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Copyright: clint newsham (clint) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 17:48
Viewed: 4289
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
a shot of the common snail in the uk.
love them or hate them they are a common site in the garden and can be found eating each and all your plants or veg.
how can you show the beauty of one of these creatures?.
well, with this shot i enticed it onto a piece of grass and waited for the performance and this chap certainly gave some nice poses.
the background is my out of focus lawn and the shot has been enhanced in photoshop.
your thoughts and comments are most welcome.

jeanpaul, JoseMiguel, angybone, cedryk, timonejoon, joey, Hil, meyerd, Michau has marked this note useful
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-17 17:54]

Hola Clint,
Genial amigo,
buenos detalles y excelente compo.
iluminación y bg. perfectos
gran trabajo.

Hello Clint
Félicitation pour cette jolie prise en macro que tu nous envoie.La composition est très belle ainsi que les couleurs et les détails.Les dégradés de couleur sur l'escargot et sa coquille est super.Ton beau BG rend merveilleusement bien les couleurs du sujet.
Merci et au revoir...Jp

Hi Clint,
I spotted this on the thumbnails and thought it looked very good. In full-size, I can tell it is very good! The p.o.v. works really well.
The colours, Detail and clarity are all excellent. Well done!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-04-17 18:17]

Excellent shot! great colours and details. Good work!! carmia.

Hi Clint,
An excellent image!
I like so much the pose got on the snail, and all the clear and sharp details on it.
Very good the illumination used.
I'm wonderig how do you achieve that smooth background...
Do you apply some PP to the out of focus lawn to achieve this great result?
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-17 19:08]

Hello Clint,
In my opinion, this composition is a true art: diagonally placed grass, spirally moving snail and nicely use vignetting effect, completeed with very accurate exposition and colors.
Best greetings and TFS!

Great colors - that purple is gorgeous.
The depth of field is darn near perfect!
Composition is very attractive.

Hi Clint,
Even though I don't like these slimey creatures much your capture of this image is superb. I love the lighting the way the light is shining on it slimey body. Nice capture of this guy I hope it didn't eat too much of you plant.

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-17 21:03]

Hi Clint, a very nice macro here. Good focus and excellant detail. Lovely colors. Background compliments the snail. Like the diagonal line and the vignetting is a very nice touch. Good job, thanks.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-17 22:05]

Hi Clint,
Excellent shot. Natural colours and very sharp details. The light, focus and exposure are spot-on. I like its pose.Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-17 23:27]

Hola Clint.- Bella imagen, grandes detalles, exelente foco, nitidez e iluminacion.

Hi clint

wow, perfect shot with great details. I love the blue color and twisted body. amazing for me.
well done


beautiful pic, TFS Ori

Un escargot acrobate, voilà qui est original.
Bonne journée.

excelent macro

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-18 4:24]

Hello Clint,
this is a fantastic shot with a superb DOF.

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  • BG07 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 1] (48)
  • [2007-04-18 5:07]

Здравей Клинт,
Брилянтно изпалнение, изключителна снимка.

Good detail!
Beatiful color!
Excellent composition!

Great image
simple yet wonderful composition
great sharpness and background
well done

Hello Clint!
Another beauty composition with excellent effect! DOF, POV and details are really great! I like also the pose of the snail :)
Really nice presentation.
TFS and best greetings,

super.very very very nice. color, sarpnes, dof are perfect. TFS

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-18 15:52]

Hi Clint

Superb shot of the Snail, very nice composition and a superb pose and great POV, the detail is so sharp and clean with excellent colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Clint

WOW was the first thing that occured to me when I opened the thumbnail and I have yet to come up with anything else, except for excellent DOF and composition.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-05-06 10:50]

Dear Clint,
one of your really careful portraits which reveal unsuspected beauty of animals we see every day. I notice the use of light dispersion or passive screen to alleviate the problem of glares. The transparency of the snail together with the uniformly blurred background make it a perfect shot. You set the example of a macro to follow!
My best regards to you,

Excellent shot!! The vignette works perfectly well. Spot on focus and perfect dof. Good colours also. Thanks for sharing.

Wow, I like it, very sharp and "clear" photo with geometric composition. I've noticed interesting background - bright in the middle and darker around the snail - nice effect. TFS, Michal.

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