Canon 300D, handheld
Sigma 24-135 at 70mm w/ 20mm extension
Metz 40MZ-3i w/ Lumiquest Big Bounce softbox

ISO 100
f22 at 1/200 second

Good and bad
worm snake Carphophis amoenus
I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, it is a nice illustration of a worm snake (Carphophis amoenus,) especially in how the softbox brought out the scale detail and even some of the iridescence that can sometimes be seen in snake skins. But it is too obviously a snake in appearance, and worm snakes aren't particularly known for that – they get their name because they're mistaken for common earthworms very easily. The scales have little definition and the lack of a demarcation between head and neck (or body,) plus their size and coloration, makes this good camouflage for them. But my lighting and angle failed to bring this up. So should I be proud or frustrated?