Rewind Part 2....

by Russell Smith July. 31, 2020 206 views

Today's post will focus on the Eastern Rat Snake or Yellow Rat Snake as it is known in the Low Country of SC. All of these shots are also In Situ (as it sits or as I found the snake with no posing or adjustments to the scene).
I was watching a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker and almost stepped on this fella. It scurried into the near by brush off the board walk and I muttered and then sat down to see what it would do and if I could get any decent shots. I used a combo of the 100mm macro and the 150-600 (the two lenses I had that day).

It decided that I was not a threat and came back towards the boardwalk to do what it was doing before. I found that if I moved slowly and in a steady motion this guy would ignore me.

I decided to swap over to the macro lens and get a bit closer as these guys are non venomous and can be really chilled out.

This guy was also super curious and decided to check out the camera's lens so I was able to get this shot. It is very much a macro shot as it was at minimum focus distance.

After this shot this guy decided to go on its merry way to do what it was doing.

A few days later a movement on the boardwalk (different location) caught my eye. I am 80% confident that this was the same snake as a few days prior.

Ok now that I have the "safety" shots out of the way swap over to the macro lens and see if I can get closer.

Ok not too skittish as long as I move slower and steady.

Oh hi your still there

Oh hi your still there

Hmmm I wonder if I can get some textures out of this guy.

The above shot is not cropped and is a macro shot of the scales of the sake. It was a challenge to get this guy with macro in part due to the DoF and it was moving so I decided to think for a moment. If it is moving I can use the plane of focus to my advantage. I did not startle this guy until it went to crawl down my boot and I moved its head/neck to prevent it from doing that. Talk about two amazing encounters and experiences.

Off to start some rolls for dinner and take a walk while I impatiently wait for FedEx to deliver what will be used as an extention to the counters in the kitchen. I will catch up on the recent blog posts later day.

Join the conversation
11
There are 11 comments , add yours!
Al Arid 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Such great shots. That snake looks busy! I love the scales photo. If you didn't have the previous photos, you would know if it is a snake or a croc.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I love the post as a whole. Amazing pictures of this beauty. Well done Russel

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Very very nice close ups. Not sure whether I would get that close to a snake, even if they are non-venomous so I appreciate you getting close so I can have a better look smile

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

:) thank you.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 months, 3 weeks ago

These are very good my friend

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Don Baird 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Great tact sharp photos

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Don Baird 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you. A few were on tripod most were hand held and done with short (3-6 frame) bursts. I find that if I do the short bursts then while the keeper % goes down the images I most want to turn out turns out better.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Incredible shots, Russell! Hat's off to you & your new "buddy". 
Seems you had the perfect pair of lenses and the demeanor, calm enough to get such close-up details on this curious "guy".....
Always a pleasure, my friend! +1 smile +1

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you. I think I went absent minded but I hope all is well with you and your family.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 3 weeks ago

All's well only my end, Thanks!
I used to be worried about the increasingly absence of my mind, but now days I've learned to embrace it....smile 
Sure good to have you back in the neighborhood!

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com