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Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: phila on August 29, 2012, 10:39:44 PM
Just to be picky - you might want to substitute "crocodile" for "alligator" in the intro. We don't do alligators down here!  ;)
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: dreed on August 30, 2012, 09:48:32 AM
Just to be picky - you might want to substitute "crocodile" for "alligator" in the intro. We don't do alligators down here!  ;)

I expect that to many people that the two are synonymous...
Title: Alligators are just crocodile wannabees
Post by: BJL on August 30, 2012, 12:37:15 PM
I expect that to many people that the two are synonymous...
But they are wrong, and surely the main purpose of this site is educational! Alligators are relatively wimpy poseurs, bellowing but then eating small fare like fish and birds, while salt-water and Nile crocodiles eat big game like kangaroos and stupid tourists who ignore warning signs --- perhaps because they do not know the difference in threat level between alligator and crocodile.

But how about some comments on the wonderful photo: after all, it is amazing in concept and execution to make a stitched panorama of wildlife.
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: AFairley on August 30, 2012, 12:50:14 PM
Croc or gator, that is one %&[email protected]# impressive print.
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: nairb on August 30, 2012, 06:12:02 PM
Might be interesting to learn the rough cost to frame it like this. And whether he considered other options such as face mounting on plexi, or mounting on aluminium or dibond.
Title: Re: Alligators are just crocodile wannabees
Post by: dreed on August 31, 2012, 08:01:10 AM
But they are wrong, and surely the main purpose of this site is educational! Alligators are relatively wimpy poseurs, bellowing but then eating small fare like fish and birds, while salt-water and Nile crocodiles eat big game like kangaroos and stupid tourists who ignore warning signs --- perhaps because they do not know the difference in threat level between alligator and crocodile.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodilia#Differences_between_alligators_and_crocodiles

Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: kevk on August 31, 2012, 08:05:27 AM
Looks like a good technique for photographing long narrow wildlife who are prepared to sit still long enough to take the shots! Great story, too, thanks Bors!
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: pathfinder on August 31, 2012, 09:13:32 PM
I have done vertical panos of giraffes, but never one of a crocodile. ::)

I really enjoyed the description of the shooting experience, and of the final editing and printing. 

It is thrilling, and just a bit scary, to be that close to an apex predator.  Shooting before sunrise on foot, listening to lions in the background, might have some of the same emotional texture.

I saw a croc in the Mara River that was over 5 feet in width - not length, but transverse, across the belly.  It made crocs fifteen feet long look dainty by comparison.  Kind of like a primeval submarine.
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: Ray on September 01, 2012, 06:00:00 AM
Although BJL is not always right on matters of camera technicalities, I believe he is right on the differences between alligators and crocodiles. The crocodile is from a different taxonomic family and tends to be more aggressive and more dangerous to humans than the alligator. I'm not sure I'd want a huge panorama of a crocodile hanging on my wall.  ;D

The attached images were taken on Adelaide River south of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. I would strongly advise anyone not to feed crocodiles in the manner the Chinese lady is doing.

By the way, one of these images has been digitally manipulated in a significant manner. Can you guess which one?  ;D
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: kikashi on September 01, 2012, 07:25:07 AM
By the way, one of these images has been digitally manipulated in a significant manner. Can you guess which one?  ;D

That's easy, Ray. It's the first, of course. Anyone knows that crocodiles can't stand up like that.

Jeremy
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: Ray on September 01, 2012, 07:40:17 AM
That's easy, Ray. It's the first, of course. Anyone knows that crocodiles can't stand up like that.

Jeremy

Ha! ha! ha!
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: Ray on September 01, 2012, 09:32:20 AM
Revisiting these 2004 images, I discovered the following shot which I think has great dynamism. I like it.
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: Ray on September 01, 2012, 09:52:05 AM
Wow! Success! Yeah!
Title: Re: From Tippy Boat to Gallery Piece
Post by: Ray on September 01, 2012, 10:34:47 AM
Well, I guess I should be thankful for this particular thread which has reminded me of shots I took about 8 years ago, which otherwise I would not have visited.

Here's another one which I think has a very pleasing diagonal composition.