Day 233 – Forest Reptiles

Close to home there is a place within the New Forest National Park where you can, if you are lucky, see a collection of the reptiles you will find in the forest roaming freely.  The New Forest Reptile centre is free – you only have to pay a donation to park … and is a great place to see up close some of the closer to spot animals, and is open in the summer It is best to go on a warm day as the reptiles are more likely to be lying out in the sun.

Sigma 18-250mm lens - F9, 1/320sec
Sigma 18-250mm lens – F9, 1/320sec
Above is just a candid shot of the location – so you can see what is there. I choose ISO800 as I was hand holding the camera, and looking down into the enclosed pits there was limitations on the amount of light available. The challenge here was also to photograph through the netting, so that it is not seen in the photos. Composition wise, you can only shoot from above, I took along my old favorite the 18-250mm Sigma lens – which use to be my favorite lens before I invested in my new glass – and the new glass wins … most of the photos ended up in my delete bin as they just weren’t sharp enough – I have realised today that quality glass is essential.

ISO800, F9, 1/320 sec - Sigma 18-250mm lens
ISO800, F9, 1/320 sec – Sigma 18-250mm lens

ISO800, F9, 1/640sec - Sigma 18-250mm lens
ISO800, F9, 1/640sec – Sigma 18-250mm lens
Above a snake hidden in the grass, and if you look closely you can see part of a 2nd snake too.

ISO800, F9, 1/640 sec - Sigma 18-250mm lens
ISO800, F9, 1/640 sec – Sigma 18-250mm lens
A frog basking in a shallow pool. I was able to capture this photo from a more interesting angle and this was less distracting foliage in the way. Whereas below I captured a lizard on a mossy log – these little chaps moved impressively quickly!

ISO800, F9, 1/160sec - Sigma 18-250mm lens
ISO800, F9, 1/160sec – Sigma 18-250mm lens
My favorite image I think is the frog – he was positioned really well for my photo.  I am going to revisit again (I know I kept saying that) but with my Canon L series lens as I can see the difference.

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