This was one of those situations where you know you had to make the picture happen or it just wasn’t. Gentlemen who play with snakes in the popular marketplace of Marrakesh have one thing on their minds: making a little cash. You have to decide as a photographer if that is worth it for you. If you’re shooting for an editorial publication, then no money or services or goods can be exchanged for taking these pictures. I wasn’t. I thought at best this would be a decent stock image, so I gave the guy a small amount of cash so I could position myself on my stomach for a few minutes and use a long lens to capture the cobra. My plan was to keep the face of the gentleman out of the picture completely so I could freely use the image how I wanted. In addition, I was trying to keep the snake in the dark parts of his clothing, so as to contrast the snake with the background.
Camera: Canon 5D
Lens: Canon 70-200 mm IS lens
Settings: ISO100, f/3.2, 1/250th of a second
Filters: Circular Polarizer