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Brave Box Turtle

Brave Box Turtle
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Copyright: Stephen Mahlstedt (smahlst) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon D60 (since sold), Canon EF 100 2.8 Macro USM (since sold)
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-07 6:16
Viewed: 3480
Points: 8
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I came across this box turtle at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Turtles rock!!! He was sitting in the grass, so I knew a shot of the entire turtle wouldn't be very interesting. I decided to try to get an extreme close-up with my macro lens. I laid down on my belly so I was face-to-face with the little guy. Actually, initially I was face-to-shell, because he was too spooked to come out of his shell. I figured if I laid there long enough, he'd get comfortable with my presence and come out. I picked some of the blades of grass that were in front of shell, so they wouldn't get in the way, and then I waited and waited. He finally stuck his head out and I got this shot. When I first reviewed the image, I wasn't sure what I thought about only the eyes being in focus, and his nose/beak (what do you call it on a turtle???) being totally out of focus, but now I like it. I think it gives the viewer the feel of just how close I got to this little guy's face with my lens. Turtles definitely rock!!! :)

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Excellent shot Stephen, and I think you did exactly the right thing by keeping the eyes in focus. I also use the 100 USM lens and it's awesome when you capture a shot like this.

good focus on the eyes exactly where it should be, you must have been really close to it

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-07 18:59]

Nice image, I also use the same lens and love it. I think keeping the eyes in focus was the smart thing to do.
We have these turtles living in the southern part of Ohio, so I only see them when I go south for the day.
Good job!!

great shot! well focused. very nice colours, strange pov! 5/5

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