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Old 01-07-2016   #1
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The irony of the digital M ...

In the time (one and a half years) I've owned this camera it hasn't put a foot wrong ... nothing untoward at all until yesterday ... when it mattered!

When I spotted the possum in the death grip of a large python on the floor of my shed yesterday I was mesmerised initially then thought photos ... I need photos! I raced upstairs and grabbed the 240 and got back to the unfolding scene in my shed as fast as I could ... I knew the camera was set to go and only needed to turn it on and start shooting.

The first pic I tried to take it locked up ... W T F! It has never ever done that before and required a battery removal and refit to get it back to life. After that it was all good ... here are the results.











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Old 01-07-2016   #2
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These are very cool, Keith.

In a year, I had a couple of lock-ups, too. Not anymore since upgrading to the latest fw.

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Old 01-07-2016   #3
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Good work Keith. I'll bet that snake won't be moving fast for a while.
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That cobra could make a nice half case, just saying
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Good work Keith. I'll bet that snake won't be moving fast for a while.


It actually surprised me Chris. Once it had rested for about five minutes or so it headed out of the shed and went bush .... last seen heading towards my darkroom at a reasonable pace considering what was inside it!
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Old 01-07-2016   #6
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Understandable. I might lock up, too if I witnessed that at close quarters, Keith.

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The secret is to not let the M know it's a critical situation. Can't let it feel the urgency, the stress. Once it knows, it might play along or do its own thing. IMO, this was more the case with the M9. The M240 was usually better, but I've had my share of missed moments due to inopportune lock ups. Luckily not yet when money was on the line, though it's just as bad when it's for myself, because those are usually the images I care about the most.

After the latest firmware update I've had considerably fewer lock ups, but they still happen from time to time. In my case it often seems to be after i've used the camera intensively, let it rest for some time due to a lull in the action. Then on the first exposure after the break it locks up...

I suppose it wouldn't be a Leica if it didn't occasionally make you want to smash it on the pavement.

Love-hate and all that...

Cool sequence nonetheless. I would have thought the python was overly optimistic, but I guess it knows how much it can stomach in one sitting.
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The secret is to not let the M know it's a critical situation. Can't let it feel the urgency, the stress. Once it knows, it might play along or do its own thing. IMO, this was more the case with the M9. The M240 was usually better, but I've had my share of missed moments due to inopportune lock ups. Luckily not yet when money was on the line, though it's just as bad when it's for myself, because those are usually the images I care about the most.

After the latest firmware update I've had considerably fewer lock ups, but they still happen from time to time. In my case it often seems to be after i've used the camera intensively, let it rest for some time due to a lull in the action. Then on the first exposure after the break it locks up...

I suppose it wouldn't be a Leica if it didn't occasionally make you want to smash it on the pavement.

Love-hate and all that...

Cool sequence nonetheless. I would have thought the python was overly optimistic, but I guess it knows how much it can stomach in one sitting.

That was my first thought also ... but I was subsequently amazed at how easily the snake swallowed the mammal. I worked out that this python was between three and four metres in length and occasionally I see them twice that size. They are the ones that can eat wallabies!
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Say, Keith, remind me where you live so I never accidentally move there.😇


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They're funny things snakes. I'm not native to Oz and when I first moved here in my twenties the mere thought of encountering one freaked me out ... now I think they are absolutely beautiful creatures and even the venomous ones don't phase me too much. Unless you encounter a female during breeding season they are generally very timid animals. We also have a snake they call the rough scale in my area ... from memory it's venom toxicity is right up there with the taipan, somewhere in the top ten.

My son is definitely uncomfortable with them ... when the drama in the shed was going on he refused to set foot out of the house until the python was gone!
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Wow great catch, kinda once in a lifetime experience. wish I had my camera when I spoted my frist evey red fox on the coast of calif
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Get a new memory card, Keith

And don't make me look at such things
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Old 01-07-2016   #13
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Nice sequence.
I envy the snake...it doesn't have to bother with food for about a month or so. That's easy living.
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Old 01-07-2016   #14
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You could have thrown the locked-up Leica at the python, Keith. The shock may have brought the possum and the Leica back to life. All tiger snakes over my side of Australia. Not as big but very venomous, but like you say, usually very anxious to get out of your way.
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Who said nature photography requires a 600m f4 ?!

Wonderful Keith. Considered submitting to stock agency ( or digitally watermarking)?
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Great series!
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Hmm, how large do these pythons grow Keith ???
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Hmm, how large do these pythons grow Keith ???

That one was close to four metres from what I could tell ... they've been seen in this area close to six metres.
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crazy cool shots

funny to see that the snake doesn't think of humans with cameras being predators for it. she just let you snap away and didn't mind you
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crazy cool shots

funny to see that the snake doesn't think of humans with cameras being predators for it. she just let you snap away and didn't mind you

Once a python latches onto a meal ... it doesn't let go, for any reason. Totally focused!
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Normally I'm not much interested in nature photography but these are just superb. Typical Leica reaction though!
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Snakes above a certain size petrify me due to an irrational level of self-induced terror. Poisonness snakes practically kill me even when they are completely surrounded by thick glass at the zoo.
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Mesmerizing!

Especially the little pink tongue symbolizing the ultimate surrender.
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Whoaaaaa glad the camera came back to life!
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Great stuff, Keith.

Per an earlier comment, I have found that most technology has a 'critical job detector circuit' built in.

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I've found with my M9, if I download pix and turn it off with the USB cable still connected I have to do the battery thing. If I just pull the cable and then turn it off all is well. ??
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Thanks Keith for the superb pictures and great info on the python.
I prefer to stay away from snakes in general.
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Thanks Keith, great series.

Lessons learned: When headed out of the house with camera to capture important event remove and replace battery before you get there.
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My MP's shutter once got stuck after just one shot during a cheerful afternoon photo walk. Some gear was broken, needs to be replaced by a similar piece from a donar M4 and a moderate bill followed. I shot with my cellphone that afternoon.

Guess it has nothing to do with digital or film. Happenings...
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And apologies to the slightly squeamish among you who assumed this was going to be a thread about me, whinging about my expensive Leica Digicam.

And for those that like a bit of life and death drama up close... you hit gold as they say!
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My son is definitely uncomfortable with them ... when the drama in the shed was going on he refused to set foot out of the house until the python was gone!
You have a very smart son, Keith!!!
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Your series of images is very well done. It never ceases to amaze me how a snake can open its mouth so wide to swallow a mammal bigger than itself. One of your images shows this quite well.

Around here there are a fair number of garter snakes and I tend to see them quite regularly when hiking. I have gotten to the point that I am not afraid of them. However, with poisonous and/or large snakes I am the complete opposite.
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Congrats! Nicely captured with not a tear shed!
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fabulous series Keith - I guess the snake is doing a bit of RAW processing
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That could have been a nice camera case, with a nice fur trim. And some stew.

Just saying.
Haha, good one. Keith, since it's a Leica, what focal length were you at while photographing this?
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Fantastic shots Keith, especially the first one !
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