Scale Spectrum

Pitch-black, so called melanistic common adders (Vipera bersu) can be found in the Alps just as frequently as normally coloured individuals. For the first time, I used a flash during daylight for photographing a diurnal snake. I positioned it below the camera and that allowed me to eliminate the daylight and show this interesting gleam, caused by the light split up in many different colours as it reflects on the scales.

Image Details

Camera: Canon 5D Mk4

Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS

Location: Eastern Alps, Austria

Date: May 2019

Light: Flash

Focal Length: 100 mm

Exposure: 1/200s

Aperture: F/18

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