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Slow And Steady

Slow And Steady
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/16, 1/8 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles & amphibians, the vanderschelden 10 : division II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-02 10:13
Viewed: 6293
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at the Edwardsville Watershed Nature Center while on an early morning walk. This old girl was pretty cooperative, and did not tuck into her shell when I laid down on the trail in front of her to take this shot. I just rested my camera on the ground and used fill flash to get light into dark areas.

Eastern Box Turtle - Terrapene carolina carolina

Box Turtles are the most common terrestrial turtle in the eastern United States. They are small to medium sized turtles, attaining a maximum length of about 8 inches and having a highly domed carapace. A key characteristic of box turtles is their hinged plastron (bottom of the shell) that can be shut completely to exclude predators. Although mud, musk, and blandings turtles also posses hinged shells, they cannot be closed completely. Superficially, box turtles resemble tortoises but they are actually more closely related to many aquatic turtles and belong to the same family as spotted, bog, chicken, map, and painted turtles, as well as sliders, cooters, and diamondback terrapins. Box turtles in the United States are divided into two species, the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina), which ranges from Texas throughout the southeast and north to Michigan and southern Massachusetts, and the western box turtle (Terrapene ornata), which ranges west of the Mississippi to Colorado and New Mexico. The western box turtle is superficially similar to the eastern box turtle but is typically smaller and has a shell marked with radiating yellow lines. There are an additional two species of box turtle that are endemic to restricted habitats in Mexico. One of these species (Terrapene coahuila) is almost totally aquatic.
Eastern box turtles are highly variable in shell shape, pattern, and coloration. Based on these differences, four subspecies of eastern box turtles have been designated. The most widespread subspecies is simply known as the eastern box turtle (T. carolina carolina). This turtle ranges along the entire east coast of the United States from Massachusetts to northern Florida, as far west as the Mississippi River, and north to the Great Lakes. Although this subspecies is highly variable in coloration, it is often more brightly colored than the other subspecies and almost always has four claws on the hind feet.

Eastern box turtles exhibit high amounts of variation in appearance. Because of this, sexing turtles can often prove difficult, especially to someone unfamiliar with box turtles. Despite these difficulties, though, there are several characteristics that can often be used to correctly determine the sex of a box turtle. Probably the two most reliable features used to sex box turtles are shell shape and tail length. Males generally have longer and wider tails than females as well as more flattened shells.

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Hi Scott,nice shott.
I thought this was a tortoise when I first saw it.Is there a difference? I'm not sure.
Looks great anyway.
Cheers, Steve.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-02 10:27]
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Hi Scott
You did well to capture this turtle in full motion. I suppose it is rather difficult to freeze these racers in motion. A high shutter speed such as 1/8 of a second is really a must to prevent camera shake and to ensure the reptile did not come out in a blur. I am sure you must have been very tired after running around trying to shoot this specimen. Well done indeed.
Your composition is well proportioned and the low POV did a great job to show her full on frontal features. That large eye is absolutely beautiful. The colours look very natural and the details are soooo amazing as the DOF (at f/16 aperture) really nailed the focus. The exposure is spot-on and you used the fill-in flash very wisely.
Great work my friend and TFS.

She is very pretty and cute, you captured very nicely her "character".
Nice POV, good details and a great note, TFS.
Ragards, Felipe.

Hello Scott, excllent POV details are crisp and colors is right on, Great Shot TFS Kyle

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-02 11:05]

Wow what a shot,excellent eye contact,good texture too!!TFS.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-02 11:30]

Hi Scott !
Excellent shot of this turtle ! Details are fantastic, the colors are natural but very beautiful. Great POV, very nice DOF and BG. This turtle is really an amazing creature, I love her big eyes and the patterns on her body. Very well done !

Hey Scott!

Great Shot!
Fantastic colors in his/hers eyes.
Nice POV, great sharpness and details and a very good note to go with as well.


  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-02 12:32]

Hi Scott,

A perfect shot with this low POV,great sharpness and DOF,very well composed picture,well done and TFS,


Good shot Scott,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-02 13:48]

I hope this big "Tortue" wasn't too fast for your camera :-)) Good POV and sharpness. I also appreciate the complementary note...
Congratulations Scott and thanks for sharing.

Scott, this is an excellent picture. Excellent POV, great colours, sharpness and excellent composition too. Well done. TFS.

Cool shot Scott,
As you know, I had my own up close and personel with the red-eared slider recently :)
I really like the low POV and framing, excellent.
Very sharp and detailed, great DOF, color, and details. Great use of flash to fill also.
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-02 15:14]

Hello Scott,
Very nice capture.POV,clear details,sharpness,framing,catchlight in eyes and composition are wonderful.

Hi Scott, you must have been on your belly to get this shot! It makes for an excellent POV, superb details and nice composition. Well done.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-02 17:47]

Hi Scott,
Fantastic close-up! The POV is excellent, very good details and sharpness, nice and natural colours.
Really wonderful shot!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-02 18:04]

Hi scott, great shot of this fellow, he certainly does look serious. Excellent low POV and amazing colours, details and lighting. A very well composed shot, well done and tfs.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-02 18:05]

Hi Scott,
Excellent Box Turtle close-up.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,expressions,colors,note and composition.Well Done.TFS

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-02 18:06]

Hi Scott
Great shot of this turtle. Great colours, sharpnes, details and POV. Also good note
Well done Scott


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-07-02 22:15]


My daughter's roomie would love this one, she has 10 or 12 different turtles, both girls are zoo majors ... they have a small zoo at their apartment.. clear, nice focus ...

good dof


Hi Scott,

Excelent portrait of this slow mover. I like the estompated mix of the colours and the pattern on the back of the turtle. Beautiful job.

Regards, Petru

Hi Scott

What a magnificent looking creature. Right out of the prehisitoric era. I love the pose with the nose in the air. Excellent eye contact. Perfect low POV. Top shot. :-)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-03 5:57]

Hi Scott,
great portrait, excellent composition and colours. Interesting note. Good work.
Rgs. Aleksander

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-03 14:19]

Hi Scott,
A perfect portrait of this turtle. A great composition, broad dof, neat image, natural color and a vey good pov! Nice shot!
TFS, José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-03 19:58]

Hi Scott,
well captured, this is quite a look on this turtles face ;-). Good sharp details and a wondeful POV. Well composed and excellent info.

Hi Scott,
Great framing, awesome point of view!
Great clarity in colours and fine details in the patterns...
DOF spot on ion this fine composition!
Pablo -

Hi Scott, amazing details on the eye of this turtle!!!
Good colors and compo, too.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-07-06 11:12]

Very nice, I love the expression on the turle. He seems sad. The composition is great, and sharpness and detail is awesome. TFS!!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-07 8:22]

This is a super shot, though I'm sure everyone else has already told you so. I love the bit of motion blur on the left foreleg- showing how speedy (*_^) she is (oops -- sorry, dust in my eye).
I really love the composition and the colours, and the POV is perfect, making her our equal.
Best regards & A++

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-07 10:48]

Hi Scott,
Great shot, excellent eye-contact (at least I think so, it's hard to say if he's looking at the camera or not :-)). Great detail and colour, perfect DOF and great framing/composition. Excellent.
Have a great weekend

This reminds me of my photoshoot with a box turtle. I like the composition and the detail here. They are ugly and beautiful beings all at the same time! Great notes and awesome DOF. Nice work my friend,

Wow, nice detail Scott
The detail on his scaly skin is excellent. Focus, composition and coloring is wonderful. Looks like you lying right in front of him to get this shot. Interesting and informative notes. TFS Janice

so....who's going to win tonight in soccer ???

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-07-10 0:32]

Hi Scott.
Excellent capture,very nice colors ,details,composition, good and complet note.


Very nice capture of this ancient looking character. Details and colors are fabulous. :)

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-07-29 7:29]

belle photo bons détails ,
belles couleurs
bon BG
bon week-end

This is me trekking in Nepal, so slow, but I made it. Nice turtle shot! I alw

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-14 8:27]

Hi Scott, what a big tortoise!! Excellent POV and great details, I like the expression of this animal!! Well done, Didier.

Great portrait, slowy coming into the picture:-).
Good POV with flash maybe needed.
Well done, Scott

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-22 14:02]

Great attitude from the turtle, it made me smile. Great composition, good exposure and very sharp, thanks Scott.


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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-24 20:33]

Hello Scott,
Happy to see you ! you did a very nice and original photo, i like the point of view.


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