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"I don't know Fred... do you think it's safe?"
"I don't know Fred... do you think it's safe?"

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Challenge: Double Take II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon MF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AIS
Location: Toronto (Etobicoke) Ontario
Date: Aug 28, 2008
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2008

This was one of about 400 shots... first, it took almost an hour to find the snails... they are Baby snails... if you think it's hard to find a regular size snail, try to find a baby one... then find two of them... They needed to be babies because i wanted to frame them on the leaf with the drops, and the big ones wouldn't fit in the frame... Those little guys move FAST!! i had to start them off at either end of the leaf, then grab my camera and wait until they met in the middle of the leaf...

I used my trusty old Nikon Series E manual focus 50mm f/1.8 with an extension tube... you can buy one of those lenses and an extension tube used on ebay for well under $50... and they are VERY sharp...

Lighting was from my old nikon SB-28 on a sc-29 cord... you can see where the light was held if you look at the catch light on the drips and snail shell...

Note: if you plan on taking a pic of a snail, get it's shell wet... it gives it a nice reflection

I'm not expecting a ribbon or anything with this one... my goal is to make top 5 of my shots... so basically all it has to score is above a 5.5 and it's in... i have my fingers crossed =)


Wooo Hooo!!! a new PB!!!

Thanks for all the comments!

BTW, this pic turned out EXACTLY the way it was supposed to... and for the comment about the snails location on the leafs... they are SUPPOSED to be leaning off the edge of the leafs... helloooo? did you even read the title??? =)

Place: 14 out of 150
Avg (all users): 6.4844
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 6.4400
Avg (non-participants): 6.5128
Views since voting: 2024
Views during voting: 249
Votes: 128
Comments: 10
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09/25/2008 09:24:47 PM
Aww! this one made me smile! the title is perfect.
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09/09/2008 03:07:52 PM
Wonderful shot. I love the title ;-)) Congrats on top 20 and your new PB.
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09/08/2008 12:56:16 AM
Congrats on your new PB! As you can tell, I loved this shot. Crisp and clean with a title that can conjure up great stories :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2008 02:35:54 PM
Nice idea. Unfortunately IMO it suffers from "tangent error". It would be much better if the snails didn't come to the edges. This draws the eye away from the center.
09/03/2008 03:52:59 AM
this is wonderful!
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09/02/2008 09:02:41 PM
Nice capture, well composed, nice texture and color...which one is Fred :).
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09/02/2008 06:06:21 PM
Cecil: "I don't know Fred... do you think it's safe?"
Fred: "Only one way to find out Cecil"
Cecil: "Did you remember to pack the bungy?"
Fred: "..."
Cecil: "..."
Fred: "..."
Cecil: "Oh geez Fred, how many times do I have to tell you? It HURTS when you use my antennae!"
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09/02/2008 04:41:30 AM
Brilliant colour and clarity. Funnily enough I can totally imagine that snail on the right saying that to his buddy....
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09/01/2008 12:33:39 PM
Nice image - Just seems a tad soft on the eyes which I feel would look better sharper
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09/01/2008 10:22:15 AM
Cute! Rich color - nicely done.
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