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Why I Don't Use Waders In the Swamp

Post by minniev » Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:51 pm

I've often been advised to use hip waders to get nearer to certain subjects, but here's why it isn't a good idea.

These guys are there year round, just out of sight, covered in mud and leaves though not completely submerged. They don't hibernate, they brummate, which means they are lethargic but not asleep, and if awakened can be very irritable because they realize they are hungry. The past 2-3 days have been unseasonably warm, and they respond more to temperature than to calendar, so this pair scrambled out from their muddy beds (you can still see the den marks on the one in the closer shot) for a sunbath. These are young adults, maybe 7 ft or so. I've seen them up to 12 ft in here.

All suggestions about shooting and processing appreciated, except for the waders...
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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:39 pm

I like both as part of a wider storytelling of your adventures in the swamp. With your talent as writer, you enrich the visuals. btw, can you see exif on these? Even downloaded and opened in an exif reader app, there is no info.
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Post by PietFrancke » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:57 pm

shooting advise ... long lens or a big gun, they are pretty awesome

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Post by Duck » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:36 pm

Get waders that look like Godzilla legs walking through their territory. Those gators will scatter like scared chickens. :rofl:
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Post by minniev » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:15 pm

LindaShorey wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:39 pm
I like both as part of a wider storytelling of your adventures in the swamp. With your talent as writer, you enrich the visuals. btw, can you see exif on these? Even downloaded and opened in an exif reader app, there is no info.
I dunno about that exif. I export with exif included, and can see it in my system software, but looking at it on PM with an exif reader, it looks like its been stripped. Unsure what that is about...
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Post by minniev » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:17 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:57 pm
shooting advise ... long lens or a big gun, they are pretty awesome
Used my longest lens (300) from the closest point to their sunbathing location. No guns for me, would not have a clue!

I liked that his teeth were still muddy after the Long Snooze.
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Post by minniev » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:17 pm

Duck wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:36 pm
Get waders that look like Godzilla legs walking through their territory. Those gators will scatter like scared chickens. :rofl:
But what if they haven't seen the movie?
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:46 pm

Jaysis, Minnie. This scares the devil out of me and I wasn't at the scene. No photo is worth that kind of danger. Waders or not, stay far, far away. And check your sixes. Matt
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Post by minniev » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:03 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:46 pm
Jaysis, Minnie. This scares the devil out of me and I wasn't at the scene. No photo is worth that kind of danger. Waders or not, stay far, far away. And check your sixes. Matt
We are fairly well acquainted, the gators and me. I don't intrude on their territory and they don't intrude on mine.
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Post by rmalarz » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:50 pm

Very nice photographs, Minnie. I might give waders a go. Perhaps they don't like the taste of waders. Though, I'm not asking you to find out.
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