Posted Sunday, November 13, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


At home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Lui put down some snail bait that, instead of poisoning them (and therefore anything that eats them), just increases their iron levels to a point that they don't feel like eating any more. When planting pumpkin seeds, I accidentally uncovered where they all crawled to die.

This is inside a besa brick. I placed the fisheye inside, rested against a side and shot some bracketed exposures, intending to do HDR. In the end, it wasn't necessary.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 18mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (fisheye mode)
Exposure: 1/10" @ f/9, ISO 1600 ((7.6mm equiv))

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Lens correction for Sigma 8mm fisheye, but with distortion set to only 25 (default is 100) (full correction just didn't look great).
  2. Crop out most of the filter visible in the photo.
  3. Noise reduction: luminance +50, detail +100
  4. Two graduated filters - one on the bottom right hand side to lighten that area (exposure +3.5 stops, to counter a shadow created by my hand with the camera), and one on the middle left hand side (exposures +1.7 stops, to add some more dramatic lighting).
  5. Blacks +15 as a final adjustment.

The wash-up:

This is one of the earlier shots before I went crazy trying different angles. I don't like that I couldn't quite successfully crop out the edge of the filter on the left.

What would you do?

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One Response to “Project365 [317/365]: Snail House”

  1. Brendan Mansell

    In the ancient texts, there are stories of the legendary places where the great snails went to die. An expedition was formed to uncover the truth of these stories, and these are the log entries they recorded before their untimely demise….


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