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Garden Snail.

Garden  Snail.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-30
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-01 14:47
Viewed: 3967
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The word snail is a common name for almost all members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells in the adult stage. When the word snail is used in a general sense, it includes sea snails, land snails and freshwater snails.

Snails lacking a shell or having only a very small one are usually called slugs. Snails that have a broadly conical shell that is not coiled or appears not to be coiled are usually known as limpets.

Snails can be found in a wide range of environments from ditches, deserts, and the abyssal depths of the sea. Although most people are familiar with terrestrial snails, land snails are in the minority. Marine snails have much greater diversity and a greater biomass. The great majority of snail species are marine. Numerous kinds can be found in fresh water and even brackish water. Many snails are herbivorous, though a few land species and many marine species are omnivores or predatory carnivores.

Snails that respire using a lung belong to the group Pulmonata, while those with gills form a paraphyletic group, in other words, snails with gills are divided into a number of taxonomic groups that are not very closely related. Snails with lungs and with gills have diversified widely enough over geological time that a few species with gills can be found on land, numerous species with a lung can be found in freshwater, and a few species with a lung can be found in the sea.


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-07-01 14:59]

Hello Luis,
nice capture!
shell is captured with great details and beautiful colors!
best regards,

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-07-01 15:25]

Olá Luis.
Ótima visão lateral desse molusco.
Gosto da luz, da nitidez, do enquadramento.
Belo trabalho.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-01 15:39]

Hi Luis,
That is a great POV of this snail.
I think that is his head, and I think it is looking at us!
Excellent exposure that brings out the colors on the shell,
as well as the moisture on the "foot".
TFS. : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-01 16:15]

Hola Primo,

A fantastic shot of this beautiful snail. The patterns and colors of the shell are wonderful. Fine details of the shell and of the exposed part of the snail. Shows up very well against the dark background. I have not seen a snail here in Tucson - perhaps I should look more closely.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-01 16:17]

Hi Luis
Excellent macro.Nice POV & good detail.Outstanding colors to
TFS Michel

There are an abundance of these in Mendocino County on the coast of California...way N of San Fran...and some folks sell them to the local collectors who them process and send to Japan....You would not believe how much...So much even I have forgotten....but seeing it in a flash photo as here only doubles my feelings against eating these..I see no reason..I do eat seafood such abalone...but not snails...very nice Luis!

You are ever so gracious in your comments on my photos and for that I thank you!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-01 21:49]

Hola Luis,
Caracoles son comúnes pero muy raras en TN!
Esta toma es fantástica con muy alta calidad y la luz no es demasiado fuerte. Me gusta el POV tambien.
Buen trabajo amigo!
Un abrazo fraternal,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-01 23:30]

Hola Luis,
precioso enfoque,a la concha el caracol y sus sobrios colores...
estupenda macro.
Saludos y un fuerte abrazo amigo.

hello Luis
the black background elects splendidly the subject, with the very good light,the clarity and the colours also splendid,wonderful macro photo
TFS thanks for sharing

Hello Luis,

This is a fine capture showing the soft, textured body contrasting very well with the rigid, coiled, patterned shell.
The composition is perfect.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-02 0:39]

Hello Luis,
Beautiful photo in great sharpness and details. Excellent POV. Very nice colours beautiful contrasting against the dark BG.

Hi Luis,
A nice capture of this beautiful garden snail. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-02 3:04]

Hello Luis
Nice capture with sharp details and natural colors.

Hola Luis,
a beautiful picture of this Snail, taken with superb sharpness and bright colours, good POV and composition.
Best regards

Ciao Luis, beautiful snail with good colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful contrast against dark BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-02 12:02]

Hello Luis,
This is a very fine capture of a fine snail with a beautiful shell. Excellent details and colours and it stands out very nicely against the dark background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-02 13:11]

Hello Luis,

Very cute and sharp shot!!!


Hello Luis
nice capture of this snail, you have captured it with great details and fine colors, i like the colors tones of his shell, i lik ethe black BG and the POV
Have a good night

hello Luis

WOW ! what an superb macro image of the Snail,
very fine at th level of the subject POV,
superb focus, great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-07-14 11:19]

Hi Luis.
Wonderful close-up of an attractive specimen of the snail. I like excellent work of your new short-focus length macro lens and fill flash work. POV is great and details of the animal are ultimate. What are your impressions form the Nikkor macro lens?
TFS and all my compliments.
Alexei, who cannot visit TN now owing to hard work.

Hola Luis !
No podemos ver muchos "snails" no conozco la palabra en español) en TN, so es siempre interesante cuando alguien esta publicando une imagen de este animal. Los detalls sont perfectos, la composicion es hermosa, los colors son lindos y parecen naturales a pesar del flash. El fondo negro pone en valor al animal.
Agradecidos y saludos,

De las mejores fotos que he visto de un caracol.
No se si en Mexico, pero aqui esta especie nos la comemos, concretamente en esta ciudad es uno de los platos típicos e incluso celebramos una fiesta en su honor , de asistencia multitudinaria y declarada de interés Nacional.
Este es su enlace por si lo dudaste jajaja:

Saludos Luis.

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