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I snapped this when trying out a new lens. I would have used a poloriser if I'd had one. I think that would reduce the shine a little, though I still think its fun and am amazed how brave these little creatures are.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:70.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 138.6 - 594.1 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jun 2010 - 1:14 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:640
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:explorer
Username:pjb1963 pjb1963
Uploaded:17 Jan 2013 - 8:37 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84354 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 9:02 PM

I really like images like this - it shows that snails can be quite athletic when they feel like it!! Smile

I took it into Photoshop Elements 9. I do like your image, but wondered if an improvement may be to rotate and crop it. I also gave it a few tweaks in 'Contrast' and 'Lighting'. After cropping and re-sizing for upload, I gave it a bit of a 'Sharpen'. Smile

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pablophotographer
17 Jan 2013 - 11:11 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi. Congratulations for taking such a lovely image. For me the rock formation on the left is important to be in teh picture, the snail stretches to "jump" on it. I thought also it may look better turned over but I am also happy with your positioning, makes it look like a snail from "down under", what's wrong with that? I also feel that you have done an excelent job to place the head of the snail in between the gap on the foreground' at the beginning I thought this colourful foreground was actually background. Since the snail is visible the background blurred as well, heck, what more to ask? Picture looks perfect to me, Bravo.

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 11:12 PM

I like snails !

They well more intelligent than species believe , and Octotopusses , yep , they be long here after we gone..

Slapped an idea . "Last snail standing" .. Your base image is real well captured , and could be a cool idea to develop.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2013 - 8:31 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

35mm lens equivalents are wrong, your factor is 1.6. Could be a really nice image. You are right, the highlight flares are a touch strong and a polariser might help depending on the angle of the lighting, but you would then loose a further 1.5 stops and you already do not have enough depth of field.

Your shutter speed is nowhere near fast enough for the 480mm you are using unless you also used a tripod and that is why there is a slight loss of resolution I think, along with tiny depth of field. You needed f16 and a tripod.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2013 - 9:18 AM

I entirely agree with Paul but would add that I can see no need for a negative exposure compensation on this either.

Frank

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JayEllEmm
JayEllEmm  1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 - 7:28 PM

I think the shine works really well, it actually looks slimy!

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