Monday, March 1, 2010

A tale of two pictures.

Day 60 started off with an idea for a shot that never happened. I don't know why but I wanted a technical challenge, and I thought I would try and capture something high-speed. What's faster than a snake striking? I have snakes! An idea!

I setup up the lighting, did some test shots, figured out how to kill reflections from the glass, dialed in the focus, got my exposure sorted out, and got everything ready. I was planning to crop out any food items for those somewhat squeamish about such things, and no, I never feed live prey to my reptiles.

What is it that they say about the best laid plans? I dropped the rat, tried to grab it again with my tongs, and had my hand promptly ripped open by a five foot long python.

So no high-speed reptile shot. You get a flower instead:

Blown Away

I decided to take the opportunity to play around with the flower, so I cranked the lights, picked a light coloured flower and tried to blow the hell out of the highlights and see what I got. I like the effect, and all in all, the day could have been worse.

Although my hand does hurt.