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Sir Hiss

Sir Hiss
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-25
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-05-25 17:52
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well in no way can this be thought of as a fluffy, but I still think its cute.
(Sir hiss , the best character from the Disney's Robin Hood cartoon was the side kick to the Sheriff of Nottingham in that film)
What this actually is is an adult Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) also called the ringed snake else where. It is one of only 3 native snakes in the UK the other being the fairly common Adder and the very rare Smooth Snake.
You can veiw the full snake in an image posted in WS.
It is a Non-poisonous snake that sneaks up on its prey and grabs them and swallows them whole and alive. prey is frogs, toads, newts, the odd bird or mouse, but also fish and tadpoles form a good part of its diet. it is a superb swimmer, and fish are caught by it swimming below the surface and grabbing them.
This one was 60 - 70cm long and quiet an oldy, it had quiet a few scars on its head and body, the is an orange one below the eye, and quiet a large one on top of the head, I presume it had escaped being eaten at some time by some thing.
They may not be slimy like people think but boy do they smell I have a poor sense of smell but even I could smell the pungent musty smell it gave off, at least it didn't do their normal trick when handled of covering you in the comments of its bowels, now that is smelly and horrible, it is supposed to put off predators by smelling of carrion which a lot of predators will not touch, so there by they get away as this one must of done in the past.
Taken late this afternoon , after it had been on a fishing trip after the goldfish in the nursery lake.
I was so bright this afternoon that the camera had to be set to 1000th sec and could not get below F4 to put the BG out of focus more as I would of wished too.
Hope you like this as much as the cygnets who by the way still doing OK but thought you should have a change of image.

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To Jancie: smelly snake?Robbrown 1 05-26 16:51
To sandpiper2: Thanks ChrisRobbrown 1 05-26 16:35
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Hi Rob, quite agree with you about them being cute. Great POV with good detail and love that tongue.

I really like this shot, Robert. Amazing capture to freeze the tongue as you were able to do. I agree that the snake appears fairly old, given the dullness of his eye in a very sharp image.

Excellent shot Rob,
Very sharp clear detail. The low POV is spot on. The tongue looks awesome, really well captured.
Thanks for posting

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-25 19:17]

An excellent capture Robert,
Superb detail and colours,great POV.
I've yet to see one of these but I live in hope!
Great work,well done.

Yes Sir! This is very good. Even though your depth-of-field is not what you wished it is very good. The subject is sharp and the background has a nice blur. Very impressive.

Well done Robert!
The POV on this one had me grinning. Very clever and innovative. "He who glides with snakes" shall be your new name for this shoot.
Wonderful detail, color, lighing and eye contact, thank you for a fine posting.

Very nice, Robert.
Great DOF as always with a compact.
Very sharp with very good details and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-25 23:10]

Stunning macro, Robert. Super sharp details. Great cropping. The shot of the whole snake is wonderful too. TFS. : )

Very dynamic portrait, a bit fried by the flash...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-26 3:42]

Waouh ! Impressionnante composition photographique pour ce reptile qui tire la langue. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et très bonne netteté.
Wonderful, well captured with the tongue !

CUTE?? It's very good, but cute?
I like your POV Robert. It is very sharp and the details are excellent. I never knew they smelt, do most snakes smell? And you can handle it, can you? A very interesting posting, thank you.

Well Sir Robert, this sure is a mouthwatering picture - I am saliviating all over my desk just being green - this is VERY nice, I have tried nailing their tongues before, but to no avail. A lovely mug shot - TFS

Brilliant pov. An amazing close up of this amazing creature, whose obviously had a few extreme situations in it's life.
Tremendous detail, and I love the WS aswell. A couple of great images Robert, even if not fun and fluffy.
Thanks for posting.

Fantastic capture Robert! Perfect timing..Razor sharp..No nits, wish it was mine! Very well done. Great work!!

Wow, brilliant shot Rob, just brilliant. And just in case you didn't get it, I'm very impressed with thi shot.
I think the composition is just great and I can appreciate the patience you've shown to get such a great shot (with the tongue out). I love the POV and the DOF, on your belly were you?
The workshop shot is also excellent, probably worthy of a post on its own. TFS

very good portrait:) sharp and vivid. tsf..

Very interesting shot. Love the details. How far away were you from him. Timing was perfect too.. caught him with his tongue out :D
the background actually gives you an idea of place.. it doesn't distract at all.


ps The family says hi :D

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-26 15:52]

Excellent capture Robert. The fences at the background a bit distracting but I saw them 10 seconds after I opened the photo. My eyes were fixed to the snake. Magnificent details.
Very well done.

excellent travail, etre la au bon moment c'est le secret de la réussite
Amicalement Christophe

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-28 3:32]

Marvellous close-up. One can see all the details. The photo is very bright, sharp and clear and I like the unusual perspective. This really makes the snake very much alive.
Well done and thanks for sharing.


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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-28 15:36]

Hi Robert,

It's a well exposured and sharp picture that I really like. Great composition and DOF as well. Love the great details of the eye.

Thanks for sharing

OMG! I have a lump in my throat! Not my favorite of creatures but still prefer them to spiders. Amazing color and sharp details what an intriguing pov! Half way expect it to turn its head this way. TFS

Only just seen this and being a snake lover have been fascinated by it. Very sharp capture and great to get the tongue at full extension. TFS


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