Madhusudhan Srinivasan  

Untitled by Madhusudhan Srinivasan

November 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Green Vine snake feasting on Malabar Gliding Frog. This was shot in one of the Indian rain forests in June 2018 during macro walks at 9pm. The whole process of hunting and swallowing the frog lasted for 15-20mins and we were lucky to witness and photograph.
Gears Used:
Nikon D7200, Sigma 105mm f2.8 lens, Godox TT685 on-camera flash, Handheld
1/80SS, f10, ISO200 with Matrix metering

6 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Wow, Madhusudhan!
That is a great nature story you captured. The snake and frog are very sharp and the background, while busy, is not distracting as it is part of the story.
I cropped it slightly on the left side and a little on the top to give a bit more attention to the action. Excellent capture!   Posted: 11/09/2019 18:40:11
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Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Thank you so much Janet   Posted: 11/09/2019 20:35:03

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
It took me a while to see what I was looking at. Without the description I think I'd have failed to understand.
I used to be a strong affincionado of cropping hard to make the subject stand out, but I've started to realise that it can be counter-productive. So I'd not crop this any more. Far more important is what is in the background, and the background here is a bit fussy. It's hard to choose the background of course in many situations like this, but post processing can reduce the distraction. Now of course people entering Nature comps will say that's not allowed, but personally I go for pictorial quality not an accurate nature record, so it would be OK for non-nature comps.   Posted: 11/10/2019 16:39:50

Dick States   Dick States
I feel this is a great shot and makes a great shot for a text book. For me there are too many things going on making it hard to figure out. Without the description it would be hard to decipher what is going on. Usually in PSA judging it needs to have impact so to understand what your looking at in a matter of seconds. I agree with Stuart I go more for pictorial quality not an accurate nature record. I feel the background is a bit distracting.   Posted: 11/10/2019 19:42:14

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Thank you so much Stuart and Dick for the suggestion. Here is the edited version. Please let me know if it makes sense now.   Posted: 11/10/2019 20:54:26
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Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
(Group 5)
Wow, just passing by and could not help but stop and stare. The edited image is quite impactful. I love images that force you to think about what is going on, so I loved the aha! moment when I sorted out the frog from the snake. Great capture!
  Posted: 11/13/2019 13:13:01


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