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High and Dry
Photograph by Jay Dickman

Kerry Hansknecht, a graduate student at Central Michigan University, sits on a tower at the edge of Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island monitoring the movements of northern water snakes. This dry flat used to be completely under water and was a good hunting ground for water snakes, which live just inside the tree line (background). Now, to get to the lake to feed on small fish, the snakes must traverse the de-watered land, where they may fall prey to hawks and other predators.


Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4.5
Weather Conditions: Warm, great visibility
Time of Day: Around 9 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: I used a graduated filter to reduce the intensity of the sky, so it wouldn’t be overexposed. I also used a warming filter (Helipan KR3) to add some warmth to the image.


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