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Red-Bellied Black Snake Pops in to Say Hello
Red-Bellied Black Snake Pops in to Say Hello

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Into or Out Of the Frame (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A200
Lens: Sony 75-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: Australia: outdoors - under deck
Date: Oct 13, 2009
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125sec.
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 13, 2009

As the snake was under the deck a flash was used. Saturation slightly increased.

Place: 102 out of 113
Avg (all users): 4.6202
Avg (commenters): 4.8333
Avg (participants): 4.5000
Avg (non-participants): 4.6524
Views since voting: 559
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 208
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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10/27/2009 05:44:50 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

My thoughts on the image: My eye immediately notices the relatively bright exposure of the overall image. While I do think that you meet the challenge, I think the there were some technical aspects of the image that could have surely been executed better.

My ideas for improvement: I am guessing that you are running that camera on full-auto mode. Am I wrong? My first suggestion for improvement would be to switch to manual and play with those controls. Looking through your first few entries, they all seem to have very similar mistakes. First and foremost, pay attention to your primary focal plane. With an image such as this, I'd like to see the primary point of focus directly on the eyes of the snake. Here, your focus seems to be on the ground be low the reptile. Practice with toning that flash down. Here, you relied solely on the flash itself to light the entire image. Open up that aperture, slow the shutter, up the ISO and let the flash provide a soft, gentle fill rather than such a harsh blast. I'd much rather see some warm tones of the surrounding, natural light rather than the flat, white light you produced.

On a different note, also take time to let the voters that have taken the time to comment on the image that their comments were helpful. We really like to have our little boxes checked.

Where I would have/did score this entry: I did vote and a gave it a 4. There are many areas for improvement from a technical standpoint that would help this vote grow considerably. Keep shooting and keep posting.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/19/2009 01:43:57 PM
The background is much too distacting,
and the lighting is really bright.
10/15/2009 08:39:13 PM
10/15/2009 09:41:09 AM
gross. awesome. 7
10/14/2009 06:50:05 PM
was this taken at night with an on-camera flash?
10/14/2009 05:52:53 PM
Interesting photo. First I'll say that I know sometimes we can't choose our surrounding's in nature but the shot is to cluttered. The subject seems to be the snake yet my eye's want to wander and look at everything but the snake.
10/14/2009 12:43:52 AM
Neat shot. I've had one of these sun itself on my front verenda, once. I was glad to say goodbye.

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