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Turtle Closeup

Turtle Closeup
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Copyright: Staale Gjoes (gjoess) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 151 W: 0 N: 62] (738)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 400D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, ISO 100 RAW, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New York State Trip
Date Submitted: 2007-06-12 13:40
Viewed: 3936
Points: 6
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Saw this fellow in Tiffen Nature Reserve. He wasn't repsonding to me getting close to him snapping away.I checked up on him later and he was long gone.

I like taking picture of turtles.. they let me get my tripod out before they run away.

Anybody know what type it is ?

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Hi Staale,
very nice macro shot. Lighting, details, composition, POV very nice. TFS
well done

This is an Alligator Snapping Turtle Staale. I believe the only carnivorous type of Turtle. Usually found in large lakes/ponds buried midway in the mud. It's tongue looks like a tiny worm that they use to manipulate fish into coming close, then SNAP, lunch time! DOF, focus, lighting and sharpness are done well here! The algae on it's head and shell usually contribute to their camouflage underwater. There is a fish hatchery a few towns away from where I live that has an over 100 year old Alligator Snapping Turtle weighting around 125 pounds or more.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-24 20:43]

Hi Staale
Wow! An outstanding close-up...Fine detail, POV and color...TFS

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