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Southern Copperhead by Eric Abernethy

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Member of the pit viper family, the Southern Copperhead has a lighter, more tan, coloration compared to the darker more brown and red Northern Copperhead. While these snakes are venomous, the bite is not as severe as the Rattlesnake, Water Moccasin or Coral snake in the United States. This snake was found in Montgomery County, NC. This snake measured about 38 inches. Nikon D1H, 1/200 @ F/5.6, ISO 200.

I thought this would be good for the In the Eyes of Danger Group because you can really see the copperheads eyes.


nature, poison, snakes, venomous, copperhead, retiles, pit viper


  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Eric

  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkabout 5 years ago

    Okay, I am into positive critiques, but with this one, I am at a loss. This is beautiful. I am one of the nuts who loves snakes. This image is very centered, but I do not see that as a problem. Great dof, great lighting, great color. Well done.

  • Eric Abernethy
    Eric Abernethyabout 5 years ago

    Thank you both for the comments. Yes Margaret, the face is very centered. However when I look beyond the face, Im thinking the four blades of grass and the lower body of the snake are in thirds horizontally and vertically and on the right the body of the snake and the one blade of grass are floating the third zones also. I just know that I like it. I was happy and proud to have taken this shot, when you really blow it up you can see copper freckles on this snakes face and in its eyes. Thanks for the look and critique and I dont mind harsh ones either, learning from flaws can only make me better.

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaabout 5 years ago

    I like your composition, Eric. One reason I think it works well with the head in the center, is how it is positioned, pointing up towards the left corner, making a nice and eye pleasing diagonal. I also like the fact that we can see the blurred rest of his body. Impressive! You must have been really low on the ground for this. The details are amazing. Well done!!

  • Hey thanks for looooook! and comment!

    – Eric Abernethy

  • Eric Abernethy
    Eric Abernethyabout 5 years ago

    Its an honor to be in here with an image that passes all the critique than goes into the images that make it. I feel like Im in school again, yet my professors in school loved it when I broke rules and they still understood my photo. Its a bit different here and i can only hope that I will improve in trying to conform to these standards! Im honored everyone!

  • Coreycw
    Coreycwabout 5 years ago

    like the rest, I like it even though the head is in the center. Fabulous shot.

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Eric. I sure hope you were using a BIG Zoom lens when you shot this one. Great job.

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dabout 5 years ago

    Great shot – I hope you were far enough away to be safe! It really is worth viewing the enlarged version. Very good use of DOF and I agree about the effect of the blades of grass as part of composition. A fave for me!

  • Eric Abernethy
    Eric Abernethyalmost 5 years ago

    Hey the eye of the beholder can dismiss and critiques from those mortals that love to hang many great works of art.

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent photo!

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