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Munching Snail



I shot this in the Honolulu Botanical Gardens in 1984 with my Canon A1 using a Tamron 28mm lens with a 2X extender.

I shot this in the Honolulu Botanical Gardens in 1984 with my Canon A1 using a Tamron 28mm lens with a 2X extender.
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BrianBasson
 
BrianBasson May 30, 2016
This is a seriously good shot.
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Thank you, Brian. Appreciate the feedback. Cheers, David
Witmar
 
Witmar June 03, 2016
great shot!
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Thank you!
jenniehettrick
 
jenniehettrick June 12, 2016
Gorgeous photo. You did a wonderful job!
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Thank you!
beckymccubbins Premium
 
beckymccubbins June 27, 2016
Very nice capture! I really enjoy looking at this! Interesting picture.
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Thank you for your feedback Becky!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt July 11, 2016
excellent detail capture in this shot.
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Thank you for the kind words.
tpremo
 
tpremo July 12, 2016
That is amazing!
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Thank you!
rudi0911
 
rudi0911 July 18, 2016
WOW - phantastic shot - TOP
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Thanks Rudolf for the praise!
wispycrys
 
wispycrys July 18, 2016
Love the subject matter, love the action, love the composition, love the colors. Beautiful shot!
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Thank you Crystal.
ahmedfouadibraheem
 
ahmedfouadibraheem July 18, 2016
Fantastic.
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Ahmed, Thank you!
santoshpatanaik
 
santoshpatanaik July 18, 2016
Brilliant !
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Thank you, Santos for the praise.
jasbrat1
 
jasbrat1 July 19, 2016
wow ! amazing shot
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Thank you for your feedback!
CPF_Photography PRO
 
CPF_Photography July 20, 2016
Quite possibly the best snail photo I have ever seen, astonishing!
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Thank you CFP. That's what you get with a real film camera (Canon A1).
jennymitchell PRO
 
jennymitchell July 20, 2016
Amazing shot, great detail, and you've managed to create a strong composition. Nice job!
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Thank you, Jenny for the kind remark and useful feedback.
BrianBasson
 
BrianBasson July 25, 2016
Came back just to say congrats with being a contest finalist with this shot. Well deserved.
David_Blakley_Photography PRO+
Thank you, Brian! Hoping to win a new camera someday so I can give my Nikon to my daughter who's just learning the craft. :)
brandonbowman
 
brandonbowman August 09, 2016
What a great shot! Well done!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 09, 2016
Brandon, thank you so much for your kind words!
melkav PRO+
 
melkav August 09, 2016
Awesome!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 09, 2016
Your comment is much appreciated!
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh August 09, 2016
sublime details WoW and wow
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David_Blakley_Photography August 09, 2016
Thank you very much!
frankfimbrez Premium
 
frankfimbrez August 09, 2016
Awesome image. Well done.
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David_Blakley_Photography August 09, 2016
Hi Frank, appreciate the nice comments.
Rapid_Shotz_Photography
 
Rapid_Shotz_Photography August 09, 2016
So many beautiful colors, Great work!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 09, 2016
Thank you!
bethanyrose_1420
 
bethanyrose_1420 August 09, 2016
wow! the detail in this picture is amazing!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 09, 2016
Thank you, Bethany.
SuperPhotos PRO
 
SuperPhotos August 09, 2016
Nicely done!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 09, 2016
Your kind comment is greatly appreciated. ;)
gajet123
 
gajet123 August 10, 2016
Outstanding capture!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 10, 2016
Thank you so much!
jackieday
 
jackieday August 14, 2016
Awesome shot!!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 14, 2016
Jackie, thank you so much for your kindness. Have a great day!
jimfbauty PRO+
 
jimfbauty August 21, 2016
WOW... best snail photo I have seen. Beautiful. Is this a "trained" snail?? Our area snails just have beige shells with black stripes going around shell... not as colourful.
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David_Blakley_Photography August 28, 2016
Thanks Jim, it was just an accident after taking several rolls of film that day that this came out the way it did. Thank you for the feedback. Cheers!
crackedegg
 
crackedegg August 27, 2016
Hands down, best snail shot I've seen! Great job!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 28, 2016
Thank you Leonard for the inspirational comment!
Keri
 
Keri September 14, 2016
Devine.
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David_Blakley_Photography September 22, 2016
Thanks Keri, appreciate the nice words!
kavcicm
 
kavcicm September 21, 2016
just woow
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David_Blakley_Photography September 22, 2016
Well, thank you!
Winarto
 
Winarto September 21, 2016
wow...
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David_Blakley_Photography September 22, 2016
Appreciate the "Wow" and your Likes/Awards.
RosaDawn
 
RosaDawn September 25, 2016
Excellent shot especially with the difference in technology... you are seriously talented
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David_Blakley_Photography September 26, 2016
Thank you, your comment made my day!
DigitalCheese
 
DigitalCheese October 05, 2016
Absolutely Wonderful!
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David_Blakley_Photography October 25, 2016
Thank you!
BryanDestin
 
BryanDestin October 20, 2016
wonderful photo! Speechless.
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David_Blakley_Photography October 25, 2016
Thank you, Bryan, you have some excellent photos also.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 01, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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David_Blakley_Photography December 02, 2016
Thank you JD.
miroslaw
 
miroslaw December 01, 2016
Amazing
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David_Blakley_Photography December 02, 2016
Thank you for your feedback. Much appreciated.
FredBlundell PRO+
 
FredBlundell December 08, 2016
Superb artistry!
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David_Blakley_Photography December 08, 2016
Private reply sent. :)
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 December 08, 2016
Simply wonderful!!!
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David_Blakley_Photography December 08, 2016
Private reply sent. :)
angeladignasbravin PRO
 
angeladignasbravin December 17, 2016
Brilliant, amazing. I've seen this shot time and again as finalist and winner in numerous challenges and contests. It's become one of my favourites
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David_Blakley_Photography December 18, 2016
Thank you so much Angela for all your recent comments, likes, and awards. :)
annahazlewood PRO
 
annahazlewood December 20, 2016
If only I could take photos like yours
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David_Blakley_Photography December 23, 2016
Thank you, Anna, this was old school - SLR (film) camera over 30 years ago. Thank you for your nice comments.
Pjerry PRO
 
Pjerry January 02, 2017
Great job, voted macro
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David_Blakley_Photography January 12, 2017
Thank you Pjerry for the views/likes and comment. :)
shema
 
shema January 10, 2017
macro at it's finest!
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David_Blakley_Photography January 12, 2017
Sheila, thank you for your vote. Only wished I'd had a digital camera back then. ;)
AsadBaig
 
AsadBaig January 17, 2017
beautiful
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David_Blakley_Photography January 17, 2017
Asad, thank you for the kind remarks!
MIsabel Premium
 
MIsabel January 19, 2017
Wow! this is an incredible shot! I wanted to like/give a Peer Award but I couldn't, it seems that the votes are exhausted... So, I leave my ALL STAR Peer Award here.
You have really amazing photos.
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David_Blakley_Photography February 03, 2017
Thank you Isabel for your kindness in your comment. :)
Roussou
 
Roussou January 19, 2017
Excellent capture, great job.
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David_Blakley_Photography February 03, 2017
Thanks for stopping by and your time!
VickiHandley123
 
VickiHandley123 January 22, 2017
Absolutely love this! I'm just starting out in macro photography (just bought my first macro lens) and this is exactly the type of shot I want to achieve! Any tips for a newbie?
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David_Blakley_Photography February 03, 2017
Vicki, thank you. Macro work takes a long time to develope. Each photographer has their own style. Go to YouTube and type in Macro Photography. Their may be some tips there. ;)
LogeshKumar PRO
 
LogeshKumar February 02, 2017
nicely framed :)
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David_Blakley_Photography February 03, 2017
Thank you Logesh!
EdithNero
 
EdithNero February 23, 2017
Excellent macro and work ????????
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David_Blakley_Photography March 11, 2017
What question did you have?
Savonije
 
Savonije March 11, 2017
Amazing picture, just everything about it is perfect :-)
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David_Blakley_Photography March 12, 2017
Thank you very much!
Paulacook144 PRO
 
Paulacook144 March 11, 2017
Beautiful light in this image. Well seen and handled.
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David_Blakley_Photography March 12, 2017
Thank you, Paula. Sometimes old school brings out the best in the photographer.
Horizonseeker
 
Horizonseeker March 12, 2017
Wow Amazing capture!
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David_Blakley_Photography March 12, 2017
Thank you Francisco for the kind comment.
gloveranna
 
gloveranna March 12, 2017
I am amazed at this shot but then I shouldn't be. You are an excellent photographer! Great job!
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David_Blakley_Photography March 12, 2017
Anna, as always, thank you for your support of my photography in your kind words, likes, and peer awards. :)
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo March 12, 2017
Terrific! Congrats on all your Awards
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David_Blakley_Photography March 13, 2017
Carol, thank you so much!
leislevanvliet
 
leislevanvliet April 04, 2017
Amazing!!
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David_Blakley_Photography April 04, 2017
Thank you Leisle for your great comments, views, and likes!
shema
 
shema May 24, 2017
magnificent! timeless, film or digital, a great shot is a great shot!
David_Blakley_Photography PRO+
Thank you Sheila. How's life in Washington?
SheenaClark
 
SheenaClark May 25, 2017
This is an amazing shot!
David_Blakley_Photography PRO+
Thank you Sheena - yes I believe it was one of those "right place, right time" moments. ;)
podesta
 
podesta June 04, 2017
Fantastic
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Thank you, Podesta!
Corker PRO
 
Corker July 28, 2017
Great shot, well done for capturing it like that.
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David_Blakley_Photography August 10, 2017
Thank you Corker. I like the photo of the flying dog on your page. Please upload some more photos. Cheers, David
shellandshilo
 
shellandshilo August 20, 2017
Superb
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David_Blakley_Photography September 02, 2017
Thank you Shell and Shilo for your kind remark.
richardsly Premium
 
richardsly October 30, 2017
cool.
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David_Blakley_Photography November 21, 2017
Thank you Richard!
ArberElezi PRO
 
ArberElezi November 13, 2017
Great!
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David_Blakley_Photography November 21, 2017
Arber, appreciate the comments.
shaneschmidt
 
shaneschmidt November 21, 2017
This takes my snail shot and eats it...slowly! :) Amazing photo.
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David_Blakley_Photography November 21, 2017
Shane, interesting comment. Thank you! Appreciate all your words, likes, views. Cheers, David
beckyreding PRO+
 
beckyreding December 16, 2017
WOW, WOW, WOW!! AMAZING
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David_Blakley_Photography December 17, 2017
Becky, I am humbled by you taking time to comment with your encouraging words. Thank you!
bindilouwho
 
bindilouwho January 26, 2018
This is an amazing shot. The colours, the detail, those little strings of goo! I can feel how slimy he is and I can feel the texture of the moss. Well done sir, well done!
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David_Blakley_Photography March 11, 2018
Thank you BIndilou, appreciate you stopping by.
eelcovanroden PRO
 
eelcovanroden January 26, 2018
Congratulations on your Challenge Win, fantastic!
andreaev
 
andreaev January 26, 2018
This is incredible
heatherkilloranrees PRO
 
heatherkilloranrees March 01, 2018
This is AMAZING!
photosbyboes
 
photosbyboes March 09, 2018
Amazing!!!
Kksgram PRO
 
Kksgram May 19, 2018
What a gret macro...good job,
edwardlrose PRO
 
edwardlrose May 28, 2018
Oh look how pretty you are
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Alfredo_Jose May 28, 2018
Stunning!
CireTheMagnificent
 
CireTheMagnificent May 28, 2018
Magnificent!
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UpuliWi May 31, 2018
OMG
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 11, 2018
Awesome
oksanaposan PRO
 
oksanaposan June 22, 2018
Wow!
violetdivine
 
violetdivine July 02, 2018
The color and detail in this shot are absolutely stunning! Bravo on the composition, too!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 July 03, 2018
Awesome capture! Beautiful!
sayram
 
sayram October 18, 2018
like
Tanya333
 
Tanya333 October 28, 2018
Congrats on your win! I would have picked this photo as well. Beautiful composition, creativity and colours. Awesome!
MontyRPennington PRO
 
MontyRPennington October 28, 2018
Congratulations on your award! Just a super image!
monicaflorespruitt
 
monicaflorespruitt November 17, 2018
Exceptional image!
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 December 22, 2018
YOu'll got mad skills David, this is sooo sharp!
jessicak_5919
 
jessicak_5919 Apr 21
Wow!!!
larryhevrin
 
larryhevrin Aug 22
Beautiful
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Happy_Hippy Oct 22
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Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this in the Honolulu Botanical Gardens in 1984.
Time
Late morning probably around 11:00am
Lighting
The lighting was totally natural (sunlight). My Canon did not have a flash attachment so I taught myself on photography with existing light. You can see the paved (cement) pathway blurred in the background.
Equipment
Canon A1 Single-Lens-Reflex (SLR) camera with a Tamron 28mm wide-angle lens plus 2X extender. Of course I used a tripod, but my little friend barely moved so I probably could have photographed him without it.
Inspiration
I've always loved macro shots and was looking for something small and alive to photograph that day.
Editing
No, because back in 1984 there was no Photo enhancement software or ways to enhance except by lowering or boosting the ISO on your camera. "Munching Snail" was a raw shot that was processed at the Base Exchange store.
In my camera bag
Nikon D5100 with 2 Nikkor lenses: A-S Nikkor 18-55mm and A-S Nikkor 55-300. I also have a Vivatar Macro Kit and various filters plus a cheap Nikon Bag and Tripod.
Feedback
Sorry, but I have no advice because this was captured on film, but a good Vivatar Macro Kit would probably help and A LOT of patience. :)

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