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Submitted on
April 26, 2005
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Camera Data

Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/10 second
Focal Length
185 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 27, 2005, 12:22:25 PM
almost there... by cweeks almost there... by cweeks
so ... it's dark out. going to my car. my friend's wife wanted me to make some photos of her 11 month old. i don't do that. because all her friends call and ask if i'll do the same for them. i'm too busy. so ... i quote an astrinomical rate. where i live, sadly, there are some that say, "Cool, when do you have time."

anyway ... after some nice dinner ... prepared by another neighbor's wife's live-in cook ... which was very good i might add ... i went outside to smoke. i saw this snail.

i don't really pay attention to snails.

i don't like stepping on them. i always feel bad when i do.

not for my shoe. but for something that moves so slow.

yes, i know ... some are going to say ... a flower. dogs. you've dd'd a kitty.

you're going soft on us.


i don't think so.

but ... i had my camera on my shoulder and there was this snail.

i laid down on the ground to see what it looked like. the distance he must go to get in the grass.

at the rate he was going. from his (or her) perspective.

whilst laying there i noticed he was backlit. by a simple porch light.

i also noticed he was determined.

human feet be damned.

he'd get there.

so ... i photographed part of his journey.

what i like about the photo is that at two-eight ... this lens does great things. wished i had the leica with me. the bokeh would have been even better although this didn't do to bad for having the defocus elements that are built into 2.8L glass. i layed down about 7 feet away. right at the brink of the focal plane. this is a photo i wanted to have with the leica so i imagined it as a leica photograph.

the other part is that the plane of focus is clearly evident as a horizontal line. it's like his path.

his path of focus.

canon eos 1d mark 2. 70-200/2.8L at 2.8. 1/10th. 800 iso. converted to b/w in ps cs. noised it up a bit more than usual.
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its nice to step out of "our own" world.. and try to "slip into" another's... no matter how big or small.... it can prove to be a thing of beauty.... 
very strong picture.
go little buddy go!! amazing shot! love it.
kilit Mar 3, 2008  Student Photographer
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I love this shot for the technical aspect of it as well as the overall idea, the world looks past that snail as a slimy gross creature, this shot makes you look at that snail and kind of wish you could help him get to the other side of the frame, amazing shot :+fav:
GratifymyVanity Jan 6, 2008
If ever make this into a print, let me know. I would be greatly interested.
w-u-x Aug 29, 2007   Photographer
thanks for the add!
the photo with that story to it really touched my heart.....thank you so much for letting me smile on a saturday morning about a little snail on its way to the grass....and thanks you didn't step on it,although I'm pretty convinced the snail didn't survive the last two years :)
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