It had been raining all day, until mid-afternoon. We set off for a short walk along the coastal path and at one point I noticed many of these snails attached to the vegetation. I guess the rain had brought them out to play.
It's quite a big crop as I only had my 18-55mm lens with me, so couldn't get as close as I would have liked.
A fascinating sight and photo as well. You show us this climbing artist in a wonderful way and i like how all tiny details are visible. The blurred background makes the snail wonderfully stand out. There's even a "one eye-contact" ! ;-)
Greetings from very wet and stormy Westphalia! No winter in sight ...
An excellent photo of this snail climbing on vegetation. Focus is spot on and the textures are nicely visible. Also the bokeh is just the type I like it, a multicolour one. A nice entry to the theme!
It's raining also here, while I am writing this. For the weekend slightly colder is forecast.
Excellent use of focal length to get the BG OOF. In my book this is by far the easiest way to achieve the bokeh concept. This also depends a lot on the quality of lens as the cheaper lenses have lots of distortion and can flare entered into the equation. Excellent!
As an aside, Jo and I saw a snale in Tanzania that had shell the size of sea shell. It was in a garden at our Arusha hotel on the first morning, amazing.
Woooo, this is a tough one for me. I'm not afraid of spiders or snakes, but snails just really gross me out. At the same time, your image of this creature, Kath, is so fantastic that I have to look and appreciate it. Awesome image. If you know my disdain for snails, you know what a compliment that is!
Hope all's well! Love and hugs,
I remember saying to my parents it was hard to take a snail in picture because they move quickly in front of your macro lens. This one seems to be a litle shy andis trying to hide, but one eye is spotting you. The blurred colored background reinforces its sharpness
I was waiting for a flower to appear, (and I am sure it will) I think this theme was made for you, but instead you show us a snail. A snail in all its glory and details, often overlooked and not being the most attractive insect, especially to gardeners, but hey just take a look at his intricate and delicate patterns and his glossy skin.
feather (2018/01/04 16:21:32): Thanks Elaine. I'm not sure what I have flower-wise that hasn't already been posted. I haven't taken many for a couple of years really.
Beautiful shot of this pretty boy? I was wondering about the title. If this is a boy, how do you know it's a boy, did you flip him over to take a look, LOL. or is it that obvious, like in the shell, etc. As in birds, the males are the pretty one with colorful feather...
Anyway, a great shot and excellent for the ToM. Great sharpness and details consider the large crop. I can almost feel the sliminess.
feather (2018/01/04 21:58:19): Haha. Snails are hermaphrodites no I suppose he's not a boy or a girl. I used the title as British irony, as no-one could possibly find him pretty. The term is used often to parrots and budgies to get them to talk by repeating the phrase.
Look at that cute little fella'! Well seen and well rendered - an excellent entry to ToM. With the size of photos this site is willing to accept, I don't think the big crop resulted in a loss of resolution. It does not look that way on my screen.
feather (2018/01/05 09:39:46): Thanks Murat. The crop wasn't that big as I still had to downsize for PF so the resolution should be the same. Maybe a mathematician would say differently? After the crop the size on PS was 60% to fill the screen, when normally it is about 23%
Isn't it fascinating that there is an animal on our planet that carries his own garage on its back :-) Fascinating image, Kath, really nice how it sort of goes around the plant with its whole body. It nearly looks a little cosy. We don't like them in our gardens for obivous reasons - haha. I could never eat them either I think, I can live without this experience. They always talk about the sauce that is served with snails so obviously it tastes of nothing much.