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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-19
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hama sky 1A (LA+10) (IV) 58mm
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Snail in the world II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-24 19:12
Viewed: 4635
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just a snail carrying its house.

The name snail applies to most members of the
molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells.
Snails are found in freshwater, marine, and
terrestrial environments. Most are of herbivorous
nature, though a few land species and many marine
species may be omnivores or carnivores. Other
gastropods, which lack a conspicuous shell, are
commonly called slugs, and are scattered throughout
groups that primarily include snails. While most
people are familiar with only terrestrial snails, the
majority of snails are not terrestrial. Snails with
lungs belong to the group Pulmonata, while those with
gills form a paraphyletic group.

Snails move like earthworms by alternating body
contractions with stretching, with a proverbially low
speed (1 mm/s is a typical speed for adult helix
lucorum [1]). They produce mucus in order to aid
locomotion by reducing friction. The mucus also
reduces the snail's risk of injury (snails can crawl
over razor blades without injury) and helps keep away
dangerous insects like ants. When retracted into their
shells, snails secrete a special type of mucus which
dries to cover the entrance of their shells with
a 'trapdoor' like structure called an operculum. This
is similar to some slug species which build a shell-
like object below their upper skin to prevent drying
out. The operculum of some snails has a pleasant scent
when burned, so it is sometimes used as an ingredient
in incense.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snail]

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-24 19:53]

Hi Thor,
Nice shot of this slimy little fellow, he seems to have one eye looking at you :-) Nice detail, beautiful colours and patterns in the shell. The flash does seem a little strong but just my opinion. Nicely framed shot and an interesting note, great work.

excelent foto;-)

  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-25 1:47]
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Hi Thorsten
This was well done considering the high speed action you had to capture. You managed to freeze all movement perfectly. This should teach those ‘in flight’ specialists some trick or two.
The composition is great, so are the colours. The details are spectacular, but I think you could have increased the f/stop a little more. Don't you think f/25 was still too shallow? (From my side there was a suppressed chuckle and a WOW.) You even managed to get the BG portions of the leaf OOF to enhance the snail. The exposure was on the button with the fill-in flash brilliantly handled to prevent OE from the slimy shiny surface of the snail's body with just a small patch on the shell.
Very well done and TFS.
PS. Excellent notes to accompany this fine posting.

Hello Thorsten!
Very interesting subject! i like them too :-) Such a shiny, vivid looking one! Focusing, details all are superb! Great pov and framing too! Superb post!

Hello Thorsten!
Very good shot here. Great DOF, tight framing and great detail. Good composition leaving some open space in front and below the snail. I like your note very much, too. It tells me something about those creatures I'm not too fond of because they eat flowers planted in front of my house, and those are supposed to host bees, not snails. Regards,

Nice capture Thorsten,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Hello Thorsten,
As snail shots go, this is very good :)
A well composed closeup, with a great POV.
Excellent DOF, sharpness, and use of flash to bring out some fantastic detail. Great contrast against the green leaf as well..
Very well done.

Brilliant, Thorsten,
wußte gar nicht dass eine Schnecke so hübsch sein kann, sie glänzt so toll auf dem Bild. Und dieses tolle Perlmut-Haus - und sie schaut ganz genau was Du da tust - gut gelungen, vielen Dank. Nachher ist Formel 1, man kommt vor lauter Sport gar nicht aus dem Muskelkater raus ;-) Hahaha!
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Great 
  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-25 15:28]

Hi Thorsten,

Very good detail, colours and sharpness.
Exposure and lighting are excellent.
Nice POV and composition.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-06-25 15:46]

The composition and exposure with the fill-in flash in this picture is perfect. Very well done and TFS.


Hi Thorsten,
Excellent shot.
Good detail, colors, sharpness and lighting .
Nice POV and composition.

Well done

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-25 17:13]

Hi Thorsten, nice cloe-up of this snail. Good details, lighting, colours and focus. Well done and TFS.

Hello thurstin excllent shot again, excellent colors, Bg, POV, detals are right on, TFS Kyle

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-27 8:35]

Hallo Thorsten,
super Nahaufnahme, toll Schaerfe und die feinen Details kommen sehr gut an. Farben und exposure einwandfrei, da kommt das schleimige richtig zur Geltung. Klasse Perspektive und prima Bildschnitt.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-27 19:19]

Hi Thorsten
Good slimy snail shot :) . Great colours, sharpnes, light, details, DOF and POV.
Well done Thorsten


Wow! My friend would love this photograph-she is obessed with snails-and has them as pets :)
I just love how this photo makes you feel lik eyou could touch the creature. The photo makes me believe I could reach out and touch the slimey body. I love it! great colour.

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