Hands Off!

Hands Off!

While scouting for the World Series of Birding, driving the back streets of Cape May Point, along Lilly Pond, we came upon this fellow attempting to cross the road. Found a place to park the car and of course took some shots. We did try to encourage him out of the street, but he was not having our help (or interference). It was a quiet street had he was pretty safe, but the next day we found a crushed carcass along side a more traveled road, just to prove the danger of being a very large snapping turtle in the spring wander season.

Straightforward tel portrait. Minimal processing in Lightroom: Clarity, Vibrance, and Sharpen. A bit of added contrast.

Sony DSC H50 at about 400mm equivalent. F4.5 @ 1/400 @ ISO 100. Programed Auto. -.7 EV exposure compensation.

From Cape May 2009.

And for context, the video (taken with the Sanyo TH1, HD camcorder).


5 Responses to “5/13/2009”

  1. 05/13/2009 at 5:17 am

    That is great. Got to love those guys. I saw the hugest one ever last year…unfortuantely it was smashed on the road…Ishould have brought it home and cooked it up. Foolish me.
    Thanks for the shot!

  2. 05/13/2009 at 6:05 am

    Otherworldly. Wonder what he’s seen.

  3. 05/13/2009 at 6:31 am

    Great image…been looking for these guys in Montana for quite some time.

  4. 05/14/2009 at 11:28 am

    I recognize this fellow. It’s Bill Slowsky the Comcast turtle. He’s always posing for pictures. A bit cranky though.

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