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Florida Alligator


Florida Alligator
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Copyright: Jan Contrastano (sally23) (7)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-22
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-22 14:14
Viewed: 1963
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Went to the wetland swamp with my friend (the one who got me to join here) today. Wanted to experiment with my tripod as last trek revealed my shots were very blurry.

Today Mr. Alligator is not blurry and decided to share him with you all. Not sure which one Brenda will share but she got a good shot of him too. Hope you enjoy

Alligators are generally timid towards humans and tend to walk or swim away if one approaches. This has led some people to the practice of approaching alligators and their nests in a manner that may provoke the animals into attacking.

In the state of Florida, it is illegal to feed wild alligators at any time. If fed, the alligators will eventually lose their fear of humans and will learn to associate humans with food, thereby becoming a greater danger to people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alligator#Behavior

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GREAT JOB JAN! Had a ball today! It was worth all the effort, and still, though the day is almost done, sifting through all the shots. GOSH there was some great wildlife out there tonight!

Ok upload some more tomorrow! Going to post to workshop a shot before this one :0) great spending time in nature instead of trauma bay!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-23 19:45]

Hello Jan,
What a differance a tripod makes!! I have never seen an alligator in the wild, but your image shows this particular fellow off very well. Nice focus and beautiful coloration. It isn't easy photographing subjects that are long and narrow like your alligator, as they tend to fill the entire frame up quickly, thus you can only get so close.
Ron

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