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Old Sep 2, 2006, 10:52 PM   #1
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While the rest of you are doing macro photography on bees, butterfly moths, and dragonflies, I found something more my speed: a garden snail. I took these shots with a Sigma 28-80 Macro lens, it only goes to 1:2 and you have to get within about 3" (7.5cm for the rest of the world) if you go that high. This fellow was pretty cooperative though, and did not complain. Again, I would appreciate any tips or criticism.

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Another angle.
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Old Sep 2, 2006, 10:55 PM   #3
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Last one. This was a pretty large snail for this area. Most of the ones I see are smaller than your pinkie finger nail and this guy's shell was about the size of a nickel.

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Nice macro shots. I like how you can see the texture of the snails skin. Very bumpy and slimey. I have one suggestion. I really like the snail shell pattern on the last shot. I think that pic would look great as a black and white with some adjustments done to the contrast and brightness. That snail shell pattern somehow conveys to me the mysterious beauty of nature. Just a thought to try.
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Thanks for the comments Royce. I am new to both Dslr cameras and photo software. I tried this one in Paint Shop Pro (I also have Elements 3.0, Micro$oft Digital Image Studio 9, and the Pentax Software). I chose B&W with a green filter,told itto darken by 40%, and then ran it through unsharp mask. Please tell me what you think.

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I like the modifications. I think the swirl pattern stands out more in the black and white.
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Great macros, Tim-

Thanks for posting them.

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Old Sep 3, 2006, 3:33 PM   #8
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tim, these are all real nice. the B&W is also..

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Really cool shots, Tim! I agree with Doc Royce ... the B&W of the shell is awesome!

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Thank you all for the feedback. I am really enjoing trying new things and learning about this hobby.

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