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Copyright: Anil Nediyara (anilnediyara) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 10 N: 180] (780)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-13
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 105mm f2.8D micro
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Slugfest, Gems from India, posts with a difference, NATURE'S BEST [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-13 9:13
Viewed: 5215
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first session photographing a snail! I have seen beautiful pictures of them but never had chance to shoot one. Today afternoon Smitha told me that she had shot few pics of snail and were not happy with the result, in fact she even kept it for me to shoot. With her as my assistant I had better luck and lighting conditions :)

The name snail applies to most members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells, but the word is most often applied to the various species of pulmonate land snails, which live in almost every kind of habitat, from deserts and mountains, to marshes, woodland, and gardens.

Snails in the wider sense can be found in an even greater range of different environments: the great majority are marine, but many are terrestrial, and numerous kinds can be found in freshwater and even brackish water. Most snails are herbivorous, though a few land species and many marine species are omnivores or carnivores. ...Source Wikipedia

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  • Great 
  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-13 10:12]

hi mr.anil,
a beautiful picturte of this snail . i liked the diagonal compo very much.xcellent sharpness.

Hi Anil,
Excellent lighting conditions! Wonderful how the
snail is translucent and also the sparkle appearing on the shell. Nice composition, POV, and good focus also.

hi anil,
fantastic back lightning with a lovely spark on the shell.
excellent details and sharpness.good framing.
great !
tfs - carole

Hello Anil,
What a wonderful backlighted snail image this is........Great!!!
Technically flawless shot with perfect sharpness, clarity, composition with the diagonall line of the snail and reeed, and lighting.
Due to the lovely backlighting all details in the snail are wonderfully visible.
I also love the little twinkle.
Excellent work.
A real joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing and the good note.
Best wishes,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-13 22:27]

Anil, Wonderful shot and I love specially the glittering on the shell. Excellent take. TFS Ganesh Happy Independence day.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-14 4:23]

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. I just love the lightning the colours and the composition. Fantastic!

This will be a favourite of mine....

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-08-14 4:32]

Fantastic lighting and composition..
Details are nice.TFS!

Hi Anil,

This is simle beautiful capture. The diagonal composition is amazing. Even though you were on darker side, you have managed good exposure. The light throuh snail's body looks amazing and specially the twinkal :D.
Very well done.


Hi Anil.

Perfect composition, Lights, and a twinkle like a drop of the sun...glowing !!


jean paul

hello anil,

this is the best shot of snail i have seen here,
its aesthetics are very nice, the reflection of light on the shell has been captured beautifully from a sutable angle,
the dark bg makes the snail and the wood stand out well in the image, excellnt lighting, sharp image with good details, well composed shot, excellent point of view, very nice faming,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Anil,
Thank you the theme 'intimate portraits'...
I'll promote it:-) through mentioning it and putting images in it...
Concerning your image today...a nice compo and very good light (for example I do like the transparency).
Well done
Annick PT

Hi Anil,
I wanted to comment on this a long time back but some how could not make time to visit TN. This is a superb picture with wonderful details and colors. The sun glare is special. The lighting on the snail and the translucent body make this an wonderful picture to watch.

Anil, Excellent picture. Both the sparkle and the shadow lighting are brilliant. For a moment I thought that you got the translucent body in the picture with the back lighting. The picture is amazingly clear and the background is superb.
- Murali Santhanam

Hello Anil,

Wonderful job with this snail!

What a bute Anil,
can you tell us a little more about the lighting conditions
I like the diagonal compo, and of course the way you have "shon" thru the snail's softer parts.


PS Themed

Hello Anil,
This is a very beautiful picture the angle of the stick displaying your subject is very nice and the details are pin sharp. I reall like how the light moves through the semi-transparent snail with that extra starburst light on the top of the shell. Well done. :)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-05 7:16]

Hi Anil,
What a beautiful photo! You have used the light in such a great way... Bravo and TFS
Best wishes,


What a beautiful shot, I love the light on the snail, excellent focus and sharpeness in this image. Well done!

Happy holidays!


Hi Anil,
It is not only necessary but also extremely desirbale to go back into your portfolio because you take pictures infrequently and when you do, they are veritable gems in terms of creativity.
The image of this snail is a gem because you have captured the "twinkle" on its body.
It is not an every day phenomenon. First of all, snails rarely twinkle, so when they actually do, they need Anil to capture them.
Beautiful image that speaks volumes about your talents as a nature photographer.
You have used the light so well here the entire shell looks as if it is made of gold.
Looking forward to your new picture,

Excellent shot! I love the twinkle and the shallow pov with the greenish colours of the bg. The backlit body looks charming. Sharply focussed and well composed. Thanks for sharing.


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