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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-27
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Super-HMC CPL MCPRO1
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 3, Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-08 9:10
Viewed: 9497
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus)

Grapsus grapsus is one of the most common crabs along the western coast of South America. It can also be seen along the entire coast of Central America and Mexico, and nearby islands. It is one of the many charismatic species that inhabits the Galápagos Islands, and is often seen in photos of the archipelago, sometimes sharing the seaside rocks with the marine iguanas.

G. grapsus is a typically-shaped crab, with five pairs of legs, the front two bearing small, blocky, symmetrical chelae. The other legs are broad and flat, with only the tips touching the substrate. The crab's round, flat carapace is just over 8 cm (3 inches) in length. Young G. grapsus are black or dark brown in color and camouflage well on the black lava coasts of volcanic islands. Adults are quite variable in color. Some are muted brownish-red, some mottled or spotted brown, pink, or yellow. The ones seen on photographs of tropical island fauna are often bright orange or red with stripes or spots dorsally, blue and green ventrally, and sporting red claws and pink or blue eyes.

This crab lives amongst the rocks at the often turbulent, windy shore, just above the limit of the seaspray. It feeds on algae primarily, sometimes sampling plant matter and dead animals.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Exposure Program: Manual
Exposure Time: 1/160
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 310 mm (full frame)
Date Taken: 2007-04-27 09:45
Metering Mode: Partial
Hoya 77mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Hoya 77mm UV Filter

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Hola Selen
Precioso cangrejo el que nos muestras y te mostró su mejor perfil para salir en la foto.
Un saludo

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-05-08 9:19]

Un color impresionante. Quizas el cangrejo mas bello que he visto hasta hoy. Un saludo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-08 9:39]

Hello Selen,
Excellent and interesting shot of this beautiful crab. Great sharpness and lovely colours. Stands out nicely against the dark background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Fantastic image Selen.
Great colour and clarity,and a very good note as well.
Excellent work!

Hi Selen
Really cool and colorful Crab!
Details and colours are good in combination with dark BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-08 9:50]

Hola Selen,
bella captura,
en mi galería tengo un grapsus...
original pov y detalles,
lindos colores.

nice colors good pose good focus nice DOF

Un vrai bonheur, quel festival de couleurs !
Bonne journée.

Merb Selene just looked through your nice shots recently from your succesfull trip. Good level of detail and very sharp lovely colours nice low POV and DOF is fine tfs Selamlar Necip.

Merhaba Selen,
Renkler çok canlı ve güzel, siyah taşlarla beraber kontrast çok güzel çıkmış.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-08 10:42]

Hi Selen.
Beautiful capture of this colorful crab.Very good POV and DOF.Very nice details and amazing contrasty colors.Very good dark BG too.Well done.
Thanks,with greeting Milos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-08 11:13]

Hello Selen,
Interesting and colourful species of crab, its stance giving the impression that it is standing on the tips of its feet, but you sharp shot shows that it is really putting its weight on the back part of the body.
Good composition, sharpness, POV and colour saturation.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Selen,
Excellent shot of the crabby crustatean. The reds really get the viewers attention all with a very nicely chosen DOF. :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-08 11:58]

Hello Selen, what a fantstic shot of this crab, the collors are amazing, you really did a good job, the BG is perfect, great POV and composition..well done..

Hola Selen.
Un fantástico disparo. Unos detalles fabulosos y el color es genial.
Saludos amiga, JL.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-05-08 12:44]

Hello Selen,
impressive colours and impressive picture of this crab which is in brilliantly contrast to its environment and background. Excellent sharpness and well-managed light.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-05-08 12:50]

fantastic Selen,
very good quality here in this great composition with fantastic details, very good photo, I like it. have a nice day
gr. jaap

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-05-08 13:25]

Bonsoir Selen
Superbe prise haute en couleurs très beau crabe!
Amicalement Robi

Hi Selen,
I do like the saturated colours here; the reddish subject against the greyish back- and foreground.
Well done

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-08 14:09]

Renkler inanilmaz. Harika yakalamissin Selen. Tebrikler.

Merhaba Selen muhteşem renkler harika bir fotoğraf tebrikler.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-08 21:36]

Hello Selen, Superb color and details capture with excellent camera work, Thanks Selen.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-09 2:50]

Hi Selen

This is a stunning shot of the Sally Lightfoot. The eyes are exceptional as is the composition. The colours and focus are exceptional.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-09 3:08]

What a sharp shot of this Sally Lightfoot Crab.
The POV is perfect, with gorgeous colors.
TFS. : )

I have nearly the same shot. It is great to see them on the black stones.
Nice picture
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-09 7:00]

Hi Selen

Simply amazing!!! What a fantastic shot!
Razor sharp and crispy clear everywhere with a great set of vivid colors!
The low and full-frontal POV here is also terrific and also gave you a good perspective for a blurred BG.
Great exposure and use of the natural light, too.
Brilliant work!

Bravo and TFS

yine harika bir kare. tebrikler. renkler, çekim ve detay mükemmel. koyu arka plan renkleri daha da güzel yapmış. elinize sağlık.

Hello Selen,
This is one of the most colourful crab species I have ever seen. And interesting is that it is on the land, not in the water. As I see this is a female specimen (easy to regognize because of the wide abdomen, in males it is very narrow). Very good DOF and POV, beauty, well saturated colours and interesting note!
Bravo and TFS!

Hello Selen,
What a beautiful shot of an animal that I don't see often. Details, POV, colors and composition are great and it has such beautiful eyes! Your notes are also very interesting, congratulations!

Yenge bilim kurgu filmlerinden fırlamış gibi. Çok göz alıcı renkler ve etkileyici bakışlar. Tebrikler

Hi Selen,
What a remarkable bright colored crab. I've never seen this species before, not even on a photo. The bottom part of its body is very interesting. Do you know if it is currled up or is this the normal shape?
Great work on the DOf and sharpness.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-17 11:25]

Merhaba Selen,
Harika bir fotograf.Canlı renkler,basit arka plan,alçak bakış noktası,ışık ve kontrast mükemmel olmuş.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!


Please forgive me, I have no time today for a proper effort today, but I still like the image. Thanks for sharing.


I'll come back to give the points, I promise.

Hola Selen, precioso el cangrejo. Destaca mucho el colorido sobre el fondo gris.Un saludo.

José Luis

Hi Selen
I came across this great image of you while looking at an image like this from another member of TN.
Thought that one was beautiful, but this one does beat it in every way :)
Very beautiful saturated colors and superb sharpness, exposure and composition.
The way the crab does stand out against the grey color tones in the BG is fantastic.
Perfect work.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • fkk (4)
  • [2007-08-15 8:02]

Merhaba Selen hanim;

resimlere bakmaya doyum olmuyor hele bu cok güzelmis, renkler ve kompozisyon enfes valla bayildim.. tebrikler...


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-05 2:08]

Hi Selen,
Just marking this shot and will come back later with a proper critique. Completed the urgent assignment and deserve some sleep now.

What a beautiful crab....

wow, amazing picture, amazing animal colors...


Excellent bright colours. Good pov. Some parts of the crab seem to be a little too dark, but over all you have captured a attractive shot.

Really fantastic shot! Colors crub are right balanced and the definition is perfect.


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-06-06 3:09]

absolutely fantastic and beautiful color scheme on this crab! beautiful! tfs

This certainly grabbed my attention, what wonderful colour impact! Your image is wonderfully sharp, has great detail and the I like the way the diffused background allows the crab to stand out even more. All this plus really informative notes, thank you. Awesome!

Hi Selen , excellent colors , comp. and POV , f:8 choosing is very effective for good DOF , TFS and good luck...

The angle you selected is very good as well as the colour of the crab. Congratulations Selen.

Hi Seleen,
Great capture and focus.

This is extraordinary... like the red. Good depth of view too.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-14 12:40]

merhaba selen hanım
bu kare de nefis gerçekten
Galapagos ve Madagaskar hayallerimde olan yerler bir gün mutlaka :)
renkler, netlik ve detaylar süper
eline sağlık

great portrait, TFS Ori

Great capture,nice colours and clarity.Well done.Alin.

fantastic colors, attractive picture

Wow, this is just neat; nice colors on this crab!!!

Hi Selen,
Your portfolio is a treasure trove of strange animals and landscapes.



Fotoğraf da güzel, yengeç de. Kutlarım.

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