run away now, muttering thanks to you ......

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-04-29 3:09]

Excellent shot.Lighting effect and DOF you managed
are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Chi!
I like the composition and interesting light! Well done

Hi Chi,
A very intersting and odd picture, the bright yellow light gives to snake a nice effect and illumination. In other words a excellent image.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-29 14:59]

Hi Chi Liu.
Una interesante foto, no solo por su contenido sino por su presentacion. Un efecto de luz tresera que le da un toque especial a esta foto.
La nota es muy interesante tambien.
Saludos My friend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-30 0:43]

Hi Chi.
What an interesting shot. Curve of snake body and lighting as well as the rich colour palette are amazing. Bravo. Well done and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-01 6:26]

Hi Chi,
Outstanding shot with spot-on focus on its eyes. The halo around its head makes the image stunning and it seems it is ready to strike. Very skillfully done. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-03 15:27]
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Hi Chi

Not that one can specifically pinpoint your field of expertise or preferred focus, but this is definitively something different from you. From your lens we have seen amazing insect macros, wonderful bird shots, more than remarkable bat photography, an assortment of outstanding mammal images, and some breathtaking landscapes, but I believe this is only your 2nd snake photo. Not that I am the one who is complaining. Please don't misunderstand me. I am far to chuffed that we are seeing you uploading again after a period of absence and all I can say if this is the standard of you snake photos you are most welcome to post a couple more.

You made excellent use of a very shallow DOF to concentrate the focus on the facial area only. This ensured that the fall-off areas in front and behind actually added to the dramatic effect and complimented the subject in the process. The strategically placed (positioned) light spot also guaranteed a spectacular focal emphasis of the face. The composition is great with the snake curling into view throughout the shot and the head finally delivered somewhat off-centre. You also made good use of the fill-in flash and have the light appear very natural with excellent colour rendition.

Good work MF and TFS.

Great shot. Excellent pov.

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