We all have days when we have run out of ideas as to what to photograph.
We have snapped photos of the kids, the dog, the neighbourhood, and even the goldfish! But when you think it has all been done, grab your camera and have a walk around your garden. You might just find some of these amazing creatures.
These shelled gastropods can be found in most healthy gardens, and as most are herbivores, they love nothing better than a nice juicy plant for lunch. But did you know that some varieties can grow up to 38cm (15″) in length, and the largest was found to weigh around 18kgs (40lbs)!
While many of us think of them as a garden pest, there are many cultures around the world that see them as a delicacy. I am told that their texture when cooked is slightly chewy, but not having tried them, I will not argue.
As a photographer, they are an amazing creature to photograph. They are slow-moving and do not seem to mind me hanging around and snapping away while they slither around and poke their tentacles every which way.
Obviously you need to choose the right time to go looking for snails. They will avoid the heat of the day and can usually be seen either at night, early morning or after a rainstorm.
Try not to disturb them too much and see if you can’t photograph them in their natural environment. They don’t appreciate bright lights or heat from lamps, so you might need to adjust your ISO, aperture and shutter speed to capture them in sufficient light. If you are using a slower shutter speed, a low tripod will come in very handy.
And check out their shells. Every snail appears to be different in some way, and they look amazing in photos.
So have a go next time you are looking to photograph something different. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun. And the kids love getting involved too.
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Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, authentic and fulfilling, personal and business lifestyle.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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