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bad eye - bad frame

bad eye - bad frame
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.1, 1/304 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-19 2:10
Viewed: 5251
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
Today I'd like to bring back some memories from my last Florida trip. It was a good season to observe many animal species. One of the most interesting and funny furious was this one:

Apalone ferox (Schneider, 1783) - Florida softshell
Family: Trionychidae
Order: Testudines

It's one of the biggest American freshwater turtles - native to the south-eastern United States, primarily in the state of Florida, but it also ranges to South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.

Typically it has a dark brown to olive green, leathery carapace with a white or cream colored underside. It has a long neck, an elongated head, with a long snorkel-like nose. Juveniles have dark blotching, which fades as they age. They grow to a large size, from 6-25 inches (15-63 cm), to become the largest of all the species in the genus Apalone when adult. The juveniles are olive-yellow with grey spots and a yellow lined carpace. Juveniles also have yellow and orange markings on the head and a gray plastron. These marking disappear as it ages, although adults sometimes show traces of the markings.

Florida Softshell Turtles are almost entirely aquatic, generally only emerging from the water to bask or to lay their eggs. They prefer still waters and can be found in ponds, streams, rivers, lakes and swamps. It is a carnivore eating fish,snails,insects,and amphibians. The turtle is usually shy around humans, but when they feel threatened they will bite with their strong jaws. Like all soft-shells they are very fast in water and on land. In captivity they can live to be 30 years old, although in the wild their lifespans are shorter.

I had several encounters with that animal in the Everglades. First, I saw just it's tube nose sticking out of the water and its head under the surface (see workshop 1). As the animal is very clever and fast I thought it's difficult to approach it closely.

Fortunately it appeared that May is their egg-laying time. Many females were leaving the water and digging nests on the banks
(see workshop 2). While doing that they were so much concentrated that didn't pay that much attention to people. The only thing they did was watching furiously the observers.

The one pictured here was another story - I spotted this female why crossing the asphalt road. When approached, it first started to run but then turned back, hissed and started snapping around. Keeping distance I tried to make some portraits but it was not easy - head of the animal was moving too fast. Eventually I made this shot but wasn't able to frame it well. But, what I like on this shot is the furious eye and the sharp beak visible below nostrils - I wouldn't like to be snapped with it.

Thanks for looking!

source: Wikipedia

petrudamsa, PaulH, cicindela, LordPotty, horia, red45, Alex99, reina, scottevers7, pankajbajpai, cataclysta, marhowie, gracious, meyerd, hester has marked this note useful
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Hi Michal,

long time no talk, no comment, no...
well busy life. Great close-up portrait of this snout turtle. Love that hypnotic eye!

Cheers, Petru

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-19 2:18]

Hi Michal,
superb detail and colour, you can get a real sense of the texture of the skin here. It's an unusual face that i wouldn't have known belonged to a turtle without reading your notes first either. Ok, the frame is a little tight but after reading the circumstances in which you got this, i think you have done a great job. I also think the eye is very good!
tfs and have a good weekend,

keenly sharp where it counts in all animal shots..the eye..
good eye and, well,...what about some cloning instead of framing..
careful lighting shows off the skin texture and delicateness..it seems like that to me

Bardzo krotko, pewnie wroce teraz - niesamowity zwierz! Nie chwaliles sie, ze go widziales w USA! Swietne workshopy uzupelniajace portret. Szkoda tylko, ze w portrecie zolwiak ma uciety nos, cos wyraznie nie poszlo Ci z lapaniem kadru ;)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-19 3:12]

Hello Michal,
looking at the thumbnail I thought this was some kind of Ray sticking its head out of the water... I was surprised to see this unusual turtle!
+++ Great sharpness, detail and clarity. An effective close crop and a good composition. Great POV.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

That sure is a funny turtle Michael.
I just wish we could see all of its nose.
Exposure and detail are very good though.
Great shot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-19 4:51]

Czesc Michal!

Heheh, to jakis nieudany eksperyment genetyczny? Krzyzowka dzika z salamandra :-) ? Zdjecie rewelacyjne, zwierzak ma tak glupawy wyraz twarzy, ze az chcialoby sie miec taka maskotke :-) Swietna notka i workshopy.

A w ogole, na pierwszy rzut oka na miniaturke myslalem, ze to poskoczek mulowy.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-19 8:35]

Hi Michal.
Without your description I never would guess, that it is a turtle. Great portrait. Terrific reproduction of all details of the animal. Note is written perfectly, full of content and interesting. WS are very nice too. Bravo and TFS.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-10-19 11:05]

What a creature, definetly not the cute factor, but details are very well shown. Very good not as well, a high learning factor your post!
Thanks Reina

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-19 14:29]

Hi Michal and sorry for the delay

Another terrific shot from you...and it comes with another set of great workshop pictures again - always a pleasure to enjoy.
This is indeed a very interesting species - one completly adapted to its way of life. Your photos show that well, but this portrait here is excellent.
That pointy nose is just amazing, but the colors from its eyes are just outstanding! You managed to focus greatly on that and to make them stand out well. Great sharpness there and very good POV for it.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Michal,
That is a superb portrait on this Soft shell tutle. I love the composition and tight framing here. Amazing colors and tack sharp detail. Very cool shot. I love it!

hello michal,
lovely shot, sharp image with good details, nice colours, good lighting, the eye with glitter looks beautiful,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Michal,
A wonderful close capture where the stunning eye stands out perfectly. The brightness of the eye and the texture of it is very beautiful. You also captured great texture in the skinn of this turtle. It would have been nice to see the entire nose inside the frame, but the eye takes up for most of the attention.

Czesc Misiu
Zdjecie jest ciekawe, obiekt bardzo interesujacy. Fajny kontrast dobra ostrosc. Szkoda ze fotka jest ucieta z lewej strony razem z kawalkiem zwierzaka. Oczywiscie swietna notka

I find this an amazing photo and workshop photo. I've never seen a turtle like that. Thanks for sharing it with us. The iridescence in the eye is super.

Evelynn : )

Hi Michal,
Very nice details, color, DOF, POV, and exposure..
And the turtle wins by a nose in this dramatic photo finish ;}
Excellent closeup of this odd looking fellow.

Hello Michal,
Oh! this is really a good shot!
excellent exposure and focus with awesome sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
very pleasing and well seen
greeting from NZ
best wishes always

bonjour michal
sans voir le WS je ne savais pas de quoi il s'agissait,j'aime beaucoup les couleurs dans l'oeil,la netteté est tres bonne aussi.

Hi Michal,
very good, this original portrait of the Softshell. The turtle almost starts speaking to you ! I like the pic a lot. Do you know anything about the holes in the skin (never seen before)? Very intersting notes. Thanks for presenting.
My best regards,

Hello Michal,
This is so interesting! I have never seen this specie before... It looks so strange to me. This is a very close and detailed portrait even if the frame is not ideal. Pictures in WS and your notes are very useful. I have learned new things today, thanks!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-30 13:32]

wooow what a fantastics eyes details,perfect sharpness and colours,thanks a lot fro share,best whishes,Luciano

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-10-30 20:26]

Wow very nice. Sharp, crisp and a ton of detail. I love the well saturated colors in its eye. Very well done.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-05 11:05]

Hi Michal

I admire your bravery, I'm sure these can be quite evil :) I love that sharp eye and the colours are wonderful



amazing macro of this rare turtle

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