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Copyright: John Stewart (jstewart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 125] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-12 0:32
Viewed: 3501
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The common garter snake (thamnophus sirtalis). These occur nearly Canada-wide. There are some regional variations in their colouring. They average about 2/3 m. (2 feet) in length.
I came across this one sunning itself on a gravel path in the lower ranges of the BC coastal mountains.
Macro, ISO 200. Cropped ++ (but I was starting with 8MP), levels, hues, blurred background, sharpened.

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Good close of this snake. Good exposure and details of the scales.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-09-17 15:26]

Hi John,
interesting photo with good detail on this snake. A background more blurred would be nice to bring out the snake and isolate it from the BG (the little pebbles versus snake scales are a bit distracting) but a narrower DOF would probably not have worked as the snake would not have been completely in focus. Apparently in PS or other image editing program blurr can be added selectively afterwards, unfortunately I have no idea how (whatever I tried looked awful).
Kind regards,

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