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Horned viper

Horned viper
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-10
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2009-08-21 7:04
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is probably the "crown jewel" of my trip to Tunisia :)

I was lucky enough to see this beautiful snake - Horned viper - Cerastes cerastes and i managed to take some close-ups of it...taking advantage of the longer focal length of my macro lens :) You don't want to come too close to this one...trust me!

Similar to my chameleon photo, another local man there had the snake and kept it in a jar with some sand. He was asking for Dinars in exchange for taking photos with it. Of course most people would only look through the glass jar and take photos like that, but i couldn't resist the temptation and i pursued him into releasing the viper somewhere remote so that i could take some better photos of the animal. He handled it with some long thongs with rubber on their tips and after we finished, he put the snake back in the jar.
I'm afraid that the snake's fate is pretty doomed, since i don't see that man letting go of it and it returning to the wild, so with this post i hereby ask you very strongly not to encourage trading with killed and framed wild reptiles - a common sight in those areas.

Hope you'll like it and thanks for visiting :)

I also managed to upload a part of my shots from Tunisia on my website...feel free to have a look for more ;)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 150mm f/2/8 Macro
Filter: no
Focal Length: 150mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 4 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

horias, oanaotilia, nglen, uleko, bahadir, caspian, flashpoint, GLEM, ellis49, vanderschelden, marius-secan, cicindela, matteo86 has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-21 8:00]

Hello Horia,
Yes this surely is a jewel of a photo. Excellent sharpness and details. Amazing focus on the eye. Very beautiful camouflaged colours, also in the BG. Ideal, perfect POV. Good DOF.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-21 8:00]

Cu certitudine este "bijuteria coroanei"!
Fara sa discutam de calitatea fotografiei, mare realizare este curajul fotografului...poate ca ma apropiam si eu la distante de focalizare data de un obiectiv mai lung, insa mana cred ca tremura, incaat nici VR-ul nu ar mai face fata.

amazing closeup, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-21 8:12]
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Hi Horia. Good to see you. I would think this was your crown jewel as you call it. You have managed t take it with such a low POV right at eye level with the snake.First class detail and natural colour. well done TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-21 9:39]

Hello Horia,
A really fine close view of this Viper showing very interesting and sharp details.
Well framed and lovely colours.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-08-21 9:54]

Hola Horia: Una foto excepcional de este terrorífico reptil...saludos

hello Horia
great composition of the haid
great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

Superb shot of this horned viper Horia.
TFS and greetings,

Hi Horia,

Details with a perfect shot. Sharpness, brightness is great. Examine more closely whether this desert viper that is not possible not to admire. Thank you so much for sharing.

Best Regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-21 11:49]

Buna Bogdan
O captura impresionanta cu detalii de invidiat.
Numai bine

impressive specie,Horia
excellent detail of the head in this eye contact....

best regards sERGIO

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-08-21 12:16]

hi Horia,
Oula, here is a really exceptional image in the glance focal used. Magnificent depiction of material, it is completed.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-08-21 18:40]

Hi Horia,
Wow... What a fantastic close-up!
Amazing details.
I love the POV... but weren't you a bit close?
A real beauty!
I also liked your message about not encouraging the trade of such reptiles.
TFS. : )

  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2009-08-22 5:08]
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Hello Horia,
I hope you are doing well, my friend.
I have to pop in and tell you, you must have misunderstand the meaning of a 150mm macro-lens, it's meant for butter- and dragonflies, this kind of subject demand at least a 500-600mm :-)
To be serious: It's a fine picture with good low POV and a nice composition with a small diagonal of the snake.
The sharpness are pretty good but maybe a more contrast,
I find a it pale but that's me.
Well done.

Hello Horia,
How are you?
You've been to Tunisia. Great.
And photographed a fellow which is on my wish list, the Horned viper.
I was already wondering how you found this fellow as I believe you only see these guys if you don't want to see them.
The note explained a lot. Good idea to ask the man to get it out...however:-)
I saw a Horned Viper (and other snakes)in a camp called Xaragu in Namibia situated somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It was also in some kind of box with a glass and so. I could view its beautiful shape from above but couldn't have the eye level view such as in your work.
I thought this snake species can be found throughout Africa.
It's a nice photo. Well composed, beautiful desert colors and tones. And of course as already suggested above there's an awesome (and dangerous:) point of view involved.
Well done and TFS

Very beautifull capture, very sharp details, nice natural colors and light,excellent DOF and BG.The eye looks so strange....

Superba captura,
Esti un norocos ca ai reusit asa o imagine cu o specie rara. Detalii foarte bune.

Its a great image, I like the DOF you have chose as it helps the snakes body blend into the background.
Very sad about its fate.
My partner keeps these, plus about 30 other venomous snakes. He puts on displays for two weeks of the year and also teachjes/trains various people including some of the BBC people.

Hi Horia,
A very great shot,superb details & splendid sharpness.Scales & eye are absolutely sharp.Great capture.
Have a nice day

Hello Horia,
Not to late to discover this beauty. Excellent capture, with very good light and find details. It must be difficult to see it in sand.
During my last trip in Morocco, a local nature guide told me that the horned viper is the only very dangerous snake in Morocco, because it is blind, he said, and it attack all the people or animals walking near its place. The others snake are afraid and don't bite if you don't disturb them. But in fact, there are many mans around the tourist places like Marrakech who capture the snakes in the wild to make shows for tourists and most of them died after a few days of capture. That is why, like you, I ask also to not encourage this kind of trade with wild animals who have their utility in the wild.

Hello Horia!
Wat a great capture of so interesting species and what a pitty that it was not free snake... I like everything in this image: low POV, good sharpness and clarity, perfect DOF, eye-contact, warm and delicate colours.
The place where this picture was taken is my next destination I think ;)
All the best from Lodz my Friend!

wonderful specie
really perfectly captured, great sharpness


Excellent closeup of the snale! It looks really eerie with the horns and the narrow vertical pupils. Good sharpness and details. Thanks for sharing.

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  • TicTac (36)
  • [2011-02-20 9:07]

Superbe portrait de cette vipère tunisienne.
Rien à dire, vraiment très bonne photo !!

Hello Horia,
Grand close up of horned viper. TFS

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