Tracy Szela  


Garter Snake by Tracy Szela

November 2020 - Garter Snake

About the Image(s)

Details are: Canon 70D, using Sigma 105 macro lens, f6.3, 1/125s. I found this little garter snake at the edge of my garden, and was able to get a shot of it hiding in the grass and peeking out from behind their body. I did basic editing in Lightroom, and darkened the body in the foreground a little bit so it wouldn't distract from the eyes and head
of the snake.


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5 comments posted




Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Tracy,
What a fine discovery and that snake eye jumps right out at me.
I suspect the slithering snake was in motion trying to hide from you making for a challenging capture.

The softer areas in the foreground and behind the snake's head detract from the image for me. So when experimenting with your image I tried to accentuate the idea of blurred motion and create an alternative reality for the image. I worked in PSE and first cropped your image to place the eye in the center, then applied a radial blur filter with a minimized zoom effect, added a slight vignette, and narrow boarder. I know this may not be close to something you had in mind but it was fun to play with your image.


  Posted: 11/05/2020 12:19:16
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Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Charissa- thank you. I think the edit you did is quite fun, thanks for some new ideas!   Posted: 11/07/2020 16:44:25



Dick States   Dick States
Hi Tracy,
I feel you have presented the snake the best you could being it was in hiding. I feel the image brings out this idea. Great lighting and detail in the head and eye which I feel makes this image work. I feel a little more DOF would help the image giving more detail to the snakes body in the foreground. I think you did well.   Posted: 11/05/2020 17:55:24



Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi Tracy,
You have sharp eyes to discover this little creature. I would have been attempted to photograph it too. I also find the out of focus foreground distracting. I cropped the bottom area a bit and darkened it there so that the brightness of the area does not pull me there.   Posted: 11/09/2020 08:59:19
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
A striking snake eye! I do think having a greater DOF would have improved the image. As it is, the softness in the front and rear are distracting. But what a lovely eye!   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:16:32