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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-16 15:07
Viewed: 3668
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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A portrait of a male adder - Vipera berus

Info on species below...

Some colour variation occurs, the most distinctive features of the Adder are the dark or black zigzag stripe along its back and its squat or heavy bodied appearance.

Length: Typically males reach 60 cm Females 75 cm in the UK. It is often stated by observers that Adders appear larger than they actually are.


Males typically have a grey, creamy white or steely grey background colour. Females range from browns and yellows to brick red. Females are larger than Males

Males appear from hibernation in early spring, the females follow approximately a month later. Mating occurs in the later part of April and the first half of May. Males are territorial at this time and may occasionally be seen to duel or "dance" as a show of strength. Adders do not lay eggs, but give birth in late summer to approximately 8 live young that measure 15 - 20 cm. The young are contained in a membrane that breaks immediately after they are born. Adders usually only reproduce every other year in the UK.

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Hi Matt,
Amazing close up of this reptil!
I really like the way you filled the frame, and the excellent details got on the skin and redish eye.
The neutral and soft backgrund works pretty well in this picture.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

You lovely potrait you offer to us.
I like it like this, but I would not mind to see it even bigger with less space on the front to get the best details of that devil eye ;)
The exposure is great, and DOF with everything into focus range and clean BG very strong.
I like it.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-16 15:32]

Hi Matt

Superb close up shot of the Adder, really nice pose and POV, excellent detail and colours with a nice blurry BG, I like the light catching in the Eye.

TFS Hil :o)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-16 15:40]

Hi Matt. Good close up of the Adder. very good detail and colour. with a good DOF. his eye stand out well.One went over my foot in the forest when sat taking pictures. well done.TFS. Nick

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-16 16:31]

Hi Matt.
Very impressive point of view in this close-up.I like sharp details on his skin.Pretty light in eye and superb blurry BG.Well done!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-04-16 19:03]

Hi Matt,
What a portrait! Excelent eye contact and superb details. Good BG and nice composition.

Oh snake!
Excellent details on the skin, and the colors are really well done.
DOP is just right and the lighting was good.

Awesome close up man. The detail is superb. The eye is a work of art in itself.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-17 1:05]

Hi Matt,
Stunning close-up shot. perfect lighting, neat colours and sharp details. Awesome scales and such scarry eyes. The POV, DOF and the BG are superb. The only thing missing is its flikering tongue - but that is not in our hands. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Great close up without attacked by the Adder.
Exposure is good too.

Beautiful shot of a beautiful snake. Great DOF, and BG. I've always loved the colour of the eyes on the adders.

Great shot Matt. The eye is really bright. Nice control of Depth too. I Saw the nature prog last night on vipers and I guess Adders are part of that family. Do you know whether they have the heatseeking organs on the front end?
Well taken

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