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The Only Chance

The Only Chance
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-08
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-17 0:42
Viewed: 4531
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Life in the country has many advantages (and only one lack - :) - absence of Internet and TN).

This spring and summer I have possibility to live (and work) in countryside at our garden cooperative. There almost are not people at all. Only on the weekends owners of the garden plots visit them. Just these days we go to the city to renew our food and other small household things.

Due to people absence wild creatures around feel so free. And various animals visit our garden. This summer hedgehogs, frogs and snakes are our frequent visitors.

These days I have met few species of snakes. But only this beauty gave me a chance to take an appropriate photo. I have no opportunity to select POV, framing, etc. This shot is as is (only cropped a bit).

I think this is a kind of whip snakes. I am not snake expert absolutely. And I also hope this is not venomous species. Until now in Odessa region venomous species have not been met at all.

Thanks to Razvan Zinica (Zetu) ID of the snake is ascertained. It is Caspian Whipsnake (Caspian Whipsnake).

lousat, Marco2010, ramthakur, marius-secan, bungbing, anel, romuszka, CeltickRanger, vanda, Jakkals, Hormon_Manyer, Miss_Piggy, chrisemt74 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)
  • [2012-06-17 0:48]

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful shot of this snake in very nice light and colours. Excellent sharpness and a fine composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-17 1:07]

Hi Alex,a very lucky meeting and a great opportunity,i like this beautiful portrait,you take this snake at the best,great details and colors and a fantastic light management on this terrible white background,the shadow is very nice too...have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alexei,
great capture of this snake with godd sharpness and lovely details. I especially like the beautiful warm colours of the snake and the splendid light. Do you know how long it was?
Best wishes,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-06-17 1:38]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful garden, an eerie host: Snake ..
Very good photo of this snake, natural colors and very fine details,
Have a nice Sunday,

Ciao Alexei.
Ottimo tempismo nel fotografare questo serpente, con un’eccellente nitidezza e ottimi dettagli,belli i colori naturali complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Alexei,
a very fine picture of this beautiful snake, I hpe it's not venomous. :-)
The snake is razor sharp with nice natural colours.
The picture is well exposed with correct WB.
Fine work, mf.


Ciao Alexei. Detail and sharo perfect for the snake taken in beautiful natural colours. Great light MF.


Hello Alexei,

An excellent capture with great colors, sharpness & details. Very nicely composed & presented with a great POV.

Well done & TFS.

Regards & best wishes


I have never captured a snake with my camera so far, Alexei. In addition to my aversion to these creatures, I never even saw a snake while looking for wild life!
You have captured yours with your usual professional ease and expertise. The sharpness is phenomenal.
Hope you are keeping well.

Ciao Alexei, great portrait of fantastic snake, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

hello Alexei
super good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-17 12:55]

Hello Alexei.
It is a beautiful snake and you captured it very well 'cause your photo is very sharp, showing the structure very well.Well composed too.Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
Incredible natural colors and excellent details. The skin has fantastic colors.....
Very good light and splendid sharp details. Thanks for sharing!
I never have the chance to take photos with snakes.....

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-06-17 22:08]
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nice portrait of Caspian whipsnake (Dolichophis caspius). more details you can find here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_whipsnake

Beautiful photo Alexei! Interesting subject, excellent composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness is impressive!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-06-18 19:25]

Wow Peter!!! Did you be afraid?
Nice pic,indeed! The shadow made an effect of open mouth in the snake...eheheheheh Very funny!!!I love the shrapness and the nice lighting.Well done!TFS
Best wishes from,

PS: thanks for your kind comment in my last pic!I appreciated it!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-18 21:08]

Hello Alexei,
Your lifestyle sounds so peaceful and relaxing, I am a bit jealous. I'm certainly glad that you took the opportunity to post this little fellow for all of us to enjoy viewing.
Perfectly exposed and showing exceptional detail and natural coloration. Great work!!

Hello Alexei,
A great captured of this snake, impressive sharpness details, perfect exposure and very nice contrasting,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-19 4:55]

Hello Alex,
Interesting to read your note. It's true that nature is a lot more interesting where there are just a few humans around. You have been lucky to see this not venomous snake (somebody told me that if the eyes are round, they are not venomonous), even if on your picture it doesn't look so friendly..
As usual excellent sharpness and and interesting mix of light and shadow.
Thanks too to have visited my gallery, it's very kind.
Take care!

Witaj Alex,
Very good piece of hose. Sharpness, color and light perfect. I understand that now you'll be doing a whole lot of natural images. Waiting for them.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-23 12:29]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice portrait of this beautiful snake.
Nice colours with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Alexei

IN French we say « photo prise sur le vif »,
it is what you did here, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hi Alexei,
Very good presentation, amazing natural colours. Perfect sharpness.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-07-29 13:30]

Hi Alex!
Spectacular capture. What a brightness. Lovely shadows. Excellent sharpness and superb details of the snake.
Very well done: congratulations.
ciao! vanda

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful detail and sharpness. Good light balance, colour detail and POV. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

Hi Alex,
Wonderful minimalistic composition with a fantastically sharp snake head. Great lights also. Just one word: breathtaking! Superb job! Bravo!
Best regards, László

Hallo Alexei
I have not seen you around on the site for such a long time and while browsing through the gallery I came across the last photo you posted in June. I do understand that you do not always have the oppertunity to have internet access and that your work comes first.
A snake is not a subject that I am used to see in your gallery and that is the reason why this image special. The clarity of this photograph is just great with details beautifully seen, especially of the snake's scales and its beautiful eyes. I agree with Helmut that the light is indeed splendid. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
I hope to see another posting from you soon, but in the meantime I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and may 2013 bring you all that you hope for.

Hello Alexei!!

Great detail here. The shadow works well as the snake is coming out. Great detail on the scales. What texture! I too, would love to know how long this guy is.

Hope all is well,


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