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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor Af-S micro 105mm VR f/2.8G IF ED
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature and Art [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-02 7:12
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Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Most snails move by gliding along on their muscular foot, which is lubricated with mucus and covered with epithelial cilia. This motion is powered by succeeding waves of muscular contractions that move down the ventral of the foot. This muscular action is clearly visible when a snail is crawling on the glass of a window or aquarium. Snails move at a proverbially low speed (1 mm/s is a typical speed for adult Helix lucorum. They produce mucus to aid locomotion by reducing friction, and the mucus also helps reduce the snail's risk of mechanical injury from sharp objects. This means that they can crawl along sharp objects like a straight razor and survive without injury. Snails also have a mantle, a specialized layer of tissue which covers all of the internal organs as they are grouped together in the visceral mass, and the mantle also extends outward in flaps, which reach to the edge of the shell and in some cases can cover the shell, and which are partially retractable. The mantle is attached to the shell and creates it by secretion.

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Olá Nikos.
Wow! Que imagem incrível você nos apresenta!
Um visual fantástico; rica em detalhes e agradável combinação cromática. Luz muito bem trabalhada também.
Meus parabéns! Saudações,
José Roberto

Bonjour Nikos,
C'est une scène splendide, avec une très bonne utilisation du contre jour qui rend l'escargot et sa coquille transparents. C'est coloré, vivant et précis, bravo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-02 7:39]

Hello Nikos,
What a special photo. The pose of the snail ad the light on the snail are impressive and very beautiful. The contrast against the dark BG is superb. All colours are so beautiful!And this all in a perfect composition. Great!

hello Nikos
this is a beauty so little with great sharpness
good BG. and nice light with super pose
greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2010-04-02 8:46]

Hi Nikos
Excellent macro work.Nice colours good composition and details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Nikos
fantastica inquadratura sulla piccola lumaca, da un angolo di ripresa davvero eccezionale. La messa a fuoco è davvero eccellente e ci da la possibilità di apprezzare tutti i particolari e colori della composizione ben in contrasto sullo sfondo neutro. Interessante la gestione del controluce.

Ciao Nikos. Great performance here! Indeed top quality close up in stunning details and perfect DOF. Faboulouse playing of light and intrigant transparencies so like the contrast. Fine work. Very well done.


Hi Nikos,
I can only say - fantastic!! In colours, composition, moment, sharpness --- perfect. You even see the inner structures of the snail.

Ciao Nicos, wonderful snail on a fantastic colorful BG, superb light, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good Easter, ciao Silvio

Hi Nikos,

Great lighting, composition and focus! A very original capture.



Well Done Nikos!
Impressively executed shot.Beautiful and mysterious light,perfectly chosen aperture settings.However I think if you cropped the image little bit on left the composition can have more balance impact on the viewer.Happy Easter!
George Veltchev

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  • alin-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 1 N: 126] (1773)
  • [2010-04-02 11:04]

Hi NIkos.
Great picture.Perfect for my theme:"nature and art".
I added it.
Wonderful photo.Congratulations.
Friendly regards.Alin.

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2010-04-02 12:39]

Hello Nikos,
It's a fantastic shot. Perfect composition and very nice back light. It's hard to take a dynamic picture of a snail. You managed it perfectly!
Best greetings,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-02 12:50]

Hi Nikos
Waw...what a great capture this little snail in the amazing POV!
Details are perfect and BG is beautiful!

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  • sotos (313)
  • [2010-04-02 13:04]

Γεια σου Νικο
Εξαιρετικη φωτο ομορφα χρωματα και ωραια συνθεση
Μπραβο και καλη συνεχεια

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-04-02 13:57]

Hello Nikos,
What a impressive photo with excellent sharpness and great composition.Fine POV,DOF and perfect details.TFS.

Giasou file Nikos,

Excellent and fantastic macro capture of this lovely snail againts to light in a fine pose. The light effect just great MF!
TFS and have a nice day and WE!


Hi Nikos,

Perfect timing and excellent macro of a snail.
The viability of very specific details and brilliant colors.
This beautiful vivid display again was very nice.
Light, perspective and depth of field used very subtly.
Thanks for sharing work and very clear.

Best Regards,

Wonderful shot with great lighting and sharpness, very well done.
BTW you live in a beautiful country for nature photographers


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-06 4:40]

hello Nikos,
Sorry to be so late.. I had seen this shot with grat pleasure and would like to congratlate you for this original and excellent snail-shot. Beautiful colors and an amazing transparency.
Kind regards

Wow! This is great macro with fantastic composition and wonderful details. Nothing more is needed - really great work!
All the best from Lodz,

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