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Ready to Strike

Ready to Strike
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Copyright: Joy Kelley (rkyobo) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 5 N: 21] (217)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-02
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-08 5:01
Viewed: 5123
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My husband and I were in Thailand last week on vacation, and went to a snake show. This was one of the cobras just as he was about to strike the handler. The snakes were all very beautiful, and the show was really fascinating. I was given the opportunity to touch this particular cobra.

I only cropped, resized, adjusted brightness and contrast, and then sharpened and framed the photo. Hope you like it!

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Hi Joy,
Great pose you capture here! Quite good details, even I could wish for more sharpness... But then, if I were to take this picture you wouldn't be able to recognize the creature at all! I like the shadow, as it adds to the dynamics
Pablo -

Nice capture of this snake's distinctive defensive response. The shot could be a tad more focused, but moving targets are tough. A faster shutter speed may have been appropriate. Then again, the slightly blurry head implies some action to the shot.

The snake is not a cobra, but rather a non-venomous Trinket Snake (Coelognathus helena helena), a widespread asian species of ratsnake. They are harmless, but quite a feisty species!

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  • sarju Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 10] (51)
  • [2005-11-30 2:30]

Hi Joy
wow ... there seems like so much intensity of force if this snake were to strike.
very good capture of the snake that does not look that friendly
tfs ... cheers ... sarju

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-23 3:44]

Hi Joy

This is indeed a very nice capture!
The pose of the snake is excellent! Totally specific to them :)Its colors look superb! The surroundings aren't quite natural, but since you've said that it was a show...you could't do anything about it.
Anyway, nicely done! Thaks for pointing it out ;)


PS: how come your son has so many of them?

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-10-16 19:49]

Hi Joy, Very well timed and sharp capture of this active cobra. I like to see on a photograph like this rather than in the flesh. Well done. Murray.

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