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Texas Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snake
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-13 20:05
Viewed: 4370
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A semi-interesting story with this snake. While I was home on leave I was on the tractor mowing in deep weeds. I had just made my very first pass when I noticed this Texas Rat Snake A.K.A. Chicken Snake hanging in the weeds about four feet off the ground. I knew there was little chance he would still be there when I got back but I returned to the house to get my camera anyway in case other opportunities presented themselves. I came back to the same spot, still driving the tractor and the snake was still there. I turned the camera on, took the lens cap off, looked through the view finder and...nothing but white. I had taken the camera out of the air conditioned house into 98% humidity and the lens fogged up instantly. After a few seconds of blowing on the lens to try and get it to clear up, which it did a little, I tried a shot. As soon as the flash fired the snake hit the ground and was gone. Later the photo was not very good and looked very hazy. I was able to clear it up some in PP and what you see is the result. I do wish the head was in better focus, but all things considered, I guess it turned out all right.

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Interesting shot of a snake, (not on the ground). Indeed the focus is rather "soft", but the subject well captured.

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