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The Early Bird Gets the . . . Snails? by PhotogScott The Early Bird Gets the . . . Snails? by PhotogScott
I never know what to expect when I hit the trails in the early morning. Itís a dice roll, every time. Nature wonít always ďshow upĒ for you. Thereís also a very good chance that youíre just standing at the wrong place at the wrong time. Donít misread: there are some days when nature just decides to phone it in. But those are pretty rare days.

Itís also the point of an adventure to explore without expectation. That comes as a twofold process for me. I take a fair amount of gear, and I switch it to accommodate my subject. I donít go out just looking for sunrises and sunsets, or just for birds and not for spiders or snails. Maybe thatís what I should do if Iím looking to specialize in one particular field, but if I found myself wandering around with just a macro lens or just a telephoto, Iíd go wanting for the lens I didnít have.

Just because thereís a variety out there doesnít necessarily mean that itís a variety that you were looking for. There are still birds Iím trying to photograph after a solid year of trying that I havenít been able to catch. Iíve gotten several shots, from several angles, but theyíre just not ďthe shotĒ that Iím looking for. Those only happen once in a while, particularly with brush birds.

Take this shot, for example. Iíve been searching for snails for the better part of a year, but Iíve never found them. I know where to look and what to look for; maybe itís just been bit of tough luck. But I found them and spent a ridiculous amount of time following them around.

Yes: Following snails. Itís awesome.

For the scientifically curious, this little guy is a Grove Snail (Cepaea nemoralis).

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Kivakwolf Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
wow stunning shot! Atypical for a snail photo (upside down) but that makes it unique!
DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot.:D (Big Grin) 
Gironimo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a great work :clap: the contrasts are awesome, and I like the peaceful and calm atmosphere overall.
ZielinskiMaciej Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely perfect focus!!!Must :+fav: it!!!
JulijanaM Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great light, love the DOF and the fantastic focus!
ChaosOfGods Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Photographer
The lighting is absolutely perfect. Nice shot.
tupilak Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student
Wow! What a great shot! Kudos!
kaffemugg Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Nice capture! Love the composition.
Elmyzabeth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot!! I love this macro
Lilith2102 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great work!
Oilux Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Hello! You're wonderful photography has been featured on my Sunday Selects!
deer-o Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Photographer
brilliant quality and pretty, touching story
great shot!
deer-o Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Photographer
deer-o Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Photographer
hui-li Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the angle that you got the snail at. I also liked reading the description there.
roamingtigress Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
What a fabulous piece! I love the colours and focus here.
CamdenHackworth Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow this is really great, excellent shot!
deerro Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Photographer
so cool!
SeiMissTake Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: very beautiful!love the way snail hangs upside down :giggle:
plusch Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
the qualitiy of this shot is absolutely amazing... great composition! :heart:
W-a-r-l-o-c-k Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Great capture!
wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :-) ..
alifdadyah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
It's gorgeous. I like taking snails' pict too,but never been this great.
And I just an amateur who only use my 5MP phone camera :p

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Moosplauze Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo and a good story alongside with it :)
my-liquid-illusions Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Photographer
i haven't seen snail as such beautiful creatures before :D thank you :D
rowenabrennavart Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very interesting perspective :) I like it!
luckydesigns Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! :heart: I love the colors <3
Amyxmoo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice shot :D
ValerioBulla Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect focus and composition! I really like it.
You have caught a great moment :)
But... really? Following snails? Dude, that's stalking. :D
MichelaPezza Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
amazing macro compliment **
transcendelia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
amazing photo!!
telialus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And again: A wonderful shot combined with a wonderful story :)

"Following snails. It’s awesome." :D Good material for a signature ;)
AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is such an amazing shot! I LOVE snails :love:
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