mandag 25. juli 2011

GRASS SNAKE (BUORM) SWIMMING IN A LOCAL POND


The first snake to come swimming past me.
D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, extension tubes, f6,3, 1/250, ISO 1600

OK, here comes "wild ideas about local snake photography, part 2" : I`ve had this wild idea (or should we say wet idea) for some time now : to try to do close ups on a grass snakes (buorm / Natrix natrix) swimming in its natural habitat : freshwater ponds. It may not sound like such a wild idea, but close ups on wild snakes with camera in water level is no easy match. I`ve been planning this continuously from early spring, finding possible locations etc. I also had to find a warm day to be sure to find the snakes the snakes in the water, a day with absolutely no wind to support the reflections in the water that I wanted, and preferably a day with good lighting conditions with no direct sunshine. I also realized that I would have to get down there myself, literally submerged in the marshy, muddy pond with all its plentiful of "Alice in Wonderland-creatures" !!!!.... and, by using a wetsuit, stay down there for quite a long time. This is the easy part. The easy part is also to place my camera with the 200-400 lens with extension tubes on a plate of XPS, floating just above the water level to give that extremely low level in eye-hight with the snakes. The hard part is to make a snake swim by at a suitable range!

PS : I am probably the first human to be swimming around in that pond. And I had to try several times as well. Luckily the neighbours didn`t see me !!

Again : Thanks to Paal !!!


After a dive the snake suddenly pops up with only the head visible on the green waters surface
D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, extension tubes, f6,3, 1/200, ISO 1600


Obviously suspicious on my presence
D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, f6,3, extension tubes, 1/500, -0,67, ISO 1600


Smelling me !!
D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, extension tubes, f6,3, 1/200, ISO 1600


Disappearing in the spooky Amazon-jungle...
D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, extension tubes, f6,3, 1/640, -0,67, ISO 1600


D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, extension tubes, f6,3, 1/250, -0,67, ISO 1600


Continuously smelling me
D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, extension tubes, f6,3, 1/1000, -0,67, ISO 1600


As the snake is exposed in direct sunshine, heavy underexposing gives the black background
D3s, 200-400 4,0, 400 mm, extension tubes, f6,3, 1/2000, -0,67, ISO 1600

7 kommentarer:

  1. Flott lys og farger liker nummer 4 spesielt godt
    morten
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  2. Er det mulig... Slangemannen gjør det igjen! Føles ekstra godt når man har planlagt slikt i lang tid og det endelig klaffer. Du sitter på ganske unike bilder nå :)

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  3. Hei Tom

    Du imponerer nok en gang med bilder i en klasse for seg!!
    Som kommer frem i teksten så er det heller ingen"snap shot"men hardt arbeid hvor du virkelig har ofret deg i et miljø som jeg tror få gjør etter deg.

    Knallbra!!!

    Mvh Rune

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  4. Strålende resultat av bevisst jobbing!

    Det nest siste er min favoritt.

    (Selv har jeg forresten satt stativet på bunnen og hodet rett over vannflata for å komme lavt nok.)

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  5. Kan ikke annet enn å ta av meg hatten nok en gang. Topp bilder fra riktig vinkel!

    Kåre

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  6. Mye virkelig bra her. En fornøyelse å beskue.

    ketil

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  7. Annerledes bilder, I like! Flott levert...om enn med litt mange like bilder, det er jo noen som skiller seg ut :O)

    mvh Espen

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