|Eastern Timber Rattle Snake: Canon 40D 100mm 2.8 macro -ISO 100 1/200 sec. f 2.8|
I used to see Eastern Timber Rattle Snakes on occasion during my years of working for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, but I had not seen one since retiring in 2007...until Sunday evening.
I was waiting by the side of a meadow in hopes that whitetail deer or wild turkeys would appear, when I happened to glance behind me and saw a large rattler crawling across the access road to the field, only a few feet away.
I moved into the area he was crawling toward in the nearby woods and got in position with the Rebel T3i on the video tripod and the Canon 7D and 500mm F4 on the still tripod. I also scooped up the 40D with 100mm 2.8 macro, and it was hanging from my neck. The snake spotted me, stopped and coiled-up and I began filming and photographing him. I do not like to shoot hand-held under any circumstances, but I tried one frame with the 40D handheld and did get spot-on sharpness--see first photo. That photo is also cropped substantially as I was not moving that close to a rattler.
I also pressed the 500mm F4 into service and took several shots. I did not have extension tubes along, so I had to back-up a bit to use this lens and then crop severely to get a satisfactory composition.
|Eastern Timber Rattle Snake: Canon 7D 500mm F4 ISO 400-1/500 sec F4|
|Eastern Timber Rattle Snake: Canon 7D 500mm F4 ISO 400-1/2500 sec F4|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.