How to photograph the snake

• How to photograph the snake

Caspian runner - a large snake from the family colubridae. Is known not only for its impressive size, but also extremely aggressive-minded, able to attack and bite human.

In this post my experience shooting zheltobryuhogo runner and a little backstage.

How to photograph the snake

The most important thing in photographing wild animals - it is actually to find the animal. Sometimes it can be difficult. Snakes we better just shoot in late April - early May, at which time they mating season, therefore the maximum activity. In addition, at this time the grass is still low, and find in it the snake is much easier than in summer. But usually have to work hard in the search. Sometimes I walked more than twenty kilometers away and have not seen a single snake, and once met once three to five kilometers.

Worth runners hide in the grass and it becomes virtually invisible. This is the first reaction of the snake to the approach of man. If the snake realizes that she noticed it with a loud hissing boom takes off and rushes away. However, some large specimens prefer to lie until the last, then to make an unexpected cast in the human side, but after all, too often trying to escape.

How to photograph the snake

Poloz took refuge in the bush Echinops.

How to photograph the snake

There is only one way out - to catch the snake. Here I am with approximately half meter zheltobryuhom.

How to photograph the snake

Caught zheltobryuh will squirm, try to bite. Snake is not poisonous, but little teeth he has, so he bite through human skin can. Is it safe for themselves and for the snake to keep her tail.

And this snake is the largest of met me, its length is greater than 1, 8 meters.

How to photograph the snake

Now, let go of the snake is in a convenient location for the shooting ...

But the snake will not wait to be photographed. Most likely it will try to crawl away. If you stand in the way of a snake, it will attack.

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Before you roll snake grouped.

How to photograph the snake

Then rushes directly into the camera lens.

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Many times I tried to catch the throw point, but the snake is very fast flying zone of field.

How to photograph the snake

Then one day a friend of mine, we caught a very aggressive runner.

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other distractions snake, and I shot her tele lunges.

How to photograph the snake

It looked like this:

How to photograph the snake

Zheltobryuhy runner - very temperamental snake, no need to make an effort to reptile show emotions. But here soothe runner - task more difficult.

How to photograph the snake

From snakes to a meter I'm doing this: I turn off neatly in the palm into a spiral, then put in the right place and covered with palms. Snake feels like in the shelter. Then he slowly raised their hands to shoot there from a few seconds to a few minutes.

How to photograph the snake

And when I'm dealing with larger specimens to cover that is not enough and four of my hands, I use a backpack. Snake crawls freely under a backpack lying on the ground for cover, then waiting a few minutes, lift and remove the backpack.

How to photograph the snake

It is important to keep in mind - it is not necessary to torture animals for a long time while shooting. And then you need to carry a snake in a safe place: the bush gully with cracks in the soil, the colony of gophers or other rodents to reptiles could come to his senses after experiencing stress.