Tips for snapping portraits of alligators: 1. Use a zoom lens. 2. Avoid sudden movements. 3. Shoot from a boardwalk suspended four feet above the subject’s home swamp. Photographed at Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach, Florida, March 8, 2014. Higher resolution versions of this photo can be viewed at 500px.com.
Amazing! I love it!
Love the contrast in textures here..great shot Ken! 🙂
Much thanks, Himani!
Um…can’t he/she jump up 4ft and fast? Great perspective and daring! 🙂
Now you tell me!?!? 🙂
This is so cool! It’s kind of deceptive – looks like a log then you take a second look…
Thank you, Nel. And yes—with these creatures, that second look is the one that matters. 🙂
Great tips! Wonderful shot of this big gator.
Thank you, Pat. It was, indeed, a big one. Fortunately, it had apparently been well fed, and so was not too surly while I was snapping away.
Tip #1 being the most important!!!
This is great, Kenn.
Thank you, Lisa. Yes—with a subject whose bite is more dangerous than my own, the image from a zoom lens helps to mask the intensity of my cowardice.
Awesome shot Ken! Excellent composition too.
Thank you, Indah—much appreciated!
Good photograph = good photo! And lovely subject… Cheers.
Thank you, Kamila, and a hearty “Cheers” to you, too!
All good tips! And a great photograph.
Thank you, Carol—you are very kind!
Also, don’t start singing that old Tony Joe White song ‘Polk Salad Annie, gators got your granny…’ They’re not big music fans. Great photo Kenn.
Yes, excellent point! Much thanks, my friend!
You’re welcome. They really hate ‘Crocodile Rock’ by Elton John. Have a good day!
Bellissima e grazie per i consigli 🙂
Prego, Pat, e grazie (come sempre) per le gentili parole! 🙂