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Hi again, everyone! It's been over a year since I posted anything, during which time I've moved to Liverpool, started a new job and not spent much time here on EPZ at all. But I'm glad to be back and looking forward to seeing what people have been up to while I've been away.

This shot is actually from before I moved and shows a slug munching away on a mushroom in Hollins Wood, near Esholt. Slugs are sloooow so a quarter of a second is plenty fast enough to stop the "action".

All comments and criticism welcome.

Dave.

Tuesday, 28th September, 2010.
50mm, f/5.6, 1/4s, ISO-200.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 50mm f/1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Sep 2010 - 2:14 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Hungry slug
Username:DRicherby DRicherby
Uploaded:3 Mar 2012 - 11:49 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Decay, Esholt, Forest, Hollins Wood, Mushrooms, Rotting, Slug, West yorkshire, Wildlife / nature, Woods
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 1:42 PM

A great capture, good detail. He can eat for some time with all those little mushrooms.........Sandy

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 2:29 PM

I like the image Grin but not the subject Sad - speaking as an allotment holder Wink. Excellent detail.

Dave

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Phil_L
Phil_L e2 Member 5Phil_L vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 4:17 PM

Hi Dave,
Good to get your input again.
Nice detail in this.... might have cropped a bit left + bottom meself.
Cheers..Phil.

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 4:20 PM

Phil_L wrote:
> might have cropped a bit left + bottom meself

To lose the mouldy triangle? I think I'd rather clone it out but I take your point.

Dave.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 5:15 PM

Lol...I like how you described the slug's slowness in relation to the shutter speed Grin

This is such a magical shot especially with how those mushrooms look.

Welcome back!

Andrew

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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 8:16 PM

Wonderful mushrooms and that slug well he's ripe for mid air flight. Ooops, I don't like putting pellets down Grin

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Growmore
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3 Mar 2012 - 10:15 PM

Wonderful sharp composition here. Gary

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 10:24 PM

Nice to see you back, Dave: and with a fine shot of all these fungi in itself but to have the slug at mealtime also is quite the bee's knees.
Ronnie.

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2012 - 12:58 AM

Well caught ,even if slowly,happy returns.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2012 - 1:22 AM

Magical!

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2012 - 2:02 PM

Lovely scene with beautiful light, colour and detail.
Rende

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gingerdelight
gingerdelight e2 Member 8298 forum postsgingerdelight vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2012 - 3:53 PM

Hi - welcome back! Good to see you again! And with such a wonderful image too!
Carol

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2012 - 9:29 PM

SmileSmileSmileSmile I am especially glad to see you back on EPZ - truly I have missed your very candid and to the point comments, both good and bad; and I have missed you too.

But what a first upload - ergh! We do not have these over here in Texas. I fear they would die of the heat, but I certainly see enough of them in Norway and know the havoc they are wreaking - where was it they were imported from? They are termed "killer snails" at "home".

A rather natural upload - as seen in nature. Ugly moldy triangle in lower left has been dealt with - so my only comment is that the darks initially seemed too dark; but the more I look the more I wonder if they were lighter if they wouldn't make the scene busier?

Might fiddle around with a mod later on since you have enabled them.

Again, so very good to see you.

Come visit the Yin Yang Group when you have time.

Hope you are enjoying being in Liverpool, and your new job.

Anne

Last Modified By AnneWorner at 4 Mar 2012 - 9:34 PM

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2012 - 9:48 PM

OK, mod uploaded. I always forget to leave the comment with the mod! I thought about a crop at the bottom, but Alan has already done one; I therefore decided to leave your image as is including the border.

Lightened the foreground a bit to bring out a bit more detail. Burned the area around the grey spot, slight desaturation, and then a vignette (-20) around the whole image.

Anne

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley e2 Member 5PaulLiley vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 10:38 PM

Great capture and welcome to my home city. Paul

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xwang
xwang e2 Member 531 forum postsxwang vcard 7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 7:54 PM

Hi Dave, nice to see you are backSmile.
Interesting shot, nice colour it really looks hungry, they eat anything, don't they? i know that they eat our record's sleeves.. Personally, i don't think they are as beautiful as batterflyGrin , This is the first slug portrait I have ever seenGrin. I come from Beijing, I had never seen a slug before I came here.
Thank you for your very helpful and knowledgeable comment on the "Milk measure". Yes, laptop still looks difference, I had changed a monitor since but your knowledge is still needed.
Thanks again.
Jasmine

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 4:50 PM

This is a very nice close up or macro image..
There is nice detail and a good comp...
I think you have alot of dead area at bottom of image.
It not helping to improve this shot or tell a story about the image so a crop in this area would help...
This inturn will un-balance image...
I think a crop from bottom at right side where there is a bomp in wood..
Left side just after toadstools may be get first 2 at higher leavel...
Across the top above the wood...
This in turn should balance image..
May be a tweek or two to ensure slug is on the thirds to help people enjoy the image more...

Dave

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hippysnapper
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25 Mar 2012 - 12:57 PM

Wow! This is a great shot, even though the subject can't run awaySmile)

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2012 - 10:06 PM

Thank you for your thoughts Dave -- and everyone else, especially for the mods! And thank you for your warm welcomes back.

I can see why people want to lose space at the bottom, though I quite like the way it elevates the slug in the frame and shows how fragile his platform is; but the crops work well too. Smile

Dave.

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davey_griffo
davey_griffo e2 Member 5213 forum postsdavey_griffo vcard England165 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2012 - 7:38 PM

What a fabulous image, bags of detail.
Nice to see you back. You've been missed.

Your in my neck of the woods now (I'm over the other side of the Mersey in Wirral), so it'll be interesting to see your take on the area.

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paskinmj
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24 Apr 2012 - 2:58 PM

Great capture.
Matt

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2012 - 1:53 PM

Good to have you back again and to know that the past year has been a good one for you.
We have had sooooooooooooooooooooooo much rain in the past few weeks that I'm expecting these in their droves- if that is the correct name for load of slugs.
Tiny little fungus OR normal sized fungus and gigantic slug - bigger, like better is a comparative SmileSmile
Helen

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PaulLiley
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29 Apr 2012 - 5:02 PM

Hi Dave. Good shot. I think I might have cropped off a bit of the dark lower part of the frame so as to focus on the lighter (well exposed ) subject above. The detail and exposure of the slug is spot on. Paul

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imagio
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29 Apr 2012 - 6:45 PM

Excellent detail..

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NeilWigan
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29 Apr 2012 - 7:47 PM

good to see you back,and getting closer to god scountrySmile,i wouldnt crop it at all,well shown in its environment the focal point takes you straight to the subject.Now squash it .

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Mynett
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30 Apr 2012 - 11:41 AM

lovely "action shot" with so much detail, I am lucky not to have slugs in the garden - but now I almost wish I did, this is a great subject.

Linda

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debu
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3 May 2012 - 12:57 AM

Superb shot!
debu

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Ayoob
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11 May 2012 - 12:58 AM

Superb detailed image ........Grin

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SuperRoo e2 Member 863 forum postsSuperRoo vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2012 - 11:03 PM

A wonderfully different nature shot Dave. Just the right DoF and love the "action" of the slug... not the usual subject in a nature shot. Well done. Grin

Paul

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30 Dec 2012 - 6:51 PM

Lovely capture with excellent composition and detail. Nicely done!

BJ

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