Yeah, but I like some extra margin for reaction time in case it moves while I'm setting up and taking the shot.Alston Neal wrote:Coiled they can strike half their body length, stretched out not that far.
te-wa wrote:snake was not coiled so it seemed safe enough - here's the idiot in action..
Nahimana222 wrote:I was wondering what would be a safe distance?
Nahimana222 wrote:Has anyone ever been bit while photographing a rattlesnake?
Nahimana222 wrote:Would using some kind of shield or blind to photograph through make it less likely the rattlesnake would know I was there?
CannondaleKid wrote:Probably someone, somewhere has, but it was probably an 18-24 year old male after downing more than a few Bud Lights.
te-wa wrote:http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=132444 was taken from pretty close.. snake was not coiled so it seemed safe enough - here's the idiot in action..
Alston Neal wrote:This is an example of toooo close.
My foot was on the X.
Thoreau wrote:That said, I really wish I had more than 200mm to work with when photographing snakes. I've considered the 100-400mm lens for that exact reason in the past, but the cost is hard to get past =(
CannondaleKid wrote:They sense predators and prey by infrared light, so something as large as a person throws off a significant heat signature, so you might have to be pretty creative so it wouldn't know. Even if you were to set up a blind, where would you set it up hoping a rattler would slither on by? It you tried to set one up close to one you already see, it would already know you were there. So I'd say dispense with a blind and just take the photos.
BTW, if you were to get bitten, the older/larger the rattler the less likely it will inject venom in defense. They save their venom for prey, and as I mentioned before, when it sees your large heat signature, it KNOWS you aren't it's prey, and knows it can't swallow you whole, so it just wants you to go away.
Now if you are climbing slowly and you reach a hand up over a rock and it only sees the small heat signature of your hand, then it very likely will inject a full dose of venom.
paulhubbard wrote: Caught him with my snake iron and relocated him into the desert.
Al_HikesAZ wrote:Sand wedge? You gave him a wedgie?
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