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Hungry slug

By DRicherby
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.


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

Tags: West yorkshire Mushrooms Forest Rotting Woods Decay Close-up and macro Slug Wildlife and nature Esholt Hollins Wood

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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
3 Mar 2012 1:42PM
A great capture, good detail. He can eat for some time with all those little mushrooms.........Sandy

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WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
3 Mar 2012 2:29PM
I like the image Grin but not the subject Sad - speaking as an allotment holder Wink. Excellent detail.

Phil_L 7 19 1 Wales
3 Mar 2012 4:17PM
Hi Dave,
Good to get your input again.
Nice detail in this.... might have cropped a bit left + bottom meself.
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 4:20PM
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.

ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
3 Mar 2012 5:15PM
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!

Leilani 12 29 3 England
3 Mar 2012 8:16PM
Wonderful mushrooms and that slug well he's ripe for mid air flight. Ooops, I don't like putting pellets down Grin
3 Mar 2012 10:15PM
Wonderful sharp composition here. Gary
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
3 Mar 2012 10:24PM
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.
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
4 Mar 2012 12:58AM
Well caught ,even if slowly,happy returns.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
4 Mar 2012 1:22AM
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
4 Mar 2012 2:02PM
Lovely scene with beautiful light, colour and detail.
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2012 3:53PM
Hi - welcome back! Good to see you again! And with such a wonderful image too!
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
4 Mar 2012 9:29PM
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.

AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
4 Mar 2012 9:48PM
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.

PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2012 10:38PM
Great capture and welcome to my home city. Paul
xwang 7 55 8
15 Mar 2012 7:54PM
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.
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 4:50PM
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...

25 Mar 2012 12:57PM
Wow! This is a great shot, even though the subject can't run awaySmile)
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2012 10:06PM
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

davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
9 Apr 2012 7:38PM
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.
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2012 2:58PM
Great capture.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 1:53PM
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
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 5:02PM
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
imagio 10 12 1 England
29 Apr 2012 6:45PM
Excellent detail..
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
29 Apr 2012 7:47PM
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 .
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2012 11:41AM
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.

debu 6 India
3 May 2012 12:57AM
Superb shot!
Ayoob 5 Australia
11 May 2012 12:58AM
Superb detailed image ........Grin
SuperRoo 9 63 2 Australia
9 Jun 2012 11:03PM
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

smartbox 7 1 2 United States
30 Dec 2012 6:51PM
Lovely capture with excellent composition and detail. Nicely done!


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