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Copyright: Ania Jazdzewska (jazdzurka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 141 W: 23 N: 315] (1055)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-01
Categories: Molluscs, Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Exposure: f/7.5, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-09 13:57
Viewed: 5481
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today one of my last pictures and one of the first macro shots taken with flash.

You can see in the picture the representative of keelback slug - Bielzia coerulans (pomrów błękitny in Polish). Both Latin and Polish names comes from the colour of the slug - it is really blue! It belongs to the family Limacidae and reaches the size of 12-16 cm. It is an endemic species for Carpathian Mountains - i.e. it occurs only in this region of the World and it is very rare.

I was lucky to see it when I went for few days to Beskid Sadecki mountains. Just after the rain they left the forest and came on the road. Unfortunately it was quite late and the light was not good. That's why I decided to use the flash - what do you think about that?
I had to crop the picture as the lens gave shadow and also I've changed levels a little.

And also in the workshop I decided to put the picture of whole slug just to give you an idea how blue it is :)

Thanks for attention

ramthakur, maurydv, matatur, haraprasan, uleko, Alex99, mogens-j, cedryk has marked this note useful
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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-05-09 13:59]

Bardzo ciekawy kolor ślimaka.
U mnie nie widziałem takiego Super kompozycja.

Hi Ania,
As a matter of fact, I liked your workshop image better because it shows the complete slug, giving a clear impression of this rare species I have seen for the first time. I think all of us on TN will benefit from this post.
Your main image is also very good, focusing a little off the eyes on stems.
The blue colour and even the textures on the slug's body are quite interesting.
Thanks and take care.

This is a very unique image Ania! Never have I seen a blue one.
I do prefer your cropped one, but appreciate you posting the workshop.
Very good focus on this.

Bella macro, molto bella e interessante la composizione, molto buona la nitidezza nella zona a fuoco, le antenne sono fuori fuoco potresti avere una maggiore DOF con un diaframma pił chiuso visto l'uso del flash. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

This is a perfect macro capture of a beautiful slug in its prime Ania, the choice of the fill-in flash homogenously illuminated the specimen and nicely demonstrated the blue iridescence of the skin. However I do not think a 1/500 sec. was necessary, a smaller aperture, say an f/11-16 with a slower exp. time might render the eye-tentacles perfectly sharp with the rest of the body.

Hi Ania,
A lovely capture of this beautiful snail. Excellent composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-10 7:17]

Hello Ania,
What an interesting slug you're presenting here! I really like the full size picture in the workshop! Incredible colours and a beautiful pattern - I didn't know there were blue slugs! Good sharpness and very well presented.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-10 10:12]

Hi Ania.
What a nice specimen you have net and pictured. Great colouration, amazing DOF and sharpness. Very attractive POV and cropping. Bravo. Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-10 23:01]

Hi Ania,
Wonderful shot of this great looking Slug. Lovely blue colour and the sticky body looks fabulous. Good use of flash lighting and a fine low POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Ania

Welcome to the macro-world and what an entrance. this is a really nice macro shot with nnice dept of field and as I can see you must have been allmost down on your knees to get this point of view.The colours look great - first I thought that it was a fake of porcelain or plastic but then I read your note and found that it was real. The flash did a great job here and as you will find out it is a good thing when shooting macros.

Nice job

Hi Ania, splendid portrait of lovely snail, fantastic colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-09-21 14:58]

No to byloby cudowne zdjecie gdyby tylko glebia ostrosci zaczynala sie 5 mm wczesniej. No ale co zrobic... i tak jest bardzo fajne. No i ta niebieskosc - nigdy nie widzialem az tak wybarwionego. Jesli o lampe chodzi to nie ma sie do czego przyczepic - odblaskow wlasciwie nie ma a kolory ladnie wydobyte.

amazing colors and good composition.
Nice catch.

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