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Sea Snake

Sea Snake
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Copyright: Paul Voskamp (pjvosman) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 65] (491)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-19
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-01 15:30
Viewed: 6495
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This sea snake (does anyone know which species it is?) was captured by our Baloch guide in the surf at the entrance of a lagoon along the Oman Seas coast in Hormuzgan, Iran. The animal was released unharmed after this photograph was taken. Very strange to see that these creatures can't move away once they are out of the water. Poisonous but helpless.

vanderschelden, Bufo, XOTAELE, JoseMiguel, cecilia, lovenature, jmp, Nephrotome2, biazberdy, horia, aisvash, sranjan has marked this note useful
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Hi Paul,
Good detail and sharpness; often this is not the case with snake images.
Good content.
The little eye is depicted very well.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-01 16:09]

Jaap Schelvis noemt 'm de Shaw's sea snake (Nl: Logge zeeslang). Heb daar zelf twijfels bij als ik andere plaatjes op het internet zie. Moet toch uit te komen zijn....

Curioso animal... esos colores le sirven de camuflaje. Una captura realmente sorprendente.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Paul,
It's a very clear and sharp capture of this reptil!
I like so much the composition got, you really took good advanataje of the pose of the animal and their curves.
Sorry I can't help with the ID.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
Best regards.

fantastic pic, TFS Ori

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-03-01 16:37]

very nice pic! good job

Good clear image, well caught.
Fantastic clarity...
Well done...

Hi Paul
Wow this snake looks huge. Nicly captured on the sandy beach. It's a good thing he can't come after you.
TFS Janice

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-01 16:53]

Hi Paul,
Wonderful capture. I like it! Colours, details, bg and pose are spot on!
TFS, Josť M.

Nice posting. Interesting to look at the flat tail. Note is interesting too. Strange that they are so clampsy on the ground. Why would they go on the ground? Is it to lay eggs?

Hello Paul,
very interesting subject, great composition,
thanks for sharing,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-02 0:02]

It is not often that one can see a sea snake with such clarity.
Out of the water, the details are fantastic.
Great POV, excellent focus and exposure.
The snake shows up very well against the darker smooth sand.
Well done and TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-02 3:47]

Hi paul,
Just beautiful the ondulations of this snake. perfect composition, simple and clear.Bravo

Unreal, I didn't know you got sea snakes in Iran.
Can't help with the species but very well captured
Excellent sharpness, DOF and composition
Well done

Hello Paul,
I love this composition, great details, exposure and those traces in the sand. You photograph a beautiful specie with excellent DOF and texture. This is a very interesting post. Thanks,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-02 7:24]

Hi Paul

I'm always happy to see more snake shots on TN, but this is truely a rare sight!
What a splendid water-snake.
I really like the POV from where you captured it - making the wide and especially "tall" body very well visible.
The colors and details here are also terrific and the contrast with the wet sand is wonderful.
Very good exposure and DOF, as well.
All-in-all: splendid work!

Cheers, TFS and a great weekend!

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-03-02 12:55]

Excellent composition with a perfect light and sharpness.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-02 14:28]

Wow, this really a National Geo shot. Perfect and amazing. Apart from the scales of the snake you managed to get the eyes wonderfully. Well done, you know what you are doing. I hope you did let it go after the shot.

Hi again,

From the checklist I think it should be: Hydrophis ornatus
Useful note about movement of this snake on land.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Paul,

This is a wonderful shot !
I just love the "waves" the snake has left in the sand.
Great details too !


Nice shot. Good Clarity and lighting. But a different POV, may be from a lower angle, almost at the level of the snake, might have produced even better results. But obviously it is easier said than done, specially with such venomous sea snakes!

But one thing struck me after reading your note,... I feel somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of affecting wild animals for taking their pictures. And I feel most satisfied when my taking pictures does not affect them in a any way. Hope your guide did not catch the snake only for the enjoyment of tourists!

Quality wise this picture obviously deserves 2 points, but since I am not sure why this snake was caught, I am awarding 1 point. I apologize if the snake was caught for some purpose other than entertaining tourists.

this is a cool shot
great sharpness and so good scene. I like the "movement feeling"

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