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Texas Brownsnake

Texas Brownsnake
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Copyright: Chris Harrison (chrish) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-29
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Snakes - Serpientes - Serpents [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-08 8:28
Viewed: 4915
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For this shot, I was just playing with the Depth of Field with my 90mm macro lens. For reference, the snake's head is probably around 7-8 mm long.

This is a Texas Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi). This subspecies and related subspecies of this delicate little snake is very common in gardens throughout the eastern 1/2 of the United States, even in large cities. There are supposedly still populations of this snake surviving in Central Park in the middle of the concrete jungle that is New York City! They are generally brown with a lighter brown mid-dorsal stripe. Sometimes there is a hint of a checkered pattern to the background.

They are gentle little slug/worm eating snakes that generally stay less than 15 inches (38cm) long. They are often found by people out working in their gardens. They are totally harmless.

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To jmaddocks: thanks....the tongue flick...chrish 1 10-10 01:41
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Hi Chris: I really like the way you captured this Brownsnake. It would have been truly awesome if it's tongue had been sticking out!

Nice colour, dof and composition.

Well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-08 22:25]

Hi Chris, I do like this, the sharpness of his head against the blurred body is very artistic. Harmless is ok, but still a brave shot. Well done.

Hi Chris,

I think the use of shallow depth of field lends itself quite well to this sort of shot. Personally I think it needs just a bit more to bring focus to the area behind the eye. As you were experimenting, did you take any with a little more depth of field?

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