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Chondro Series - part 1

As a direct result of the small shoot I did with the Brazilian Rainbow Boa - I was asked to shoot a collection of snakes that had all been bred by their owner.

Armed with the knowledge and lessons learned from the Boa shoot I had some specific requirements for this new shoot to go ahead - namely - the more natural light the better! This suited the owner, and so we waited for the weather to improve sufficiently enough for us to do the shoot outside as neither his or my locations promised enough natural light to be happy.

Once a time and date had been fixed and I had duly arrived - he then proceeded to show me all the snakes - specifically Chondro Pythons (aka, Green Tree Python's) - dozens of them, ranging in different age groups from 4-5 weeks to 4 plus years...

It was a baking hot afternoon (the hottest this year so far at the time) - and clear skies - so we had plenty of natural light available - which also meant I didn't need to supplement it with additional lighting (that I'd also brought with me). It was a pretty simple set up - black backdrop and the client holding the snake(s) on various bits of greenery and small branches for me to get the shots.

We started of with some babies - approx 4-5 weeks old and around 4 inches - these are quite interesting in that whilst they will always end up vivid green - it's a lottery as to whether they hatch yellow or red...

Yellow, Baby Chondro Python

Yellow, Baby Chondro Python

Yellow, Baby Chondro Python

Yellow, Baby Chondro Python

Red, Baby Chondro Python

Red, Baby Chondro Python

Then we moved on to a yearling (around 2 foot) - who started out red, but through the Ontogenic Colour change they all go through - was in the middle of changing to a much lighter colour.

Yearling Chondro Python

Yearling Chondro Python

Then we moved on to a few 2-3 year olds (3-4 feet) - who had gone through around 3/4 of their colour changes.

2 year old Chondro Python

2 year old Chondro Python

3 year old Chondro Python

3 year old Chondro Python

Before finally shooting a 4 year old - (around 4 foot).

4 year old Chondro Python

4 year old Chondro Python

As you might have guessed from the title of this post - there are more shoots to come - those however will have more of a specific theme to them.