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Snail Trail

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
10 Jan 2014 7:33AM
Hi Paul, welcome to EPZ! Smile

This is a gorgeous shot of a snail, I like the way you've captured its reflection too. I wonder if it would be improved (compositionally) by having the snail in the bottom left, rather then top right. This would give room for the snail to 'move into'. Smile

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termite53 5 8 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 7:45AM
Obviously a fast shutter speed used to catch it as it flashed by!,,,,,,,brilliant shot
bluesandtwos 8 324 1 England
10 Jan 2014 8:56AM
This is great!!! The reflection and the perfectly flat, blemish free, surface it is on really makes an impact. Nice one!

10 Jan 2014 9:13AM
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 12:41PM
Hi, and welcome to the site, I see that you have joined recently!

Quote:Obviously a fast shutter speed used to catch it as it flashed by!

You were actually very lucky to get a reasonably sharp picture at 1/10 second, snails can move surprisingly fast. There is a hint of subject movement here. Even assuming use of a tripod, I would have gone for 1/100 second at the slowest, and 1/200 if hand held. But the light was obviously not brilliant - photography is full of compromises...

I do like the combination of the clean shiny surface and the trail grot.

Karen's comment about placement is interesting. Bottom left would give the snail the frame to explore up into, which would be effective in conventional terms. But I have to admit that I rather like the impression given here, that it's trying to find its way out of the top corner.
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 2:18PM
I agree with Karen about the composition, but I love this, a great shot!
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 2:49PM
Brilliant work, welcome to the site Smile

10 Jan 2014 4:18PM
Wonderful capture, Paul ! Great details and reflections!

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