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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
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Copyright: Paige Livingston (HarpyLover) (24)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-26
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/8.2
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-07 22:46
Viewed: 3762
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like ideas about how to achieve better focus quality with a digital camera that has auto focus on a well camouflaged subject such as this. Thank you.

I was simply taking photos, in the open desert, of plants when I found this snake. I crouched down as low and as close as I could, safely to take the photo. Ideally, a high res. close up of it's face would have been nice, but I couldn't get closer. I have others of this snake in a few different postures, but this was the clearest one. I wanted a natural photo of a wild snake. Sounds simplistic, I know. I see these often in rural areas, but many people that have lived here for years have never even seen one. I think snakes are beautiful and would love to have somehow made that come across. Perhaps a different location, if possible, next time. On a boulder perhaps, if I could get so lucky.

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workshopHarpyLover 1 04-08 08:29
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See my workshop of your photo to view one way to deal with camouflaged subjects.

Also, would help in your note about the photo to mention something about where you were, etc., so the public has an idea of what you were trtying to achieve.

Hello Paige, Welcome to TN.
I was out west in 2000 and was hoping just to catch a glimpse of one of these beautiful snakes, it never happened. You have shown this rattlesnake very well in it's natural habitat, congratulations!!
I believe this is one of the reasons it seems to you that it needs sharper focus. It's background has the texture and color that automatically conceals the snake, making it almost invisible. This is just natures way of protecting this species.
I have done a workshop on your image and explained what procedures I used. Hope you like it. TFS.

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