Marcela Stegemueller  

Snail Eating A Petal by Marcela Stegemueller

September 2020 - Snail Eating A Petal

About the Image(s)

I never really thought what a snail ate until I looked down and saw this snail slowly eat this salvia greggii petal. Wow, I thought. The petal is red and it contrasts so well with the dark brown of the snail and the flagstone it is crawling on.I took the image with my 90mm lens at 250 shutter speed, f/11, handheld. My ISO was at 1600. I probably could have had a lower ISO but I had not bothered to change it.

Since the snail was small, I cropped the image to make the subject appear larger. I only applied the basic adjustments in Lightroom.

4 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have wonderful focus and clarity of the snail. Such an interesting pattern. Technically, perfectly handled. For some reason, I think I would rather have the snail without the bright petal. My eye seems to jump back and forth between the two subjects. I think this may make a great monochrome too.   Posted: 09/15/2020 21:45:31
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Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Never thought about what snails eat, either. As Cindy mention, the snail has such clarity and detail. That spiral shell, I think, is a major point of interest. The white tip on the bottom of the image is distracting. Maybe you could crop in tighter to eliminate that tip, and brighten up the shadows on the snails underside and mouth area.   Posted: 09/17/2020 10:58:33

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Monochrome is an interesting idea from Cindy, but I actually love it as is. I think the contrast of colors is beautiful and the subject you caught is great. You captured perfect clarity as well. I agree with the crop, because it does make the snail seem more magnanimous. Great job!   Posted: 09/17/2020 11:00:13

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
I like that the color just pops in the image. Also like you have almost a square crop. Very interest subject.   Posted: 09/21/2020 09:41:20


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