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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Remember the gator that got your hand?....

Today's photo is another that I took while playing around with the 100mm macro lens. I managed to sneak up quietly on a napping gator during our trip to Florida and managed to snag this shot before running away screaming and crying like a little girl because the ordeal was terrifying!!!

Ok, ok. So none of that is true (except for me taking the shot with the macro lens). About 4 years ago on the way back from a trip to Florida from visiting my wife's family we stopped at a little tourist trap shop along a highway. Only because they had a sign proclaiming "see live gators", as seeing live gators is totally fascinating to me. One of the "momentos" that were available for purchase were gator heads, which I gladly purchased (although I will admit it did smell a little funny the entire trip back to Texas!). I subsequently purchased an autographed football display case to store the head in, and it has resided in my computer room ever since.

I took it out of the case for this shot, but I had trouble getting the exact angle and lighting that I wanted. It probably took me about 2 hours total before I finally got the shot that I was looking for. I am still learning about macro photography, I really think that I am going to have to get one of the macro lens specific flashes at some point to capture more of the shots that I want, but for now random objects that I have around the house make pretty interesting subjects to say the least!

Gator Head
Canon 60D, on tripod, 3 bracketed shots (-2,0-2), Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro (@100mm), Aperature f/8

If you are so inclined, please feel free to leave any comments or feedback. Also remember that clicking on the photo takes you to my online gallery hosted over at smugmug where you can view the photos that I have posted in various sizes. Thanks for stopping by!

PS: Yes, the title of today's post came directly from the classic golf movie Happy Gilmore, in case you were wondering!!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Brian, this is a great shot! I've got a gator head, too, one of my great American friends sent me once! We call ours Chavonce Beaudreux da Third! Great shot, I really enjoy macro photography and this picture really shows that off my friend!