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Lusty Snails
1st PlaceLusty Snails
PhilipDyer


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 7 Deadly Sins II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: My house
Date: Feb 9, 2006
Aperture: f/20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2006

Wow - thanks, everyone! I do want to acknowledge that I know that this is not how snails reproduce. Everyone knows they prefer the missionary position. :-) But I couldn't resist entering this in the "lust" category. Also, no snails were harmed in this challenge entry.

The story behind this shot is that I was trying to take a picture of several snails in a row, like a kind of snail family vacation. That shot is here:

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But the second snail kept climbing up on top of the first one, so I figured I should get some shots of that too. They can move surprisingly fast, especially when you're trying to set up a photo.

Oh, and for the surface, I needed something white that wouldn't show wet trails from the snails moving around, so this is an upside-down Corningware dish. I scrubbed it thoroughly afterward, but if you ever come to my house and I serve a casserole -- well, you've been warned.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.7765
Avg (commenters): 8.2353
Avg (participants): 6.7143
Avg (non-participants): 6.7867
Views since voting: 14175
Views during voting: 593
Votes: 349
Comments: 64
Favorites: 21 (view)


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04/16/2006 06:42:06 PM
sorry for late to say....Congratulations!!! Great shot. Blue ribbon iinaaaaaa!!!hanae mo hoshii!!!!
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02/28/2006 05:58:46 AM
great photo. at first i thought u had some sort of plastic toys until i read the description. that must have taken forever to get that done. good job!
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02/27/2006 12:40:57 PM
I suppose you think that's funny right?

HAHAHA!!!
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02/25/2006 12:29:58 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, Well done and a very original idea!
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02/24/2006 04:40:44 AM
Originally posted by kari1:

Snails are asexual .. they don't need each other for this. Nice shot.


Actually snails are hermaphrodites - all are both male and female, they mate using a "harpoon" on a cord which goes into the other snail's side through the skin - OUCH!

Both snails send the harpoons and both lay eggs. I was lucky enough to see it once in my front garden....

Love the photo, it expresses the concept in a very humourous way and funnily enough better than a true life shot of snails mating would have.
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02/23/2006 12:35:26 AM
Wow, this is a beauty of a shot. Such great detail and great aesthetics.

Congratulations on your first ribbon, and in that pretty color blue too!
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02/23/2006 12:05:48 AM
I absolutely love it... Congrats on the BLUE!
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02/22/2006 07:35:06 PM
Ha! Lust and sloth all in the one picture. :)
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02/22/2006 06:42:34 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, and a BLUE one to boot!
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02/22/2006 01:57:29 PM
I'm still laughing over this one, and I'm at work so I look pretty stupid!!!! Well done. Congrats!!!!
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02/22/2006 01:40:04 PM
Congratulations, great shot!
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02/22/2006 11:08:13 AM
Congratulations on your Blue with this funky little union.
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02/22/2006 07:44:09 AM
OMG this is too funny. Congrats.
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02/22/2006 07:28:57 AM
Philip, congratulations on winning the blue ribbon. It's very well deserved.
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02/22/2006 07:10:05 AM
Wow, Philip - now I know why you weren'y entering challnges recently - it was just so that you could muster up the Blue Ribbon winner energy. Congratulations.
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02/22/2006 03:27:13 AM
How was this not DQ'ed? (just kidding)
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02/22/2006 03:24:16 AM
Congratulations on first place. Well deserved.
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02/22/2006 01:50:23 AM
Great sense of humour, quality in this well deserved blue ribbon shot. Congrats Phillip!!
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02/22/2006 01:10:25 AM
No snails were harmed... I love it!

Congratulations Phillip. You disappeared for so long that I thought maybe you'd given up on photography. When you come back you come back strong! Way to go.
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02/22/2006 01:02:09 AM
Very very nice. Great quality and humorous. Well deserved.
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02/22/2006 12:52:08 AM
Congratulations. Got a kick out of this image when I saw it and I gave it a 10 as well so I was pleased to see it win the blue. Always like to have proof that I have the good taste that I think I do, lol. Great Job!
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02/22/2006 12:46:10 AM
Long overdue, Philip! Big congrats on your blue for this. Love the detail and the lust you caught! LOL! Congrats again!
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02/22/2006 12:26:02 AM
Was glad to see this one with the blue ribbon. It still makes me smile! Fantastic job!

Congrats! :)
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02/22/2006 12:24:55 AM
Congratulations, Philip, on your Blue. Fabulous image.
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02/22/2006 12:17:48 AM
Nice crisp clean image

Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon
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02/22/2006 12:12:17 AM
Congrats Philip! The blue ribbon, that's awesome and well deserved.
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02/22/2006 12:11:41 AM
Great shot - glad to see you didnt get DQ'd for this "act". lol Was one of a few tens I gave out
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02/22/2006 12:11:08 AM
Yo Phillip! Way to go my friend! Congrats on your first Blue!

edit to add: I gotta buy one of those alien bees! congrats again!

Message edited by author 2006-02-22 00:11:37.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2006 10:50:21 PM
That's hot! Very sharp and clean, well taken.
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02/21/2006 08:37:37 PM
Too hot for DPC. Great shot! I especially like the lighting on the top snail.
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02/21/2006 07:11:36 PM
good lighting and a good photo
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02/21/2006 03:17:05 PM
Pretty sure you have a ribbon here. Congrats in advance. Awesome pic. 10.
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02/21/2006 06:31:04 AM
They never do it like that, do they?? Good clear detail, if a yucky creature, and scores high for making me laugh.
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02/20/2006 09:36:07 PM
LOL - least they had plenty of time to consider 'safe sex'
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02/19/2006 09:48:49 PM
Aaah, snailporn. Nice shot! Clever entry.
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02/19/2006 09:04:27 PM
LOL...very nice.
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02/19/2006 04:13:18 PM
Nice picture.
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02/19/2006 01:47:55 PM
That's adorable and hilarious. Definitely worth a 10.
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02/19/2006 07:19:22 AM
LOL, this is neat! Good lighting!
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02/19/2006 12:48:38 AM
Crisp detail and great use of these wonderful models. Bumping up.
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02/18/2006 11:05:15 PM
omg...hahaha..the fact that this has been validated is hilarious to me...and I LOVE THESE SNAILS..has to be a winner : )))
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02/18/2006 09:37:33 PM
No.
02/18/2006 12:27:32 PM
Snails... I must say I didn't expect to come across any snails in this challenge. Great composition, love those little antennae sticking out. Well done all around, and creative and unique to top it all off. One of my top picks from the challenge. Well done! :)
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02/18/2006 12:01:19 PM
By far the best picture I've voted on in this challange and I'm at 62% now. I can't think of anything that could have been done better so all I can say is good luck, I hope this picture ribbons.
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02/18/2006 11:08:37 AM
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02/18/2006 05:51:02 AM
Sorry, thats not how snails mate !
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02/18/2006 04:51:32 AM
this is a well done shot...... and funnier than hell
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02/17/2006 10:00:05 PM
great idea...
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02/17/2006 04:27:30 PM
ROFL did you put one confused snail ontop of the other? Nice detail and nice clean background but I'm not sure Mr Top Guy is going to get anywhere through Mr Bottom Guy's shell! :o)
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02/17/2006 04:08:01 PM
What passion! I like how you really captured the expression of the mounting mollusk. Such a fun picture. 10 + fav
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02/17/2006 07:30:33 AM
LMAO! Well done! 9
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02/16/2006 09:07:55 PM
Nice
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02/16/2006 06:21:00 PM
ha! Never saw this on the discover channel...yet! Good picture. Nice focus and color.
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02/16/2006 12:52:00 PM
I'm impressed with the great capture -- good job!
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02/16/2006 08:44:50 AM
To me this is the outstandnig photograph of the bunch. Hope you do well. 10
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02/15/2006 09:44:38 PM
funny perspective but does the snail nails it perfectly!
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02/15/2006 05:11:58 PM
nice macro, but i dont feel that they are really lusty
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02/15/2006 04:01:21 PM
lol
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02/15/2006 02:14:23 PM
cant beat a bit of snail porn!
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02/15/2006 01:24:41 PM
Dirty nasy snails. This isn't Penthouse.
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02/15/2006 05:40:05 AM
Fantastic image.
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02/15/2006 05:26:54 AM
lol - this one cracks me up. I never realized snails lusted that way.
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02/15/2006 03:29:06 AM
Snails are asexual .. they don't need each other for this. Nice shot.
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02/15/2006 02:32:20 AM
This is brilliantly sharp and crisp with everything in focus - good skills, good craft
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