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Snailed-it



Oh so close!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Spending a lazy summer Sunday morning walking around the garden just clicking away, flowers, insects, birds, then oh a snail ! Seen so many photos of snails so how could mine be different - well what you see is what I got - "Snailed-it"
Time
As mentioned, it was early morning, fresh with some dew around and really all round a great day - P4P (Perfect for Pics)
Lighting
No not much 1/40 ISO 100, natural light. This was one of those occasions, every time you moved the snail would head for it's shell, so bit of a cat & mouse game, we think both won in the end.
Equipment
Shot with my Canon 7D MkII and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, tripod and NO flash (even if it may look as if there was one).
Inspiration
Well it was just there, not an ideal subject as there are so many photo's of snails around, I suppose if there was something more interesting to have taken a photo of I would not have given the snail a second thought, glad that I did and pleased it got the viewers votes - thanks.
Editing
Definitely cropped to bring it in nice and tight, a little lightening for sure, some changes to contrast and clarity, finally a bit of work in vignetting to give a dramatic effect.
In my camera bag
As a wildlife photographer in Africa I carry quite a lot of gear, my two camera's are the Canon 7DMkII and my old faithful 50D, as to lens's, I have the Canon EFS 10~18, the EF 28~70L 2.8, the EF 70~200 f2.8L IS II, the Canon 100~400 f2.8L II, and the Tamron SP 150~600 Di. Added to this is the Canon 100 f2.8 L IS USM Macro (used here) and a EFS 18~135 purely for video. Then a couple of other lenses for the occasion. The rest is normal stuff, tripod, flash, TC's etc.
Feedback
I always say patience is what makes the photographer, in wildlife photography you very seldom "choose" your photo, it most often presents itself to you, you shoot and what you get you get but not so much the case here. In wildlife photography there is no posing, no positioning, just that which you have at that moment, the light may not work for you, the position may not work for you, your equipment may also at that moment not work for you - you make the most out of the situation, and yes, always enjoy the occasion.

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