Garter Snake

Garter Snake

One of the most common snakes in the northeast, everywhere from forests to front lawns. This one was not very cooperative…slithering through the underbrush with always something between my lens and its eye. I took maybe 10 exposures in the two minutes it was visible at all, and this is the only keeper. The exif data tell the whole story. Max f-stop for the focal length. ISO 400 already, and only 1/15th second. What did I expect? Still, for a grab shot “quick, before he gets away”, it is not so bad.

Sony DSC H50 at full tele: 465mm equivalent. F4.5 @ 1/15th @ ISO 400. Programed auto.

Cropped (from bottom and top to place the snake on the rule of thirds line) and sharpened in Lightroom. Added Clarity and Vibrance.

From Rachel Carson Seasons.

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