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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 10:25 am

It does make you look with different eyes to that cute thing once you see it strike, doesn't it?

I'm getting tired of repeating, but it would be wrong not to do it... Great shots buddy! I'm jealous - you've got something money can't buy, Talent!

I'm curious though, how close do you need to get with your gear to get those shots?
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 10:46 am

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It does make you look with different eyes to that cute thing once you see it strike, doesn't it?
Can't go wrong with this statement Very Happy

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I'm getting tired of repeating, but it would be wrong not to do it... Great shots buddy! I'm jealous - you've got something money can't buy, Talent!
I'm curious though, how close do you need to get with your gear to get those shots?
Thanks for appreciating my photos bud. It gives me motivation to carry on Smile

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My current gears are not costly, entry level Nikon D3100, Nikon Kit Lens 18-55mm, DCR250, under full manual settings and good lighting from a cheap table lamp. Thankfully, these results are achievable Smile

If there's anything i can help, i'll gladly share. Just a shout will do Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 10:50 am

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My gears are not costly, total cost about just a Nikon D3100, Nikon Kit Lens 18-55mm, DCR250, under full manual settings and good lighting from a cheap table lamp. These results are achievable.

Exactly what I meant Smile With a relatively unexpensive setup you are able to achieve result some people wouldn't achieve even with a $5k gear.
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 11:01 am

Thank you bud. We all can improve our photos. With expensive gears or not, the ultimate formula is still practice.. the more we shoot the better we will get.

I start from entry level, as i believe only when i have reached the limit of my current gears then i will find my money's worth after an upgrade.

Honestly i had my eyes on so many gears upgrade e.g. ring/twin macro flash.. 90mm tamron 2.8 macro.. but everytime i just caved in to get more exotic pets... like this pastel as i mentioned to you Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 11:14 am

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I start from entry level, as i believe only when i have reached the limit of my current gears then i will find my money's worth after an upgrade.

100% agree with you.
The same reason I didn't get a DSLR although I really wanted it. And good I didn't, I still can't work out the correct settings with my current camera. Manual focusing is still a no-no for me too. But I'll get there...slowly.

The positive side is, you didn't get the lens and flash, but you got one more subject you can practice and improve your skills on Smile

I'm working on custom fitting a close-up filter/lens and a DIY ring flash on mine as soon as I find some spare time.


Back to the main topic Smile

You reminded me, it was feeding day (actually it should had been yesterday). So I decided to try and get a video on it.
Apparently though, it looks like she really did not enjoy being filmed.
Usually she always takes the prey within 10 secs and starts eating it straight away.
But today:

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Looks like she saw something more "delicious"...maybe the guy holding the camera Very Happy

Well, OK, let's go for second try:



And AGAIN...aaargh!

Anyway, shut down the camera and went to lift the mouse and prepare for a 3rd attempt to get a feeding shot...and what did she do? As soon as I touch the feeder and lift it 1cm above substrate, she strikes it full power and finally accepts it.

So yeah, I think the camera intimidates her Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 12:38 pm

I laughed at the end of the first vid.. hahaha

As i recalled at my first feeding, the striking part gave me a surprise and my camera shakes along with the impact Laughing

I think she is just getting smarter... like you said, she's probably distracted by the puppet master and his camera behind the dead rat Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 1:38 pm

Live feeding vid.

My apologies to hamster lovers. Rats/mice/frozen are all not that easily accessible in my area.
I will however, keep trying to get my hands on them..


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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 6:56 pm

Gs this video was awesome! not sure where you are located but in the US there is a company rodent pro which is very nice for feeders Very Happy


My girls getting big too ! Maybe ill post a short video again sometime soon. She's onto weaned rats already
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 8:26 pm

Hey Ludedor bro Smile

Thanks for the recommendation! Unfortunately, i'm not in US where you have such great choices for feeders and frozen as well. I'm located in SE Asia. Over at my area, hamsters are more commonly found as compared to mice/rats and they're in cheap prices too. However, i'm trying to reach some local breeders to inform me once their mice/rats breeders give birth or when they have supplies Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/7/2012, 9:56 pm



Shes getting some girth now too Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/8/2012, 3:33 am

Great video GS!
Did you get to weight him out yet?
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/8/2012, 3:56 am

GS, what are those pellet looking things you're using for substrate?
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/8/2012, 6:29 am

That right, i want to weight him.
I'll probably do so in two days. Giving him some time to digest his food now Smile

The pellet substrate is actually unscented recycled paper. From Back-2-nature - small animal bedding & litter:


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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/15/2012, 3:19 pm

So quiet here? Where has all the hissing gone to? Bump it up with your pictures/ vids guys Very Happy



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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/15/2012, 4:34 pm

Nice pics!
Did the hamster get its teeth on your boy in those pics?
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/16/2012, 12:38 am

Thanks bud.

I almost thought that my boy suffered a bite during the 2nd feeding but on a closer inspection, just like the first feeding, it was the same overpowering constriction that incapacitate the feeder instantaneously . You can see the effect of the death grip through the eyes of the feeder.

I'm still trying to get my hands on some mice/rats.. no luck yet :/

Just saw my boy got a quick dip at his water bowl. It was cool.
I guess he was telling me he is feeling HOT and needed some cooling.. lolz
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/16/2012, 3:06 am

Cool! I've never seen mine dip in the water, she's funny when she goes for a drink though.
I need to make another photoshoot, she's grown a bit since the last one.
She just hit the 200 gr. mark and got her feedings upgraded (from 1 med mouse per 5 days to 2 mice per week).
She've been staying a lot out of her hide too the last days, either it's getting too warm for her, or she just can't fit in it anymore -> Time to upgrade her setup I guess.
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/16/2012, 6:22 am

New enclosures are always fun Very Happy


This is a 40 gallon tank I did for her made of foam and grout.





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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/16/2012, 11:24 am

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New enclosures are always fun Very Happy


This is a 40 gallon tank I did for her made of foam and grout.


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That enclosure looks awesome!

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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/19/2012, 11:47 pm

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That enclosure looks awesome!
No question about that! I loved how natural the settings are.
Is that a drinking/ bathing pool on the left? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/20/2012, 3:16 am

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No question about that! I loved how natural the settings are.

+1

I had planned something similar for my dragons, but the entire enclosure setup may change so I'll have to look in to it again.

You've definitely done a good work there.


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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/20/2012, 6:32 am

Yes that actually is a drinking and bathing pool
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/20/2012, 6:35 am

Does the grout keep water in by itself or you sealed it off with something?
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/20/2012, 8:42 am

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Does the grout keep water in by itself or you sealed it off with something?
Thats a "stolen" question from my mind Laughing

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Can't wait to see your gal laying cosy in her new home Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Royal/Ball Python thread (Python regius)   3/20/2012, 5:03 pm

Hello. I was thinking about getting another BP soon and was wondering If anyone has a good care sheet. I found a few but they all say something different. So what I'm really saying is does anyone know the perfect care sheet to go by thx.
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