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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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heathermarie73 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
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.... 
Nikado Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
very strong picture.
photographicfireman Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
go little buddy go!! amazing shot! love it.
kilit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Student Photographer
featured here -> [link]
simplyfate Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
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 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
If ever make this into a print, let me know. I would be greatly interested.
w-u-x Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007   Photographer
cweeks Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
thanks for the add!
TylersAngel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
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 :)
TimesAnIllusion Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
I love this one.
BrittanyGirl82 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006
This is beautiful. And I also thought I'd let you know that snails are hermaphrodites. = )
MetalofDeath Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
sweeet shot
thegrasswasgreener Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
I love your story
sweetsheery20 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
clowve Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
great timing..
u-think-you-know-me Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
:aww: very nice. love the line of focus. :-)
I have to say that I like this one without the frame better though...
Calme-ma-douleur Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2006   Photographer
I really enjoy the simplicity of this shot, no distractions, nothing can pull you away from the main focus which is of course the snail! i also love the way you captured its struggle towards its destination! really beautiful shot!... i hope he (or she) eventually made it to the grass! :boogie:
edgyveggie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2006
ZioGiucas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2006   Photographer
beautiful photo. Good work
Eyeris86 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
This one is one of my favorites.
I can see what you mean by his determination.
The picture itself may seem simple from first glance but when you really look at it it's quite beautiful.
The way the snail just goes about life and how he stands out so much in this picture.
I don't know I just think it's really lovely.
I hate stepping on snails too.
I feel really bad and have this whole superstitious thing like "ooh 5 years of bad luck for stepping on a snail"
This is pretty much one of the best pictures of a snail I've ever seen.

Great Capture!!
pawprntsonmyheart Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006   Writer
Aww. You see, this snail is what made me add you to my devwatch list. That and I happen to admire Mischa Barton ;-)
Violator3 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005
wonderful focus and well captured! :clap:
mewmewziq Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
quit smoking.
hey, you dont see that snail smoking while trying so hard to get to wherever he needs to get to, do you???

ahhh quit smoking!!
And tell keanu to quit too!
whymwham Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005   Writer
love your gallery. :aww:
luanis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a shot similar to this one, I hope you don't think I ripped you or anything... anyway I shot it last year so...
The concept is cool.
kenniekennie Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
its very nice how you captured the snail and how you got like blurred surroundings but like a very clear 'line' next to the snail ;)

dunno how to explain it but its simply good ;)
Suzage Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
I love the descriptions you write with your photo's. It just adds so much more. Especially those you write (complete with sarcastic remarks).

The focus on the path lying ahead of the snail is perfect. Am just loving the whole concept.
FelisLynx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing this with everybody.
kravix Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
I love this very narrow line of focused pavement. It's like a path for the snail! Narrow and straight!
FenderSixString Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005   Photographer
This is my favorite photo I've seen. Why? Because it is so simple yet the meaning is so complex. It is also the cover to the best tutorial I've ever read. The depth of field is perfect here and the composition as well. It's amazing, really.
M0rt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful,g tecnicali absolutelt great and small depth of field looks like a symbol of... only way. Slow, but one.
Great. love it.
microfilm Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005
This is beautiful.

Cydriss Featured By Owner May 31, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of your whole gallery, this is my fav piece.
manbartlett Featured By Owner May 29, 2005
absolutely remarkable. the light. the in-focus path. the way the head looks pushed towards the ground even though other parts of the body seem weightless. ...the scale of the scene...

you captured his/her/its determination perfectly.
evyto Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
well,i love snails for no reason.
you've captured a great moment here.
golden-hope Featured By Owner May 16, 2005
i love this shot very much. the slightly blurred, soft, calm background keeps you looking at the snail, not the bushes or cars that may be behind it. also, because it is at the bottom left side of the paper, he looks like he has a whole journey ahead of it.
the snail is so cute! i think i shall add this to my favorites....lucky you to find the cute little snail.
cweeks Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
thank you.
belituca Featured By Owner May 13, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
i love snails
i live near a hill, and when it rains you can see millions of them going thru the asphalt, on the walls, everywhere.
they 're so little and cute
they're amazing
Awi Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
:clap: perfect capture. i love your comments as well :)
Jupit3r Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
That's a very nice shot.
PrestonMeyers Featured By Owner May 12, 2005
i almost like the story behind this picture more than the picture itself. both are superb.

okay, so i'm not going to bother repeating what everyone else has said. your ego must be stroked raw by now! =)

NKVD Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
just wondering what do the leica's cameras have more than a canon or any other brand ?
cweeks Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
i could write pages and paragraphs and books ...

others have.

it's the glass.

it's that they're mechanical and you don't have to be dependent on anything else.

the m system ... just rocks.
licurici Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
If "m system" means "manual system", then i submit. (:

On another note - i love the way you captured here a not-so-observed corner of life.
cweeks Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
leica m is the m-rangefinder system. except for the m7 it's manual.

thank you so much! i like snails.

especially big fat ones from the wine country of france. sauteed in butter and garlic!
licurici Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
I see. I usually hate automatic stuff.. i like to control everything by myself. Thank you for explaining.

I have
eaten snails.
Yet. (:
cweeks Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
snails are great!
ejayne Featured By Owner May 5, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice observation and capture.
jark Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
little dude looks like he is having a rough time trying to get to his final destination. love the lighting and composition on this baby!
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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