Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  

Sneaky Snake by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

January 2021 - Sneaky Snake

January 2021 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC


About the Image(s)

Taken with a Canon 7D Mark II & Canon 70-300mm f4.5 lens HandHeld 1/250sec. w/in-camera-flash. After the general tweaking in Camera Raw, I cropped in PS and left some of the soft foreground as a frame and leading line. I then decided to eliminate the strong distracting branch on the left, which now makes this image a pictorial image and no longer a nature image. I sharpened only the snake.

7 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Very nice and vivid green, and the snake forms a z pattern -- the bottom part of the snake acts as an anchor and a frame for the composition. My only complaint is that the eye has a kind of plastic look to it, looks almost like a button. It seems like the reflection pattern looks like a row of neon lights or a double row of ring lights. Maybe you could clone this into Peggy's garden!   Posted: 01/09/2021 17:47:14
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Good point on the "Z" pattern Jerry. Not sure of what to do about the eye. However, I can clone the snake in Peggy's garden as soon as I find the apple.   Posted: 01/10/2021 13:28:25

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Nice colorful capture. When I see something this colorful, I think black background.   Posted: 01/10/2021 19:03:29
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Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Good job Marti, but I wonder if a black background is the answer to everything. I go along with Al and I still like a more natural look.   Posted: 01/15/2021 08:51:45
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Beautiful color and pattern. I like Marti's black background a lot! I'm not crazy about snakes but he looks pretty harmless.   Posted: 01/11/2021 16:22:23

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
Snakes creep me out, but you nailed this photo. I like the leading line going directly to the neon eye. Everything is tack sharp. The branch behind the snake is a bit distracting. I do like Marti's rendition with the black background.   Posted: 01/12/2021 08:35:39

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
A very colorful and sharp image for sure. I am personally not a reptile fan but I think you did an excellent job on composing this image and in the level of saturation. While the black background certainly makes the colors stand out more, I think your original background is more natural.   Posted: 01/12/2021 13:38:24


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