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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Wed 27 Oct - 20:09

Not at all - she was still about 10cm away, enough for this little snake Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Thu 28 Oct - 12:31

How big was the specimen in question? I would think 4 inches is within her strike range, especially with her coiled up like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Thu 28 Oct - 14:36

Very small, maybe about 20-25cm?
You should take into account that my lens is about 15cm too and to get to my hands is thus not as likely as to make it to the front lens.
Anyway, it was definitely controlled then.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Thu 28 Oct - 16:03

@Alex
Wether me nor Guenter are playing hazardous games during our photo sessions - everything we do has been (and will ever be) on the safe side.
As owner of these animals i am co-responsible for his safety, and i would never let somebody go into unsafe or uncontrolled situations.
Beside this, Guenter isn't just a (outstanding) photographer - he has a very realistic imagination of behaviour and striking distance of these snakes.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Thu 28 Oct - 17:01

Thanks Peter!
To underline this: the Atheris did not make a single attempt to strike during all the shootings. A snake always seems to know when distance is to wide for a strike. It kept on its branch, interested but without much movement.
An easy snake to photograph Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Fri 29 Oct - 3:29

Dinner for one:

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Fri 29 Oct - 4:44

Guenter Leitenbauer wrote:
Very small, maybe about 20-25cm?
You should take into account that my lens is about 15cm too and to get to my hands is thus not as likely as to make it to the front lens.
Anyway, it was definitely controlled then.

Ah, of course you're using a professional lens. Why wouldn't you be? *headdesk*

I understand you're not taking huge risks, it's just that from my perspective being that close takes more cajones than any normal person has. My hat is off to you.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Fri 29 Oct - 15:00

Hi Alex,
Thanks. As Mr. Zürcher once said: "At our snakeshootings the most risky part is driving the car to get to the shooting."
I subscribe this. We always take the risks out of the shootings rather completely.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Fri 29 Oct - 15:28

Judging situations by nonattendents has ever been difficult, if not impossible, isn't it, Alex?

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sat 30 Oct - 1:31

That is a great picture! Nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sat 30 Oct - 3:12

Peter Zürcher wrote:
Judging situations by nonattendents has ever been difficult, if not impossible, isn't it, Alex?

Indeed. Risk or no risk, wonderful pictures of truly spectacular animals. Which is rather the point of this thread, ne?
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sat 30 Oct - 16:47

Mambas are always fascinating, more than most of the other species.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 2:50

Peter's N. nigricinctas coiled up:

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 2:11

Peter,

Where was the green mamba from that Günter photographed?

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PS: That N. nigricincta shot is fantastic - they are such beautiful snakes!
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 2:57

@Wolfgang

Don't know where Guenter took this shot -due to the bright colors i guess in the bigger one of 2 angusticeps-cages?

According to the importer/seller it should be from Tanzania then. I do not know if that's reliable or not- the same importer has been offering Naja (haje) arabica from a Sinai-locality *LOL*
Do you have a special reason to ask?

The nicgricincta picture is incredible indeed - it's been a lucky day - first to have Guenter here and second to have these two guys presenting itself that way.

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Best nigricincta shot seen so far!
Thank you so much! Wow!

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 5:07

Peter, it was the smaller cage. 100% sure.

I am happy with the nigricincta shot too, never seen them coiled up liker this before. Thanks for the possibility!
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 15:48

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Peter, it was the smaller cage.
Okay.
Our member Peter PASTOR should know the origin of this snake - i've been told it's a south african locality.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 15:53

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Peter, it was the smaller cage.
Okay.
Our member Peter PASTOR should know the origin of this snake - i've been told it's a south african locality.
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Hi Peter,

I thought it looked South African, but wanted to know whether I was right Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 19:02

Wolfgang, could You explain to a beginner, HOW You can see the location from just a headshot of a mamba?
I would really be keen to know. This is very impressive to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Sun 31 Oct - 19:37

Guenter Leitenbauer wrote:
Wolfgang, could You explain to a beginner, HOW You can see the location from just a headshot of a mamba?
I would really be keen to know. This is very impressive to me.

No, I can't explain it - something really subtle about the scales, but I cannot even explain it to myself ;-)
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Mon 1 Nov - 0:48

Location, Wolfgang? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Mon 1 Nov - 1:38

Not in black mambas Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Mon 1 Nov - 5:40

I would say Africa!!!:p
Nice shots Guenter!
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Mon 1 Nov - 16:05

Sascha Müller wrote:
I would say Africa!!!:p
Nice shots Guenter!

No, it was Carinthia, Austria! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Photo session with Peter Zürchers animals - "C. albolabris"   Mon 1 Nov - 16:15

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No, it was Carinthia, Austria!
*LOL*

left: female, wc, Tanzania.
right: male, cb, South Africa.

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