Thursday, September 3, 2009

More of the menagerie!

We have a lot of animals in our house. At the moment, the whole zoo consists of:

- One Parrot
- Three Snakes
- Two Rabbits
- Four Aquariums (two freshwater and two marine)

So far, the Parrot is the easiest subject to shoot, as her curious nature lends itself well to composition. The aquariums present a challenge, just shooting through glass, and the snakes don't really like to pose.

Having said that, this is how we learn, right?

Tonight I got my largest snake out. Her name is Zoot, and she is a year-and-a-half old Jungle Carpet Python. These snakes are known for their fantastic yellow/beige on black patterning, and Zoot is no exception. I tried a macro of her head, and despite some attempts at ambient lighting, I still needed the flash. An off-camera flash would have been quite a bit nicer here, but unfortunately, I don't have one... yet.

Jungle Carpet Python up close

I finally captured this after about two or three dozen attempts. It's fairly heavily cropped, but I'm happy with the sharpness and the colour saturation.

I used the 50mm f/1.8 again, with the 12mm extension tube. Settings were:

- ISO 200
- f/2.5
- .1 sec exposure
- Flash fired

Comments and criticism are, of course, welcome!


  1. I want to try and get a lightbox for future shots though, the colour is just not quite right. There is a lot more yellow in her natural colour.

    Still, it's by far the best shot I've managed of her, so I like it :)