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Snake for Bayram

Snake for Bayram
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Three, Dedications to Bayram, Great Workshops [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-15 21:20
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends,
Today I am uploading my first Snake picture. Whenever I see pictures of snake I am always mesmerized by them and I have always wanted to photograph one. Finally I got my chance- a Rat Snake caught in the net of our hen coop.The more it wriggled to get out of there the more it got entangled. Anil and our neighbour decided to set it free. By the way we don't kill Ratsnakes in our place. They are considered to be friends of farmers as they feed on rats which steal our tapioca, yam and other various vegetables. While they were working on cutting it loose I took a few pictures. So friends what do you think of the result? Oh! I forgot to tell you. I took this shot with Nikon D300/ Nikkor 80-200mm AF ED at at F 3.2,speed 1/400 at ISO400. The image cropped and resized for TN.
I dedicate this picture to Bayram Gocmen . Recently I came across his gallery and to my surprise found that it was full of amazing reptiles, lizards and amphibians. Thank you Bayram for sharing with us all those pictures and educating us on those rare and wonderful creatures.
Thankyou all for stopping by,
P.S. you can find information on ratsnakes in the following links.

ramthakur, JPlumb, Miss_Piggy, SelenE, boreocypriensis, vanderschelden, mariki, Alex99, gracious, fartash, goldyrs, japiey, earthtraveler, rcrick, goutham_ramesh, uleko, haraprasan has marked this note useful
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To boreocypriensis: Dedicationsmitha 1 04-19 22:18
To ramthakur: Me toosmitha 1 04-19 10:12
To strahos: WSsmitha 3 04-16 04:35
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Hello Smitha,

a good dedication to Bayram.
Good of sharpness with beautiful colors.
Very good pov on eye hight with more space left were he looks too.

regards Gert

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-15 22:25]

Hi Smitha,

A wonderful dedication to Bayram - he will love this snake. I've not seen a Rat Snake before and this is a beauty. Excellent details - the skin and eye are marvelous. Beautiful colors but he does look rather threatening.


Hi Smitha,

Very nice detailed picture with silky texture. Exact moment of swayed tongue with bifurcation visible. Smeared triangular BG.



Hi Smitha.
The depth of field really defined the tongue and outlines of this snake. I like the details, and the fact you got it in that position.
I am glad to hear they are not killed.
I must peruse your gallery much more.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-15 22:51]

Hi Smitha

Great timing here. Good detail and excellent use of your POV. Lovely dedication too.


The forked tongue of a snake frightens me, Smitha. As a matter of fact, I am terrified of snakes despite the fact that my people in the hills of Himachal have a snake god as their village deity.
It is a perfect capture of the snake's head-side and its forked tongue.
Wonderful sharpness and colours.
Releasing the snake was a good gesture.
I don't think I will ever kill an animal except a mosquito :-)!

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-15 23:52]

Hi Smitha, love the timing here to catch that tongue. The snake is in excellent detail giving good sharp clarity on the eye, scales and the tongue of course. Colour throughout is great with an excellent composition with him just entering the frame.

Thanks, John

Hallo Smitha
Snakes are not my favourite topic, but this snake is beautiful. (Can snakes ever be regarded as beautiful?) The focus is absolutely stunning. I consider this as a perfect portrait, with stunning clarity and sharpness. Perfect exposure resulting in perfect detail and colour. The detail of the eye and nostrils are really super, not to mentioned that tongue and the scales are so clear, I can count them one by one if I want to. Thanks for sharing dedicated photo and very interesting note. I am sure Bayram will be much appreciative.
Kind regards

Very good photo but it has too much purple colour that it would be better if removed. I'll make a WS if you don't mind.
Nice pov and composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-16 1:28]

Hi Smitha,
Very nice dedication for Bayram. I'm sure he'll like it. I liked the pose you captured and the details. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi friend Smitha,
Splendid shot of this colubrid snake with its bifurcated tongue which it use to smelling the chemical particles on the air!
Excellent details, DOF and POV. Nice composition!
and also thanks for your nice dedication to me friend!
I liked it so much:-) lovely indeed!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-16 4:46]

Hello Smitha
Nice shot and hope your experiments and experience with snakes continue. The view is superb and perfect. Excellent frame and lovely compo. Ganesh smiley continue

Hello Smitha,

Very nice capture of this snake. Excellent compositiona and timing. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Very nice natural colours.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-16 8:14]

Hi Smitha.
What a timing. Bravo. Superb shot. Sharpness of the action scene is terrific. I also like wonderful diagonal structure of the image, pleasant green surroundings and excellent exposure. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2008-04-16 9:03]

Hello Smitha,
Superb shot : The timing is perfect, good sharpness and détail, great composition.


Hello Smitha,
My special compliment for such a fine image of snake for the first time!
perfect composition with a best pov of the snake in total sharpness, good colour and superb details in the shot
very well done
take care and best wishes to you and family
friend from NZ

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-16 11:30]

Hello Smitha,
Sharpness, details, clear colours and DOF are perfect in this photo. Great POV and composition.
Very well done!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-16 13:04]

What a fabulous image of this Snake, Smitha!!!
That long flicking tongue is excellent... you've great timing to capture this!
Superb sharpness and clarity.
The catch-light in the eye is superb!
Great DOF and BG.
Nice dedication to our friend Bayram.
Very well done!!


p.s sorry I missed you on gmail earlier... was signed in but was away from the computer for once :-)
Speak soon!

Dear Smitha
Nice to see you back :o)
Perfect details,exposure and BG.
Superb shot my friend.


An amazing shot you've dedicated to an amazing person, Smitha..I've yet to come across someone whos got so many dedications...And when it comes from an esteemed photographer like you, I'm sure it's very special to that person.
I love the motion you've captured so exceptioanlly well, Smitha; perfection seems to be a signature you've developed.

Hi Smitha,

I was really afraid when you said, you shot a snake...and was curious to watch the image... how it would be in frame....
This is SUPERB composition, and the natural moods are well captured.
All the best, dear friend.


Hi Smitha, Wonderful closeup of this snake. Great timing to get the forked tounge in the hot. The sharp details of eye and scales are beautiful. Nicey composed also with a fine, low POV. Fine dedication to Bayram. Tfs Richard

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-22 9:49]

Hello Smitha

Excellent clarity and action captured.
The timing is wonderful,the snakes forked tongue is in good focus.
Lovely detail and textures.
The lighting and colours are very good.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-06 4:31]

Hello Smitha,
Excellent close head portrait of a Rat Snake showing its forked tongue and eyes with super sharpness. The natural green OOF BG is a great contrast and the composition is superb. There is absolutely nothing to indicate that this snake was confined inside a net, which makes the photo skillfully done.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Smitha,

Wow what an excellent capture, they say timing is everything and this is just perfect, amazing detail, wonderful colours, that very narrow d.o.f has isolated it beautifully, and yes like Ram Snakes are not on of my favorite subject's, if I do spot one I'm more then likely heading in the opposite direction really fast :)

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Smitha,
Congrats on your first snake pic! Its very kind of anil to leave this snake unharmed. I just had an incident near my house today where construction workers had killed this wonderful snake and i was furious , but ur pic has rekindled my spirits!
Excellent clarity and that forked tongue popping out is an added bonus :-)

hello smitha,
lovely dediaction to bayram, nice focus, i can see each of the scale of this beautiful reptile which gives me shivers when i see it.
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-12 12:17]

Hello Smitha,
Excellent close-up of this Rat Snake for Bayram! Grat focuson the eye and fine sharp details. A nice background too. - I'm really impressed by the fact that on the whole you don't kill snakes in India. I remember in Goa they remove them from tourist areas to a safe place where they cannot harm people nor be harmed - a splendid idea!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Smitha
Amazing capture with crystal clear detail
Great timing and great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

Hi Smitha,
A nice portrait of this beautiful snake. Excellent composition and sharp details. A very good dedication. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-16 16:20]

Hello Smitha,
Excellent image well timed to catch his tongue out sensing the air. Your camera work is wonderful, reveling superb details throughout the image. Thank you Smitha

Hello Smitha,
Snakes are on my wish list...
Good brightness and a sharp tongue...
Well done

Great shot! The flickering forked tongue looks awsum. Sharply focussed and good pov.

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