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Snail on dead leaf
Snail on dead leaf

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black & White (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-3030Z
Location: Outside my front door
Date: May 29, 2002
Aperture: f5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Date Uploaded: Jun 1, 2002

I found this snail on the porch outside my front door at 10pm. I quickly grabbled my camera broughout my desk light and started to take pictures. I started with 100, narrowed down to 5 and then finally selected this one. After doing a survey of about 8 people, this was the one that was chosen by those who were artists or appreciated art.

Place: 13 out of 153
Avg (all users): 6.5103
Avg (commenters): 7.2188
Avg (participants): 6.3707
Avg (non-participants): 6.6378
Views since voting: 1658
Votes: 243
Comments: 34
Favorites: 7 (view)

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06/15/2002 02:46:00 AM
You known, with the arrangement of the snail on the leave, from afar it could look like a flower
06/10/2002 07:41:00 AM
Thank you all for your comments. I knew there would be people that would say they wanted to see the snail more and I do have pictures with more light on the snail, but I enjoyed this picture the most. It has a sort of mystery as to the appearance of the slug. I also did not crop it in so tight cause I wanted you to see the bright light on the left an the shadow on the right. I think it all adds to the picture.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/09/2002 08:57:00 PM
lighting needs some work to bring out the snail shell. Maybe a different orientation would have allowed you to fill the frame too ? Has the elements of a effective shot.
06/09/2002 08:00:00 PM
the lighting is great, but i'd prefer it to be more on the snail, isntead of his back. You've done well to show the shell and his antenni.
06/09/2002 07:56:00 PM
Quite pleasing to the eye, and a good use of B&W to emphasize both texture and structure.
06/06/2002 09:24:00 PM
I find myself wishing the light was coming from the other direction. Also, nature photos should be cropped in tight around the subject. Curious: Did you take any macro shot of just the shell?
06/06/2002 04:27:00 PM
I think this is my favorite picture of the week. I like the shadows, the subject, and pretty much everything about it. - 10 - Annida
06/06/2002 01:31:00 PM
I love all the textures in this. The lighting is wonderful. This is one of my top two.
06/06/2002 01:08:00 PM
So good, down to the slight spill of light onto the near eyestalk. {gulp} no critique. 10
06/06/2002 12:34:00 PM
Interesting lighting. Very dramatic. The snail almost looks fake.
06/06/2002 02:08:00 AM
06/05/2002 05:52:00 PM
very nice--love the lighting and the DOF that really brings the snail and leaf into perspective. I also like the symmetry between the lines on the snail and the lines on the leaf. good eye and good job!
06/05/2002 05:31:00 PM
Did you remember to get a slimed model release? (Sorry!)
06/05/2002 10:13:00 AM
I like the lighting, and the composition.
06/05/2002 09:48:00 AM
The lighting on the snail is incredible... including the fact that his antenna are backlit so that they are easily seen. I think the only (small) recommendation I would make is that I would have cropped it a bit tighter so that the shadow on the right was a bit less noticable.
06/05/2002 05:07:00 AM
Very beautiful. The depth of field is nice, the texture of the background, the contrast, the framing, but I especially love the paralell between the ribs in the leaf and the radial grooves all around the spiral of the snail's shell. 10 from me.
06/04/2002 11:54:00 PM
Really good use of black and white on this one, especially with that shadow.
06/04/2002 11:12:00 PM
cool. if only a tad brighter - love the texture, great job.
06/04/2002 10:59:00 PM
very nice subject placement on this photo... this allows the shadow to play a nice role in this shot... good work!
06/04/2002 10:01:00 PM
creative I wish the snail had more lighting
06/04/2002 03:07:00 PM
One of my personal favorites this week. My one I wish would be that the snail's head was a little bit better lit, but that would admittedly be hard to do if you wanted to keep the shell well defined.
06/04/2002 01:22:00 PM
This shot would've been awesome (and is still pretty good) if it wasn't so dark (or is it just my monitor? but most other shots submitted look ok to me). Love ghe composition (consider moving the leaf and snail just a tad more to the left / your camera to the right) and the detail that is visible and your DOF.
06/03/2002 11:59:00 PM
nice lighting
06/03/2002 09:12:00 PM
Very tight. The texture of the leaf is incredible.
06/03/2002 05:10:00 PM
06/03/2002 04:06:00 PM
Good b&w, fine job. Congrats.
06/03/2002 03:23:00 PM
I wish the light was coming from the right and not the left for better detail on the snail. The bottow also is out of focus and that is distracting a bit.
06/03/2002 02:09:00 PM
Nice photo and an original idea that works well for B&W. What I might suggest, though somewhat reservedly, is a tough of light from the right and brush the little bit of dust from the shell and the leaf. Maybe a reflector would make an improvement, I don't know for sure about that. However, in my opinion this is already an excellent photo.
06/03/2002 01:35:00 PM
Wonderful lighting, and a very cool subject. I really love the depth you've acheived in this image.
06/03/2002 12:54:00 PM
06/03/2002 11:27:00 AM
Nice sharp focus. I would prefer a bit of fill from the right, maybe just a white card would due.
06/03/2002 08:47:00 AM
I like this photo. The b/g is a great choice. It's just a tat dark and I feel some light would be better. Maybe work on titles:)
06/03/2002 07:49:00 AM
interesting angle
06/03/2002 07:47:00 AM
The content of the photo isn't the most exciting, but the contrast of light and dark is very good..

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