Walter Swett  

Timber Rattler on the Prowl by Walter Swett

November 2020 - Timber Rattler on the Prowl

November 2020 - Walter Swett


About the Image(s)

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a photo shoot of several different types of snakes. A snake wrangler brought the snakes and released them in a natural environment. After the shoot, the snakes were recaptured by the wrangler.

I captured this Timber Rattlesnake with my handheld Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 24-120mm lens at 120mm, and an SB600 Nikon flash. Exposure was ISO 1000, f11, 1/100 and the flash was set at -1 stop and used as fill.

Post processing was done in Lightroom. The image was cropped with the following adjustments - exposure +.18, dehaze +23, vibrance +19, Saturation +9, vignette -18

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7 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
Wow, I think you nailed this exposure, DoF and shutter speed. The snake is sharp and nicely lit. Great detail on the scales but what makes this image is that you got him coming into the frame, appearing to look toward you- creepy. (I'm not a lover of rattlers) Your crop if spot on and nice how you got him to frame himself with the leaves. I wouldn't change anything.   Posted: 11/12/2020 21:10:56
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for your feedback. This was the closest I've ever been to one of these guys. I've never been a fan of snakes, but the snake wrangler provided some interesting information about them. I'm looking at them with a more open mind now.   Posted: 11/13/2020 15:52:38
Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I've had them in my yard and once my horse was spooked by one, almost thru me off right onto the snake. Last year I took my dogs to rattlesnake avoidance training and it was very informative. Hopefully my dogs will know to steer clear of them. They are a part of nature so have a place in the ecosystem, but I don't want to have one in my yard or meet up with one on the trail (that's also happened).   Posted: 11/13/2020 16:03:30

Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
Your image has great detail in the scales and is in sharp focus. The subject is nicely lit. I like the "S curve" the timber rattler makes through the image leading the viewers eye.

I personally find the yellow leaf to the side of the snake somewhat distracting.   Posted: 11/12/2020 21:27:56

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for your comments. I chose this image with the yellow leaf because I thought the shape and coloring echoed the snake. I was curious how others would react to it.   Posted: 11/13/2020 15:55:12

David Blass   David Blass
Walter, my thoughts are a mix of what has been said. I love the subject and composition. The s-curve is very appealing and the snake has plenty of room "to travel". Catching it in mid-tongue-flick was an added bonus. You can see each scale and the slit of the eye. Since the yellow leaf is the only one that survived the crop and sits directly next to the snake's head, I find it a bit distracting too.   Posted: 11/14/2020 15:46:19
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for your feedback.   Posted: 11/15/2020 07:33:03