Willie, Do you ever take a bad photo?? LOL, This is beautiful!! I like how the snake is coiled because my eye keeps going round and round the picture.. Another well done job! Don't forget all us little people one day when you have a successful gallery showing.
Well... it looks like Abhi is a trend setter.
I like the B&W treatment here, but wonder what this would look like in color. The DoF and composition are spot on, but I feel it is a little unfortunate that the snake had a stripe down its back behind its head, instead of the diamond pattern you see further down its back... I think that might have made the lines a little more appealing. Also, is there a reflection on the eye? There seems to be something there that is taking away the classic vertical slip pupil that snakes have, and I think it takes away a little from the impact. I am loving the texture and sharpness of those scales though!
Excellent work, Willie!
PS: Nice new avatar.
Very good photo Willie.Was it behind glass,if so good job on having no reflection in the photo.If not then good job on getting that close to the snake and not pissing it off. Ron
Thanks for noticing my enthusiasm.. My shots definitely don't look like this straight out of the camera.. LOL, Someday .. I have a goal, within a year to produce something that is high quality. As for a gallery showing you should contact some local galleries and arrange a show.. Or find place to rent for the night and set up your own showing.. Some of the local galleries where I live have special nights for local artists shows.. Also some of our independent coffee type shops you can hang your work up on their walls .. You should really look into that. I think you have enough beautiful work to warrant some type of showing.. maybe even look into art festivals in your area. I REALLY think you should look into this.
The relatively small enclosure actually isn't that bad for a snake. In general, snakes live in small underground burrows or dens. They prefer that enclosed feeling, and actually become more stressed when kept in a large open cage without a proper small hiding spot. Since zoos keep such animals so guests can view them and learn from them, a large enclosure with a small hiding spot that the snake will always be in is simply impractical. So a smaller enclosure is a win-win situation actually.
Based on what I can see in the shot (head shape, body girth, etc), I'd have to guess this is in the rattlesnake family, but I'm not sure of the exact species.
Last edited by jiro; 4th June 2011 at 01:22 PM.
Willie, You definitely have to look into showing your work.. I insist .. I was really happy that the other day in school one of my classmates wanted one of my prints.. We are all new to photography so they didn't realize it wasn't that good LOL, But it felt good knowing someone liked it enough to want it.. I didn't even post that particular picture on the forum because I knew it would not get decent reviews.. but someone saw something in it they liked.. it was a good feeling.. I really think you have a lot of work you can sell ! Everyone of your pictures that I have seen leave me with some sort of feeling.. that in my opinion is even more important then technically perfect. I don't even know what technically perfect is yet.. But if a picture can leave me with some sort of emotion I consider that .. excellence.. I think this is what you do with your photos. I will be looking for your post saying you sold your first print. !!
I will certainly keep you all posted should that happen. Fingers crossed.I will be looking for your post saying you sold your first print. !!
Oh, dear, Jiro - Willie - er.... I hate to be a little black rain cloud but your new avatar is freaking me out! You don't look like this! You look like that other dude. Ummmm, who WAS that other dude, anyway? (Actually, I do remember the photo of the "real you" under the tree but I got so used to the other one....)
Oh, there's "Jiro" back again! This communicates the humble, capable, insightful master that you are!